Resolutions for a New Year

Resolutions for a New Year

Learn to crawl Learn to walk Learn to talk Grow more Smile more Cuddle more Sleep less

God is still in control

God is still in control

In the past few days it seems like there has been nothing but bad news.  My son’s childhood friend has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, twenty-six people, including twenty CHILDREN, were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, and my family is dealing with two separate and difficult struggles which are [...]

Tis the Season

Tis the Season

Tis the Season …. for love. …. for giving. …. for hope. …. for dreams. …. for faith. …. for joy. …. for Christ.   Don’t miss it!

We Must Demand the Truth!

We Must Demand the Truth!

Back in the days of elementary school, I remember being taught about the propaganda being printed in the newspapers in Communist countries.  I was horrified to think that those poor little Russian children were being fed untruthful information.  I remember thinking how fortunate I was to live in a nation where people were free to [...]

United We Stand. Divided We Fall

United We Stand. Divided We Fall

It’s understandable that the losers, in any given situation or contest, would need some time to work through their disappointment and loss.  It’s even understandable that there would be a stage of anger to work through after losing something about which one is extremely passionate.  With the recent reelection of President Obama, nearly fifty percent [...]

My Facebook Page is my Front Porch

My Facebook Page is my Front Porch

Because the election is now over and I am fully aware that I will feel the need to express my opinion, I thought I’d throw out some suggestions that may help me to avoid potential blood boiling moments and maintain friendships with my liberal friends. I never hop onto other people’s Facebook pages and make [...]

Revenge or Love of Country?

Revenge or Love of Country?

Revenge or love of country. Why do you vote? As Americans we have the privilege of voting.  This is not the case for everyone on this planet. As Americans we also have the responsibility to vote.  Many have fought and died so that you and I could live in this free nation. You may think [...]

There’s Nothing Like Kentucky Basketball

There’s Nothing Like Kentucky Basketball

Basketball season. It’s finally here! Since the moment we watched the 2012 National Champions, our beloved Kentucky Wildcats, cut down the nets in New Orleans on April 2, 2012, we have been anxiously awaiting the start of another season. I have no idea what this season will bring, but I know it’s going to be [...]

Your vote is more important than you think

Your vote is more important than you think

Religion and politics! It’s absolutely mind boggling to think that these two words define two things that have the power to destroy friendships, families, and entire nations.  There is nothing more likely to make my blood boil right now than simply turning on my television or my radio.  Even if I just want to get [...]

Bonds of Love Between Twins

Bonds of Love Between Twins

I think most of us are fascinated by twins, especially identical twins, but fraternal twins can be equally interesting to get to know. My son and his wife recently had fraternal twins.  I’m a first time grandmother to two beautiful babies and I must say that their birth has redefined the lives of everyone in [...]

Reapply our Founding Principles

Reapply our Founding Principles

We will not try to replace our founding principles. We will reapply our founding principles. ~ Paul Ryan If you haven’t heard it, you need to listen to Paul Ryan’s speech given at the Republican National Convention recently.  He had a lot of good common sense things to say.  We don’t need to redefine the [...]

You Didn’t Build That!

You Didn’t Build That!

YOU DIDN’T BUILD THAT To be sung to the tune of “I Shot the Sheriff” by Bob Marley Written by James Pennington You didn’t build that But I swear I’m gonna take it from you, oh yeah!  Yeah! You didn’t build that But now I’m really gonna take it from you! Yeah!  All around in [...]

There is no such thing as a silent Christian

There is no such thing as a silent Christian

Have you ever run into someone who seems downright uncomfortable when you mention Christ in your daily conversation?  I notice that from time to time when I talk with people.  Mentioning something that Christ has done for me while in the middle of a conversation is like breathing for me.  It just happens. Recently a [...]

The Other Side of the Fence ~ Lessons I’m Still Learning from my Parents

The Other Side of the Fence ~ Lessons I’m Still Learning from my Parents

Let’s face it. We have all come to the conclusion at some point in our lives that our parents simply don’t know nearly as much as we know.  In fact, as teenagers, we often think our parents are some of the least intelligent people on the planet.  We consider them to be out of touch, [...]

You are Loved

You are Loved

Jesus loves you right where you are in life, but He loves you too much to leave you there.

When Life Throws You Bricks

When Life Throws You Bricks

Ever had one of those days when your best intentions were totally misunderstood and something small turned into a larger than life nightmare? When you find yourself in a bad place and you feel like everyone is throwing bricks in your face, remember that there is something to be learned in every situation.  Each struggle [...]

