Thought Tuesday

Connecting in a Digital Age - We live in a digital age. In my lifetime have changed so much. It is clear that technology has made significant improvements in our lives. This digital age has changed the very nature how business, friendships, news, etc. work. It has made our lives easier, placing most of our lives on the web and allowing… Continue reading Connecting in a Digital Age
Kindness Begins With Understanding - I saw this quote and couldn’t help but share it. Oh if we could all remember that everybody struggles. Everyone has bad days. Everyone has worries. Everyone feels alone… at least from time time. The only remedy to recognize this truth and then to act with kindness – not only because helping others help to… Continue reading Kindness Begins With Understanding
Tuesday Thoughts - It’s funny how things are attached to other things – love to action, sorry to change, faith to works.  
More Good - Truth!  I love that I am discovering more and more each day just how true this statement is.
Kindness Creates - I might not be reporting on kindness every day, but the lessons on kindness are not lost. Kindness makes everything work in this world.
365 Days of kindness - For the past year I have focused my days on spreading happiness.  I worked on being a ninga of niceness.  I found that kind acts make people happy, and happy people are nice to others, and the happiness grows and grows. I’ve learned a few things about myself and about kindness along my journey: Kindness… Continue reading 365 Days of kindness
seeds of gratitude - Gratitude makes room for hope… real hope.  It fans the fire of hope and keeps the fire of joy and laughter alive, warming the soul. Gratitude is the light that allows us to see in an ever darkening world. Maybe my next year long kick should be about gratitude.  I will find more light in… Continue reading seeds of gratitude
Create Your Moment - You can start over every morning.  Every day is a fresh start.  Remember that.
Be You -
Be a Little Kinder - It has nearly been a year of me looking for ways I can be kinder.  I can’t say I am actually a successfully kinder person.  However, the effort to be kinder than necessary is helping me to see others as God sees them.  That is something.
Improving Life - It is amazing that the Fresh Prince of Belair can be so wise.  Everyday I am learning that this statement is true.  My life is better each time I attempt to lift another. Be honest.  Most people want to feel like their life meant something, like they made a positive difference in the world.  This… Continue reading Improving Life
Hope is Putting Faith to Work - This is the perfect thought for Thought Tuesday!  I know so many of my friends who could use more hope.  Maybe this will help.
I Need to be Nice for Me - I am discovering more and more throughout life that God does not NEED me to be nice.  I NEED me to be nice. Helping other and being kind to everyone you encounter warms your own heart.  Helping others gives you a fresh perspective and keeps you from focusing on your own problems.  Drawing the focus… Continue reading I Need to be Nice for Me
I Will Not Forget - September 11, 2001 was a very bad day.  So many lives lost.  Civilian and heroes. September 11, 2001 is a day I also remember as a day of unparalleled courage and love.  Hero first responders courageously went up the stairs to help others flee from danger while thousands fled for their lives.  These heroes knew… Continue reading I Will Not Forget
Designing Lighting for Savannah Sipping Society - I had the opportunity to design lighting for Savannah Sipping Society, which was a part of the 2018 season at Pentacle Theatre.  My friends, Jeff Witt and Dani Potter directed this delightful comedy with more sass than a glass of fine French wine (or so I’m told since I don’t drink).  When I read the… Continue reading Designing Lighting for Savannah Sipping Society
Starting the School Year: Attitude Is the Difference - Tomorrow students head back to the classroom in my town.  This little saying popped into my head as i thought about how to help my own student create a successful year for herself. Why not make school your next great adventure? Maybe you have heard this saying before: Your attitude determines your altitude. Your attitude… Continue reading Starting the School Year: Attitude Is the Difference
A Few Simple Ways Parent Involvement Can Help Increase Student Attendance at School - Over the past couple of days I have learned some shocking news about the success of students in public education. Let’s just say, attendance is a major issue. News flash: teachers can’t help kids learn if kids are not in class. I know there are all kinds of reasons for why kids aren’t getting to… Continue reading A Few Simple Ways Parent Involvement Can Help Increase Student Attendance at School
Setting up Your Teen for High School Success in 8 Simple Ways - Summer is coming to an end.  The school year is just around the corner.  My thoughts are turning to making my daughter’s sophomore year a successful year. Parents play a vital role in the success of their teen students.  By keeping informed, getting involved, and following a few simple helpful suggestions, parents become an important… Continue reading Setting up Your Teen for High School Success in 8 Simple Ways
Celestial Wonders - One year ago I experienced one of the coolest and most memorable events.  I’m ready to watch this again… I just have to wait 6 more years. via Celestial Wonders
Lifting the Poor Wayfaring Men of Grief - As we were leaving a Walmart parking lot yesterday, I rolled down my car window and gave a dollar to a homeless man on the corner. He grabbed my hand and genuinely thanked me for the dollar, but asked if I had anything for a headache. It was so hot outside. No wonder he had… Continue reading Lifting the Poor Wayfaring Men of Grief
How do you measure Happiness? - Happiness is a choice.  Feeling successful is a choice.  Happiness and success do not come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions.  Happiness is an inside job. A successful and happy person doesn’t hold grudges.  A happy successful person believes it is better to forgive and move one then to let negative feelings crowd… Continue reading How do you measure Happiness?
