Only Good Friday

10 “Good” Reasons For Snow In April – “Only The Good” Friday

Are there 10 “Good” reasons for snow in April?  Yes, of course. If I didn’t look at the “Good” side of it…I might  sit down and cry.  So on this “Only The Good” Friday” I’m going to share with you my reasons for being grateful for snow at this late spring date.


I woke up to eleven inches of snow this morning.  It looked like a “White Christmas Scene”  on a card.

The  Ten Good Reason Why I’m Grateful For Snow In April.

1.  We can always use the water.  The mountains are getting bombarded.

2.  It has extended the ski season and that is good for the Utah economy.


3.  It has pruned some of the trees… naturally.


4.  It’s a gentle reminder that Christmas is only 8 months away.


5.  I have an excuse not to leave my house because I’m snowed in.


6.  I have kindling and fire wood for my wood burning fireplace from all the fallen limbs.

7.  The grands have one more chance to play in the snow.


8.  When my yard is covered with snow… my yard looks as good as all my neighbor’s including Linda, who is the Queen of Gardening.


9.  I have another few days before I have to finish cleaning up my yard to get ready for the “real” Spring and Summer planting. (Those cans are full of pine needles, old grass and twigs.)

10. It’s another sure sign that “Global Warming” needs to be reassessed.

There ya go… Snow in April… Yeah!

Till Later,

Insightful Nana

P.S.  I have another reason to be cheerful on this “Good Friday because, I know the snow won’t last long. It is suppose to be up to 73 degrees by Monday.

P.P.S.  Check out Shelly’s OtGF post.  She’s the “Only The Good” Friday Host.  Check out my sister Sheila’s OtGF post… she gives “Good” tech information.

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Good Friday – “Only The Good” Friday

Since this really is “Good Friday,” I thought I would make it the main focus of my “Only The Good” Friday. Yes, I was there… No… not the original “Good Friday,” … but  I traveled to the Holy Land a number of years ago and the trip remains vivid in my mind.   I want to share with you a bit of my experience as we traveled from Galilee on the North to Jerusalem.  These photos were taken back in the days of the “non digital” camera, but they may give you a little different perspective of the area rather than the traditional professional  photos  you usually see.

We were told before we left on the tour… “If you don’t take Christ with you… you will not find Him there.”  In some of the historic sites… I found that to be the case… especially in Bethlehem.  However, for the most part… I felt a strong spirit and energy in the entire area that was powerful and profound.   I would love to go back and do it all over again… it was a wonderful experience.


Don’t ask me how I got up there nor how I got down… I was too frightened to remember.


The dome of the rock actually covers a rock… the top of a mountain.  When you go inside…that’s all there is…. rock or a mountain top.   It is a sacred place for Christians and Muslims.  Christians believe this is where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac, his son.  It is the third most holy place for the followers of Mohammad to worship.

And Abraham rose up early in the morning…and went unto the place which God had told him.  And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen. Genesis 22: 3 and 14.


Dome of the Rock sits on the Temple Mount.  The wall is a side wall of Solomons Temple.  Men and women go there to worship… they are separated by a small fence.

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, A certain Priest named Zacharias….  According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. St.Luke 1:5 and 9.


The Galilee empties into the Jordan river  in this area.   Nazareth is not far from this location.

And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in the Jordan.  St. Mark 1:9.


This area is believed to be where Jesus gave The Sermon on the Mount.  The side of his mountain forms a natural bowl and the acoustics are astounding.  You can hear every word from quite a distance. This overlooks the Sea of Galilee…. calm and blue.

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit..  Matthew 5:1-3.


Nearly every afternoon, the wind changes on the Galilee… and the sea becomes a tempest.  The Galilee over stepped its bounds and beat upon this wall at the south end of the sea.

And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves; but he was asleep.  And his disciples came to him and awoke him saying, Lord, save us: we perish.  And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, Oh ye of little faith?  Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.  Matthew 8:23-26.


This photo is take on the mount of  Olives at the Orson Hyde Memorial.  Our guide was just speaking of Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem on a donkey… when these two little boys appeared.

And when they drew night unto Jerusalem,  and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then set Jesus two disciples, Saying unto them, Go into the straightway ye shall find an ass tied, and a colt with her; loose them, and bring them unto me.


