Today's Thought (s)

Never ever for the sake of peace and quiet deny your own experience.

Live the life you love.

As you get older, you really just want to be surrounded by good people; people who are good for you, good to you, and good for your soul.

Sunday, March 3, 2019


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018

Pain As Life

When pain threatens to become my world/and the darkness of it begins to eclipse my soul/I find my way into Grace through the sounds of Nature, and God speaks through the chatter of the birds in the trees/and I hear Her whisper to me on the gentle breeze/That solace encourages me to endure.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

You'll love this one...!! A book club & more

You'll love this one...!! A book club & more
4296 members

We are an international group who share an interest in reading all genres of books. We focus on four main areas:

1. Monthly Group Themed Read. Each month our members select a small set of related books to read and discuss as a group. See our bookshelves to see our past reads.

2. Challenges. We have monthly challenges based on various themes. We also have a year-long challenge.

3. Bi-monthly TBR Topplers. Now that we've given you all sorts of recommendations, we support your efforts to read the books that you've shelved. Every other month join us in a 'read-a-thon' to help reduce your groaning shelves.

4. Buddy Reads. Do you want to read a book and discuss it with others? Our Buddy Read section is open for this purpose.

We're a relaxed, non pressure group of folks who just want to have fun, and to read some great books in the process.

Books we've read

The Monsters of Templeton
Peony In Love
The Woman in White
The Handmaid's Tale
Lord of the Flies
Suite Fran├žaise
The Rose of Sebastopol
Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Notes from a Small Island
Little Women
True History of the Kelly Gang
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Help
The Woman In Black
Wolf Hall
Through Black Spruce
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books

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Lust (Lust, Money & Murder, #1)Lust by Mike Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

GoodReads Book Review

Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer'sBefore I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer's by B. Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent. No matter how many books I read on Alzheimer's, there is always more to learn... Dan and B. wrote this book as a way to provide information and the fact that it reads like a novel really holds the attention of the reader. Kudos to Dan for the detailed resources list. I didn't know about the ADDF and will definitely direct some dollars in that direction for extensive research. The Cure Alzheimer's Foundation is also on my donation list, now. I wish the couple many, many more good times as they live with this devastating disease.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Restoring Our Young People

NOTE: This is an essay I wrote many years ago, and I find it to be still relevant today. What are your thoughts?

Once upon a time long, long ago, children were to be seen and not heard. A bit harsh maybe, but you can bet your sweet patootie there were no kids telling their mamas and papas what they weren't going to do.

A little time went by, and the sweet darlings were no longer required to be mute, but it was still the stringent policy of speak when you are spoken to. Yet again though, children exhibited acceptable manners and civility. So far, so good.

More time passed, and children began to be encouraged to participate in conversations as a part of their learning to navigate the ever enlarging world in which they would need to move. The youngsters still were admonished to stay out of grown folks' conversations. (If you're of a certain age, you probably remember that phrase with smiling fondness.) We wanted our children to be erudite and confident in themselves, but there was still a loose tether to keep them from getting too big for their britches, though.

And then I woke up one morning, and a mother was sharing with me that her nine year-old was telling old her what she, the child, would and would not wear. The mother was so distraught and told me that she didn't know how to handle the situation. I was speechless for about half a second before I asked that mother who was the parent and who was the child? That incident opened my eyes and ears, and I realized that the inmates had begun to run the asylum! We had somehow allowed ourselves to believe the idiocy put forth by experts (who had no children) that discipline infringed upon a child's creativity and expression. I think that the parents rather than the children were the true subjects of that see how gullible and just how far afield we would go. Responsible parenting is hard work, and it feels good to be able to lay down a heavy load; and that's all well and good, but the parents forgot and/or chose not to pick the heavy load of good parenting back up again.

Well, we're long past reigning it in time, now. We have babies having babies on a regular basis; and parents trying to be best friends with their children and gain the child's approval. Say, what?! Being an effective parent is no walk in the park, and sometimes you feel that your children don't like you... So? Look, there are enough kids of the appropriate age for your child to be best friends with; that is not your role. If you need a friend, join a bowling league, go to church, or hang out with the co-workers whom you like, after office hours once or twice a month. Let's once again begin parenting so that our children can read at or above grade level. Have you ever considered how deeply ashamed a child who has a high school diploma, yet cannot read, is? That bravado they display is false, and something as elemental as being able to read can stir a positive spark that can lead a child away from the feeling of hopelessness that allows the deplorable state of kids killing kids with no compunction, whatsoever.

Your children are not on loan to you for you to try to be their friend, or to treat them as little adults (that means you don't curse your children out because they display childlike behavior). Your parental assignment is to raise them and teach them. Yes, shower them with love, but also include a healthy dose of discipline so that they will be equipped to become productive and proud members of society.

If we remember what real parenting is, we won't have to worry so much about preteen and teenage abortions. Getting patted down and not being allowed a purse on visitor's day at the prison won't be an integral part of the parenting experience. Unscheduled and unwelcome visits to the funeral parlor because yet another child was gunned down or beaten by peers will no longer be a common occurrence.

Sometimes it's difficult to put the jack back into the box, but there are times when it's more than worth the effort. Yes, reigning it in is long past due, but I refuse to believe that it's too late. We have lost so many children; let's make the choice that losing our children because we refused to do the hard thing is no longer an option.