Learning My R’s - The little town of Salem is beginning to have some big city problems.  Trash.  Everywhere.  When we go to the Oregon beaches, we see trash.  As you drive down the street you see trash.  Trash is becoming a real issue. I read that on average, Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic waste each… Continue reading Learning My R’s
Be kind to yourself - Today I just want to share a quote that impressed me. “One of the great tragedies of life, it seems to me, is when a person classifies himself as someone who has no talents or gifts.  When, in disgust or discouragement, we allow ourselves to reach depressive levels of despair because of our demeaning self-appraisal,… Continue reading Be kind to yourself
A dream is a wish your heart makes - Yesterday I young lady I know mentioned that she can’t wait to be in her 50’s. She was sure that her 50’s were going to be her best years. I don’t know if my 50’s are my best years. I’m still taking it one day at a time. The thing is, we live in a… Continue reading A dream is a wish your heart makes
Having Willpower - Something I have heard nearly all my life is that fat people don’t have the willpower to loose weight.  Fat people would be skinny people if they exercised willpower.  Well… you are are wrong.  I have a great amount of willpower.  I work hard.  I will myself through days that most people couldn’t even begin… Continue reading Having Willpower
I Can Win - Keeping it simple today.  I need this message today as much as anyone who might read my posts.  I hope it helps someone else too.
Bloom Where You are Planted - In my journey to better health I am convinced that the healthiest thing I have done thus far is to control comparing myself to others.  I am sure you think this idea is not entirely new.  I have known for many years that this was an idea was something I needed to embrace.  I would… Continue reading Bloom Where You are Planted
Not My Responsibility - I’ve been thinking about people who struggle to find happiness lately.  I have my days when life feels crappy and I have my days when life is alright.The more I seek pure happiness the more I understand that those seeking happiness take personal responsibility for their words, their behavior, their actions, their mistakes, their ideas… Continue reading Not My Responsibility
Thief… A Rant - Today I feel like ranting. My problem is really about me. In an effort to be charitable, understanding and Christlike, I often find myself feeling less than charitable, frustrated, and sometime, plain angry. In a way, it’s my fault. It’s my fault for giving people the benefit of the doubt. It’s my fault for trying… Continue reading Thief… A Rant
Summer bucket List - At the end of a school year I am very ready for summer. The trouble is, my summers are more of the same thing I did all school year long due to the fact that I continue teaching theatre for a children’s theatre group. For whatever reason, this year I am extra tired and just… Continue reading Summer bucket List
Adulting 101: Crisis - I hear a lot of whining these days.  It seems that many young people believe others are out to get them…  Or, they believe life isn’t fair.  Dude!  The fair is in August. I don’t get it.  I keep hearing the same childish behaviors from little people, teens and even young adults; behavior such as… Continue reading Adulting 101: Crisis
Betrayal - This morning my heart hurts. Last week, a community volunteer called to say that $32 was stolen from her purse while she was helping with rehearsal on Friday. No one step forward to give the money back. This morning, I went to put some cash in my bag. I have a special pouch that I… Continue reading Betrayal
Fantasy Exploration - The stage makeup class that I help with has been exploring techniques for designing and applying fantasy stage makeup.  My friend begins the unit by having the students research other fantasy makeup designs.  They are assigned to collect 10 pictures that inspire them.  Most of the time they choose other works of art.  They have… Continue reading Fantasy Exploration
Adulting 101 – Time Management - We are approaching the end of the semester and kids are “suddenly” concerned with how their grades are doing. This is a serious issue. When a teacher plans for information to be learned throughout a semester, there is no possible way it could be learned in a couple of weeks. Mastery of the subject is… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Time Management
It’s Time to Bring Back and Rethink Home Economic Classes - Sorry to burden you all again, but it’s time to get out the soap box about education again. I’ve done a fair bit of stomping for the arts in past posts. Be sure to go back and check them out here and here and here. I am a definite fan of music and theatre in the… Continue reading It’s Time to Bring Back and Rethink Home Economic Classes
