The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave

Image result for flagMy heart is breaking, and so should the hearts of others. My blog post last week was about the wonderful preschool graduation ceremony of our youngest granddaughter. The same day it was published we had another tragic school shooting and the killing of 10 innocent people. My words, “We had another tragic school shooting” are intentional, for this is our problem, all of us. While the politicians and many citizens debate the causes and solutions to this horrific problem, more and more children, young people, and adults continue to be sacrificed.  We should be ashamed that people in this great country of ours cannot or will not do more to fix this. Continue reading

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Don’t Miss the Moments!

IMG_4268It is that time of year again, when we adults attend countless graduations, recitals, and sports tournaments. We sit through hours at each of those, just to see our loved ones have their thirty seconds of fame.  Our granddaughter Virginia graduated from Happy Apple Academy last night, the third and last in her family to do so.  It was very emotional for our daughter, Tara, who has lived this same scene with her other two children, Mary Grace (13) and Elsie (11). I still remember when a couple of the Happy Apple Teachers brought Virginia a Future Happy Apple Student t-shirt when she was born, and now, almost six years later, she is graduating from there. Amazing. Where have the years gone?

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A Love Letter to my Other Mothers

img_4229.jpgHappy Mother’s Day to all mothers and those who have “mothered” others.  Some reading this have biological children, and some mothered others, without labor pains and delivery! You are all valuable beyond words. I have had both, and I treasure them all. Those women who mothered me without any obligation to do so hold a special place in my heart.

I have written in previous Mother’s Day blog posts about my mother. You can read those posts on My mother did the very best that she could at this important job of mothering; I truly believe that. As open and as honest as she was, she would agree that in her case, raising me “took a village.” My mother’s influence on me is unquestionable. So is the influence of several other “mothers.” Continue reading

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34 Years and Counting!


A toast to 34 years!

Where does the time go? I know this sounds like a baby boomer question, and rightly so since I am a boomer!  All reading this will understand one day, assuming they live long enough. Continue reading

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Barbara Bush and the Fugitive Grandmother



The news has been filled these last few days with stories of two very different yet similar in some ways, women; the fugitive grandmother and Barbara Bush. I am struck by the stories of these famous women and think there are some messages from their lives that are important for us all.

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Are We Lucky or Blessed?



Blessings beyond compare

Lately, I have heard several people say, “I am lucky!” or That was lucky!” Whenever I hear about luck, I want to reply, “What does luck have to do with it?” (Can you hear that song?!) I am not sure about luck. I even just heard that former first lady Barbara Bush, who just passed away at the age of 92, talked more than once about how lucky she was. Even so, as much as I admire Barbara Bush, I am not sure about luck.

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Trust and Obey

IMG_0943Have you had the experience of thinking about something, and someone else mentions the same thing? This happens to me more than occasionally. One such example was last week. I had the subject of Trust on my mind, and our pastor spoke about Trust in his sermon on Sunday. He even used an example of Trust that I had been thinking of. I was amazed. While my pastor’s focus of Trust was a little different than mine, I was struck by the synchronicity of something on my mind also being the focus of his sermon. I have learned to follow my heart in these matters. I realized that the subject of Trust should be the subject of this blog. I decided to obey the urge that put this subject on my mind and heart and share some thoughts about it.

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