Monday, January 28, 2013

We come to the end

I am ending this blog. I hope that my writings have helped or inspired you in some way. God Bless.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The world of politics...

Never before have I ever, ever become involved in politics like I have this year. I feel like I have been pulled like a magnet into this frustrating, yet so very important arena.  I have learned a tremendous amount of information....an eye-opening amount of information. How can ANYONE vote for a presidential candidate if they don't study and get informed of the truth of the issues. And yet I am made aware of a whole bunch of people who don't do this. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Why do we do it?

Why do we tend to spend precious time and emotional effort, which may threaten our relationship with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, by nit-picking at others around us?  Sometimes we criticize, or judge, or are rude, or are unkind to those around us just because we don’t happen to agree with them or understand them.

What happened with just plain forgiving them...letting it go...or asking them to clarify something that we didn’t understand?  We presume they had a nasty or weird reason for what they did or said.

How wonderful it would be if we all could rise above such pettiness and unchristian-like behavior.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

An old Doris Day song..

Part of her song goes...
"Ups, downs 
Ins, outs, highs, lows 
Anyway the wind blows"
.... her song relates to love...but these word I have posted can relate to life itself...

Monday, July 9, 2012


Life sometimes can be a real struggle...for everyone. We just do the best we can, with God's help. We pick our self up when we fall. We keep going in the darkness, having faith that the light will come quickly. We smile when we feel like crying. We reach out for others when we don't feel like it. We never, never ever give up because we know we can make it !!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I am still here...

I hope to post to this blog again, soon.

Friday, July 9, 2010


I have been ill for many months but I am back and hoping to post on my blogs again.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Your friend is struggling

How do you/can you help a friend who is struggling with depression so badly that they shut you out (and maybe others, too)?

You want to help and maybe have tried things, but this time it doesn’t seem to help your friend. You worry and pray for your friend, and keep trying to provide that magic pill that might make the difference. You miss your friend and want them back.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The computer

Does everyone else get as much enjoyment and benefit as I do from using the computer? I use Microsoft Word to do all my writings, which include my books, prose, writing about random topics, my life story, my personal journal, etc.

I love my personal blogs on the internet...it is great to relax and post on them all. I enjoy reading other people’s blogs, also. I love learning about different things, so I do a Google search about something and then study up. I love the different forums and groups on the internet that I can learn from and contribute to.

E-mail is terrific !! What a great, fast way to stay in touch with others. Working with photos on the computer is so easy and fun, also. Then there is the endless resources for doing genealogy on the internet, or any other interest or hobby one might have. I am glad for the technology of computers and the many good ways it can help us and add to our lives.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

How true this is! Some of our associations with others are to the degree and depth that when we are apart, our heart indeed yearns for that person. We miss them. We need to SEE them, we need to HEAR them, and we need to FEEL the warmth of their skin again.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Patience and kindness

Two good qualities of character are that of having patience and kindness. It does not matter how old you are, or how old the people are that you come into contact with each day. They may be your family, neighbors or strangers that you brush past occasionally.

Using patience and kindness when in the presence of others is treating them with respect. Remember the Golden Rule? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Likewise, and most importantly, it is a true test of character when you are placed in a position of interacting and helping the elderly people. Always remember...you too, will be old someday...so how would you like to be treated?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The aging process

I just finished writing to my friend who is having a hard time, like me, enduring the aging process. Sometimes the natural ways of life are difficult and they become more so the older we get. Then it is easy for that enemy, self pity, to grab hold of us and drag us down some more. But we must not despair, we must lift our head high and with a smile on our face go forward and find that strength and peace that is surely within us, and that will carry us through the rest of life and help us to endure that which comes to us.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Learning who we came from

Click on images to see larger .... (on the pedigree chart, put YOU as #1 and then work backward on your family lines)

We each have and live our own lives, but have you ever wondered about the lives of those ancestors who you came from?

