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Dirk Baeuerle
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Lawyers should never ask a Georgia grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.
In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand. He approached her and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know me?' She responded, 'Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realise you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.'
The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know the defence attorney?'
She again replied, 'Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.'
The defence attorney nearly died.
The judge asked both counsellors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said,
'If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair.

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Ethel finishing the dog food bags making sure no crumb gets left behind!
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A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minneapolis and flew to Florida on Thursday, with the wife flying down the following day. The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an e-mail to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her e-mail address, and without realizing his error, sent the e-mail.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her e-mail since she was expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife
Subject: I've Arrived
Date: November 18, 2004

I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send e-mails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in. I see that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.

PS. Sure is freaking hot down here.

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Ethel Beagle Selfies! 

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Brief History
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church & Parish
Cullman, Alabama

Originally written by
Rev. Patrick Egan, O.S.B.
Pastor

Sacred Heart Church

The square block on which Sacred Heart Church is located was donated by the L&N Railroad. The building on the property began with the church, a small house for the pastor, and a small convent. The first church was wooden and the first school was a two-story wooden building.

Sacred Heart was established in 1877 with Father James Meurer, a German-speaking priest, the first resident pastor. Prior to the founding of St. Bernard Abbey in 1891 in Cullman, Benedictine priests began to serve as Sacred Heart Parish pastors in 1888.

The stone church was built during the pastorate of Rev. Ignatious Meyer, O.S.B., and dedicated in 1916. The matching stone school was built during the pastorate of Rev. Marion Schwallie, O.S.B., during the late 1940's. Rev. Louis Funk, O.S.B., was pastor during the building of the present rectory in 1961.

The church is a rather late example of the German a Revival of the Romanesque style. There is a slight indication of the popular cruciform style, in that the sides near the east end of the nave, at the crossing, are somewhat wider than the rest of the side walls. Native sandstone was used on the exterior. The original roof was asbestos shingles.

The stained glass windows were designed by the Von Gerichter Ecclesiastic Studio of Columbus, Ohio in 1914. Twenty-four of the windows were built in Munich, Germany, and when a couple of them were ready to be shipped to Cullman, World War 1 broke out in Europe, and so the windows were buried to protect them.

The rest of the Windows were completed and all of them were shipped after the war and installed in 1920.

The pipe organ (Austin Organ - Opus 1029), one of the largest in North Alabama, was built in 1921, and was acquired by Sacred Heart in 1959. It received a major reworking in 1988.

In 1991, pastor Rev. Cletus Meagher, O.S.B., answered the call of the Parish Council and launched the Family Life Center Program. The year was spent refining the design, visiting numerous churches from Birmingham to the Tennessee line. The "Best of all Possibilities" included offices, classrooms, conference room, youth room, kitchen, locker rooms, gymnasium and stage. (Something for every group in church). Some of the building's features include standing seam roof, and chair and table storage under the stage, kitchen located between conference room and gymnasium, electric retractable basketball goals with center curtain and a truly remarkable fireplace designed by Brother Jude Johnston, O.S.B., of St. Bernard Abbey.

In the fall of 1999, an extensive repair and restoration project was begun on the church steeples and roof, including gutters and downspouts. [Jock Leonard, principle Architect of Leonard Design, was the project Architect for the job]. Twenty-three (23) tons of zinc, and 600 pounds of solder were used by Copperworks Corp. of Decatur, Alabama for this job. A fish-scale pattern of shingles was used on the steeples and the high roof. There are 4,000 shingles on each steeple; each held in place with 5 nails. The lower roof has a standing metal roof design. New gold crosses were placed atop the steeples; they are a Cullman Landmark.

The latest cleaning and restoration of the stained glass windows was begun in 2011 and ended with the installation of three new rose Windows in the sanctuary and a new rose window in the school building. A new, elevated pulpit or ambo; as well as a display cabinet for the sacred oils, were also installed.

Sacred Heart Cemetery

The German Catholic Cemetery was established by Father Meurer shortly after his arrival to Cullman in 1877. The oldest grave is November 18, 1877, marking the burial of Anselm Fretz, Grand Dukedom of Baden. The original cemetery encompassed approximately 5 acres, situated between 8th and 9th Streets Southeast at 1322 9th Street SE. In 1998, more land was purchased for expansion of the cemetery, bringing the total to approximately 10 acres.

Sacred Heart School

In 1878, the Notre Dame Sisters of Milwaukee arrived in Cullman and opened the school for Catholics and non-Catholics. By 1879, their enrollment was 100 students.

For 20 years, Sacred Heart School was staffed by the Notre Dame Sisters. In 1898, the Benedictine Sisters began to staff the school.

The present school building was dedicated in 1950; construction having begun in 1948. Presently, 193 students are enrolled in grades 3K thru 6th.

In the summer of 1977, the first German festival in the city of Cullman was born at Sacred Heart School commemorating the schools 100th anniversary. Two years later, the City of Cullman Oktoberfest Committee was formed. This Oktoberfest celebration has grown and has become an annual event for the school, the parish, and the City of Cullman.

The Leven of the Immaculate Heart of Mary nuns, an institute of the Alliance of the Holy Family, International, began teaching during the 2014-2015 school year. They also work with local homeschooling and Hispanic communities affiliated with Sacred Heart Parish.
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A simple solution to helping the less fortunate:

How about "EVERY" us citizen help the homeless, the veterans, and the less fortunate and quite griping that the government do something! This issue is not solved by the government dong something - it starts with each one of you "so called" citizens who are only good at one thing: complain! So get up off your butts and do something or shut your mouth!

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Different sunset pics taken this past Sunday at Decatur Train Depot, Decatur, Alabama, USA
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My beag Ethel still out from yesterday's 2.77 mile walk.
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