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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Preventing Suicide Starts with YOU!

Preventing Suicide Starts with YOU!

Suicide prevention is everybody’s business!  Many of us have been touched by suicide, and with suicide rates rising in the military and veteran communities, we all need to pay attention to those around us. Did you know that the person who is most likely to prevent someone from taking their own life is someone that [...]

Know Any Cyber Bullies on Facebook?

Know Any Cyber Bullies on Facebook?

Cyber Bullies…… you know who you are!  You are the ones who like to jump on my Facebook wall and say something just to tick me off! Every time I post my own opinion on my own Facebook page you show your ugly face. Here’s a newsflash! I’m not looking for an argument. I’m just [...]

Truth or Fiction: What will the Wounded Warrior Battalion Study Reveal?

Truth or Fiction: What will the Wounded Warrior Battalion Study Reveal?

Imagine my surprise when a friend told me I was mentioned in a Jacksonville, North Carolina newspaper yesterday. It has been almost 2 years to the day since I was first contacted by the DOD IG about the problems going on at Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, Camp Lejeune.   As much as I can’t wait to [...]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to Home

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to Home

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture and apparently this is causing a great deal of controversy.  Many of the reviews out there are negative and I am absolutely shocked that this is the case. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is being labeled as a movie about 9/11, [...]

Don’t fit in. Stand out!

Don’t fit in. Stand out!

I’m not sure who gets the credit for this expression, but it’s simple and it’s smart.  What have any of us ever accomplished by fitting in?  I spent a good part of my life trying to fit in. It was exhausting and disappointing.  I could never keep up with the Jones’s and if I came [...]

Obstacles to Life After Combat: Part 1 – The Attitude of VA Employees

Obstacles to Life After Combat: Part 1 – The Attitude of VA Employees

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  Or in this case, was it the troubled veteran with the bad attitude, or was it the lack of concern and attention given the veteran when he arrived at the VA Medical Center for medical care?  Are the members of the health care community providing care for [...]

A Mother’s Heart on Veterans Day

A Mother’s Heart on Veterans Day

I wonder how different our lives would be if someone wasn’t always willing to serve.  Since the birth of our nation, there have always been brave men and women standing in the gap to protect our nation and ensure our freedoms. I spent the first 40 some years of my life enjoying all the sacrifices [...]

It’s Still Standing

It’s Still Standing

Our flag still stands today because of all who have served to ensure that it flies overhead. It is with a grateful heart that I express my thanks to all who have been willing to wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your willingness to sacrifice your life so I [...]

Why vote?

Why vote?

It’s election day and you need to take a few minutes and cast your vote. You may not be thrilled with your choices, but at least you have a choice. If you don’t cast your vote, then you really don’t have the right to complain later on about who is serving in office. We can’t [...]

Stop Negative Campaign Ads

Stop Negative Campaign Ads

Dear Candidates, Just tell me why I should vote for YOU!  That is all I need to hear from you. Let me do my own research on the other candidates. If I want to get to know them up close and personal, I can dig for their dirt all by myself. I’m really tired of [...]

Supporting our troops can sometimes mean taking a stand

Supporting our troops can sometimes mean taking a stand

October 18, 2011 ~ Please don’t mistake my disinterest in allowing another child to enter the Corps as a lack of support for our military. Our family will continue to serve and support our military, their families, and our veterans by giving our time and our talents to meet the needs here on the homefront.  [...]

Reflections of my Post 9.11 World

Reflections of my Post 9.11 World

September 9, 2011 ~ We all live in a Post 9/11 world where life will never be the same for any of us.  We all remember what we were doing ten years ago on that fateful day, at the very moment when we first heard the news of the planes hitting the Twin Towers and [...]

Memorial Day – It’s not just another mattress close-out sale

Memorial Day – It’s not just another mattress close-out sale

May 27, 2011 ~ It’s Friday and the kickoff for Memorial Day Weekend 2011 is in full force.  While I was drinking my coffee and clearing the fog from my brain early this morning, I turned on the television and checked in on the news.  Within the first twenty minutes I heard all about how [...]

When Military Suicide Becomes Personal

When Military Suicide Becomes Personal

September 13, 2011 ~ You may think that military suicide has not affected you personally, but if the truth be told, we are all going to be affected by this epidemic if we don’t do something about it. Thousands of returning combat veterans are living in our hometowns.  They work in our businesses.  They attend [...]

Beauty Will Rise

Beauty Will Rise

May 16, 2011 ~ As the mother of one struggling with PTSD and TBI, the past couple of years has been one of my most difficult to survive.  Though my wounded warrior still draws breath, he is no longer the person who left home seven years ago to join the Marine Corps. As I adjust to [...]

Music and Faith from Ft. Living Room

Music and Faith from Ft. Living Room

May 15, 2011 ~ Music is a language that we all understand.  There are certain songs that make us clap our hands and stomp our feet.  Some songs bring us to tears.  Songs bring back memories from the past.  Music is used in advertisements, and very effectively I might add.  The music in a film [...]

Blessing in the Pain

Blessing in the Pain

May 15, 2011 ~ After searching and researching and asking questions of everyone and every entity I could find, in an effort to figure out how to live through the daily struggles I faced watching my son, a disabled combat veteran, learn to live with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), [...]