“A Friend like Me!” by Thomas Mitchinson (CSB/COP).


My three wishes: 1. To be able to speak to the dead for one hour. Then I could go to Walt Disney and say, “Thank you for my childhood.” Then I’d go to Robin Williams and tell him, “We, everyone on Earth, we miss you so much, and we wish that you didn’t have to die like that…but we understand that you were in pain. We miss you, and we remember you. We will never forget you.” Then I’d go to my best friend and tell her, “I love you, I miss you so much, I’m going to name my daughter after you…” (Okay, I’m getting emotional writing this, sorry!) 2. To have my parents be more accepting and tolerant of the world, including me. To not be embarrassed of me just because I still like Disney movies and enjoy watching cartoons. 3. To have the ability to really understand what pets are saying! XD I love animals!


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“A Friend like Me!”

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Tearing down walls. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic … You’ll soon outnumber any of us ….


…  hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. This generation coming up – unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic …You believe in a fair, just, inclusive America [and world]; … and you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands. 

President Barack Obama’s farewell speech Tuesday night in Chicago, IL



A  community leader shared with me that she learned English from singing and recommended the Backstreet Boys for the students.  The BB’s  pronunciation and body language are good for teaching English.  It also makes learning fun.  My class below started singing to these videos with the lyrics which helped them learn English and made class very enjoyable.  Perhaps I saw in them what I could not see in myself at their age which is a sense of sacredness.

Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote that, “Music is the universal language of mankind”.  Music is one of life’s simple pleasures, but did you know that it can also help you to learn English? A recent study discovered that we are able to distinguish between words much quicker when they are set to music.  Research from the University of Edinburgh found that singing words or phrases in a foreign language makes us twice as good at speaking it later.



Additionally, my Saturday conversation class asked me if they could choose a topic and then write a couple paragraphs about it to present to the class.

The topics chosen varied from marriage equality, bullying, family, human rights, hate, fear, discrimination, poverty and freedom.  These were topics provided by the school.

Below is just a few comments from the students that made an impact on all of us and in a very good way.

I couldn’t help but think of Obama’s quote from above as they all demonstrated the traits he sees in the younger generation.

They are the future.

I was asked by the class to help correct their grammar.  This was done to some extent without losing the main point they were trying to convey.

A portion of  their comments and topics  are listed randomly below from their papers.

 1. Marriage Equality:  I can’t understand why gay people are discriminated against.  They should receive equal rights and respect.  They should be able to work, enjoy their life and have someone to love.  Society should move beyond tolerance to acceptance as we all live together in harmony.  The class all clapped after the person read this out loud.  We are on the right side of history and love is ever with us.  I shared a question asked in an earlier class: Teacher, what would you do if you found out your son or brother were gay?  I responded by saying:  I would love them unconditionally.

2. FEAR:  The most common fear for the world is death.  The best way to get over this is to learn and read more on this topic.  Another class also stated their greatest fear is having an incurable illness such as cancer or losing their family.

We discussed overcoming discouragement or hopelessness by taking intelligent action such as being grateful.  I showed the Oprah Life Class clip on Gratitude and the importance of keeping a gratitude journal because when you write down the words they become powerful.

3.  Mexico Discussion:  When I hear about Mexico, the images that come to mind are food, customes, and colonial buildings.  In terms of history, I think of independence and the Mexican Revolution.  But we also have our problems with poverty and corruption.

4.  Discrimination:  I think of discrimination people face when they are from another country and,  for example, when people in the United States are attacked because of the color of their skin.  But discrimination exists all over the world because the lack of education equals ignorance.  People should live together globally in peace.

5.  Hate discussion:  This human emotion is a bad trait because it ends up destroying oneself.  Hate results from stereotypes placed on people.

6.  Human Rights: My rights shouldn’t end where you rights begin.  We must claim our rights without disrespect.  Human rights in different countries are not always respected.  People don’t all have access to education and healthcare.  Human rights are the most important thing people should have.

