You Can Teach Yourself Anything with YouTube

A month ago, my son told me that he learned how to fix his built-in oven by watching a YouTube video.  I knew WordPress had great tutorial videos, and I embed YouTube videos in loads of my posts, but I never thought of using it for fixing cars, or ovens, or window shades.  Well, I do have  broken window shade.  So hey, why not? ...more
@Kpvega My grandkids showed me "old people dance gangnam style."  Beware of the "old people ...more

39 Years after Roe v Wade: Revisiting the Supreme Court Decision

Every year, on the anniversary of Roe v Wade, I set out to share my opinion.  Every year I chicken out.  I know my opinion is sure to anger both my pro-life and my pro-choice friends, many of whom see things through a black-and-white, all-or-nothing lens.  As in so many things in life’s journey, this issue a complex one. ...more

Realizing That Moms Are "Real"

Erm...WOW! this post is amazing :) I love the way you've captured how a young girl things about ...more

Looking for Other Little Girls' Stories

After one year of blogging, I invite others who were once a little girl to tell their stories.  Here's all you have to do:  E-mail me a story about something from your childhood; something that had a lesson learned, either in the moment or through the lens of time and reflection. Darn it all, there are rules to everything: 1.   1,000 words or less. 3.  Keep it light.  No severe childhood traumas like child abuse, murder, or molestation. 4.  No lying.  It's not nice to lie....more

Everyone is Beautiful. So Difficult to Acknowledge.

Here I am with one day one Canaan. Canaan makes an even dozen grandchildren. Now that's beautiful. (I'm happy with the way I look, too.) ...more
 @TheBlackTortoise LOL!  If only my rear-end slimmed down, I'd be thrilled.   :)more

The Winter of the Beans: What It Felt Like to Be Needy

"We are needy," Mom said, and she walked into the kitchen and started taking everything out of that pretty basket and putting the stuff into the cupboards or the refrigerator, as if she just got home from grocery shopping. Mom looked the same way Dad did in the soybean field, except she had that look on her face like she was deciphering a puzzle, with all her thoughts deep inside her brain where she couldn't hear anyone else's voice, instead of like she was searching for something far away, like Dad did when he was in that field. ...more
Sometimes in life we do need help.  There are circumstances they nobody can stop from happening, ...more

I Smell Spring

When I was a little girl I loved the smell of dirt.  I still do.  Mom said when I was a toddler, I liked to eat dirt, too; she couldn't keep me out of it.  Sometimes in the early spring, when the farmers are plowing the fields, I still think the earth smells like it would taste good, maybe it's the minerals in the soil.  I love the different textures and smells the earth has to offer....more

Women Find a Friend in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Urge Improved Screening...more

The Cost of Progress

A little over a year ago, Congrss approved the biggest financial rescue in US history.  Some call it the Neo-New Deal; others doom the bailout to failure.  Surely it will take a Herculean effort to turn things around. We all know that default on sub-prime mortgages is driving much of the calamity.  But why are there still so many people defaulting on their mortgages.  Perhaps we should look deeper and address the reasons some people are faced with this predicament.  The root of the problem began long ago....more

Just 94 days before the facility is closed.  The Plant is in the process of demolition ...more