Learn More About Your Body

November 25th, 2015 No comments

You could remove a large part of your internal organs and survive. The human body may appear fragile but it’s possible to survive even with the removal of the stomach, the spleen, 75 percent of the liver, 80 percent of the intestines, one kidney, one lung, and virtually every organ from the pelvic and groin area. You might not feel too great, but the missing organs wouldn’t kill you.

The adrenal glands change size throughout life. The adrenal glands, lying right above the kidneys, are responsible for releasing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. In the seventh month of a fetus’ development, the glands are roughly the same size as the kidneys. At birth, the glands have shrunk slightly and will continue to do so throughout life. In fact, by the time a person reaches old age, the glands are so small they can hardly be seen. ican’tseeyou.com


The ‘Berry Boys’ and Family Lovingly Remembered

November 24th, 2015 No comments


Guest Writer: Carl Berry

I had to laugh the other day as I listened to all my friends complaining of the cold weather. I guess my life now is much like my life was as a young boy. Cold weather was a signal that it was time for the first of the holidays to be getting close.

I remember so well the smell of baking as my mother started the early morning tasks of preparing a feast for her family, which often numbered as many as thirty. I remember the anxious waiting and the many trips to the window at each and every noise that sounded like another vehicle in our driveway at our small humble home on Smith like Street in Pocahontas.

This was so exciting because I knew that all five of my brothers and their families were coming, and our home would soon be filled with very loud laughter and of course our fun arguments over the silliest things. It also meant pallets everywhere throughout our house with all my nephews and nieces, each as happy as I was to be where we were, to be a part of a Berry Thanksgiving.

Though all these times have long since past with the loss of four brothers, and a mother and a father, the first few cold weeks of winter are always warmed by these memories. I love all you of the Berry clan and miss you greatly this time of year.  



Wishbone, pulley bone, also called ‘Merrythought’

November 24th, 2015 1 comment

The furcula (“little fork” in Latin) is a forked bone found in birds and thecodonts, formed by the fusion of the two clavicles. In birds, its function is the strengthening of the thoracic skeleton to withstand the rigors of flight.

When I was a little girl I always requested one piece of the chicken – the pulley bone. I think Mama must have left extra chicken on it for me.  After eating it clean, I would wash and dry it and keep it in a little box with the others I had collected.   Sounds odd now, but my grandmother used to crochet around the bone and make a pretty little decorative piece.

Up until around 1900 Americans and Brits called it ‘Merrythought”, today it is called wishbone or as in the south where I grew up, it is referred to as pulley bone, especially when served as a piece of chicken with meat from both adjacent breasts attached.

Instead of collecting the bones, traditionally, the wishbone, once removed from the turkey or chicken and dried, is then held between the little fingers of two opposing “wishers”. Once the wish has been made the bone is pulled by each person. The wisher who breaks off a larger section of bone is assumed to have his wish granted.

Alternately, the winner of this contest may choose to transfer the fragment of the wishbone, along with the wish, to a person of his choosing.

Because this is commonly a Thanksgiving tradition, this bone is also called the Thanksgiving bone.  By whatever name, it is a tasty little morsel.


November 23rd, 2015 No comments

I’m not sure when I will get back to posting a lot of interesting items, typical of what I have done in the past.   For now I may do some reposting,  things I have found particularly interesting over the years.  If you have been with me for a long time you may recognize them, but if you’re like me I can enjoy them all over again when I see them. With over 8000 things on this website, I have become my own resource.   In conversations many times I tell something I have seen on my own blog and I like to share it with others. So I guess you can say I am a schoolmarm fan myself. I think there is a wide variety of material on here  that can be appreciated by a variety of people. By variety I mean age and gender.

Blessings on your day, make the most of it my friends.  Make sure you take time to thank God for all he has done for you, because no matter how difficult life has been,  you and I should be filled with gratitude to Almighty God.

Just Being Jana

November 23rd, 2015 No comments

150746_919795478031303_3057510041544554291_nLast night at supper we were sitting by 4 very well dressed women. One lady had on this gorgeous low back black jump suit. She was absolutely stunning…except for the 5 tags hanging out the back. I quietly walked over, leaned in and told her while I tucked them back in. Next thing I know she has grabbed my hand, hugged me to thank me, pulled me down to sit and started discussing her dry cleaners. Before I could get away, we had all told our favorite shoe brand, discussed our meals, how many MPG our vehicle got and our 3rd grade teachers. I’m really looking forward to Christmas with them. I feel we bonded…


Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and janascaldwell@yahoo.com   If you enjoy Jana’s humor, check out her book, “Thursday Night Confessions” available on Amazon.





Regrets? I’ve had a few . . .

