9/11/2001  You Are Not a Victim

9/11/2001 You Are Not a Victim

On that horrible day 9,11, 2001, so many people were killed (nearly 3000) when the World Trade Center’s came down, some people despaired for the future. The Pentagon was attacked, and that plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field. A shocking and life-changing...

Family

If he were alive, my father would be 105. He would be so proud of his family. His fondest dreams have been realized. And I have the photo to prove it. There were a lot of photos taken last weekend. I had the privilege of seeing most of my family all staying under the...

Is Society Unfair?

A friend of mine recently said that society was not fair and asked me if I felt that kids from inner cities had as good a chance as those from families who sent their children to private schools. My answer to him follows. You say that society has been unfair?...

Heat Wave

Now that I am sitting in a mildly air-conditioned room, my thoughts are clear once more. But last Sunday I was staying at a cottage in the country near The Plains, VA. When it was time to leave I could only find one of my dogs. One was missing. My brain nearly fried,...

Oh Dear! A Deer!

The other day my dogs went hunting. They chased an adolescent deer all over 2 and a half acres of our yard. They cornered it over and over. Each time it fled, sometimes jumping over them. I took photos and movies I wonder if I can add a video on this post? (NOT) That...

Wanna Feel Nostalic?

Stolen, borrowed, (originally) December 19, 2013 Reblogged this on Ritaroberts’s Blog 1950?s Version Of An?Email I have no idea who put this together, but it is wonderful! Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot, Before the days of Dylan , or the dawn...

My house ‘Barrsden’

I was so happy there. Now it seems like a dream. Recently I wrote to a friend, “Someday I will write about that place.” So why not do it right now? It was such a good life lesson. My years there were terrific. I loved every day in that place, it was...

Take Responsibility for yourself.

The disconnect between what people believe to be true about the need for morality today as opposed to what was taught 3/4 of a century ago, is dramatic. Morality is for suckers. Feelings trump facts. No one should be allowed to have hurt feelings. And there need to be...

Memoir Writing

Once again I attended a writers workshop intended to help us write a memoir. It was a marvelous getaway in Brookneal Virginia, well below Charlottesville by nearly 2 hours. Staunton Hill is lovely. The sense of tranquility and rapturous peace surrounds the guests...

Waiting on hold…

My web service provider is Web.com. It used to be Network Solutions which was a wonderful, responsive company. They answered the phone with live people. They listened and their prices were reasonable. I was happy with Network Solutions. I bought my very first Domaine...

Hypocrisy

Good words. Sadly this country seems to have lost it’s mind. We are prisoners of our own ridiculous new rules. People seem to have forgotten common sense completely. Herd mentality and venal accusations against anyone on the other side of an argument fills the...

A trip to Mount Vernon

My cousins were visiting Washington DC, from Michigan along with their 5 children. They invited me to go with them out to see Mount Vernon. These days when you say you are going there, it is necessary to say “George Washingtons’ Mount Vernon”. That...

Procrastination

I have let the whole week slip by without getting up a blog post. How did that happen? People say “Thank God it is Friday”, but I dread it because Friday comes and there is still so much to do. Perhaps that is because I am an entrepreneur at heart. I like...

Respect

Charlton Heston was right. There are so few celebrities left whom I respect. Years ago, there were so many. Perhaps that is part of getting older. Those heroes we once held in awe have grown old and died, or developed ‘feet of clay’.  Today, many of the...

Dinner at DeCarlos

We eat at DeCarlos all the time. It is a wonderful restaurant for local people. We love to go there because we feel completely comfortable. Low lighting and no steps to enter the place make it easy for anyone using a walker or a wheelchair.? The parking is easy, too.?...

White House Christmas Party

What a Hoot!!! I was invited to the White House for their first 2018 Christmas Party. This was so much fun!!! Maybe the MOST fun ever, at this esteemed residence. The size of the place is deceiving. You don?t realize how big it is until you approach the doors of the...

Vacation

I am on what is supposed to be a vacation with my mother, at her summer house in R. I. She is? happy as a clam. (Is that too much of a cliche for this post?) She spends her days napping and eating breakfast in the late morning. She eats 2 fruits and a piece of toast...