In the Garden of Gethsemane are are many olive trees thought to be over 2000 years old.

And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.  Matthew 26:39.


Golgotha is just outside of the wall that surrounds Old Jerusalem.  Below was a natural  rock quarry where it’s believed  Stephen was stoned to death.   At the present time… there is a bus station located there.  To the left of the photo… not more than 100 yards, is the Garden Tomb.

And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull.  Matthew 27:3


The Garden was one of the few places that was left very natural.  The Church of England owns the property and it was beautifully kept… so quite and peaceful.

Now in the place he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.   There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews’ preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. St. John 19:41-42


I’m a member of the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints.  We focus on the resurrected “Living Christ.” Non the less…I’m grateful for his extraordinary sacrifice and his glorious resurrection.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said….. Mathew 28:5-6.

Have a happy Easter… and remember to share “Only The Good” On this Friday.

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana.

P.S.  You can join OtGF by going to This Eclectic Life. My sister Sheila has a real fun “Good Friday” post you won’t want to miss.

P.P.S.  Guess what?    Tomorrow, Saturday I’m featured a guest writer for Grandparent week at “I Never Grew Up.” Here’s the bottom line… you won’t want to miss it.  Go Here and see.

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Easter Is A Laughing Matter – Only The Good Friday

Easter is only a week away…which means Spring is around the corner.  I love spring… and Easter is one of my favorite holidays. To cheer up your Friday… I’m passing on Only Good Easter jokes.   On this “Only The Good” Friday… I’m giving you a copy of these jokes so you can hang them on your fridge or tack up somewhere and make  a family member or a friend’s  Friday a “Good One” too.   Have a good laugh…. or at least a chuckle.

Q: What do you call ten rabbits marching backwards?
A: A receding hareline.

Q: What do ducks have for lunch?
A: Soup and quackers!

Q: Why did the rabbit cross the road?
A: Because it was the chicken’s day off.

Q: What do you call a bunny with a dictionary in his pants?
A: A smarty pants.

Q: What do you call a bunny with a large brain?
A: An egghead.

Q: What would you call the Easter Bunny if he married a chicken?
A: The very first rabbit to lay an egg!

Q: Why are people always tired in April?
A: Because they just finished a march

Q: Why did the magician have to cancel his show?
A: He’d just washed his hare and couldn’t do a thing with it.


Click HERE for Easter Jokes.   It may take a few minutes to download.

Have a good Friday…. Remember to pass on “Only The Good.”    My sister, Sheila and I have been having a good time with this…. passing on the  “Good.”

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S.  If you want to join the Only The Good Friday Folks…make sure and go to the “Only The Good Friday” main site.  Shelly is the host and will list you blog site there.

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Kids Say The Darndest Things – “Only The Good” Friday

During the fifties, The Art Linkletter Show was on every afternoon. Part of the program was a segment called “Kids Say The Darndest Things.” The children were all dressed up, sitting on stools and Art would ask them questions. Oh my… some of the things that would come out of their mouths. Once I had children… my home was a constant Art Linkletter show… as my kids kept me in stitches with the funny things they would say.  Now, the grandkids keep the family  in stitches with the cute, funny and embarrassing comments they make.


I have a tendency to see life in a “way too serious” manner… so today.. On this “Only The Good” Friday… I’m going to lighten up a bit and share with you a few funnies my grandkids have come up with. (Prepare for “R” rated material.)

LuLu age 5
Coming out of “Time Out” … Lu scowled at her mom and said, “You’re a bad person for getting mad at me…. but you have pretty hair.

Randall at age 4
One evening, I offered to take a few of the grands to dinner… and I ask them where they would like to go.   Randall piped up and said he wanted to go to check on grandma. My mom, who was 88 years old, had been ill… so I thought it was so sweet and  thoughtful that he wanted to go see her.   Before we went to eat… we dropped by my mom’s place for a quick visit.  We were there for only a couple of minutes when Randall started to complain and wanted to leave. Go figure!

We kept out visit short and then went to our regular eating establishment, Chuck-A-Rama. As soon as we pulled in the parking lot… Randall cried out… “Yeah, we’re here at “Check On Grandma.”

