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Eugene Lockhart played the judge

A degrees of separation thing

In Miracle on 34th Street (1947),
Susan & Santa the judge was played by Eugene Lockhart.

  1. Eugene Lockhart
    Geneis the father of June Lockhart.
  2. June Lockhart
    June played the mother on Lassie.
  3. The theme on Lassie
    Lassie & Timmy had whistling. (WAV)
  4. Another TV show theme that had whistling
    Goober Sings LP was The Andy Griffith Show.
    • MIDI version of the Andy Griffith theme.
    • Lyrics, never aired to the Andy Griffith theme.
    • Andy Griffith, itself a spin-off from The Danny Thomas Show, gave birth to numerous spin-offs, including Gomer Pyle USMC, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres.
  5. On The Andy Griffith Show,
    Andy & Opie the boy who played Andy's son was Ron Howard.
  6. Ron Howard
    Opie later played Richie Cunningham on Happy Days.
    • Before Andy Griffith, Ron Howard sang a solo in the movie The Music Man
    • After Happy Days, he became an acclaimed director
    • Happy Days directly or indirectly spun off several shows, including
      • Lavene and Shirley from which spun off
      • Lenny & Squiggy (early version of Dumb & Dumber… mercifully short-lived or urban legend?)
  7. In one episode of Happy Days, Richie Cunningham
    Richie was the target for an earthling-napping alien named Mork from Ork, played by Robin Williams.
  8. Mork from Ork
    Mork got his own spin-off series the next season, Mork and Mindy. Nanoo Nanoo.
  9. In the third season of Mork and Mindy,
    Mork & Mindy their baby was played by Jonathan Winters.
  10. Jonathan Winters
    Winters had one scene in the movie Penelope (1966) starring Natalie Wood.
  11. Natalie Wood
    Wood played the little girl, Susan, in Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
  12. In Miracle on 34th Street (1947),
    Susan & Santa the judge was played by Eugene Lockhart.

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Be Sure to Say "Thank You."

People turn to God in their hour of need. But what do they do when they get answered?

Classically, generally, people turn to God in their hour of need. Right? I mean, it may not be ABSOLUTELY true that "there are no atheists in foxholes," but you can say NEED (as a person perceives it at the time, regardless of its validity) brings out the religious in people.

Of course GREEDY and THOUGHTLESS "NEED" tends to bring out the superstitious more than the highly spiritual, because people frequently get themselves into things and then expect God to bail them out. God's evolution toward that glorious age of light and life appears to require a fair amount of culling from the gene pool those who fail to appreciate God's will, as expressed in nature. Gravity, for example. Around our house we have the saying, the best time to ask God for advice is before you jump off the cliff. Asking God to repeal gravity, undo the carefully-crafted universe of the space-time continuum, simply because you forgot to wear a parachute, isn't exactly fair. There's an afterlife for sorting those things out.

And besides, quite often the real "need" is not at all what the person is asking about, but rather the true need is a profound metamorphosis of the world view of the person praying. Serious answers to utterly selfish prayers aren't really possible -- when there's not even a crumb that could have vague translation to the values level! Of those these them yea verily was it most truly bespoken, "Sometimes the answer is no."

The best of mortals, meanwhile, can sometimes through no fault of lust or sin, and despite the most sincere efforts, find themselves in powerful need. We have been assured by God's many good voices that the faithful can turn to God in the hour of real need. There's some rules. Exhaust every human resource, pray with wisdom and humility and faith and all that good stuff. You live in a universe of Others, all requiring your acknowledgement of their spiritual equality, and all clamoring for God's gifts and all looking for that divine Love the same as you. Understand there's an encyclopedia of things to be said about how the answer might not be what you expect, or could be long delayed, or might not come even in this life, and blah dee dee blah, which you have to keep in mind while still praying whole-heartedly and without despair and oh yeah remember to keep that fundamentally joyous faith thing going.


So, let's say you do all that. And maybe your request for reasons of the universal good actually qualifies for the fast-track reply. We're talking that whizbang miracle-from-outside thing here, not one of those personal internal attitudinal metamorphowhozises.

Funny thing about getting our prayers answered in this life. Seems like God rarely puts on his George Burns skin, says, "Hi, I'm God!," hands you a big bag of money (with a big green "$" on the side) and solves all your problems with a bewitching nose twitching. Sure God can change water to wine (good wine, too, and in party quantities) anytime it seems appropriate. As a general rule, though, the showy miracles tend not to uplift the spirit of the individual and the universe, so even when we get answers, they seem to come from "within the system."