Their stories can be fascinating, to be sure. Take the time to ask your grandparents and other older relatives, to tell you the story of THEIR life and about THEIR parents and THEIR grandparents. You will learn some interesting things that will help you know more about them and their feelings and thoughts and how they dealt with situations in their life. Then record these stories for your own posterity to have. But it’s important to understand and know who we each came from because they are certainly a part of us.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Simplify our life

Sometimes we can get so caught up in the mechanics and rush of living our life that we forget to MAKE time to relax and enjoy it. That’s when we need to find ways to simplify some of the things we do….maybe even eliminating a few of the stress causers and heavy social activities that demand our time and zap our energy. Life should be filled with joy, so we need to take the time to slow down and really see and appreciate all the beauty that surrounds our life.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Old photos jog our memories

I have been going through some of my old photos from High School and other times. It is the most amazing thing to look at these photos and be delighted with the memories that the photos bring to the forefront of my mind.

As with most everyone, our photos may be shoved loosely into envelopes and boxes. Because of this delving into my past, I have caused myself to create new “projects” for myself now. But this should certainly be fun!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Go feed the ducks !

Life and times are getting pretty scary. Some of us are really struggling in many ways. We need to have an outlet that will allow us to forget for awhile all the bad things. Go read a good fiction novel...watch a funny movie...OR...go feed the ducks.

Monday, January 12, 2009

A time for hope, faith and trust

With things so uncertain in our lives right now, it certainly can bring with it a myriad of feelings and thoughts about the future. It can be scary. It can be depressing. It can be deeply discouraging.

The more we dwell on the negative side, the worse we make ourselves feel. Trying hard to have hope, faith and trust that we will be alright, that we can find a smattering of peace within…can and will see us through.

None of us are alone in this economic situation. It affects us all in some way or another. If we can manage to reach out to help someone else, even with the emotional part, it can bring immense blessings to all concerned.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

First love...and true love

These are two different loves that I have experienced in my life. Each is totally different in so many ways from the other.

My first love was when I was a young impulsive girl, thinking it was wise and so romantic to marry this handsome fellow so soon after we met. I did not know his true character or weaknesses. I did not know enough to look for the important qualities that would make for a good husband. Years down the road, the many problems in the marriage led to heartache and divorce.

My true love came along when I was older and more mature. I was wiser in my choosing, wiser in what to look for and observe in the fellow; things that would add to making a good lasting foundation in a marriage.
True love is built on trust, kindness, consideration, unselfishness, patience and tenderness.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Snow Angels

Those who live in snow country have the delightful opportunity to make snow angels. You are never too old to try it...it brings back the child in you. Go ahead...lay down on your back in an area of snow that has not been disturbed, spread both your arms out and move them up and down in the snow forming angel wings. With your legs you do movements like jumping jacks, forming the angels robe. Now gently and carefully get up and move away from where you were laying, and turn around and view your creation.

Those who do not live in snow country or who have never made a snow angel...so sad !

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Time steadily ticks away

Wouldn’t it be nice to stop or slow down time once in a while and to adjust it to our liking? If we are hurrying to get somewhere we could just slow time down a bit; if we think the month is going by too fast for us we could stop time for a day or two; if we need more hours in a day we could fix that too.

But sadly, time steadily ticks away and we can do nothing about it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Needy ?

I consider myself to be a needy type person at times. Is it okay to be needy once in a while? Once in a while?

Just think of the opportunity for service that we provide for others through our neediness. Besides...everyone likes to be fussed over sometimes. Okay, I’m kidding.....or not.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Building walls

The walls I am talking about, are those we build around ourselves. There are many situations that might cause us to put up a wall. These walls tend to protect us from further hurts, or to soften the harshness of the world.

I have my so called walls, even though they are not very tall or solid. Maybe it is not a healthy thing to do, but for me it helps me cope many times with life. I do not try to escape reality, but just find a way to deal with things temporarily that might tend to shake my foundation and overwhelm me.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Pride and vanity

Beware lest a person exceeds in pride and vanity.

Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. Pride and vanity comes into play when we refer to things such as: our intelligence, personal appearance, social standing, financial status, education, and family background, to name a few.

How would we honestly and sincerely judge our self...what number on the scale would we choose.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Our efforts

All the myriad of activities we do each day, takes some amount of effort on our part. Some of that effort that we expend is greater one time and lesser another time, depending on what is required of us both physically, mentally or emotionally.

But what if we are afraid to invest any effort that might be required of us to undertake a particular activity or venture? What if we cause ourselves to hesitate, to doubt, to question, and to rationalize what that effort might cost us, and I am not speaking of money?

