Shirley's Spot

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Come on in, have a comfy chair, and let's get acquainted.
There's a slice of apple pie (a la mode?), and a cup of tea just brewed.
I'm a recycled teenager, retired several times over, now gone back to college, and having fun on the Net.

Introductions :

Meet John
More about me
Meet the cats
Where we live
Bunch of Good Links for your Spiritual Life
Go to Church this Sunday

Meet John :

John is my husband, and pastor of St. James' Church in Clovis, New Mexico.
He also has oversight of the Mission Churches of the High Plains' Team :

St. James', 1117 N. Main, Clovis : map
Holy Trinity,
1116 W. 3rd. Street, Portales : map
St. John's,
113 S. 7th. Street, Fort Sumner : map
St Michael's,
2602 S. 2nd. Street, Tucumcari : map

Before he entered the ordained ministry he served twenty years with the U.S. Army, and learned German, French, Russian, and Vietnamese.
When he retired from the military we both went to Seminary at TESM (Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry) in Ambridge, PA, and added Greek and Hebrew to our languages.
He composes music, and plays the Organ, Piano, Bassoon, and Contrs-Bassoon.
He also plays a mean hand of Bridge.

Links to : TESM | Learn Hebrew | Learn Russian | Bassoon Homepage | American Contract Bridge League |
Pipe Organ Pages : PIPORG-L | Organ Geeks Online | International Organ Foundation | NE Organist Resource Pages |
Piano Pages : Piano Page | Piano on the Net - Lessons | Piano Parlor |

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More about me :

Life has been varied and interesting - I trained as a scientist, taught in several European Universities, then retired to marry John, went to Seminary, worked as a hospital chaplain, went back to College to study music, and am now teaching Greek and Biblical studies at Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), am a Chaplain at the hospital in CLovis, and run an InterNet Consulting Service to help other Churches and non-profit Institutions have a Web Presence.
Interests and hobbies varied with time and place, and have included : horses and riding, ice skating, motor sports (racing, slaloms, and rallies), gardening, sewing, cats, and music.

There's a fuller bio. available for a click.

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Meet the Cats :

The kitty count was 5 for many years, but recently has come down to 3, plus 1 from next-door :

Thomas Cat, a pale buff-yellow shorthair who is named for St. Thomas' Church in Houston. He walked into the Church as the Morning Prayer Service was starting. He was ushered out, the doors closed, and the people had their Service. The Service ended, the doors opened, the people went out, and the cat walked in again. He was about 6 months old, had been declawed and neutered, and was obviously a pet house-cat. We searched for his owner all around the neighbourhood, but no-one knew him. So John brought him home, and in due time he moved to Clovis with us. He has a favorite chair on the front porch, which catches the early morning sun, and he just loves to climb up in a lap and have his ears rubbed.

Peterkin is a black shorthair who came to us as a stray at the beginning of December several years ago, right around the Feast of St. Nicholas (December 6). In Germany, St. Nicholas has a black servant called Schwarzer Peter (black Peter). Peterkin is still very much the pushy irrepressible teenager : he will climb up into Thomas' chair or push his head into the feeding dish alongside any of the other cats, and play pounce and swat with anyone he can catch.

Shulamit (Song of Songs, "I am black but beautiful") came to us as an 8-year-old black lady-cat when friends moved and couldn't take her with them. She is our Number One Bed Cat - snuggles up and purrs all night (all day too if we'd let her). Poor Shulamit has recently been diagnosed as having Feline AIDS - we keep her indoors all the time now, quarantined from the other cats. She probably caught it from a poor white stray kitty who used to come and scrounge food from the cat feeder - by the time I realized he was a stray, and not one of the neighbor's cats, he had become very ill, and also infected two of ours.

Solomon was with us for several years - he was wise enough to come to us when he needed help, with an injured front leg. He was an old gentleman cat whose black coat had quite a few grey hairs. He only had one front tooth (but quite a few in back) - so he used to get special treats of moist cat food and a dish of milk every now and then. He'd had a rough life as a tough old stray, but was fitting in OK with the rest of the family when finally old age caught up with him.