Wyatt at age 4
Wyatt loves horses… and he had plenty of imaginary ones when he was younger.   One day, he was in the car with his mom when he announced, “Shawn and Kicker got into a fight and Kicker kicked Shawn’s eye out.   Emily replied, “Oh my Gosh, that’s terrible.”

“It’s okay now,” said Wyatt.

“Oh really, what happened?”

Wyatt replied, “Jesus fixed it.”

Josie, at age 5
Josie was home ill with the flu and Lisa, her mom,  offered to play a game with her.   “What game would you like to play?”

” Oh… you know.. that game with the oranges, apples and pears,” replied Josie.

You mean the matching game?”

“Oh no!” Josie replied, “That would burn our house down.”

Landon at age 4
At the family reunion, a large food buffet had been set out.  Lisa ask Landon what he would like to eat.  He said, “I’ll take everything except the gross.”

Braden, at age 4
Braden’s mom had a hard time getting him out of bed to get ready for pre-school.   He finally arose and said,  “It’s not that I’m sleepy….I’m just tired.”

Norah at age 5
My son, Brad… and his wife Martha took their family and dog to check on the new house they were building. When they left the new house, they forgot to load their dog (Tequila) into the car… and didn’t realize their mistake until they arrived at Grandma And Grandpa Wright’s house, 10 miles away.

Of course, the girls were upset, and Martha assured them that Tequila could find her way home from the new house because it wasn’t too far away.
On the way home, Martha suggested they pray. Norah volunteered. She said, “Heavenly Father, please help us find Tequila. Help us get off our butts and look for her.”

It obviously worked… because when they went back to the new house, Tequila was there waiting for them oblivious that she had been deserted.

Claire, age 5
Claire was at the doctor’s office for her yearly physical.  The doctor was checking her heart with a stethoscope when Claire ask, “What is that?”

“It’s a thing that checks your heart to see if your blood is pumping okay.” the doctor replied.

“Do you have blood?” Claire ask.

“Yes, I have blood and you have blood.”

After a bit of thinking, Claire replied, “My mom has blood too and it comes out of her cootie.”

Oh My…..”Blush.” The Innocence Of A Child!

Hope these put a little smile on your face on this… “Only The Good” Friday.


Insightful Nana

P.S.  If you want to participate and blog on OtGF… go to “This Eclectic Life.” Shelly will be the main host for “Only The Good” Friday.  All participating blogs will be listed there.  Join us…. let’s spread the “Good Word” on Fridays.

P.P.S.  Check out my sister, Sheila’s site too.

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Mother Teresa – “Only The Good” Friday

The first time I remember seeing Mother Teresa was the night she received the Nobel Peace Prize,  in 1979.   That evening, she stood before the world as example of doing good… and that it was possible to bridge cultures, classes and religions with caring and love.   When Mother Teresa received the prize, she was asked, “What can we do to promote world peace?” She answered “Go home and love your family.”


She and her Missionaries of Charity worked tirelessly among the poorest of the poor.  She established  hospices centers, a home for the dying,  orphanages and leper houses all over India.  She the expanded the order throughout the globe.   At the time of her death, at the age of 87,  the Order of the Missionaries of Charity had over 4,000 sisters, an associated brotherhood of 300 members, and over 100,000  lay volunteers, operating 610 missions in 123 countries.


Today…. on this “Good Friday… I give tribute to Mother Teresa, who is one of my shining stars.    For you… here are  three of my favorite Mother Teresa quotes.  You can download them free HERE and print them. (Be patient with the download… the file is large.)  Place them on your desk, counter top or fridge… as a reminder of the good we can do for each other.

Join my friends today… and check out their posts for “Only The Good” Friday.   Sheila…..  Shelly..…  If you would like to be one of my OtGF friends…write a post on your site… and make a comment on mine.  I will include you next week.

Spread the “Good”

Insightful Nana

P.S.  Mother Teresa started her mission at the age of 18.  She left the home of her mother and father, and never saw them again.   What a sacrifice… what a woman.
P.P.S Enjoy this short video of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

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Living At Base Of The Rocky Mountains – Only The Good Friday

Living at the base of the Rocky Mountains often goes unappreciated by me.  That is until I look up and see the grandeur of Mt. Timpanogus  covered with snow.  Timp… the  magnificent protector…looms over our little valley here in Utah.   It is an unusual mountain because you can view the front side of the mountain one minute… and ten minutes later you can be on the other side, enjoying a completely different perspective.  I live on the front or city side of the mountain… and my sister, Sheila enjoys the view from the backside or country side .  We debate on who has the best vista.


