My Thoughts...

(not to be taken too seriously, unless I'm serious)

I Love Life

I Love Life
June 28
I love learning and am constantly delighted when that happens. There is so much I want to know and experience.


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JUNE 18, 2012 1:26AM

I Want To Be Myself

One of the advantages of being middle age is the freedom to be myself without as much concern or fear of what others are thinking. For the most part, I like who I am and appreciate the gifts I posses as a unique, one of a kind, human being.  There is… Read full post »
MAY 1, 2012 11:18PM

What Brings You Joy? (open call)

The Missouri River
It dawned on me the other day that I am most joyful when I am truly loving and when I am truly living.
What brings me joy:
1.) Anticipating the birth of my child and meeting her/him for the first time.
2.) Helping others.
3.) Interacting with people automa… Read full post »
APRIL 4, 2012 12:01PM

Photography Purist (photos included)



 I guess you could call it a "love-hate" relationship. Although I have fun  editing my photos, it also makes me cringe. Editing goes against every bone in my body. It's not that I think my photographs are perfect as is; for me, editing photos feels like I'm taking

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MARCH 24, 2012 1:09AM

Sunset in Missouri (photos)


 I'm dedicating this post to our very own dianaani here on Open Salon. It's because of her that I was able to post these pictures on my own without having to bother her for more information or advice. I now am able to post my photos without having to upload… Read full post »
























MARCH 22, 2012 12:49AM

Spring Has Sprung!

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MARCH 20, 2012 11:01PM

I Need Answers


Not that I do this, but when I encounter the elderly, whether I'm in the store shopping, in church praying, or in a restaurant dining, I so badly want to interview them.

I've always felt an affinity with the aged members of our society simply because they remind meRead full post »
MARCH 14, 2012 12:05AM

Slamming the Catholic Church

     Even though I realize this post will get shot down, criticized, and "flogged," I decided to write it anyway. There is plenty of evidence here on Open Salon of the disdain for the Catholic Church and Christianity in general. I like presenting the other side which includes debunking… Read full post »
MARCH 9, 2012 11:16PM

Photos Say It All

 Believe it or not, I don't have anything to say this evening.......(Please, don't fall out of your chair.) Instead, I decided to share a few of my photos taken by my new Nikon camera that I am enjoying tremendously. They say a picture is worth a thousands words. I'll let you… Read full post »

I despise how religion can bring out the worst in us. I am angered how religion can lead to death and destruction. Religious fervor should be kept at a moderate level always  behind the love for our fellow man. I don't understand the hypocrisy of those who claim they are Christian,Read full post »
FEBRUARY 29, 2012 1:17AM

Lent Can Free Us

Recently I heard my priest's sermon preparing the congregation for Lent and was struck by its message. He got me thinking.

Giving up candy, meat on Fridays, or perhaps snacks in between meals are examples of things we Catholics might do during Lent. Or, if you prefer to "do" somethingRead full post »
FEBRUARY 22, 2012 7:53AM

I Don't Need Ashes On Ash Wednesday

For the Christian community, today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. For us Catholics, we have the opportunity to attend Mass and receive ashes on our foreheads to signify an inner repentance.  Receiving ashes is an ancient practice that has been going on since the beginning of man. As… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 15, 2012 8:44AM

My Son Relapsed (Part 3)

"Oh no, the police have been called!" That's what I was thinking as I heard the wailing sirens approaching. My son had only one more  month of probation for his DWI and now he relapses after living a mature and responsible life for over two years. Needless to say, I amRead full post »
FEBRUARY 8, 2012 8:21AM

My Son Relapsed (Part 2)

Shortly after the paramedics injected a drug in my son's neck, he became conscious again. At that point, alarmed and confused, he started asking questions trying to figure out what had happened and where he was being taken. I honestly don't even remember what they told him, but their answers evidentl… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 1, 2012 8:36AM

My Son Relapsed

For those of you who have never experienced addiction or for those who do not have addicts in their lives I will explain what a "relapse" is. According to the Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, a relapse is 1. the act or an instance of backsliding, worsening, or subsiding 2. a recurrenceRead full post »
JANUARY 29, 2012 10:22AM

God Speaks

For some reason, I get  turned off when I hear another person say that God spoke to him or her. It sounds pretentious, righteous, and pompous to me. Even though I would never ask this question, it runs through my mind, "Who do you think you are?" "Why would God talk… Read full post »
JANUARY 24, 2012 3:42PM

Prayer Request

For all of you who believe in the power of prayer, please pray for my son whom I wrote about a couple of years ago. He NEEDS your prayers. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart......

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JANUARY 23, 2012 5:21PM

Am I Going to Hell?

I unfriended a Facebook friend today. Why? In so many words he told me I would be going to hell....and he was serious. 

"Hard to believe that we actully have liberals that support Obama and his anti-life policies sitting in the pews. They will have to answer to God for their… Read full post »

JANUARY 18, 2012 8:10AM

My Parents Are Old

It dawned on me awhile ago, but I am seeing it more and more how my parents are truly almost old. I say "almost" because I'm not quite ready to actually claim that they are old or elderly, even though they are 76 years of age.

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NOVEMBER 30, 2011 12:02PM

Cutting the Umbilical Cord

Although I have left my son and his family in Little Rock, Arkansas numerous times, it doesn't get any easier. It's always a strange juxtaposition of feelings as I drive off. On one hand, I'm usually ready to get back to my own home and immerse myself in the daily activitiesRead full post »
OCTOBER 22, 2011 12:16AM

Essays to My Children

One of my dear friends surprised me with two of her favorite books that she used to read to her three children when they were younger. Knowing me the way she does, she figured that I would enjoy reading them to my youngest two children who are still at home withRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 11:43PM

Ageing Gracefully (Open Call)

Besides staying out of the sun or at least applying sunblock when in the sun, how are we supposed to age gracefully? How are we supposed to accept the new line on our face that seemed to sprout from no where or the so called sunspots (nothing sunny about them) that… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 1:02AM

Which Macbook Pro?

When it comes to purchasing large ticket items I am more careful and conservative. Throwing away money is something I try to avoid. Even though I can be impulsive when it comes to shopping and buying, that characteristic of mine does not apply to expensive consumer products like computers.

For… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 10:38AM

I Hate Saying Good-bye

It dawned on me just a day or two ago that I hate saying, "Good-bye."

What made me realize it were the feelings of sadness and melancholy that were shadowing me on the Labor Day weekend, in particular, on Labor Day itself. I've grown not to like this national holiday. Why?… Read full post »