Happy New Year Everyone.

January 1, 2015 at 6:23 pm (Memoir, Single Parent, Sons, Survivor, Writer's writing, Writier's writing, Writing) (, , , , )

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May this year bring happiness, healing for our nation, learning to live together, and know we are a Blessed Nation. The brand new year brings brand new tomorrows. Let’s live each new day with the promise of what tomorrow may bring. Some circumstances are out of our control, but we can stand strong in knowing we do not walk alone.


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Thanksgiving Traditions

November 23, 2014 at 12:39 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Uncategorized, Writer's writing) (, , , , )

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Thanksgiving is a time to share what you are most thankful for. Some rise early in wee hours of the morning to begin cooking the meal, while others have a family style pot luck. Some enjoy a football game in the front yard or the park, while others watch their favorite teams play and root and or fight over who has the best team. some decide to pop in a favorite holiday movie while others retire in the formal living room for desert and coffee. 

In all our traditions there are so many who will not or can not enjoy the holidays. So many families pray for the safe return of son and daughters fighting for our freedom. Thank you for keeping us safe so we can enjoy the holiday. Many other families are grieving the loss of a loved on this year and feel someone is missing from the table. They make the most of the day. Others enjoy the day thankful for the many the food banks and churches that graciously donated their time to feed those less fortunate.

There is so much to be thankful for this holiday season. The love of family and friends, being able to come home this year, comfy clothing that expands, a good book,a warm fire, gathering around for a board game, taking a walk,what ever your tradition is, be safe, enjoy the company of loved ones for you never know when it will be the last time you see them. This will be my seventh Thanksgiving without my son Levi. he died in a tragic car accident in 2007. he was only 20. I have fond thanksgiving pasts and treasured memoies,but yes, someone is missing from outr table again this year.  treasure those you love and hold dear.

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Our Dog princess

October 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, Middle age, Uncategorized, Writer's writing) (, , , )

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6 months after we moved to our ranch, dad, Jeff, and I were driving into town.

Someone had abandoned a German shepherd puppy. She was sitting on the curb with a lost look on her face. Jeff called to her, she jumped into the pick up and we took her home. My brother named his dog Princess.

Princess loved the cats, chickens, rabbits and the occasional deer. They all used to eat the soaked up Purina dog chow together.

One day a deer wandered up to princess’s food dish and started eating. Princess would stare at the thief and cry as if we could make it leave. We couldn’t of course but when the deer had  its fill, it would disappear into the orchard, leaving behind a slightly upset and hungry princess.

We had Princess for several years until we suspected someone had poisoned our beloved dog and she died.

Life would never be the same for the animals on the ranch.

(revised excerpt from “Healing in the Storms”)

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Some Of The Best Compliments Come from Kids

October 6, 2014 at 8:02 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Life beyond parenting, Memoir, Middle age, Writer's writing, Writing) (, , )


I remember the best conversation I had with my son.

When my son was in grade school, he invited me to see his school play. I took the afternoon off and sat down next to a friend of mine. When Levi saw me, he smiled at me. I didn’t realize Levi had a small singing part in the play. What a great voice(I think the other children sang well also). That evening Levi and I went out for dinner and to the toy store at the mall.

One morning, Levi came out of his bedroom and made my day. He told me” mom, you always come to my plays, take me to the spaghetti feed and book fair at school. When we go somewhere, you always look nice. you have makeup, wear nice clothes not  sweats with holes in them.You don;t wear big sweatshirts with paint on it. Your hair looks nice not in a greasy ponytail like some mothers.” What a nice feeling. As a single parent to my young son, I tried to keep myself up because it is important to me. That day, I realized our kids watch us more than we think they do. 

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Pumpkin Spice Wednsday

September 25, 2014 at 4:40 am (Creative Non- Fiction, Middle age, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writer's writing, Writing) (, , , , , , )

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It’s that time of year again.  Fall is for batches of freshly baked cookies,hot apple cider, chili cook off’s, football games, chilly mornings, changing leaves, days that are shorter. The pumpkin patch with the kids, pumpkin carving contests.

If you haven’t already tried some favorite snacks in pumpkin, here are a few to consider

M&M’s pumpkin spice

Jello pumpkin spice flavored pudding

Pumpkin spice Oreo cookies

Doritos pumpkin spice

Skittles pumpkin spice

Pumpkin pie Pop tarts

Pumpkin spice candy corn

Pumpkin spice caramel dip

Starbucks pumpkin spice late

Pumpkin spice marshmallows

Pumpkin spice pancakes

Pumpkin spice waffles











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August 28, 2014 at 8:52 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Uncategorized, Writer's writing) (, , )

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Hurtful words.






These actions leaving lasting scars. 

It only takes a minute to make someone feel welcome.

Bullies are often bullied themselves.

Break the silence,take a stand against bullying.

Everyone deserves to feel safe at school.

I know how it feels to be bullied.



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