After leaving her home the other day and rounding the corner,  the backside of the mount  came into full view.   Wow… I couldn’t resist jumping out of my car and taking this shot of Timp, the clear blue sky, white snow and the red barn in the foreground. I’ll have to admit… on this day… Sheila’s argument for beauty won.


However… look at view that greets me every time I round the corner away from my house. As the seasons change… so does the face of the mountain… and the winter perspective is one of my favorites.

The debate is over… I think we’re both right… don’t you?

On this “Only The Good” Friday,  I wanted to share with you two perspectives of  this majestic mountain which uplifts my soul.

On this day, we share many points of view of what is good and great.  Check out a few of my friends who want to share their gift of the”Good.”  Sheila and     Shelly and    Karina and     Mo   

If you want to join my list of “Only The Good Friday” friends…. all you have to do is post a “Good Friday” message on your site and leave me a comment and I’ll include you in my list.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S.  In between my house and Shiela’s is the turn off to the famous Sundance.   The Sundance view is the backside of Timp at closer range.  I’ll share that view of Timpanogus  with you at at later time.  It’s a magnificent perspective too.

P.P.S. Have a “Good Friday.” Look around and see what is great and good in your neighborhood.

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Acts Of Kindness – Only The Good Friday

Acts of kindness certainly is not limited to adult behavior.  Timothy Crookston of Kaysville, Ut has been helping his neighbors since he could walk.  He is now twelve, and is known to his neighbors as a friend and helper.   He takes out the trash, cleans yards, mows lawns, cleans houses and does what ever he can do to help.

He also visits those who need cheering up.  He checks on all the grandmas and grandpas on a regular basis.  Tim said,  “I just kind of talk to them instead of leaving them in their house to keep to themselves.”

Neighbor, Pauline said, “We love him in the neighborhood.”  Over the years, some of the neighbors have passed on… but their families praise Tim and thank him for his kindness  toward  their family member.

Last week, Tim was honored by television station Channel 5. He received the High 5 award for his acts of kindness toward his neighbors.   His reaction?  “I guess I just kind of learned that that’s what you do when you live in a neighborhood.”

I offer my High 5… along with his neighbors… to Tim Crookston, who does good deeds all week long… not just on Friday.

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What an inspiration!

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths
Insightful Nana

P.S. This reminds me of a song I learned as a child in church….”Have I done any good in the world today… have I helped anyone in need…..”
P.P.S. Check out  My friends Sheila and Shelly…  and Karina who  are also spreading the good word on Fridays

As I See It

Seeing The World Through New Eyes

Several years ago, I enjoyed the movie Dead Poet Society.  There were many memorable scenes, but one in particular stands out in my mind.  English teacher, John Keating, played by Robin Williams, stands on his desk and encourages his students to “Look at the world differently.”  Standing on the desk was Keatings visual demonstration for seeing the room and the world from a different point of view.


He invites his students to also stand on the desk and see the world through new eyes.  “Just when you think you know something, you must look at it in a different way.”

This week I was introduced to a short video that made me look at the world differently.  It has certainly caused me to more fully appreciated what I have. This video has also inspired me to want to make a more profound difference in the lives of others.

I share this video with you.. in hopes you will also see the world with new eyes too.

Starting next week… I’m going to going join others in a movement called “Only The Good Friday.”  This group of bloggers are joining hands to actively make a difference and do “Good.”   Every Friday, I will be sharing stories of people who are making a difference in their families, neighborhoods and communities.   The idea is… to pass the “Good”  forward.  You are welcome to share stories and ideas as well.

Enjoy the video.

Insightful Nana

P.S.  Here are two of my blogging friends who are participating.  Shelly from This Eclectic Life and Sheila from Newbielifeline.  If you blog.  We would love to have you join us in this movement.  Let us know where you are.

P.P.S.  Be thinking about what you can do to pass the “Good” along.

If the world had 100 people in it. from John Chow on Vimeo.