James, a dark tabby long-hair, was left behind to starve by a family who moved out of town. By the time I found them, his brother was too weak to survive, but James hung on, to become the largest and heaviest of our cats. At one point he had such a low-slung belly that I thought he must have a tumor, so I took him to the vet, who up-ended him, probed around, then said "Nah - good healthy fat - but then all your cats are fat !" (They're mostly healthy 12-13 pounders, not really gross, but hearty eaters). James liked to think of himself as the senior cat, and tried to run off any visiting cats by doing the "gunfighter strut" towards them - like when the gunfighter in a western movie walks down the street towards his opponent, so James walked, front legs bowed, shoulders swinging, nice and slowly, with his coat puffed out and tail up. "Git outta town !" James, too, tested positive for Feline AIDS, and had to be put to sleep. we still miss you, James.
Then there's the next-door cat, "Negrita", who, despite the name, is black and white. We don't have a fence between the two houses, just a lawn and a pine tree which the cats try to climb after the birds. There's a well-worn path in the grass, from both sets of cats walking across to check out the others' food dishes.

I've never really had much success with it (but then I haven't made a great effort either), but you might want to check out "How to toilet-train your cat".

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Where we live :

We live in Clovis, New Mexico, just 10 miles west of the Texas border. The area is part of the Llano Estacado (the High Plains), a plateau several hundred miles long, at about 4,000 feet above sea level, quite flat and dry. It's mostly rangeland, cattle ranching being one of the main occupations. Clovis itself has tree-lined streets - someone introduced elm trees for shade, and they have seeded themselves like weeds all around the town. Climate is usually hot and dry, but with occasional high winds, thunderstorms, hail, and a bit a snow in winter.

Maps of the High Plains
Links to : New Mexico Net | | Historic Route 66 |
Images of New Mexico | New Mexico Film Gallery | Welcome to New Mexico | Billy the Kid | Billy the Kid Outlaw Gang's Home Page | Billy the Kid documents |

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Cursillo :

John and I worked on the Cursillo Teams for the first and second Cursillos in our area - "Rio Grande SouthEast". Cursillo is short for "Cursillos de Christianidad" (a short course in Christianity). The original Cursillos took place in Majorca and Spain, in the Roman Catholic Church, and have now spread to other denominations, all over the world. A Cursillo Weekend gives one the experience of living with others in a community, sharing and supporting one another in an atmosphere of joy and caring.

Links to : the Cursillo Page for New Mexico | the Cursillo Page of the Diocese of Washington | "What is Cursillo"

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Israel :

John and I have visited Israel many times, and sometimes lead pilgrimages from the U.S.A. to Israel. It is after all our spiritual home, but now it feels like coming home as we travel to the great places of the Bible, and meet up with friends we made on earlier visits.

We'll be leading another tour this year, and plan to climb Mount Sinai - riding camels part way, and climbing the rest on foot.

If you'd like to join a Christian Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, please contact us at

Links to : Year in Israel | Facts about Israel | Virtual tour of Israel | Virtual Tour of Jerusalem | Jerusalem Mosaic Tour | The Temple Mount | The Holy Sepulchre |

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Invitation :

Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn to Him :

Come unto Me all that travail and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. St. Matthew 11:28

So God loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. St. John 3:16

Hear also what Saint Paul saith :

This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, That Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:115

Hear also what Saint John saith :

If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 2:1

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer

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Links to other sites for Spiritual Development :

The Real Purpose of Life
Steps to Peace with God
The Four Spiritual Laws in Forty Languages
How to be sure
Who is Jesus ?
Suggestions for New Christians
Introduction to the Jesus Prayer
The Holy Spirit and You
Spiritual Gifts Inventory
Footprints Poem
The Cross around the world
The Easter Page
The Stations of the Cross (illustrated)
The Stations of the Cross
The Rosary
The Easter Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
The Lord's Prayer in 30 Languages
The Shroud of Turin
Bible Gateway
The Book of Common Prayer

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This Sunday : Go to the Church of your choice :

Church Online
Church Finder
Church Locator
Christian Cyberspace
Cross Search
Distinctive Church Collection
Houses of Worship
Net Ministries

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