Reflections on Memorial Day

Reflections on Memorial Day

With a warm and genuine smile on her face, the receptionist wished me a “Happy Memorial Day” as I left the doctor’s office.  I can only imagine the expression that must have come across my face.  My good manners kicked in and I managed to choke out a “You too,” as I walked out of [...]

Don’t work? Don’t eat!

Don’t work? Don’t eat!

Captain John Smith demanded six hours of work each day from every able-bodied man living in the Jamestown settlement. “He who does not work, neither shall not eat,” he said. Very soon the “gentlemen” became expert in the use of the axe, and the little village showed signs of an orderly community. It is said [...]

Federal Advisory Committee on PTSD and TBI Needed

Federal Advisory Committee on PTSD and TBI Needed

Are you looking for a way to show your support and gratitude for our nation’s veterans?  Here is a quick, easy, and important way that you can say thank you. On May 7, 2012, Tom Mahany, Vietnam Veteran and president of Honor for All, will be meeting with members of the President Obama’s staff to personally [...]

Dear Dr Phil, Veterans are NOT Monsters!

Dear Dr Phil, Veterans are NOT Monsters!

Dear Dr. Phil, I watched your show for the first time today.  I watched it because I was told it was on the subject of  Combat PTSD. While I am glad to see that you are willing to bring the issue of combat post traumatic stress to light, I have some serious concerns about the [...]

Are PTSD and TBI simply red herrings?

Are PTSD and TBI simply red herrings?

I’ve been screaming about military and veteran suicide for several years now. I know it’s been a fact of life for centuries, but when it became personal, I started paying attention.  After attending three funerals for Marines who took their lives, and living through my own son’s battle with suicidal ideations, it’s no longer just [...]

Just try and shut me up!

Just try and shut me up!

Recently, I was sharing with a friend and veteran about my efforts to get the Department of Defense Inspector General’s office to look into ongoing problems at Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, Camp Lejeune, NC. I explained my frustration with the length of time it had been as we awaited the release of the report, and my [...]

DoD IG’s report on Camp Lejeune’s Wounded Warrior Battalion

DoD IG’s report on Camp Lejeune’s Wounded Warrior Battalion

It’s been 19 months since the Department of Defense Inspector General’s  (DoD IG) team came to my home for three days, and for each day of those 19 long months, I’ve been waiting for the release of their report on Wounded Warrior Battalion-East (WWBN-E), Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. It took four months to get their [...]

Twas the Week of Blue Madness

Twas the Week of Blue Madness

Twas the week before NOLA and all through the land, The hoop fans were stirring and ringing their hands. The four teams were destined and all set to show, At last, the Big Easy, their dreams would be known. The CATS were all restless, legs drooped from their beds, While visions of banners danced round [...]

Insanity of the Big Blue Nation

Insanity of the Big Blue Nation

It scared me the first time I found myself having a physical reaction to a Facebook post which read, “Selling my UK basketball tickets for Saturday’s game. Let me know if you are interested.”  With palms sweating, body tingling, and heart pounding, it took me only two minutes to agree to buy the tickets and [...]

Train up a child and he will Bleed Blue

Train up a child and he will Bleed Blue

When March comes around, everyone in the Bluegrass seems to show their true blue colors.  Though I’m not a Kentucky native, my husband was born and raised right here in Central Kentucky and we have raised our three boys here in Lexington. My husband is a second generation University of Kentucky School of Architecture graduate, [...]

Big Blue Block Party

Big Blue Block Party

Big Blue Block Party  - a Seussical view  “Do you like blue days in June?” “I do not like them Hoop-Fan-Blue I do not like blue days in June.” “And what of May? Would you like blue days in May?” “I would not like blue days in May, Blue fans do not play that way!” [...]

Let the Big Blue Madness Begin…..Ode to Bobby Knight

Let the Big Blue Madness Begin…..Ode to Bobby Knight

Oh Bobby, my Bobby, now how can it be? Another Blue morning doth harken to thee! A year of your jibberish thrown here and there Such foolish talk will bring people to stare! So Knight if you will, and Knight if you won’t, I think Big Blue Nation is nearing the coast! Now Bobby you [...]

Hijacking on Pinterest

Hijacking on Pinterest

If you haven’t heard of Pinterest  then I guess you haven’t been online lately. Pinterest, a popular social media website, is now driving more referral traffic than Google and YouTube.  I love Pinterest because you can get your message across with nothing more than a photo.  With our fast-paced society, people are more willing to [...]

Choose Gratitude

Choose Gratitude

It is impossible to be critical and grateful at the same time.  Think about it. For every person out there who drives you crazy and walks through life at a beat that is different from yours, you can choose to criticize them day in and day out, or you can choose to be grateful for [...]