We the People - This morning I observed a city council meeting that the entire senior and junior classes were invited to listen and to comment. A couple of things caught my attention. 1) It was apparent that many of these kids do not understand what city government can do vs what is the responsibility of other governmental agencies.… Continue reading We the People
Adulting 101 – Real Adults are on Time - I am finding that many do not value punctuality. I find that we fail to see that punctuality is related to discipline and self mastery, to integrity and respect. Punctuality is a character trait real adults develop. Real adults are on time! William Makepeace Thayer stated, “The habit of being prompt once formed extends to… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Real Adults are on Time
Adulting 101 – Successful People Celebrate the Success of Others - How we handle other people’s success, especially when things may not be going the way we hoped, is an indicator of our maturity and our own confidence and belief in ourselves. So… what can you do when the green-eyed monster of jealousy rears it’s ugly head when you see others thrive with opportunities, get recognition,… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Successful People Celebrate the Success of Others
A Warrior’s Personal Power - Have you ever noticed that some people seem to never be down, never get discouraged, and always seem to be in charge of their life?  I wonder why these people have such a positive, uplifting vibe and others don’t.  I recognize that we all positive and negative thoughts and moods.  I am learning that there… Continue reading A Warrior’s Personal Power
Grand kids are the Best - I am so lucky to be the grandparent of some pretty cute and awesome kids. Some live close to me and I see them often. Some live far away from me and I only see them once or twice a year. This week is Spring Break and we decided to take a little road trip… Continue reading Grand kids are the Best
Letting Go - It has taken me a few years, but I have finally figured out what it means to be happy. It really is that simple.  The Lord teaches that wickedness never was happiness and he teaches happiness is actually a choice. How does one choose happiness? Let go.  That’s how you do it.  Let go of… Continue reading Letting Go
Preparing for Extraordinary - Many of the people around me are suffering great disappointment over this past year.  So many of the people I know and love feel alone in a sea of endless crashing waves.  My heart aches for them.  My heart especially aches for those I am closest to and love the most. Don’t give up!  You… Continue reading Preparing for Extraordinary
Adulting 101 – What’s Cooking? - I’ve made an observation that just amazes me… cooking is a practical skill that has been discarded along the wayside.  It’s not just teens who have forgotten the benefits of cooking nutritious meals at home.  I was sitting by some ladies this weekend who were chatting away about how they “eat out” 3-4 times a… Continue reading Adulting 101 – What’s Cooking?
Adulting 101 – Fire Safety - Yesterday I had the State Fire Marshal visit my area of the school.  Although I do many things right when it comes to safety, I had a few things I needed to improve on.  At first it felt annoying and a bit nit-picky.  Then, I realized she was just concerned with safety.  I needed to… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Fire Safety
Adulting 101 – Real Adults Take Responsibility for Themselves - Okay… I am back on the soap box today for Thought Tuesday.  It’s been a few months in development.  As I volunteer in the high school I am noticing an alarming trend within the adults-in-training that I serve.  This trend is often diagnosed as laziness.  However, I believe it is a lack of training… and… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Real Adults Take Responsibility for Themselves
Adulting 101 – How to hang a picture - So here is the deal… someday, you will move out of your parents house.  Someday you are going to want to hang a picture of dear old mom above the mantel.  Mom is coming to visit and you will want to make an impression.  Proudly displaying that picture of mom will definitely show off your… Continue reading Adulting 101 – How to hang a picture
What Happened to the Golden Rule? - Tomorrow we open our latest production at school… The Bully Plays.  The Bully Plays are a collection of 10 minute plays created to inspire the end of bullying.  However, I have to admit that I am confused as to why this is an issue.  Whatever happened to “The Golden Rule?”  Has the Golden Rule gone… Continue reading What Happened to the Golden Rule?
