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Have a Blessed Thanksgiving - A Thanksgiving Poem
Soon we will all be gathering around a table full of food with family and friends. Some of them are only seen during the holidays and some are seen more frequently. This is one of my favorite times of year. I love the comradery, atmosphere, aromas, and of course, the food. We all bring a dish to pass, with the host serving the meat. This is the time of year when everyone contributes their best dish, and behavior is at the best. Squabbles are left at home and humor and good nature firmly in place. Prior to eating we all must state at least one thing we are grateful for as grace is said, and then the elbows are bent, and forks lifted. Compliments are plentiful. Can we have a dress rehearsal? I sure would like a piece of pumpkin pie.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Out of the corner of my eye I could see them. I could have looked at them fully, and they would have never noticed, so intent were they in one another. I watched as they seemed to devour every word that the other said. It is not often that you witness such love. It gave me goose bumps. I could not remember the last time my husband looked at me with that puppy dog look. . . .and now look at them.
Her face had sunken; her eyes were swollen from crying. He was gone for longs hours at a time, with no word. She said she had been throwing up because of stress. Her clothes hung on her. He was no where in sight. I did not want to see him. He broke her heart. She loved him so much, and he had so carelessly thrown that away.
At first the habit developed, according to him, as a way to deal with childhood trauma. He initiated the behavior but soon the behavior controlled him. The bills were all past due. He wasn’t eating. He wasn’t sleeping. He did not interact with his family in a positive way. He was breaking and entering into homes, committing robbery to support his habit. Everything that mattered once now took a back seat as the need to get high became stronger. His fear of getting caught became a distant memory as the need loomed larger than life. Long gone were the feelings of love and respect he held for anyone much less himself.
I feared for her and her children; not just for their life as they once knew it, but for their safety. The home and car they were about to lose seemed some how insignificant when I realized the larger potential dangers. I wanted to scream run and don’t look back. The love she had for him had been so strong that she had initially held on to the hope that together they could beat this thing. As she told how hard he had tried to fight the addiction her eyes implored me to understand why she hadn't left yet.
She grabbed at her shorts so they would not fall off her lean body. Her legs had lost most their flesh and were small and fragile looking, her eyes rimmed in red from many days of crying. Her hands nervously picked at her clothing, ashamed at the revelation, as if she felt that she some how had failed this young man and had pushed him into his downward spiral. Her eyes begged for understanding, and my heart went out to her. Perhaps if her love had never been as strong as it had she may not have felt the turmoil of emotions she now felt. I held her small bony frame, now smaller than her children. I felt her racking sobs. Where does she go now? How does she escape? I sent up earnest pleas to our Father for His protection and guidance and drove home, while my spirit remained miles from home.. Thankfully God is every where.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
You may not have seen me here recently as I have been researching and writing. The more I learn about nutrition the more I wonder how I lived to be as healthy as I am eating the way I have. It is amazing. I remember riding my bike, as a teen, two miles to the donut shop, buying a dozen donuts and having them eaten before I got back home. Mind you, a dozen was 13 at that time, and my waist measured a mere 25 inches then. We won't discuss what it is now, but donuts are a thing of the past, as are many other unnecessary items. If it lacks nutrition, why waste the time, money, or effort to buy and consume it? Don't we deserve to be healthy?
The Blood Type Mystery http://www.healthmad.com/Health/The-Blood-Type-Mystery.92272
by Judy Sheldon, Mar 12, 2008
One diet fits all is a myth, and here is a doctor who blows that theory out of the water. I first heard of this book when a co-worker who had been seeing a chiropractor purchased the book. He was the author, and she read the book ardently. Soon she was feeling 100% better. I happened upon the book at a second hand store and purchased my own copy. It is a fascinating read. Click on my link and read more. Better yet, pick up a copy of your own book.
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Salt's Sneaky Hiding Places
by Judy Sheldon, Mar 2, 2008 http://www.healthmad.com/Nutrition/Salts-Sneaky-Hiding-Places.88655
If you are watching your sodium consumption, you need to be aware of the many places sodium hides, and one I forgot to mention is drinking water. While salt is vital to our health, it is more common to get too much than to get too little. If you need to monitor your intake, this article may help you understand better where salt hides.
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by Judy Sheldon, Feb 28, 2008
Let's clear up the bad rap that has been hung on eggs. Not only has new research indicated that eggs have very little effect on blood cholesterol levels, but eggs are a nutritional powerhouse providing at least 18 different vitamins and minerals.
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Saturday, April 12, 2008
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Avon Foundation Information
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Beautify Your World
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
"Health Matters" using the second word as a verb or a noun, it matters. We have heard and probably said "What is the matter with you?" or "spend time where it matters" or on "what matters most". Decisions are made daily, sometimes without us even realizing it. Do we buy the lower price snack with nothing of value nutrient wise, or spend a little more and buy the healthier snack? Even better, do we take time to pack a nutritious lunch?
According to Websters one of the many definitions for matter is "what all things are made of; whatever occupies space and is perceptible to the senses in some way. . ."
I want my content to matter, and not just in the sense that it occupies space. I want the reader to come away from my articles either feeling entertained, comforted, connected, or intrigued. If I can wet your interest just a little and put you on a mission to find out more about a topic, or if I can enlighten or unburden you for a moment, I will feel better, because hopefully you will too.
Feel free to express yourself and pose questions. Sometimes single minds run on single tracks. I like to take a scenic route sometimes. Don't you?
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Brownie & I went to visit my girl friend. You can see some of her other pictures on www.Triond.com in picable. She posts as Cinderella, a nickname that she wears well. She was teasing my dog, and his little tail was wagging so hard that I had to hold it still, and she snapped us.
He had jumped into my arms after her cat had gotten the better of him. She will be posting pictures of her six toed cat soon.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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Monday, February 18, 2008
There are many kinds of family. There are those you remember fondly and love to spend time with, those that embarrass you and while you love them, you try to stay out of the same room, and there are those who may not be born into our family, but we've adopted them because of beliefs and missions that we share with them. Two of my family that were born from common goals at Triond are listed here:
Notice that their names are within their links, and if you get the opportunity to check them out at www.Triond.com you will not be disappointed. These talented young ladies have entertained and taught me many things.
I had an uncle who used to come by the house to visit all the time, when I was growing up. He always had a stubble growing on his cheeks, and would rub my tender face with his own while embracing me in a rib crushing bear hug. When I could no longer breathe, he would pull away and ask his customary question:
"Been good while I was gone?" My customary reply was "of course, Uncle," as I silently prayed that he would not give me his routine come back. Then my uncle demanded, as if this question took a lot of thought "And. . did you get paid for being good?"
"No, uncle" came my barely audible reply. Please don't let him say the same thing he would always say, I would think.
He would roar in a deep belly laugh, as if it was the funniest thing he had ever thought of in his life "Well, I guess, you are good for nothing then."
And this just seemed to fit right in with my father's opinion of me. It created such a need in me to be recognized and appreciated.
Sometimes family doesn't appreciate you, or recognize who you really are. Not so with my family at Triond. But in my uncle's case, I now believe that it was just his way of teasing, as he too craved attention. Mom always said I wore my feelings on my sleeve, which is another reason I love writing so much. Where else can you bear your soul without criticism, but on a piece of paper?
At Triond, I bear my soul in my writings there, and am rewarded with support and encouragement. Anyone who is thinking about starting a writing career and wants to get their feet wet, should check us out. Not only will you get lots of constructive criticism and support , but Triond even manages to pay us a little something for sharing our opinion and or creativity. I think I died and went to heaven. lol
Come back and visit. I'll leave the light on.
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