Aren’t some efforts worth the risk, worth whatever it costs? Or will we continue on our journey of life, forever wondering?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Trying something new

As a rule, generally I am not one to be adventuresome and try something new…but I surprised myself the other day and rode a 4- wheeler all by myself ! That is quite an accomplishment for this senior citizen.

I found that I really enjoyed that big hunkin machine and it was fun to ride around on the small dirt roads. I mused to myself what I had been missing all these years.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

We all need to know that someone cares

It must be human nature...and need...to have the longing to know that SOMEONE cares about us. To know that someone thinks and remembers about us and our situation or problems. That someone cares enough to call us and ask us how we are doing, and if they can help in any way.

It can be a pretty lonesome and despairing life if we feel that no one remembers or cares about us. These times can magnify themselves during the period of illness, post surgery, grieving, divorce, and depression.

Let us all remember to make sure that those around us KNOW that we care about them and remember them in their trials and suffering.

Friday, October 10, 2008


What is it that causes some of our days to be happy and easy, and then some of our days to be sad and difficult? It’s almost as if we are very fickle in this regard. It would be nice to be happy and have life fairly easy all the time, but then maybe we would not learn and grow emotionally if this was so.

So that must mean that it is a good thing to struggle at times? Struggle is good? Oh...struggle makes us strong. Okay.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The playground of life

We can view life as very serious, or very humorous, or very adventuresome, or very difficult, or a mixture of all of these. Most of us I think view life as a mixture.

However we view life, in my estimation it is very important and therapeutic to have some very good “playtime”. If we have playtime...then where is our playground? One playground can be in our thoughts, one can be in our hearts, one can be in our attitude, and one can be through our eyes as we view our everyday life and interaction with others around us.

Let us not be so serious and afraid of life that we forget to take time to play and really enjoy and treasure the many moments that come to us.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Actors and Actresses

I watch a lot of movies. It is one of the excellent therapies I use for my depression, and it also serves as a wonderful relaxation for me which enables me to recharge my introvert self.

While I watch these movies and TV shows, I can’t help but zero in more so, at times, at the actors/actresses portraying the characters in the show. I watch carefully their facial expressions, body language, the tone of their dialog, etc., and I am in complete awe at their performances. I truly marvel at their talent, ability, and gift....and I respectively applaud them.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Try it....you might just LOVE it !!

Bella Swan and Edward Cullen

Vegetarian vampires, good werewolves, a 17 year old girl, tender romantic love, bonding friendships.....what more can you ask for in a "hold your breath, can't put it down" series of books by new author, Stephenie Meyer. Her website is:

The "Twilight" saga of 4 books will keep you obsessed with them. You won't get any work done and you will not get enough sleep because you will stay up half the night reading. I am into the last book, and it is the best of them all.

On November 21, the movie "Twilight" will premiere. It is based on the first book. Click on the following link to view some trailers:

The following link will take you to another site to learn more about the books and their story, video clips of the movie, movie cast, cast bios, photo gallery, etc.:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Birds of a feather, flock together

We have all heard that old saying, haven’t we? But have we really pondered the words and the meaning of it?

My thoughts about it are: we feel comfortable with others who think and feel as we do; like-minded people seem to be drawn to each other; birds have wings and fly so maybe we too can successfully soar when encouraged by others in “our group”; a flock is many who are headed in the same direction; we feel safe, protected, and strong within our so-called flock.

Monday, September 8, 2008

There are all types of friends

There is the friend who, after 6 months or more, finally cares enough to give you a call.

Then there is the friend who can’t find their other closer friends to go do something with, and so they will call you.

How about the friend who calls you only when they want something from you.

And what about the treasured true friend who calls you often just because they care about you enough to want to see how you are doing and maybe wants to get together for lunch or a movie or whatever, and then they make a definite date with you to do it.

All kind of friends...and which kind of friend are YOU?

Thursday, September 4, 2008


It is tremendously hard to lose a spouse to death. Time somewhat softens the pain...but the loneliness still remains, ever reminding me that I am alone even in a crowd.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Teach children how to be a good future husband or wife

Being a good spouse in a marriage does not come to us instinctively. One has to learn and understand the basic elements of kindness, patience, love, unselfishness, service, compassion, tenderness, good communication, being a good listener, and much more.