Adulting 101 – Remembering Bob the Builder – Basic Home Repair Tools - I spend my days teaching kids the basics of simple home repair tools.  You would be surprised how many teens and young adults don’t have the first idea of how to use a hammer, a drill, or even, to measure something with a tape measure.  I believe firmly that ever young adult should be able… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Remembering Bob the Builder – Basic Home Repair Tools
Adulting 101 – Cleaning up the Crap - The peaceful evening was broken with a panicked, “Mom. Mom. Mom! The toilet is overflowing.” Okay.  Deal with it. Dude!  There is going to be a day when you and your parents don’t live in the same household.  There will be a moment when you finish doing your business and flush your toilet, and the… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Cleaning up the Crap
Adulting 101 – Cleaning the Bathroom - I just walked into my teenager’s bathroom… There are a few Japanese folklore stories where a number of spirits are rumored to appear in bathrooms… What lurks in your bathroom? As you may have noticed from the last Adulting 101 post, your bathroom is disgusting. To my knowledge, there is NOT a self cleaning bathroom… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Cleaning the Bathroom
Adulting 101 – Want vs. Need - Money.  Having money.  Spending money.  Money is on the mind of all the teens I know.  The purpose of money is to provide for needs and wants, for myself and for others, now and in the future.  It comes down to simple economics.  One of the most basic concepts of economics is want vs. need. … Continue reading Adulting 101 – Want vs. Need
Adulting 101 – Your High School Grades Matter - Nearly all high school seniors believe that they are going to college and bad grade won’t stop them.  Have you listened to the “future plans” of graduates read as they walk across the stage at graduation?  Okay.  A large majority are heading to a community college because open admissions is a “thing.”  But are they… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Your High School Grades Matter
Adulting 101 – - Perhaps you have heard the saying, “measure twice, cut once.”  This is a phrase I use all the time in a scene shop.  However, I am finding more and more students “come close” and yet, “close” is not really good enough.  It is just guessing.  The consequence of “guessing” is wasted material… and money…  You… Continue reading Adulting 101 –
Adulting 101 – Time - As mentioned last Tuesday in my Thought Tuesday Blog Adulting 101, I believe I have contributed to the growing problem of teens entering adulthood lacking basic skills.  Despite and education system that focuses dollars and hours on testing skills, I can’t find any evidence of testing life skills of students before graduation.  Basic skills such as… Continue reading Adulting 101 – Time
A Big Thanks - Today I was looking at all the people who follow my blog.  I am amazed that people from all over the world have found my musings interesting.  It is most amazing that people who don’t know follow me. Thank you! Thank you for reading my blog posts and for following my.  I write for my… Continue reading A Big Thanks
Adulting 101 - I am afraid that we, as adults, have not fully prepared our teens to be adults.  I am more and more aware the we have not created Generation XYZ.  We have created Generation Lacking.  I’m not talking about lacking in material things.  In fact, having so many material things has contributed to a lack of… Continue reading Adulting 101
Developing Learning for Life - I have to admit I have a bone to pick with traditional education.  Okay… an education, college included, is a great asset.  Okay… I do think kids need an education.  Okay… I do think an education is the foundation of building a great career that can support a family, life experiences, and friendships that can… Continue reading Developing Learning for Life
This Little Light of Mine - There is a greater need for light in world suffering from growing darkness.  The light the world need lives within each of us.  The light within us can chase away shadows of doubt, illuminate truth, energize hope, and enlighten the soul. What does it mean to shine?  Well, a dictionary says it means to give… Continue reading This Little Light of Mine
Wise Words - I’ve been obsessing lately about the words we choose to share with others.  Every day I remind others that words matter.  Whether it is a careless comment, a tantalizing Tweet, a snappy Snapchat, or a potent post on Facebook, the words we share have power!  Are we thinking about what we are saying? I am… Continue reading Wise Words
Let It Go - I admit, I am a rather guarded person.  As a teen I dressed like a bruise wearing only black, purple, green, and white.  I did my best to avoid being vulnerable.  The trouble is, you can’t hide yourself from being vulnerable.  Painful experiences happen. The key to happiness is letting them go.  Holding on to… Continue reading Let It Go
Be the GOOD! - I’ve been thinking this for a few days. It is easy to get caught up in believing there is no more good in this world.  All you have to do is to look around a little and you see tragedy and despair from all corners of the globe. There is good! You see.  Last week… Continue reading Be the GOOD!
