Only Good News for 9-11-2013

Calvin’s Commentary: Today is 9-11. I’m posting some very good news for you to read on 9-11. While all the pundits, including all the conservative talk show hosts on radio and progressive liberals on TV are reiterating and interpreting what Obama said last night at 9 PM, I’m not going to focus on him. He is not good news! Besides, I have no idea what he said last night. I didn’t listen. I was working on these three posts at from 9 PM to after 2 AM.

Why am I posting these three good news items for 9-11?

First of all everyone of them is about American and Americans. That’s who we are!

Every year everyone of us Americans on 9-11 can remember exactly what we were doing the moment we heard what happened to the World Trade Center Buildings, Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Pentagon and 3,000 Americans. 

We all can recall exactly how we felt all that day and in the weeks and months following, so I won’t go over it again.  It was what Pearl Harbor was to our parents and grandparents. It punched us all in the stomach violently and pierced our hearts to cry tears of woe.

We all learned that prayer on our knees gave us peace. Many even took their dusty Holy Bibles off their shelves and read scriptues as they hadn’t done since an elder read them outloud years ago. We found going to Church meant more to us than anything else and fellowship with believers is what we needed to endure.

We all hung American Flags to show our patriotism and we joined together repeating, “U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A.!” We were one nation, united under God!

This year as our Wars on Terror in the Middle East continue seemingly ad infinitum from Iraq to Afganistan, to add to the woe in this 9-11 season, we found Obama and Secretary of State Kerry embarrassing and humiliating us in their mishandling of the crisis in Syria trying to get us into yet another quagmire of Islamic terroristic insurrection in Syria where 100,000 have been slaughtered by conventional warfare arms of mayhem and 1,400 have died from chemical warfare!

That is why I am going to go above all that endless sadness and just post three good news stories. We’ve had enough doom and gloom so I just going to emphasize the GOOD NEWS!


 [Psalm 118:24, 25, 29] This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. [25] Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. [29] O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Donna Calvin ▬ Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Wisconsin Woman’s Awe-Inspiring Obituary a ‘Must Read’

Mary A ''Pink'' Mullaney - Provided by the Mullaney Family
Mary A ”Pink” Mullaney, was no ordinary woman! (Photo Provided by the Mullaney Family)

“If you’re about to throw away an old pair of pantyhose, stop” is not the way most obituaries begin, but, then, according to her family, Mary A. “Pink” Mullaney was no ordinary woman.

The Wisconsite died on Sunday, Sept. 1, at the age of 85, leaving behind six children and 17 grandchildren who adored her so much they crafted an obituary so heartfelt and touching that it has made national headlines.

The obituary’s opening line stems from one of Mullaney’s most well-known maxims: Never throw away old pantyhose.

“Use the old ones for rosary repairs, to tie the gutter, childproof the cabinets, tie up the toilet flapper or hang Christmas ornaments,” reads the obituary, written by seven or eight of Mullaney’s children and grandchildren who gathered together in their hometown of Milwaukee after her death.

“We wanted it to portray who she was and her love for people and just her funny ways of going about it,” one of her sons, Kevin Mullaney, of Wake Forest, N.C., told “She was an extraordinary person in an ordinary way. Survived by so and so and accomplished this and that didn’t capture that.”

Mullaney, a devout Catholic who volunteered in a nursing home and delivered Communion up until age 81, also had kind and gentle rules surrounding the rituals of her faith.

“Let a dog (or two or three) sleep in bed with you. Say the rosary while you walk them. Go to church with a chicken sandwich in your purse. Cry at the consecration, every time. Give the chicken sandwich to your homeless friend after Mass. Go to a nursing home and kiss every person there, and let them have Communion, no matter if they are Catholic. When you learn someone’s name, share the story of their patron saint and when the feast day is, so they can celebrate,” the obituary reads.

“I see her as the hands and feet of Jesus,” said her son, 59. ” What she taught all of us is to love others as Christ loved us.”

Mullaney Family Christmas Photo
Mullaney Family Christmas Photo

Calling them the “many valuable lessons from Pink,” the “extended family of relations and friends from every walk of life and corner of the globe” also offered these nuggets in Mullaney’s obituary:

Invite new friends to Thanksgiving dinner. (“Every Thanksgiving there’d be somebody from Nigeria or somebody from Poland that nobody knew,” son Kevin Mullaney says of this rule.)

Never say mean things about rotten people, instead think of them as “poor souls who we should pray for.”

Put the children who are picky eaters in the laundry chute in the basement, close the door and tell them they are hungry lions in a cage and feed them their veggies through the slats.

Make the car dance by lightly tapping the brakes to the beat of songs on the radio.

Offer rides to people carrying a big load or caught in the rain or the summer heat.

Offer to help anyone struggling to get their kids in a car, into a shopping cart or across a parking lot.

Give to every single charity that asks. Choose to believe the best about what they do with your money, no matter what your children say they discovered online.

Take magazines you’ve already read to your doctors’ waiting rooms for others to enjoy. Do not tear off the mailing label … “because if someone wants to contact me that would be nice.”

Mullaney’s family says its beloved matriarch adhered to the time-old practice of writing letters to “communicate with everybody from every walk of life.”

To end their tribute to Mullaney, her family listed her survivors, “those whose photos she would share with prospective friends in the checkout line, and her children and grandchildren,” and whom she will join in heaven, “her favorite dance and political debate partner, her husband Dr. Gerald L. Mullaney.”


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Click HERE to read Mullaney’s obituary in full.

Read More at Source: By Katie Kindelan | ABC News Blogs–abc-news-topstories.html

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