Some of these qualities do seem to come naturally to some people, as if they were born with a gift. Some are qualities we CAN learn and develop. But they are all so very important to the happiness and success of a marriage.

It is never too late to teach children these things…to nurture and instill within them these qualities. Then, when they are old enough for marriage, they will be ready…and they will be able to be a good husband or wife.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


There are many laughs and jokes about the aging process. It seems like we can compare notes pretty good with others who are in the same cycle of life, all of which helps us to feel like we are not alone in the things we physically experience and feel.

Aging is a season of life that we can’t escape, unless called back to our heavenly home much earlier. I have dreaded the aging process way before I arrived at it, perhaps compounding the obvious somewhat difficulty of it. But it is part of the plan of life for us all, even though we don’t welcome its intrusion. We can’t hide or run from it. We can only do our best, as we ride the waves of aging.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Individual critique

The dictionary shows the word critique as meaning: a critical review; the art of criticism.

Ok, with that said, my focus will now be turned to movies. I absolutely love to sit and get lost in watching movies. Movies help my depression times and they also help me relax, unwind, and recharge myself because I have an introvert personality.

I have a membership with Netflix, the online movie rental company, and a lot of times I read the member reviews for a certain movie to see what their comments are. Many times their feelings about a certain movie matches mine, but there is always the one or two individuals who are very negative and picky. Other times I find most of the reviews for a certain movie to be very different than mine..very negative. Maybe that is what a movie review is suppose to be about…critical critiquing.

Most movies that I watch, I do enjoy. I am not a harsh movie critic...I watch to be entertained, not to tear a movie to shreds with criticism.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Life's trials...a way to help others

We all suffer through life’s trials and tests. Some of us struggle and suffer more than others and some of us learn great lessons from it.

My personal feeling is that we grow and learn from the things we suffer, and the knowledge we gained through our trial offers us the ability to help others who are going through the same thing.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Liking yourself and feeling comfortable in your own skin

(the above illustration is from the following website):

We human creatures have so many different personalities from one another. Some of us are introverts. Some are extroverts. And within each of these two categories are a myriad of other types of personalities and behavior. Maybe that is what makes the world such an interesting place.

No matter what personality we each have, it is important to like our self and who we are. Personally, I am an introvert…and just a few months ago discovered that fact. Before I learned the characteristics of being introvert, I thought I was a very odd duck. Once I learned about introverts and that I was one, it made all the difference in the world to me as far as liking and accepting myself for who and what I was. I felt that I was “ok” and not an odd person at all. I am feeling more comfortable in my skin, now.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

America's old Route 66 highway

I was a teenager in the 50’s. During those years growing up, it was a carefree fun time for me. My eye view of life and America was different back then...life was slower, safer, easier. If you don’t believe me, just Google the popular songs back then, or the type of movies that were produced.

A highlight of my late teenage years was a road trip along Route 66, from Chicago to L.A. Known now as the Mother Road or the Great American Highway, that old path still exists today but is no longer a U.S. highway nor found on our current maps.

I remember how exciting it was for me to have the opportunity to travel through parts of eight states. Seeing so many states and viewing the people and landscape scenery was pretty awesome for a teenager who was mostly a home person.

2006 marked the 80th birthday of Route 66 and several movies came out celebrating this time. When the animated movie “CARS” came out in 2006, it rekindled old thoughts and feelings from my experience as a youth. I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful fun movie as I understand most of it included characters, cars, places, and even the plot itself was based on real people and places along Route 66.

Another movie which came out in 2006 was:

“Cars on Route 66” .. To mark the 80th birthday of America’s famed Route 66, author Michael Wallis hits the road from the Midwest to the West Coast in search of both unique and antique classic cars, talking to the often eccentric personalities who collect them. Stops along the 2,000 mile journey include the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois, the Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the Historic Route 66 Museum in Kingman, Arizona.

I recently discovered two fun websites about the old Route 66 highway that has photos and wonderful history. You might enjoy them also:



Sunday, July 6, 2008

Our idiosyncrasies

During a conversation with someone lately, I shared some deep concern I had for some personal behavioral feelings I was having. I was surprised to learn that this person had some of the same feelings that I had.

It is amazing to me how much alike we may be to others, especially when we think that we are totally alone and distinct “in our idiosyncrasies”.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Are we too soft?