Feeling Pressure - An increase of youth seem to be suffering anxiety and depression ever since the “Great Depression” in the 1930s.  Why?  What has happened to change how we are all able to cope with stress and disappointment?  Has stress increased?   It is my observation that modern life is not good for mental health.  80 years… Continue reading Feeling Pressure
Guilty as Charged -   “You can’t do something telling someone you love them.”  My mom told me that today. I love you… just 3 little words that hold such value. I love you… a message that can turn the tide. I love you … with power to make bonds stronger. How can these 3 words be so powerful,… Continue reading Guilty as Charged
More Bizz With Lizz - More “shout outs” for my student and Bizz with Lizz.  This student of mine really cracks me up.  Making these videos is therapeutic form her.  It is my hope that getting out there will help her overcome her fears and help her to see herself as a valuable person… a person with a voice.  Here… Continue reading More Bizz With Lizz
The Great Dolvondo! - Today I am sending out a HUGE “SHOUT OUT” to my nephew Marshall.  I love this kid!  I taught him piano lesson was he was knee-high-to-a-grasshopper.  Now he is a foot taller than I am and composing music.  Check out these songs he composted as The Great Dolvondo (his pen name): You’ve come a long… Continue reading The Great Dolvondo!
Singing and Dancing in the Rain - It is often said that we crave for things that we don’t have… it’s part of our human psyche. I grew up in the high desert in central Oregon.  Rain was not common there.  Summers would bring impressive thunderstorms. The air would smell fresher.  The dust would settle.  The high desert refreshed with a cool… Continue reading Singing and Dancing in the Rain
Bizz with Lizz - Today I’m going to put a “shout out” to one of my students.  This students is one of the shiest, quietest students in the classes I help with.  She takes voice lessons with me, yet is afraid to sing in front of people.  Yesterday I was introduced to her “rants.”  I have to say I… Continue reading Bizz with Lizz
Reflection a Sunny Disposition - My friend Sheri and I had a chat about the symbolism and the healing powers flowers have on our souls.  We discussed how one particular flower, the sunflower, could be healing and inspiring for me.  I’ve been pondering that conversation for several days. Truthfully, although I love red roses, no flower can lift my spirits… Continue reading Reflection a Sunny Disposition
Positive Talk - I have a confession. My mind is never quiet.  There is a constant stream of dialogue running through my brain at all times.  I guess you could say I talk to myself.  What can I say?  I’m a good listener.  LOL. I know I’m not special in this regard.  As all have a set of… Continue reading Positive Talk
Being Right is Overrated - “I don’t care what the critics say.  I’m right and they’re wrong.” Nearly everyone to ever live on this planet wants to be right.  I blame ego.  Often, it doesn’t matter if someone gets hurt in the name of being right. I have to admit.  I am getting weary of all the news reporting wars,… Continue reading Being Right is Overrated
Celestial Wonders - The event began yesterday morning with an ever-so-slight shift of light… a bit of darkness.  Through my solar eclipse glasses, it appeared as if someone nibbled a small bite out of the sun. Slowly – yet not slowly – the shadow crept its way across the sun’s surface. As these celestial bodies began to align… Continue reading Celestial Wonders
Love Trumps Them All - Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie I must confess, I don’t understand hatred. The examples of hatred that are saturating our society baffle me.  Hatred run rampant in our politics, society, and religions.  I can’t escape!  I see hatred on television shows, movies, computer screens, schools, streets and communities.  I see hate’s ignorance and… Continue reading Love Trumps Them All
Thoughts Tuesday – Random Thoughts  - Thoughts Tuesday is all about the random thoughts I get throughout the day. Nothing could be further from the truth! My brain is on such an overload thinking about all the stuff I need to get done, and all the road blocks that I hit, that I can’t seem to make progress in anything! This… Continue reading Thoughts Tuesday – Random Thoughts 