7.  Family:  The family is the center of our life.  The family in Mexico is the most  important thing.  But sometimes they have their problems.  

Our grandmothers have taught us the importance of family with special dinners on Sunday when they teach us to remain close, trust and love one another.

8.  Poverty–  Some people don’t have the same opportunities bacause of poverty.   It seems some are left out of the benefits of capitalism. We discussed the importance of education to provide opportunities for them.

They were a great and intelligent class.  They all thanked me at the end after the group photo and expressed their appreciation and how they have grown in their listening and understanding of English.  I thanked them too.

And my hope for them is that they all go on and live good lives.

Never feel that the gift of “hope” is a negative thing to get stuck in.  It is a a sense of hopelessness or discouragement where people get stuck.

Perhaps The CSMonitor could find a better commentary to write about with all that is going on in the world than “getting stuck in hope”.

Perhaps they just didn’t “get it”.

How about writing an article on overcoming discouragement of hopelessness.  That was my focus in one class discussion.  The result of which was that a student took my handouts home and shared them with his dad.  He stated he has never done that with any other teacher before.  He also stated it helped his family.

Another example cited in an earlier blog was when “hope” which was taught in my class helped lift the spirits of children with cancer by a student who works with them.  This student stated that she also feels the benefits of leaving them inspired.  Perhaps this is an example of love being reflected in love.

There is hope for the ones coming behind us to be the change they want to see. I saw this so clearly in each one of my students.

I will miss them and have learned from them.

Perhaps the best way to conclude this blog post is with Obama’s comments cited at the top:  You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands. –  Former President Barrack Obama.


Our finest hours – “He beheld a rainbow and heard God’s message.”


Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Joshua 1:9



 Disney Movie Trailers   Disney’s The Finest Hours – Trailer 1 – Jul 8, 2015     

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Our finest hours

From the February 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

One of the US Coast Guard’s most daring rescues took place in 1952 during a massive nor’easter off Massachusetts’s Cape Cod, as dramatized in the recent Disney film The Finest Hours, based on the book of the same name. Fifty-foot waves from the powerful winter storm broke an oil tanker in half. A young crew of four from Chatham Lifeboat Station raced out to search for any stranded survivors. In a TV segment in which coauthor Michael Tougias was interviewed, it was reported that the captain of the lifeboat, Bernie Webber, told Tougias that a higher power aided them. Webber deeply turned to God that night. “As the lifeboat pitched along a canyon of waves, Webber and his crew spontaneously began to sing.… Their four voices formed a harmony that rose over the howling winds. Webber could think of no more poignant hymn to fit the situation they found themselves in.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee; …”
(Tougias and Casey Sherman,
    The Finest Hours, p. 50)

These profound accounts fulfill the prayer to God, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalms 46:1). And in the story of Noah’s ark, Noah witnessed God’s help; then he beheld a rainbow and heard God’s message, “And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature” (Genesis 9:16). What a timeless promise!

We can turn to God to direct and protect, as we travel about in the safety of our “ark,” a conscious recognition of God’s goodness. This security is beautifully conveyed in Psalms 91:1: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The psalm goes on to eliminate fears by reassuring those who trust God and declaring what He does for them: delivers, covers, protects, provides a refuge. In truth, as God’s children, we dwell in Him, where we are always safe. Recognizing wholeheartedly that we actually live in God’s kingdom, which includes only good, and are inseparable from God, we avail ourselves of His protection.

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Who Needs to Forgive Who? Mary Tyler Moore – CSMonitor


I was greatly helped by this passage from Science and Health: “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals” (pp. 476—477). It clarified for me the importance of not just forgiving one’s enemies, but forgiving oneself. Self-condemnation, I realized, is sometimes the antithesis of forgiveness; and cynicism and criticism can be forms of hatred. Learning to forgive and ultimately love ourselves and others—and to stop looking back in anguish—leads toward reconciliation and healing. As I absorbed these lessons and made them part of my daily life, I was healed of the stomach pain.

