I’ve been moving out of my recent spate of being stressed out into a wonderful new “place” inside. I find myself musing, over the past 2-3 days, about all the beautiful things, the blessings if you will, that I have in my life and which I often take for granted. I’m not talking about unexpected funds showing up in an envelope or winning a car or such. I’m talking about the bright, shiny things that surround me each and every day.
Here’s just a few of them:
1. My wife’s smile…warms my heart on even the coldest winter day;
2. Thinking of my children…reminiscing on their childhoods and bursting with pride to see what fine men and women, husbands and wives, parents and citizens that they have become;
3. Recalling my grandchildren…each and every one of them is more precious and beautiful than any flowers and more fun than a barrel of monkeys;
4. A job that I love…including people I love working with, work that makes the world a better place and a chance to help some of the most needy and desperately poor people in the world;
5. Colors…I am so thankful for the ability to see, and not just to see, but to be able to see in color, to appreciate subtle shades and the way light brings things to life;
6. Nature…I could watch the sparkling diamonds on the surface of the water forever while the breeze sifts its way through my hair and the birds sing their song of joy;
7. People…not just family, but friends who have stood with me through thick and thin, friends who will be friends forever that I love so dearly;
8. Music…the wild and swirling dance of vibrations on the eardrum that causes the spirit to rise or reflect….the list could go on and on.
I love bright shiny things! May your life be filled with them!!!
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1982, Shirley Allen was arrested for poisoning her husband, Lloyd Allen, with ethylene glycol, commonly known as anti-freeze. After witnessing her mother spike Lloyd’s drinks with the deadly substance, Shirley’s own daughter turned her in to the authorities.
Lloyd Allen was Shirley’s sixth husband and the second to die from mysterious causes; the other four had divorced her. John Gregg, who died a year after he married Shirley in 1977, had changed the beneficiary on his life insurance policy shortly before his death. Shirley was outraged to find that she was left with nothing.
Lloyd, who is said to have complained of a strange taste in his beverages, believed Shirley when she said that it was an iron supplement for his health. However, Joe Sinclair, one of Shirley’s previous husband, had been a bit more suspicious. When his coffee tasted odd on several occasions, he went to the police. Although he suffered internal injuries, no charges were ever filed. Instead, he filed for a divorce.
When Allen’s death was investigated, toxicology reports confirmed that his body tissue contained a lethal amount of ethyl glycol. After a short four-day trial, Shirley Allen was sentenced to life in prison in 1983.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: Alcoholics are twice as likely to confess a drinking problem to a computer than to a doctor, say researchers in Wisconsin.