Please Keep Praying

If a blog can be the equivalent of a journal and reflect what’s going on in our daily or weekly lives, I’m living in tumultuous times along with the rest of you! Please keep praying for our nation, for those you love, for the sick and the homeless, for the … Read more…

A Critique is Still Criticism – Tread Softly

No matter how much the experts split hairs and insist that critiquing something isn’t the same as criticizing it, it doesn’t change the fact that when you write or issue a critique of anything, you’re still criticizing it! Tread softly. Vicious critiques have led to suicide of the victims. Rarely … Read more…

You’re Still You

Hearing from a childhood friend recently made me realize what different paths our lives have taken. Oh, my gosh! How did we ever recognize each other? So much has changed since the times we often sat in the street in our rural town, building our own little roads out of … Read more…

Missed Goals? No Big Deal…

Sometimes we stress ourselves out by setting goals that aren’t even ours! It’s hard enough when goals are our choices and we fall short. When they’re not ours, it can be an emotional disaster waiting to happen, depending on just how unrealistic for us they were. Goal setting is always … Read more…

The Christmas Story

1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Cæsar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. 2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own … Read more…

Never Apologize for Who You Are

Every individual can do better and be better in this world. There are no exceptions since no one is perfect. Yet there are those who will criticize you as being weak if you cry, if you show frustration or irritation with the world, if you keel over from exhaustion. Get … Read more…

We Don’t Look Back

To put it mildly, immigration is a touchy subject these days, even the legal kind. Plus some proposed solutions to illegal immigration are beyond cruelty and even lack commonsense. Whatever our feelings on the topic, this land is a nation of immigrants. We would not and could not exist as … Read more…

What, No Music?

Music can bring us such great joy when we choose it wisely. Whether we’re listening to the classics or movie soundtracks, ragtime or later jazz, gospel, or country and western, it can lift us out of what might otherwise be a sad or dreary day. Music does make boring, tedious … Read more…

So Much Gratitude

The attitude at this time of year is so much that of gratitude (even enormous gratitude and even from those who are grieving) because of our many large and small blessings. And yet…it is an excruciatingly painful season for those who actually lost a family member or dear friend, especially … Read more…

Mama Said…

When Mama opined there’d be days like this, sometimes she nailed it! Other times she really had no idea what we’d be dealing with today. Our world is so far removed from the one she (and every mother of my generation) grew up in. Even so, dealing with a spouse … Read more…