From the February 2, 2004 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel


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Mary Tyler Moore was legendary TV actress on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’

January 25, 2017 

Moore won seven Emmy Awards for her TV work and was nominated for an Academy Award for the film ‘Ordinary People.’ After winning a Lifetime Achievement Screen Actors Guild Award, the actress said she wanted to remembered ‘as a good chum. As somebody who was happy most of the time and took great pride in making people laugh when I was able to pull that off.’


Moore’s life was not all awards and perky television characters. She grew up in New York and Los Angeles with an alcoholic mother, a demanding father, and many self-doubts. When she became a mother herself, she felt guilty about not spending more time with her son, Richard, when he was young.

Shortly after “Ordinary People” came out in 1980, Richard, 24, was killed when a shotgun he was handling discharged – a death that was ruled accidental.

Moore’s 19-year marriage to Tinker ended in divorce in 1981 amid what she said was a lot of drinking and too little talking. She eventually went into rehab at the Betty Ford Center.

Moore, who became an activist for animal rights, wed for a third time in 1983, marrying Levine, a cardiologist who had treated her mother.


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But we can still love them – we can love completely without complete understanding.


The story speaks to the ardently different lives of the two brothers, and the father’s complete love and acceptance of each and their differing lifestyles. Watch the movie again, it should all come together near the end  with the father in the pulpit expressing “We can love completely what we cannot completely understand.” referring to the ones sons dark side and subsequent death and his own inability to help him.


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Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true, we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don’t know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them – we can love completely without complete understanding.

Rev. Maclean


This is one of the last movies I saw in the theatre with my younger brother.  It was after the death of our grandfather who was married to the CS practitioner (my grandmother).  He had a secret life and as a result they had my grandfather erased after his death.  Perhaps this is dedicated to my brother and grandfather.  He was a fly fisherman, engineer for U.S. Steel and a well loved man.  Love wins.


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Unconditional love—no ifs about it

From the September 4, 2006 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

I think it’s important to ask yourself how you define your neighbor—your spouse, your child, your boss, your colleague. Is your definition material, or spiritual? You may think this is difficult when you see imperfections—unlovable qualities. But when we see ourselves as wedded to Love, we think in terms of ideas, not matter. What is the idea that you have set up as a husband, wife, or neighbor? It’s important to remember that you are wedded to your own concept and to hold your loved ones in consciousness as inherently good and spiritual. Mrs. Eddy shed some light on this when she wrote, “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man [you could substitute husband, wife, neighbor], who appeared to him where sinning, mortal man appears to mortals” (ibid., pp. 476–477). This correct view of man heals anything—because it draws on unconditional love.

In a true sense of love, you never give away your dominion. You are never tempted to say, “If only my husband or wife would change, then I would be happy.” By setting up a condition, you fall into the trap of thinking something material can govern your happiness. You never need to replace your innate inclination to love with anger, hatred, or violence. And fortunately, each of us has the divine right and the privilege to be always in control of our emotions. But sometimes we have to work on it.

Expressing unconditional love rules out the possibility of disease, because love is never in conflict. Disease, on the other hand, inevitably involves some sort of conflict. For instance, cancer in its simplest form is a belief of a battle between good cells and bad cells in the body. I have seen when a person’s thought is calmed and they’re no longer angry, they then experience physical healing. It’s the unconditional cleanliness and purity of love that heals. Just like when you see a pond that’s calm and still, reflecting perfectly the landscape around it. If you throw in a rock, it destroys the pond’s ability to reflect. Our consciousness is similar. We cannot throw in the rocks of anger, hatred, anxiety, regret, distrust. If we entertain these thoughts in consciousness, we destroy our ability to reflect. So it’s important always to refute the idea that there can be conflict of any kind in our bodies, or, for that matter, in the world. We can always choose to love—not the evil or diseased person—but the person of God’s creating.