November 22nd, 2015 No comments

Regret is a  cruel companion.  Some people say they wouldn’t change a thing about how they have lived their lives. I can’t say I really believe them but if they truly feel that way well, hooray for them. For me, I have lots of regrets, regrets over decisions I’ve made, actions I’ve, taken, words I have spoken, etc. etc.

losing Bill is still shocking to me and I admit that his death has brought back a lot of regrets. mostly  regrets of being immature, of resenting living away from my family so much that I repressed and  then expressed a lot of anger. I’m afraid that anger was directed at Bill a lot because he worked so much that I felt neglected.  Starting your own business is not a good idea when  you are newly married because both your spouse and your business need attention, and something is going to suffer unless you are especially creative in time management .

Do you have regrets? Some couples regret staying together and they end up being miserable and unhappy for 50 years. Although I regret my marriage failing, I know  that we became happier as individuals living as singles than we did in our last years together as a married couple. As it was, We were good friends to the end,  I am proud of that. That is much better than if we had stayed together and completely lost our love and friendship. So while I grieve for him and for what might’ve been, I’m grateful that we remained  special to each other and although we did not remain ‘in love’, we loved each other.

Did you know?

November 21st, 2015 No comments

Scientists have counted over 500 different liver functions. You may not think much about your liver except after a long night of drinking, but the liver is one of the body’s hardest working, largest and busiest organs. Some of the functions your liver performs are: production of bile, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, and detoxification.

The aorta is nearly the diameter of a garden hose. The average adult heart is about the size of two fists, making the size of the aorta quite impressive. The artery needs to be so large as it is the main supplier of rich, oxygenated blood to the rest of the body.Your left

The left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart. For most people, if they were asked to draw a picture of what the lungs look like they would draw both looking roughly the same size. While the lungs are fairly similar in size, the human heart, though located fairly centrally, is tilted slightly to the left making it take up more room on that side of the body and crowding out that poor left lung.


What’s on my mind . . .

November 21st, 2015 No comments

I imagine everyone reading this has known grief.  How could you not?  Some know it early in life when they lose a pet, an elderly friend or a grandparent.  We go through passages in our lives when it becomes more common to lose not only grandparents, but parents, then as we continue to age we start losing our peers, classmates.  We somehow adjust to the losses, but we then enter a time of losing our spouses, dearest friends, and even our children.  We want to live long lives but the price to pay is to have our hearts broken time and again.

When I called to tell my sister that Bill had passed, she was at a Birthday party for her young granddaughter.  There was laughter, noise, colors, enthusiasm and little girls squealing.  It was a perfect example of the fact that no matter what happens in the world, life goes on.  It simply goes on, with or without us, yet each life is to be cherished and valued as highly as is earthly possible.

Help us dear Father, to live our lives in appreciation of the gift of life.  Let us bring peace and love to this confused and sad world.  Stamp out the evil ones who place no value on human existence, but have a thwarted view of you and what you require of us.  Please God, I pray.  In your son’s holy name.  Amen


Our Heavenly Home

November 20th, 2015 No comments

Someone was talking to me yesterday telling me news about a friend that Bill and I both knew very well. I kept thinking I wish I could tell Bill this. I imagine there will be hundreds of things in the future that I Will want to tell him but cannot, at least by telephone.

There are many things about death that we do not understand. There are many things about heaven that  are kept from us, in fact most things are kept from us at the moment.  Now we see as through a glass darkly but then we shall see face-to-face.

I wonder, as maybe you do about your loved ones who have passed, whether they can see us and follow our lives  or whether they are consumed with enjoying their joyous new life.   It seems to me if they worried about us then they would not be happy and it would not be heaven. 

There is an old saying that everyone wants to go  to heaven but no one wants to die. I think that is accurate because no matter how glorious it sounds, we are still left with many unknowns and so we prefer to stay in the life that we know.   If it is as wonderful as it sounds we will be filled with joy and no regrets for the number of years we  spent  on this earth, years  which deprived us of our heavenly home. Right now we value a long life, but a child of God who gets  to go to his heavenly home early is really the lucky one.

Help us, dear Father, to be prepared to meet you someday, while living the life that honors you while we wait to go to you. Amen







Chatting with you . . .

November 19th, 2015 1 comment

I’ve been sick since I came home from Arizona. I think it is the result of crying so hard and long. You who have grieved deeply for someone you love know exactly what I mean.

I may not be able to add as much interesting things  to the blog for a few days but I hope to write  from my iPad and  keep in touch. It may amount to me rambling, so be patient wth me please.

Bill had  just reached his 74th birthday, which these days is relatively young. We expect to have 20 more years, even though life expectancy is really about 70.  He never thought he would live a long life and about two years ago he started selling  off a lot of the inventory in his motor building shop. He said he was doing a favor to Tim because he knew Tim would not know the value of the equipment.  Wasn’t that a thoughtful thing to do? He told me I needed to clean out my garage to make it easier for Tim. I will do that, but I think I will have more years ahead of me .

Bill kept an extremely well organized and clean home and workshop. Whereas I am a keeper of all things, he had  learned to let go of unessentials. He was not a sentimentalist the way I am. I attach way too much meaning to things that represent people and memories. I am going to  learn to unattach myself to things. Goodwill here we come!

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