Caring for an Aging Parent

If you find yourself caring for an aging parent, please try to find support in a group of people who have similar problems and who need help as much as you do. You will find strength in each other. You may learn from others in the group about what to expect next. And...

I love being a woman!

I believe in womanhood, womanly arts, childbirth, and sexual activity between opposite sexes. This is my own belief, not to be made public, universally or used to defame any group. It is not anti- gay. It is not anti- men. And it is certainly not meant to upset any...

My Room is a Mess!

Today I looked at my room and it is a mess. I really looked at it, for the first time in months. There is a paper sack sitting by a nightstand in which there are files that I brought up from Charlottesville. There is no telling what is in that sack. Unexamined by me...

Dinner at DeCarlos

A very experienced writer friend told me to set deadlines. And that is something I often leave out when I am writing. I do the work, but let it sit, sometimes for weeks, or worse. I think I could come back to it later and make it better. It could always be better. Who...

The coolest me I can be.

In my youth I NEVER worried about who I might be or what I planned to do with my life. The answer shown like a beacon. Grow up. Leave my father’s house. Become a bride. Move into someone else’s house. Have children. Make sure they were happy and not...

Moving is Momentous!

I began to move a couple of weeks ago, but this is an unusual type of move and so it is taking a lot longer than normal. Perhaps I should mention that I have lived in this house for 9 years and I love it here. I love the area, I love the house, and I wish I could...

Fall 2017 A Time of Change

Sometimes we suddenly know what to do next. Solutions just come down to us as a message from outside ourselves. Some might say it is divine, others simply point to inspiration from our own inner selves. It really does not matter. The point is to follow when the...

My first post in a full year!

I am terrified to write this blog post. Why? I write every single day in a journal that I have been keeping since August 2015.? Writing does not scare me and I have a lot to say. Procrastination is probably the reason behind the fear or maybe it is the other way...

It’s Hot! It’s Summer! It’s Politics!

The heavy, warm air sits on my body like a heavy blanket. A fog of heat surrounds us no matter what we are doing. Even in the shade the suffocating temperatures feel as if someone just opened a hot oven in our faces. The trees seem to sag, their heavy leaves still in...

The Oak Tree

All of it?s branches reach out.? Stretching skyward, slender or stout, shortened, truncated by man, or extending far from the center, those branches leafed out in June, shade the ground. Within green cooled air, lightly sighing leaf sounds compete with the twitter of?...

The Oak Tree

All of it?s branches reach out.? Stretching skyward, slender or stout, shortened, truncated by man, or extending far from the center, those branches leafed out in June, shade the ground. Within green shaded air, lightly sighing leaf sounds compete with the twitter of?...

What Really Died at Auschwitz?

The bulk of what you will read here today is from an email that was sent to me recently. The actual article was written by Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez in 2011, but it is even more relevant today. Printing this is meant to be controversial, but not intended to be...

Thoughts on pro-Obama video

I think this is a good example of how Obama tries to divide the nation according to “we and they” . He is cherry picking results and leaving out any culpability on the part of Democrats. (or the Whitehouse) Here is the video to watch for yourself: In this...

June is Busting Out All Over

In June there is hope and joy and abundance all around us. The green grass, leafed out trees, flowers blooming and the birds and bees flying and buzzing around with renewed energy. Yet the country is caught in the grip of a stagnant growth cycle and not much is...

Hurray! It is May!

I love this time of year. It is so changeable and exciting. One minute we are freezing and the next we are too hot. But that keeps us on our toes. If things were always even or steady we would become complacent and lazy. At least my type of person would. There are...

Passwords and Such

One of my major websites was hacked. Do you know how much trouble that can cause? So just in case you have not changed your password lately, or have not updated WordPress, continue reading to become inspired to do so. In some ways it is like having your house robbed...

“Milk and Cookies” Could Get Moms Arrested

The Press Release below tells of the anger of mothers who are being kept from having raw milk because the FDA thinks it is dangerous. That same FDA allows all sorts of unhealthy food to be sold everywhere. They don’t complain about the ubiquitous high fructose...

