Showing posts from April, 2016

Autism Awareness

  April is Autism Awareness Month. During the month of April one of the things that happens is that Autism Speaks asks people to turn their porch lights blue in show of support. Did you know ... Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys Autism prevalence figures are growing Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S. Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism There is no medical detection or cure for autism National Institutes of Health Funds Allocation Total 2012 NIH budget: $30.86 billion Of this, only $169 million goes directly to autism research. This represents 0.55% of total NIH funding. Learn the Signs  of Autism so that you can better help children with the disorder. Did you know that girls are good at hiding or masking their Autism? The number of girls with Autism is on the rise. To learn more about Autism visit

Holy Communion

As a kid communion was a sacred service in the church. Lots of work went into the preparation of it. I grew up in the Presbyterian Church. I can remember Joan setting up the communion. We had little glass cups  with grape juice and real bread cut into cubs. Joan would take all those glass cups home and wash them by hand. Thank goodness we don't use the glass cups anymore. Sometime around he time that I joined the church that we got a new communion set that required getting plastic cups. I didn't start taking communion until I joined the church. It was a thing reserved only for those who were mature in their faith. My mom's parents were Lutherans. They had real communion wine and little wafers. I hated that stuff. Go up front, get a glass cup, and wait for the Pastor to give out the elements. I would never really eat the wafers. I would stick them in my pocket and pretend to eat it when asked. That was until Grandma caught me. She made me eat it. Then I got a huge les