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A CHRISTIAN’S CONCEPT OF HANUKKAH


Being raised under a strict Southern Baptist upbringing, I’m sure my knowledge and understanding of Judaism is extremely limited. However, I have Jewish friends, especially one who has been a beam of encouragement in my life for several years. I’m her “shiksa,” and she never hesitates to answer or explain the dingiest of blonde inquiries … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE HOLIDAYS


I have a lot to be thankful for, and I surely do not take that for granted. But I also know, firsthand, how difficult the holiday season is for victims of domestic/intimate partner violence. My personal experience was that there would most likely be a “flare up” of violence and/or abusiveness taking place on practically … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND AN ATYPICAL VIEW OF THE ACORN


It all started with the writing of “The Lesson of the Oak Tree,” a tribute to one tree in one yard in my past. When the oak and I first met, I was a young mother and it was barely bigger than a sapling. I always considered it just another tree in a yard, until … Continue reading

9/11—REMEMBERING WHAT WE LOST, AND SEEING WHAT WE GAINED


9/11─The day that changed America forever. A new generation now exists that will never know the America that was not on constant alert for terrorist strikes or other dangers of attack. They will probably live their entire life being driven with a continual element of fear. Many would say this was the day America lost … Continue reading

Holding D.C. Accountable – Can This Go Viral in 48 hours?


It appears we are no longer a government “of the people, by the people and for the people,” but somewhere along the way morphed into a government “of the politicians, by the politicians and for the politicians.” The impeccable reputation of America has deteriorated to that of a bunch of snotty-nosed party-fanatical squabblers as seen … Continue reading

Presence of the Past – A Challenge for Survivors of Abuse


We have heard it so many times―You just have to get over the past. It’s an easy enough statement to make, but not so simple to do. For years I have stated, and even included in my book the admonition, “The past is for learning from, not living in.” But the truth is, the very … Continue reading

The Lesson of the Oak Tree―Growing in the Midst of Abuse


Recently I was taken back to the house where I lived while enduring years of spousal abuse. It’s curious how some things that mean very little to others rivet our own attention. There in the front yard stood a stately, huge oak tree. I was amazed. I kept repeating to the reporter who was interviewing … Continue reading

Singles and Online Dating – Are You Ready for a Surprise?


Let me get this straight. I am in the middle of dinner with a widower whose deceased wife is in a locker in the basement of the hospital, and he just invited me to be his date to her funeral? This had to be a joke. I was being punked, right? Continue reading

Play the Game of “Did You Ever…”


Come on, boomers. Add to this list. Make some suggestions. Recall some of the simpler and most fulfilling experiences you value from your younger days. Let’s see how many I missed! Clean Cotton – Yankee Candle Clean Cotton – it’s more than a Yankee Candle fragrance or room deodorizer scent. Thoughts of clean cotton take … Continue reading

IF YOU GREW UP IN LAKELAND, FLORIDA – For those born before 1970


Are you a boomer who grew up in Lakeland, Florida? Just thought this would be a fun thing to blog─reminisce and appreciate what was, what is and what will never be again – in our own hometown. It’s really simple─What or who was here when you were growing up, but is no longer? How many good, … Continue reading

ABUSED? A CHANGE IS GONNA COME.


A message of hope. A message of faith. A message of change. Feeling weary from the words of abuse? I’ve got’cha. Beginning to believe them? Got ya there, too! Walking on eggshells because you have no idea what to expect today, or even in one hour? Been there, as well. Did your past hold sexual … Continue reading

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – IS GOD PUNISHING ME?


Many victims of domestic violence who have lived a faith-based life often believe they are “in this mess” because God is punishing them. Perhaps it was because of premarital sex, or some other secret sin that the Creator of the Universe has chosen to chastise them by allowing brutal abuse, whether verbal, emotional or physical. … Continue reading

FORGIVING IS NOT FORGETTING


  All of my life I have been told I am required, as a Christian, to “forgive and forget.” I’ve often wondered if Christ realized what he was asking of us. I mean, really, I’m supposed to forgive someone who tried to put my head through a door? I’m supposed to forgive the one who … Continue reading

QUOTING MAMA


When I asked her where babies come from, Mama said, “Go ask your Daddy.” So, I asked Daddy, who replied, “Go ask your Mama.” My retort was, “But, she told me to ask you,” to which he answered, “Well, I’ll talk with her about it and let you know what we figure out.” Mama said, … Continue reading

Remember when:


You shared your phone line with up to three other families, and they called that a party line? For a nominal monthly fee, you could upgrade to a semi-private line, and share with only one other family. If your family was financially set, you could afford a full out private line. . . phone numbers … Continue reading

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRITUAL PROP?


Someone recently related to me a conversation they had with the pastor of a church. He extended an invitation to visit and hear his next sermon, which would involve bringing in livestock for a visual effect, just before he “really hit them hard” with his message, sounding as if he were planning more for an … Continue reading

Organized Religion and the Road Less Taken


  Like so many others in today’s world, I’m on a spiritual journey more intense than any other I have been on before. It’s said so often by so many, “I am spiritual (or a Christian, or a Believer – fill in the blank for yourself), but I am not religious.” Has religion gotten a … Continue reading

WHEN IS IT FAILURE?


Do we consider when someone sets out to accomplish a goal but does not finish the work that they have failed? Yeah, I’ve been guilty of that a lot in my lifetime. I think it may come under the heading of being judgmental. Which is more important: Starting with determination and commitment, or finishing just … Continue reading

EVEN THE BLIND HAVE VISION


          What do you see here?       Oh, the vast difference between sight and vision. We see with our eyes, yet we envision with our heart, our soul, our inspiration and passion. One helps us view the tangible, the other helps us experience the intangible. Many are blind, have … Continue reading

WHO DO YOU APPRECIATE? SAY ‘THANK YOU’ HERE!!


  Let’s face it, we all have at least one person in our life who was a strong source of encouragement, perhaps mentored us, expended great amounts of time and wisdom with us, or just brought us up from a deep, dark place. It is because of their consideration we were able to accomplish something … Continue reading

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