What are Children Being Taught?

It seems that the youth of today are being taught something completely different from what I learned when I went to elementary school. First of all, we learned that the USA is a wonderful country full of opportunity. That was just a given. Land of Opportunity was a...
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...

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 movie...

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.?...

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...

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...

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?...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

5 Myths About Sex After 50

The nice thing about becoming an older woman is that years of experience have led to a much greater understanding of our bodies and our sexuality. And as we sail into our late 60s, through the 70s and on into 80s, we become much more accepting of our partners than...

thoughts on the 4th of July

Thomas Jefferson said: All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. That quote above is exactly what the Tea Parties are trying to prevent, silence. Of course they don’t have the answers. We are not even sure of the...

Melon and Prociutto

It is Sunday morning and I was up early making my coffee. ?Sitting on the cutting board was a fresh melon that I bought yesterday but forgot to store in the refrigerator. When I opened the door of my fridge and rearranged some things to make room, I noticed a package...
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