Always Remember

Maggie, getting ready for Thursday night Football with Kelliann.

Maggie, getting ready for Thursday night Football with Kelliann.

I do not like “Never Forget”. . . it uses two negative words.  I prefer  “Always Remember.”

So, Always Remember and appreciate those that love you; whether they have four legs or two.

Thanks to our daughter,  Jelly and Miss Kathy Creech for thinking of us tonight and sending this video over as a reminder.


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Now let me see if I have this right?

There’s no guidance or discipline in the home. The family situation is so unstable; ‘Junior’ doesn’t even know where to send a Father’s Day card.

Junior gets dumped into the education system where he is socially promoted because the overwhelmed school district can’t deal with the undisciplined help.

Junior’s major formative influences are ‘gangsta’ rap videos and a corresponding peer group of gangsta wannabes.

At age 18, Junior is turned loose on society carrying a bad attitude, a broken compass and no respect for authority.

Junior gets himself in big trouble with the law because he is illiterate, unskilled, unemployable and his only source of income other than Government assistance is illegal and meets dire consequences.

Then, the situation diagnosis is that the police need more training, compassion, sensitivity and understanding?


Thanks to Carla.


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Prison Or Classroom?

unknown-1Life is all about perspective. If we see difficult people and painful situations as threats, they may become prisons for our souls. Like inmates in medieval dungeons, we languish away for days and weeks, wishing the problems would just go away, or we try frantically to get out any way we can.

Whether our problems are caused by our own mistakes, the sins of others, natural disasters, or anything else, our difficulties can, instead of dungeons, become classrooms where we learn life’s greatest lessons.

In some circles today, Christian leaders teach that God wants everybody to have peace and plenty, lots of money, and all the happiness in the world. That may sell books, but it doesn’t help much when God allows difficulties to take us deeper into a relationship of trusting Him. Paul recommends a different perspective, one that sees problems not as prisons but as classrooms where God gets our attention, transforms our character, and gives us strong hope in the things that are most valuable — His will and His ways.  Eventually, the lessons take us to the heart of God, where we experience His kindness and love more deeply than ever before.

Reprinted, with humble admiration, from  Life Promises for Leaders, by Zig Ziglar


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Opening Paragraphs

image-3As the sun set at the end of a glorious day in  Michigan’s Great Southwest, I reviewed my bookshelves for something to read this evening.

This book  was purchased ten years ago (10/7/2006 to be exact)  at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute in California. I’ve read it a few times over the years as it is only thirty pages, including Amendments.

One more time won’t hurt.

It starts like this:

We the people of the Unted States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.  image

What are you reading?

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On Money

unknownMoney never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and triples that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man; rely on it: “Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.”. . . Benjamin Franklin.

“Money will buy you a bed, but not a good night’s sleep; a house, but not a home; a companion, but not a friend.” . . . Zig Ziglar  unknown-1

From yesterday’s Insight with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard


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So, You Want To Publish A Book?

Modern technology makes it easier to connect with folks all around the world.  We can literally have virtual, ongoing conversations with people we appreciate and respect.  Social media allows us to reach out and for others to reach back.

Several years ago, I stumbled accross a blog  by a fledgling author named Andra Watkins. She was a gritty, sassy story-teller and seemed to have a bottomless pit of energy and determination.

Her first book, To Live Forever. An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was supported by her actually walking and recording her 444 mile hike on the Natchez Trace. She also posted, short  daily videos of her journey, great stories in themselves, blood blisters and all.

That hike, led to her second book,  Not Without My Father, which made it to #9 on the New York Times Bestseller list and made her father, Roy Watkins a sensation of his own.

I have met Andra, heard her speak and have tried to promote her and her books whenever possible because she has a unique gift for telling her stories.hard-to-die

Now, the next story is only a week from being released when Hard To Die hits the shelves on November 1st.

Here is Andra sharing Five Reasons Why Launching a Book Sucks:  It makes me want to shelve my effort.

What are you reading?



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Is There a 12 Step Program for Poli-coholics?

With sincere respect for those of us who who live the 12 steps, but this is too funny. That being said, my perspctive on the neighbor’s sign is a bit different. Thanks for letting me share.

that little voice

I need a 12 step program.

In fact, before November 8 the entire nation may need more than just a Poli-coholics Anonomous program. We will need one-on-one counseling on anger management, truthfulness, sleeping disorders, and paranoia. That will be followed by withdrawal therapy after the election.

You see, emotionally, I’m jagged, jarred, edgy, and cranky.

It comes from being obsessed with today’s  political politicsenvironment. I wish I could turn off the TV. I want to quit reading the trash talking going on in the Presidential race. But, I’m addicted to this drama that is playing out across our nation. And I don’t think there is a 12 step program to help me.

If such assistance was available, these may be the steps recommended:

  1. Admitted we were powerless over the TV remote control and the Internet–that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe an end to the madness is in sight, and we…

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