Thought Tuesday – Sometimes You Have To Let Go  - This thought is a key to survival.  I am learning it is ok to let things go.  Most of the time I let my house work go.  I am currently at a family reunion and I walked out of my house with my dishes filling the sink and spilling out over the counters.  Toys are… Continue reading Thought Tuesday – Sometimes You Have To Let Go 
Thought Tuesday – Don’t underestimate me  - There are moments when I feel highly underestimated.  Perhaps the reason why is that people forget that you never really stop getting to know people.  When you think you know them, they surprise you?  I am learning that I should never underestimate people because I might be wrong. Every relationship must be renewed by learning… Continue reading Thought Tuesday – Don’t underestimate me 
An Open Letter to Those Who Hate The School Dress Code  - I have noticed a ton of resistance to dress codes in schools.  I have something to say… get over it. A dress code is not about body shaming.  It is not about control.  It’s not about taking away individuality. The dress code is not about making social divisions.  It is not about taking away individual… Continue reading An Open Letter to Those Who Hate The School Dress Code 
Mouse trap  - Alright, lets jump straight into a conversation I had with Lillian yesterday morning.  Imagine.  I was cleaning up in the kitchen and I find a drawer full of little black rice-looking pellets.  “Gross!  Not mice.”  “There’s a house in our house?”  Lillian screamed and jumped on a chair.  As if that would help. That’s right,… Continue reading Mouse trap 
In Honor of Columbus  - Yesterday I noticed several people complaining that we, as a nation, honor Christopher Columbus for the “discovery” of the Americas. This morning, as I drove my kids to early morning classes at our local high school, I listened to radio hosts talk about those that would like to “dis”-honor Columbus for his contributions to our… Continue reading In Honor of Columbus 
Not a Fan of Dogs – a Fan of Kids  - I am not a fan of dogs. They are loud. Bark! Bark! BARK! At everything! They are dirty. From dog poop to dog hair, I am in a constant war with the filth my dogs create. Today alone, I emptied the vacuum 3 times because of dog hair. Seriously! Who needs carpet? We’ve got a… Continue reading Not a Fan of Dogs – a Fan of Kids 
Camping Confessions  - It has been said that I am the best camper of all campers that hate camping. I am not sure about the “best camper” title, but I can, with confidence, say that I hate camping. People say they go camping in order to ‘relax’. Whatever! What is so RELAXING?! Living off the land is… not… Continue reading Camping Confessions 
fading scars  - I have scars all over my body. I have one scar on my left knee from a needle. As a child, I was crawling under a quilt my mother was working on and found the needle she had lost. It broke off. Years later, when my knee was x-rayed after a slide into home plate… Continue reading fading scars 
Restocking Nemo  - This week’s summer adventure included restocking the two fish tanks that take up space at my house. Sometimes I wonder at my own thinking. Seriously! Do you know how many fishies have swum through our house? But I cave… and children are happy. This time, however, I was determined to make the experience of owning… Continue reading Restocking Nemo 
A Paradox, A Paradox, A Most Perplexing Paradox!  - This morning, while I was loading the dishwasher I came upon a paradox. Too much food. I kept thinking of my mom… “eat all of that oatmeal. You know there are starving kids in Africa.” Scraping plates into the garbage disposal was a bit depressing. Truly, we could have fed a small family with the… Continue reading A Paradox, A Paradox, A Most Perplexing Paradox! 
Let It Shine and Watch the Cockroaches Scatter!  - This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine; Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine! ~written by unknown (gospel song) Yesterday, this little song kept going through my mind yesterday. It’s… Continue reading Let It Shine and Watch the Cockroaches Scatter! 