As I sat, thinking back 200 years ago and the life styles and ways they had of doing/accomplishing things, I personally am ever so grateful for those who invented “a better way”.

Life back then was naturally harder and more difficult than we are accustomed to today. In my mind, those people were strong, resilient and resourceful. I suppose we are the same sort of people today….but in some ways have we become too soft?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Having faith and hope when times are rough

With the uncertain economic conditions and natural disasters all around us, it is hard not to feel uneasy and yes, scared. But striving hard to exercise faith, hope, and trust in God can bring us the strength, guidance and sought for inner peace that we so desperately need and crave to get us through these times.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

If we are prepared...

With the economy the way it is and the “signs of the times” upon us, it is more pressing than ever to brace our self by making preparations for what may come. We should not be like the little pig who built his house out of straw. Think ahead and plan and do. It is better to be over-prepared than under.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Heeding promptings

I have recently learned a painful, sorrowful lesson on ignoring mental promptings. For quite a few weeks now, I have had promptings to backup the files on my computer. I did not heed those repeated thoughts, hence the hard drive on my computer went out a few days ago. Now I am in nervous anticipation to hear back from the computer technicians on whether or not they can find and save ALL my files.

A lesson well learned, I am afraid.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Romantic Roses

I just got back home from a trip to Colorado where I had shared in the joy of one of my granddaughters weddings. It was a beautiful, wonderful wedding.

The center where the reception took place was decorated very elegantly with tall, very slender crystal vases on each table. Each vase had a flower arrangement created with red silk roses and greenery that draped down from the top of the vase. Rose petals were sprinkled around the base of the vase.

The seven tier wedding cake was decorated with bouquets of real red roses atop each tier. The brides bouquet was real red roses and white lilies; The four brides maids bouquets were all done in real red roses. Parents and grandparents had boutonnières and corsages of real red roses.

Roses are a most divine, delicate, beautiful, fragrant flower....the most romantic of all the flowers.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Mitch Albom's books

These are two books written by Mitch Albom, that have been made into movies. I have not read the books yet, but I thought the movies are very special and give you a lot to think about in your own life.

Tuesdays with Morrie”, published in 1997

The true story of Morrie Schwartz and his relationship with his student, Mitch Albom. Both the film and the book chronicle the lessons about life that Mitch learns from his professor, who is dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The Five People You Meet in Heaven , published in 2003

On his 83rd birthday, Eddie, a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to his corporeal existence who help him understand the meaning of his life.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Looking back in time

It is rather interesting for me to remember back into my youth and young adult years and analyze the sort of person I was then. What my values, hopes, dreams, ideas, and opinions were then, compared to now. It is amazing how life can change a lot of things through the years.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Writing...anyone can do it

Some people seem to think that to be a writer requires special talents and abilities. But I feel anyone can do it. The words that form our writings come from our mind, heart, and feelings. We all have those. True, some people have more creativity with the use of their words, but that should not stop us.

Writing is just putting those words onto paper. It is describing how we feel and think about something. It is expressing our self....in the same sense when we verbally speak to someone. I feel it is important to leave some of our “writings” behind.....something that we can share with our family and others that will always show a part of us....our inner mysterious self.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mend the broken bridge

Families are so precious and important in the scheme and plan of our life. We may be to the point where we have not fully appreciated or understood that valuable insight yet.

As we mature and have experiences that make us realize how greatly we are linked and bonded to family members, then we begin to see the larger picture of what the word FAMILY really means.

One of the greatest tragedies in a family is to have someone within it, that has alienated them self from everyone....for whatever reason. And there are many reasons: being misunderstood; having hurt feelings; being judged too harshly; living a different lifestyle; etc.

Whatever reason is keeping family members from being a part of the family circle, it is very important to begin now to mend the broken bridge back into the family. It may not be easy...but it is NOT impossible!! Families are yearning for loved ones to return to them again. If such a person would begin today to turn their heart and minds towards their family again, they would discover the healing balm waiting for them in the open arms of their loved ones.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Watching kids at play

My daughter has a children’s day-care in her home. I live here too, and help her. The children she cares for range in ages from 5 months to 5 years.

It is so interesting to quietly stand back and observe the children at play. They can be so comical and creative, at times. They have wonderful imaginations and are also very good at mimicking adults while they play. They are just hilarious to watch and listen to.