Over three decades as students of health & nutrition, Mary Jo and I've often seen simple natural remedies perform remarkable healing. Sometimes we (I say we but Mary Jo is the far better student) have been called upon as counselors (non-professionally) to our fellow mortals. Quite simply, quite often, folks get better. It's personally satisfying to have helped steer them to healing. A simple vitamin deficiency correction can seem like a miracle, especially to the one who had been ailing. So, now and then, someone will try what we're pretty sure is the right solution, but will report back to us that the "medicine" (whatever treatment) "didn't do anything… the condition just went away on its own." Right. We see that "going away on its own" a lot. If fact, since what we study is what you might call natural remedies, then natural healing, if any, is all we ever see. If a person doesn't understand this, that's okay. The fundamental purpose, healing, is achieved.

So, the parallel: When God answers you, it's not (usually these days anyway) via the bolt from the blue, charioteers from the sky, or the dramatic angelic rescue... not as often as it is a seemingly natural confluence of fortuitous events. See, here's the trick, and here's why I'm sucking up the bandwidth with these words. Sometimes the answer you get can be exactly what you asked for. But it can be so subtle you didn't even know you got it, or the answer came so quietly you didn't even realize it was the solution to your screaming dilemma.

Since we frequently are asking for something bad NOT to happen to us, it's not always clear when the threat has passed; maybe there wasn't a big "whew! we're okay now" moment; or, time just passed and the dreaded didn't develop. So, at some point, you might realize, your wishes were answered, but maybe... maybe you don't think back to those prayers. Things just worked out, or you got busy because you got the job, or it turned out not to be cancer, or Billy came home safe, or the IRS said they owed YOU money... and life goes on... and the next crisis occurs, and you get busy with that... but one way or another... you don't realize your appeal to the Almighty actually was answered, and timely, and well, and even perfectly, and you got just what you asked for and completely MISSED IT!

God is always busy right now answering your very own personal deepest, most heartfelt prayers, perfectly answering every single one of them (note rules above), whether you realize it or not. I was raised that if you get something nice, you ought to say thanks. I've never been very good at writing those thank-you notes, and that's not my mom's fault; she tried to teach me. However, an attitude of gratitude not only seems in order, but helps keep the system healthy.

Thoughts to the world from a warm spring day in Oklahoma,

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Pain and Pleasure

Acknowledging behavioral stimuli

You say you want to go back,
Dm                   C
change what has been done,
      F           Em
But experience is fixed and as
  Dm              Bb
unyielding as the sun.
You'd like to look ahead into
  Dm          C
tomorrow afternoon,
      F                 Em
But potential times lay hidden like
    Dm               Bb
the dark side of the moon.
You're running from the present.
        Dm                 C
 Moment still keeps flying by.
          F             Bb
Now's the only place to work in.
            Eb           C
 Here's the only time to try.
    Am                G
The present, past and future are
     F                C
 but three links in a chain.
    Am                 G
Our future's pleasures lie in hope
      F             Bb
 of escaping living pain.
Eventually we're born.
            Dm               C
 We have to leave the womb behind.
 F            Em
Eventually we see ahead,
     Dm             Bb
 the tomb is all we find.
The past is pain we can't escape.
    Dm         C
 It pushes us ahead.
       F                Bb
That's why we build for what we know
       Eb               C
 comes after when we're dead.
    Am             G
But now is all you have today
     F                 G
 you have to drink the cup,
    Am                    G
And hope your past has prepared you
        Bb      C      D3sus
 for... what is coming up.

Signs pointing to Heaven or Hell

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Not Enough

To be or to become... What was the question?

B      Bb
You... can...
Spend your time in meditation
  Spend your time inside
It can be a kind of education
  Or a place to hide
Spend your time in thinking, reading,
  Talking while alone
Until you're through with all you are
  and everything you've known
And when it's not enough
  then you will come out of your cave
The first thing you will
  hear is how you're
    C                B
    going to have to shave
You can
Spend your time in social service
  Trying to do good
Some will say you just unnerve us
  Others say you should
Spend your time in work and trouble
  Worry with your friends
Until you're through with each idea
  Fraying at the ends
And when it's not enough
  Then you'll retreat and contemplate
The first thing you will
  hear is how you
    Eb     Db       Eb
    almost were too late.
2010 Nov 14: MP3
2016 Sep 16: In music video Mindful Webworkshop #6.

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Attitudinal Morass

What leads you to believe judgements?

Attitudinal Morass 1975-Jun-6 Don Tyler -- So! You ask me, with that GRAVE concern on your face... you ask if i'm _all_right_ now?! The only way i can interpret that is to infer there is, implicit in your question, the working of a ''Not right, then!'' in your consciousness.
Since the working of a ''Not right, then'' concerning myself is a judgement, you must have felt qualified to judge once! How? Who told you i was ''not right?'' A friend? Freud? God? A little birdie? Yourself? John Law? The T.V.?
Whoever it was who told you I was ''Not right,'' including yourself, what led you to believe that judgement?
It's just.... It's just that the system could use a lot less judgement: and a lot more understanding:
A lot less criticism and a lot more Love!
Those who nailed the PRINCE OF PEACE to the cross must have thought themselves righteous... AND JUST!