Losing Sportsmenship  - Tonight I went to a HS girls basketball game. The girls played well and worked hard, but in the end they lost the game. I was impressed with most of their attitudes, for the most part. I can’t say that I was too impressed with the attitudes and behavior of the audience around me. Admittedly,… Continue reading Losing Sportsmenship 
Stud Fashion Muffin  - Back in the day women were desperate to have that “hour glass” figure. They would cinch themselves into uncomfortable tight corsets thought by many to be a vessel of sin. In a desperate attempt to achieve the ideal, some women had their lower ribs surgically removed. Wow. We haven’t progressed much, have we? “Corset diseases”… Continue reading Stud Fashion Muffin 
Impressions of Water  - I’ve been contemplating gaining more motivation to drink more water. Here is a little of the information that is now compelling me to hydrate!I’ve learned that I need far more water than the suggested 8 glasses a day. The average adult losses about 2 ½ to 3 liters of fluid a day through sweating, breathing,… Continue reading Impressions of Water 
Toys Not Tools  - “Think of it as a toy, not a tool.” When it comes to exercise I'm like a mountain, totally unmovable. Time to get more toys to make exercise bearable.
Living on the Edge… Is there Really Life Without a Microwave?  - Is There Life Without a Microwave? Well of course the answer to that question is yes. My grandmother lived without one, my mother didn’t have one until I was in high school, I think, and there are millions of people around the world living today without a microwave. I could feed my family without a… Continue reading Living on the Edge… Is there Really Life Without a Microwave? 
Ode to Being a Bear  - … too lazy to blog… ok.. still feeling a bit under the weather… to much stuff going on in life… and I just couldn’t dream up something to write about. I haven’t been able to eat much today because my tummy is still not happy, and I haven’t had much energy for exercise. On top… Continue reading Ode to Being a Bear 
Death By Affluence  - I am a BIG fan of mysteries. As a kid I rode my bike down to the library and checked out 70 of the 82 Agatha Christie books and read them by the time I was 15. As an adult, I learned to love TV shows like Castle, NCIS, and even Hawaii 5-0. Today, I… Continue reading Death By Affluence 
I want to be Erma Bombeck When I Grow Up  - Is there an etiquette when one has a serious disillusion of just how life should be? Today, I summon the spirit of Erma Bombeck and wonder What Erma Would Do – WEWD for short. Life ain’t no bowl of cherries when you have a teenagers, Erma. I’d say it’s mostly pits! But I’m trying to… Continue reading I want to be Erma Bombeck When I Grow Up 
Fist Out of Water  - OK…. This post is really for yesterday, Jan. 3, 2011. I was really in the middle of formulating the perfect post when my day took me for a few unexpected turns; i.e. my car wouldn’t start, the doctor and I played phone tag all day and I still haven’t gotten an answer as to how… Continue reading Fist Out of Water 
Drink Deep….  - I have come to a better understanding of the need I have for fresh, “living water” daily in order to successfully achieve my goals in health. Our body is about 60% to 75% water. A person at rest loses about 40 ounces of water per day. Water leaves our body in the urine, in your… Continue reading Drink Deep…. 
Life may not be fair… it’s a circus  - My kids (especially my son) believe that life is not fair. At one point my husband and I were tired of hearing “It’s not fair” that my husband made up a game entitle “The Fair is in August” and we played it for family night. More recently “it’s not fair” is coupled with “that’s stupid.”… Continue reading Life may not be fair… it’s a circus 
Possitive “bug” Thoughts  - The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you. Tom Bradley Today I’ve been thinking about the power of positive thinking and just I’d like to increase positive self talk in my day to day life. There are so many issues and responsibilities that I am confronted with each day that… Continue reading Possitive “bug” Thoughts 
Forward Thinking  - God is a forward thinking and acting God. I want to be a forward thinking woman. I’ve been pondering this idea and luckily I found Jeremiah 7:23-24:“But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people. And walk ye in all the… Continue reading Forward Thinking 
Leaping Walls in a Single Bound  - I may have built a brick house too fast… I feel like I hit a brick wall! I’m sporting a massive headache… I feel like I’m moving in slow motion… pretty much everything aches. I’m not panicking. I know it comes with the territory of a complete cleanse. I’ve done this before and I know… Continue reading Leaping Walls in a Single Bound 
The House I build… little pig style…  - Today I came across the following scripture: “The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.” Proverbs 14:1 I can’t help but think about the story of the three little pigs. In the story, the big bad wolf was hungry for a nice ham sandwich (forgive my indulgences with… Continue reading The House I build… little pig style…