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Vintage Sal, The Early Years

How interesting to see one of my CD’s on ebay for sale at a vintage price. I didn’t put it there. Remembering back to a time long ago, when my name was Sally Ettari, as it’s printed here, I was in a very different place back then. People have told me I look sad in this picture. I was. And while I walked with God, my relationship was shallow and not what it is now. It’s always been my hearts desire to be a blessing to others. I carry a memory on the wall of my mind. I was standing in the wings, preparing to go onto a stage and sing before a large audience. The speaker stood a few feet away. He was clearly in a pause and probably in prayer; determined to be alone with God.Vintage Sal on EbayI remember watching from across the small room. His relationship with God appeared deep. And I wondered, how do I get that?

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Turkey Love!

Here comes Thanksgiving! Did you know that June is ‘National Turkey Lovers’ month? Of course, by November not many people are concerned with turkey love and our interest turns to turkey legs and where to get the best deal or recipe for a turkey.

Did you know that according to the National Turkey Federation
(Are you just a little amazed that turkeys have their own federation?) that:IMG_0104

1. Minnesota leads the nation in raising turkey for the country and in fact the world.
2. In 2013, 240 million turkeys were raised and over 200 million were consumed in the U.S.?
3. An estimated 46 million turkeys are eaten at Thanks giving, 22 million at Christmas and 19 million at Easter! At an average of 16 pounds per turkey, this translates to 736 million pounds of turkey consumed on Thanks Giving in America.
4. Turkey is one of the top ten foods for eyes because it is so high in zinc and b-vitamins (niacin) and these are essential for the body’s energy production as well.
5. Turkey meat is a source of iron, potassium and phosphorus.

Now here are some interesting claims made on the internet that I for one am sure I don’t believe. “Regular turkey consumption can help lower cholesterol levels.” (Body and Soul)   A recent study from Johns Hopkins University explains why I, for one, can not believe that!  

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My Husband, God!

For your maker is your Husband…

It was a long, hard day; there was the conversation with that difficult person from the past.  And after two days home in bed and on an anti-biotic, I remained physically week and sporting a stomach ache. Then, playing catch up with my work and maneuvering through a day that required twice the normal patient load, it was just before my last patient.  I began to move to the right lane and boom! I hit a car that was passing me in my blind spot. Ugh, a car accident.

My Maker, Maker of the Universe, Sally Atari a/k/a Sally EttariWould I say, “Thank you, Lord?” Could I say that right now?

I dragged my thoughts to the words, with a deep pain in my soul. ‘Ok, Thank you, Lord.’ I must say it now, not later!  It’s important for me to say it out loud,  as a show of faith and to assert, ‘I choose to trust You in this and every thing.’ Getting to this place of saying thank you in the beginning of a difficult situation has happened in stages. In the past, my instinct would be to play the blame game: “I’m mad at you for letting this happen to me.”  I don’t know why I did that for so many years.  I believe  strongly that God is in control and that nothing happens in His world by accident, so my knee jerk reaction has been to turn and walk away from God in anger. When I realized I was playing God and even judging God with this reaction (Wasn’t I really saying, ‘I would have done it better?’), I knew I must stop and think, at least about what my reactions are.

For a few years now, my reaction to bad things happening has been more of a conversation with God. “Really? You’re letting this happen today? Really?”

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The Man of My Dreams

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The man of my dreams has been revamped a number of times throughout my life. My children have belly laughed over my list of past requirements: He is a big man,  like Tom Sellek, has a deep baritone voice, is good with his hands, is a  gentleman farmer who is hard-working, he is smart, talented, and loves the Lord. He is crazy about me and my kids, but mostly he has a warm smile, a sense of humor, engaging eyes, and a good heart! I think that covers it.

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