Plinky | terry shepherd

Plinky | terry shepherd.


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  • Hi, I am Terry, and I am writing a short article for Plinky. A fun way to stretch the memories of my mind!!!

    My two favorite scents are lilacs and firewood.
    Lilacs remind me of my wonderful grandma who had many bushes and in the spring she would ask me to go out and help her cut bouquets and bring them in the house. With the windows open and the gentle breezes flowing through out the house, the house smelled so nice. A small sharing with only grandma and me.
    The smell of firewood brings no memories of the past really, but I do love the sense of being with friends and family while sitting around the campfires, worrying about nothing, and looking up at the bright stars, hearing the noises of the night creatures. I can sit out by a campfire all evening long. I have searched for a long time for incense or candles that actually smell like firewood.

The World Then and Today, Interesting Facts

Thank you Shona for sending me this. I am using it to share with others also.


In the year 2011, the Lord came unto Noah,
who was now living in Australia and said:
“Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end 

of all flesh before me.”
“Build another
  Ark and save
2 of every living thing
along with a few good humans.”
He gave Noah the blueprints, saying:
“You have 6 months to build the
  Ark before I will
start the unending rain for
40 days and 40 nights.”
Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah
weeping in his yard – but no
  Ark.“Noah!”, He roared,
“I’m about to start the rain!
Where is the
“Forgive me, Lord”, begged Noah, “but things have changed.”
“I needed a Building Permit.”
“I’ve been arguing with the Boat Inspector
about the need for a sprinkler system.”
“My neighbours claim that I’ve violated the
Neighbourhood By-Laws by building the
  Ark in my
back garden and exceeding the height limitations. We had to
go to the Local Planning Committee

for a decision.”
“Then the Local Council and the Electricity Company demanded a shed load of money for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the
passage for the
  Ark’s move to the sea.
I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.”
“Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban
on cutting local trees in order to save 

the Greater Spotted Barn Owl.”
“I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls – but no go!”
“When I started gathering the animals the RSPCA took me to court. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They
argued the accommodations were too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in
a confined space.”
“Then the Environmental Agency ruled that I couldn’t build the
  Ark until they’d conducted an environmental impact study
on your proposed flood.”
“I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on

how many minorities I’m
supposed to hire for my building crew..”
“Immigration are checking the
Visa status of most of the people who

want to work.”
“The trades unions say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with
Ark-building experience.”
“To make matters worse, the Inland Revenue seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally
with endangered species.”
“So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this

“Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched

across the sky.”

Noah looked up in wonder and asked,
“You mean you’re not going to

destroy the world?”
“No”, said the Lord.
“The Government beat me to it.”

A Blind Walk

Christ in Gethsemane (Christus in Gethsemane),...

There was a small child’s bible that I was given on my tenth birthday, and I used to look at all the pictures in it more than actually read it at that age. There was always this one picture that stood out in my mind, and it was the one where Jesus was kneeling, looking up to the heavenly father praying.

I found myself reliving that picture this morning as soon as my eyes were opened, before I even thought about climbing out of bed to make my pot of coffee. I made the bed and got Al’s medications ready for his breakfast, and poured his milk and orange juice in his two-handled cups.

I found myself crying inside. I could feel the internal shivers weeping from the sadness over flowing from the heart. As I walked through the kitchen attending to the needs of my brother, I heard my soul crying out to the Lord,  please don’t leave me now. Please keep your promise that you will not let me have more than I can deal with.

As I am sitting here letting my secrets of my heart seep out for your eyes to read, I say a prayer for everyone who lives on this earth, that they also, do not suffer more than need be. The news at the doctor’s office yesterday, is slowly starting to sink in. The brain has a unique way of taking small bites of information and chewing them up slowly, as to not go into over load.

I see my daddy’s eyes all over again, and although my right mind knows that there is no ending date  for my brother, it is very easy to refer from the one who passed to the one who is sick.

There are no tears this morning, and there were none shed last night. I am not sure why I have so much trouble crying anymore. There has only been a couple of times, where my emotions took over me and the floods of my soul came pouring out,  covering my face with moisture. For some unknown reason, not crying can help me pretend that everything is alright. I can go forth one more day, and then one more day. I believe that God holds my hand, like my daddy did when he would get up in the mornings, and he would lift me out of my crib and take my hand, and we would walk down the long stair case to the kitchen. I can see my heavenly father doing this for me right now. I can feel his strength wrapping me in a cocoon, and he is lying his hands on me, telling me, my child, everything is going to be alright. I am preparing a better place for your brother, and at the perfect time, he will be ready when I call out to him.

My heavenly father, I want to thank you for giving me the best life that you have given me so far. Thank-you for allowing me the chance to have wonderful parents, and for having beautiful children. I want to give thanks to you, Lord, for giving me the opportunity to care for my father the entire year while he suffered with his bone cancer, and now you bless me once again, by letting me care for another family member. Help me to retain all of my memories, so that when this road comes to a stop, I can go back in my mind, and smile at all the wonderful things that you blessed Al and me with.

Suffer my little children, so that you may come unto me. Through our suffering here on earth, you are making a  place for us in your kingdom. I praise your name, and although I do not understand your reasons, I will keep trusting you Lord. Amen.