Is self publishing an option?

I used one of the new hybrid publishers to have my book published. Wheatmark was very easy to work with, not expensive, and they were quick. It was wonderful not to have to wait a year or more to be published. This was a big factor because it took me three years to...

50 years ago today I married

Today is a bit poignant and even sad though my memory of that day 50 years ago is mostly of ecstatic happiness. I was 19 years old. So was my young husband. He would not want me to write about him, so I will stick to speaking of myself since we are now divorced for 7...

Frustrating yet heartening

I have spent literally hours and hours on the phone with a lending organization this week. If I had had any idea what a lot of time would be wasted I might have invested in earphones. When shopping for a mortgage lender to help buy a building you don’t think in...

Easter

Easter is traditionally a time for our family to gather together and enjoy each other. Those wish to go to church do so early. The others find a spiritual quality in the closeness of our family. While the children and teenagers mostly just enjoy the food and the...

Mothers and Daughters

I recently found myself in a discussion with several women about how to treat our grown daughters. One of the women complained that her daughter was manipulative. This made me pause to think about how I felt about this. That seems to me to be a word that many people...

Interruption of service

Interruption of service When the Internet is down everything comes to a halt. At first it is immensely frustrating, but finally when one realizes that there is absolutely nothing to do about it, peace descends. There is wonderful peace in silence.? That sound of...

Drug Side Effects, Do You Know Them?

The number of people who are killed each year due to FDA approved drugs is in debate. ?Some say 100,000. Some say many more than that. ?These are not mistakes, wrong medicine or overdoses. ?These are simply bad reactions to drugs prescribed by physicians. People are...

Misleading headlines

The Daily Progress, the newspaper for Charlottesville VA, ?shows a front page headline that reads “Flu covers all of Va.” ?Something about that seemed strange to me, because I have heard no one complaining about the flu. ?On reading the article it became...

What does it all mean?

Republican District 20 Chairman Anthony Miller of Arizona, who resigned puzzles me. Seems an odd move. Made me suspicious of what other motives he might have had. Perhaps he was going to resign anyway and used that parting shot to do some damage to the Tea Party....

Thoughts on Judge Scalia’s views on women

I know he is not popular, but technically he is correct. The Constitution does not specifically state that women have rightsi It is just that it no longer makes a difference. The Constitution does not say that slaves are free either. Yet the idea of slavery is absurd...

an unusual Christmas post

The people I coach often have trouble ?with the idea of stepping away from what their friends or family think they should do. Often the issue is one of holding a different world view, but sometimes it is just doing a different job, being married or divorced, moving to...

A Passionate Response

I was told about an article on CNN http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/12/16/ep.vbac.birth.at.home/index.html about a woman who refused to have a 4th C-section demanded by her doctor. ?Instead she decided to have her baby at home. ?She did so successfulyAnswer to a CNN...

Enough is Enough!

Something needs to be said about the TSA. This whole body scan thing has gone completely out of control. For years now I have been removing my shoes, taking out my laptop, removing my jewelry and metal headband, I take off my jacket and meekly go through being scanned...

Save Your Uterus

http://www.hersfoundation.com/anatomy/index.html I hope every woman will watch this wonderful video. It may save your uterus and or ovaries.? We need our organs.? Do not let a physician tell you that you do not need them. I spent years and years looking for a doctor...

Fear of Failure

Are you scared to death about your finances? Have you wondered if you can hang on until things get better? Rejoice! It is going to be OK. Negative thinking can upset your chances of overcoming fear and financial woes. So much of success depends on your belief in a...

The Healthy Life Series: Coconut Oil

I’ve started a new reoccurring series on my blog focusing on healthy lifestyle tips.? Check back for alternative ways to eat healthier, stay fit and live a good, full life. First up- coconut oil. My eating has become healthier in the second half of my life as...

Happy in a Hurry: 7 Steps to Happiness

Happiness starts out as an image. Just like everything else it is controlled by the Law of Attraction. It is up to each of us to make our own happiness. It is a lot like love, it cannot be forced, but it can sneak up on you. First you can simply move your lips into...
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