For Veterans Day This Year, it’s About Thanksgiving

Veterans Day

I don’t think it’s coincidental that Thanksgiving and Veterans Day come so close together each year. Perhaps I’ve drawn a line where there isn’t one, but as we enjoy the marches, admire the handsome uniforms worn by our heroes, this Veterans Day I pray we will be more thankful and count our blessings twice for these men, women, and families who have sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy our own.

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Is What We See What We Really Get

Are we more than we have become?

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I despise hypocrites and for many years now, I’ve said “It’s not what you say, but what you do all day that counts!” I’ve repeated this mantra as fervently as if it had been handed down from Moses and set in stone though it was simply my attempt at being profound and a gentle reminder for how I try to live my life.

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Remember, You Get to Decide

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About this time of the year every two to four years we hear the same rhetoric, “This is the most important election of our lifetime.” This time the advertising may be correct.

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Start With Peach Cobbler For Breakfast

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October is National Dessert Month and though I didn’t create or designate it, I wish I had because any excuse for pound cake and peach cobbler is fine with me! Here’s what I know: when the peach cobbler is right, I’m not satisfied until every bite is gone. And yes, I eat it for breakfast, as a snack, whatever excuse I need, I take it. Pound cake and fried peach pies fall in that same category—I tell you, this month is about as close to heaven as I expect to get on earth!

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I’ve Got Nothing But Love For You

Sears, please don’t go, I love you so…

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With financial bankruptcy/rescue efforts being discussed for Sears/Kmart, you’re probably wondering why I’m singing love songs.  Here are three reasons:

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Let’s Focus on What We Can Control

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ENOUGH ALREADY! In my humble opinion, no matter what side of the aisle you rally for, the drama/trauma that resulted in our newest Supreme Court justice is nothing to celebrate or be proud of.  That confirmation process is broken—more precisely, all the processes are broken, whether you’re in the swamp or on a road that leads to it! We, voters and generations to come, deserve and must demand BETTER–better media coverage without so many talking heads and obvious slants, and better, not perfect, politicians who are focused on what’s good for America and the world and not the next re-election!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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I remember puberty and the joyful anticipation of getting breasts and my first bra. It took longer than I had hoped but with a little creativity on my part, Charmin and I helped Mother Nature and I have managed very nicely since. Seriously though, breasts are beautiful and special but too often they’re like all our other parts that we have two of—eyes, legs, hands, ears—we take them for granted until there is a problem. Thankfully, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our amazing breasts take center stage to be appreciated and cared for, on purpose.

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Commas Matter

The commas matter

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I remember my first real job like it was yesterday. My boss, Elliott, who was about 45 and built like a Green Bay Packers linebacker, made it crystal clear the first week that his intentions were less than honorable. I was 19, half his size, (and absolutely half the size I am today) and still trying to figure out where the bathroom was. As he made his first move, I heard Forrest Gump’s friend Jenny yelling “Run Cynthia Run,” so, like Forrest, I took off around my desk and kept running until he got tired. I showed up for work the next day and after another two or three chases, I found a job that didn’t require a cat and mouse routine.

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When The Storms Are Raging

When the storms of life are raging, Stand by me.

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Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc on parts of the country and after watching days of wind and rain-drenched reporters bringing us authentic wind gusts and toppled houses and trees, I think we get “it”—this storm is/was ferocious. The governors and emergency management personnel have done as much as possible to get residents out of harm’s way, but weather these days is such a serious thing, being prepared has taken on a life of its own.

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Make Every Day Grandparents Day!

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Grandparents Day in 2018 was September 9 but as an official grandparent, I’m advocating for Grandparents Month and here’s why:

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