Unconditional love is a two-way street. It’s “… Love … reflected in love” (ibid., p.17). When Love is “wedded to its own spiritual idea,” then we can experience the marriage feast—all the fruits that come when we commit our lives to loving God supremely. We can experience the abundant good God is giving us each moment, right now. And there won’t be any strings attached. ♦

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Achieving Real Success: Commentary – A Christian Science Perspective

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
King James Bible
Matthew 16:26

Commentary A Christian Science Perspective

Achieving real success

A Christian Science perspective: On overcoming limitations to right activity.

Suzanne Riedel

January 20, 2017 Most of us are touched when we see individuals achieve outcomes that have required extraordinary dedication, particularly when they’ve overcome hostile predictions or overwhelming circumstances. We cheer teams that come from behind. We value co-workers, friends, and family for their persistence, especially when a goal is particularly challenging to achieve.

What’s the secret to such achievements?

One woman who moved mountains as a Christian healer, spiritual teacher, author, and founder of this newspaper – at a time when women were not welcome in the workplace or on the pulpit – was Mary Baker Eddy. She said, “The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible” (“Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” p. 199).

Yet while many have proved that quality of thought makes a huge difference in the quality of outcomes, her teaching went well beyond the importance of human mental focus alone. It had everything to do with learning that God is the source of all ability.

Prayer is the ultimate “devotion of thought.” And it’s through turning to God as the present source of our true consciousness, which expresses the divine nature, that we discover we are never just striving humans, but are truly what God has known us to be all along. We are expressions of spiritual freedom – including the freedom to achieve whatever it is ours to do.

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A way out of Suicide with Mrs. Eddy, William Rathvon, Oprah and Maya Angelou.


A definition of “to hope” is “to trust with confident expectation of good.” That hope is necessary Mrs. Eddy makes plain in the following statement: “Knowledge that we can accomplish the good we hope for, stimulates the system to act in the direction which Mind points out.”

Mary Baker Eddy

(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 394)


Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.

Mary Baker Eddy

(SH 3:25)


“You [Devil] say you use this wedge of discouragement [hopelessness] with nearly everybody. With whom can’t you use it?” 

The Devil hesitated a long time and finally said in a low voice, “I can’t use it in getting into the consciousness of a grateful person.”

William R. Rathvon, CSB -1912




There was a time when I was in a state of utter despair, immersed in guilt over promises made on which I had not delivered. I went to my vocal coach, Fred Wilkerson, weeping copiously. He asked what was the matter. I responded, “I’m going crazy. I am almost at the brink of suicide.” He offered me a legal-size, lined yellow pad and a pen. He said, “Write down your blessings!” Furious that he didn’t understand my condition, I shouted, “Don’t talk nonsense, I’m telling you I am going crazy.” He said, “Write down that you could hear me say ‘write down’ and think of the millions who cannot hear the cries of their babies, or the sweet words of their beloveds, or the alarm that could help them seek safety. Write down that you can see this yellow pad and think of the millions on this planet who cannot see the smiles of their growing children or the delight in the faces of their beloveds, or the colors of the sunrise and the softness of the twilight. Write down that you know how to write. Write down that you know how to read.” Wilkie, as he was known, gave me that lesson in 1955. Fifty-five years later, I have written 31 books, essays, plays, and lyrics for songs — all on yellow pads. I remain in an attitude of gratitude.

— Maya Angelou

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Now is the hour by Virginia Harris, CSB


The Women’s March on Washington is a political rally scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2017, to promote women’s rights, immigration reform, and LGBTQIA rights, and to address racial inequities, worker’s issues, and environmental issues. Sister events will take place in cities around the world.[1] The march, organized as a grassroots movement, is on the day after the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.[2] It aims to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”[3]

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Dawn on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

by Virginia Harris, CSB – Now IS The Hour!


A much-loved hymn in the Christian Science Hymnal says (No. 34): Great are companions such as these.

