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Hanging in There?

May 17th, 2017 No comments

I think most of us have a low level, if not a high level, of anxiety as related to our new administration.

It seems every day the news from the White House makes us wonder what next may put our country in jeopardy. 

How long can we continue this way?  I don’t know. I do know I am not alone in my feelings of serious concern. 

Since you may have supported DT, as you had a right to, I can’t help but wonder if you too are concerned that your vote, however sincere,  has placed us in this position. At this time it is not a time to stand staunch just for the sake of saving face.  We are now about saving our country.

I suggest we pray, frequently and fervently. God works in mysterious ways and I am trusting Him to take charge.  God is not a member of any party.  We must trust Him to make the ultimate decision of where we go next.


Remembering Children who Are ill

April 7th, 2017 Comments off

 Feel better baby girl!   Juliana has been sick the last couple of  days with the stomach virus.  She is normally an energetic, independent, playful child and it is very hard to see her not feeling well. The side affect of your baby being sick is that the parents don’t get any sleep and they have to deal with missing work, going to the doctor, etc. etc. if you have gone through those times then you understand how they are feeling today.

 We fully expect her to bounce back and be her own sweet self again very soon. But there are many children in hospitals today with serious, debilitating, life-threatening illnesses and we want to take a moment and remember them in prayer.

 Our heavenly father, we know you love all the children and it is not your will that they would suffer, but our bodies are weak and illness is part of the human experience. We ask you God,  to be with each little child whether it is the flu for the day or if it is a matter for chemotherapy or other strong treatment. We pray that their young lives will be spared and given a chance to serve you and to know you better as they grow up and have a witness of your healing power. Be with the parents God who struggle to meet all the needs of their children,  especially during the time of serious illness. Be with each one as they deal with whatever is attacking their child. Give them comfort and strength God to go forward day after day. Help them to meet their financial needs, the stress on their family, childcare for their well children.  Let them draw strength from you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Thanks Cynthia

March 24th, 2017 Comments off

 Thanks to our good friend Cynthia for letting me know that she still comes to the blog and that I have been neglecting it. She was checking to make sure I am OK since she lives in Arizona and I live in California.  We don’t see each other but we care for each other and I certainly appreciate her checking up on me. 

 As most of you regular readers know I have been quite upset over the election results. Yes I realize it was in November and this is March but it has had a daily effect on our lives.  I am not upset just because my party lost although I thought it would be amazing to have a first woman president however flawed she may have been. I really doubt that you can get to this level of political life without having a lot of baggage dragging along behind you. 

 Considering our choice I thought she was the most prepared for the job and I think she is basically a good person. I cannot say that about the person who won.  The possibility that  another country  May have influenced the results has captivated my attention. I also firmly believe that the FBI director cost her to lose many valuable votes.  It also hurts to know that she got more votes actual votes from citizens then DT, yet she lost. I say get rid of the electoral college. 

 One reader was very upset that I had become political but at age 74 I changed my mind whether I should speak up or not. I now care more about speaking the truth as I see it than the number of people who come to read my blog . To thine own self be true.

Please pray for our country.

Fannie Flagg

March 3rd, 2017 Comments off

In watching the old old old game shows it makes me sad to realize that almost everyone I’m seeing on the screen is deceased. I looked them up on Google and find out how long they lived what their lives have been like and how they died. Because  in that era 40s and 50s specially we didn’t really know the impact of cigarettes on our lives and that may be the reason that so many of these people we learn to enjoy on television succumbed to throat cancer or other smoke related illnesses.

 Two who survive are Betty White and Fanny flagg. Most are familiar with Betty white and I think she is universally  loved,  but fewer may be familiar with Fanny flag.  Apparently when she was on match game she was one of the youngest ones on the show. With flaming red hair, Alabama accent, and a wonderful sense of humor, she became a favorite. 

 More people became familiar with her when she wrote the book Fried Green Tomatoes, and it became a popular movie starring Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. Fanny Flagg was nominated for an Academy award for writing it. She has written other books that I have enjoyed immensely. If you haven’t read any of her books and if you like wholesome, humorous, warm southern settings then give her a try. I see she has written a new book and I hope to read it.

In reading about her today I learned that her name at birth was Patricia Neal. Since there was already a well-known actor by  that name, her father suggested she be called Fannie and a friend suggested Flagg. She is now 72 and I’m so happy that she is still with us. I hope she continues for many more years in good health and continues writing.



25th Amendment

February 21st, 2017 Comments off

 If you have never read the 25th amendment you might want to read it. Although some people are hoping that it might be the answer to get DT out of the White House, it doesn’t sound very likely to me.

            I think the fact that so many people are talking about it is indicative of the deep deep concern many people have over the mental stability of the man with the nuclear codes.

I  have a feeling that many people who voted for him are now feeling some regret. I have come to believe that many many people voted for him because he was the nominee of the Republican Party. They were not voting for someone they wanted in the office they just wanted the Republicans to win because they believe more in the  republican platform.

Believing that helps me to accept  it better than to think people actually would vote for a man of his Instability.

Starting Early

February 21st, 2017 Comments off

Today I went to a toddler class with Juliana and Alice. There were about 15 two year olds and one adult each.  No, it was not noisy and chaotic, but well structured into a routine that ran smoothly.

I won’t bore you with details of their activities, of recognizing and tracing letters, art, story, visual motor games, and rug time with toys, but they are similar to Preschool and kindergarten activities.  Ninety minutes went quickly for me, as segments of activity were geared to the short attention span of two year olds.

It is Juliana’s first introduction to formal education and I thought she did very well. She appeared confident and engaged.  I hope the rest of her educational experience will be as successful and I hope I will be around to cheer her on!

What did we do before them?

February 21st, 2017 Comments off

Years ago I saw a news post from Japan showing a typical group of shoppers walking through a common area. In every person’s hand, held to the ear, was a cellphone. How outrageous, unbelievable!

We were just being introduced to this marvel of communication and were shocked at the thought that so many people would have them, and use them so often.  They were ahead of us, but no more.  

There are reportedly 382 million adults with cell phones in the United States. Yackety-yack! 

South Korean Dramas

February 20th, 2017 Comments off

 I have been watching Korean dramas for 10 years at least. They are not unending as our soap operas, but they run for a few months and then draw to a conclusion.  I like them for many reasons, but particularly hearing the language and learning aboutthe Korean culture.

Seoul Korean, where I believe most of the dramas are filmed, is frighteningly close to the border of North Korea and under constant threat.  The actors I have seen over the years have become special to me and I am concerned about their safety.

I live a few miles from Hollywood,  and 5,900 miles from Seoul, but I actually enjoy  the Koreans more. Does that sound weird?  Their names of actors are difficult to remember but their faces are familiar. I know little about them as individuals but they help me pass a lot of time with the sometimes ridiculous plots. I hope they are safe.


Lt. Gen. H. R. McMasters

February 20th, 2017 Comments off

second time around DT has a national security adviser who has been well received. Good. Now, the huge question is will DT listen to him and take his advice or will his narcissistic disorder cause him to insist he “knows better than the generals” as he has said before?

we’ll see.

Gen. McMasters, we are counting on you to be a voice of reason. Don’t be intimidated by this reality show emcee. Please stand up for what makes sense.

Uh, I don’t think you were supposed to park there, dude!

February 17th, 2017 Comments off


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