“In divine reality there is no lack of true companionship”

“God setteth the solitary in families”

From the March 11, 1961 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

Most of the problems of material existence spring from the false premise that man, the expression of God, can be separated from his source. Who can seem to be more alone than the child chastened by a loving parent, believing that he is cut off from the sympathy of the one he holds most dear! Adolescents, lacking in their understanding of divine Love, sometimes feel adrift and apart from the family circle. The realization that each child of God is precious to the Father and has never broken away from the presence of good brings healing and comfort to these young people.

“A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families.”

The Bible is replete with promises of love and friendship, showing that the Father-Mother of all is forever giving succor and joy to those who turn to Him for comfort.

(Ps. 68:5, 6)

A much-loved hymn in the Christian Science Hymnal says (No. 34):

Once more the lonely heart is fed.
Who dwells with Love hath perfect
Faith, hope, and joy are with us all;
Great are companions such as these.


I am in the photo below with a married couple from my school both of whom treated me with love and kindness.  Thank you, God.

My friend’s mother was left to raise eight children alone after his father walked out on all of them one day and never returned.  They never heard from him again.

As a result, my friend worked through his negative emotions at the gym rather than using drugs and alcohol and went on to became a fitness instructor.  They have included me in activities with their families.

I found love and fellowship in Oaxaca that I could not find in my own family or local branch churches in Chicago.

Perhaps the love was missing from the structure of Truth and Love.  I wonder what Mrs. Eddy would have to say if she were around to the human sense today.

imagesPerhaps it took the unconditional love of my students, none of whom spoke negatively of gay people, to heal my heart.  There are days I literally feel a warm glow around it that is hard to articulate.

Perhaps it is called healing.

One student asked: “If you could give us one gift teacher what would you give?” I responded: “The gift of hope.  Never, Never, Never,  give up!”

My hope after they move on from my class is that they all have good lives full of love and happiness.  Most already found that within their immediate family.  Perhaps that is my lesson learned here – the strength and love of family.

Perhaps I had a sense of that with my grandmother who was a Journal listed CS back when it was harder to become listed in the Journal.  She was pure love and the real deal before she moved onward and upward.  Perhaps she is part of me now (the good part) to the human sense.

Thank you Father-Mother God. I wouldn’t have made it without You and the study of Christian Science.

The two greatest support systems are faith and family.  And Oprah once said you’re lucky if you have two good friends in life.

Finally, I will always remember my previous Regional Business Director who stated: “If you want to find out who your real friends and family are then wait until something bad happens.”

Perhaps he should have also added that your faith will be severely tested as well.



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A Gift of Hope – Part 2 – Response To The CSMonitor Commentary: “Stuck in the hope category”.


The gift of hope passes from hand to hand, like a baton.  We’re all in this together.  Meeting the needs of others is humbling.  And I think Albert Einstein had it right when he said, ‘The only life worth living is a life lived in service to others.’  May God bless you, and the people we serve.  


With all my love,

Danielle Steel

A Gift of Hope « Danielle Steel


We also give them hope: the realization that someone cares about them and good things can happen even at the worst of times.

… sometimes making a difference in the world, a big difference, happens one person at a time.

A Secret Mission On the Streets, Newsweek, June 23, 2008

Danielle Steel



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Yes, hope is an important transitional quality, not to be overlooked because other states of mind seem more powerful. In the section of Science and Health where Mrs. Eddy outlines a transition from hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality,  it’s not a set-in-stone trajectory. We feel hopeful when we spot encouraging signs, from seeing others’ victories or harking back to our own victories in the past. I sometimes compare hope to small sticks, faith to larger sticks, understanding to larger logs, etc.  You can’t start a camp-fire with only large logs unless under the driest of conditions. Those little sticks definitely come in handy. Fruition and reality can then circle around, and up comes a fresh batch of hope or vision. Hope doesn’t just disappear  because we don’t need it anymore. I survived a very cold night  near the Grand Canyon thanks to  little sticks (call them hope!). No logs around, not many larger sticks, but there were plenty of little sticks to compensate for the fact that my sleeping bag was too skimpy and there was snow on the ground.
So write on, Rob!
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