A Child … Just A Child


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It seems to me that this nation places too much value on rites and rituals and not enough on substantive issues.  When an eleven-year-old child is arrested … yes, arrested by police … for exercising his right to free speech by refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance, something has gone awry with our values as a nation.

It all began on the morning of February 4th, when a young boy at Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Polk County, Florida, refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance.  The boy had refused to stand for the pledge for the entire school year, and had written permission from his mother to do so. But on this day there was a substitute teacher, Ana Alvarez.  When Ms. Alvarez asked the boy why he didn’t stand, he told her he believes the pledge represents racism.  Ms. Alvarez’ responded …

“Why if…

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Good People Doing Good Things — Ruby Kate Chitsey


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A young lady, eleven-year-old Ruby Kate Chitsey, has popped up on my radar no less than three times in the past week, and with good reason.  Ruby’s mom, Amanda, is a nurse-practitioner who works in various nursing homes in and around their town of Harrison, Arkansas.  Whenever possible, Ruby accompanies her mom on her rounds several days a week.  I’ll let Ruby tell you in her own words what defining moment inspired her to begin her wondrous project …

“One day as my mom and I were leaving the nursing home, a patient named Pearl was glued to the exit doors staring for a long time at something. I figured whatever it was must be pretty exciting because I hadn’t seen anything exciting all day. So I hurried to catch up to her before whatever this was disappeared. I thought maybe it was a baby bird? A wreck in the…

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Valentine’s Day – Bah Humbug! — Klutzy And Konfused


Dear Readership, Happy almost V-day! In celebration of a holiday that apparently nearly half the American population hates (and what feels like more than half of the people that I know), I thought it would be fun to break down some of the most common complaints that I’ve heard against the day and why I […]

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Here’s What I Want Donald Trump and Everyone Else to Know About My Late-Term Abortion by Jennifer Gordon


Important to know. I realized I was grossly ignorant till I read this story.

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Find the heart!


I found the heart and I loved the thought for the day. It said to tell someone you love them today but scream it at them in German. LOL! So, I left a message on my son’s voice mail screaming “ICH LIEBE DICH!” .He is half German and half Irish (I am Irish) and speaks German. I am giggling imagining his surprise when he listens to this voice mail! Anyway, I have had my chuckle for the day. Thought I would post this in case anyone else would like to try this. Have a lovely Valentine’s Day. It needn’t be only for romance. I am a wee bit ill so I am spending the day with my sweet yellow parakeet named Nibbles and a lovely plant a wonderful friend gave me and a Valentine package from another friend which is yet unopened. Celebrate it in your style .

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A heart is lurking somewhere in this herd of elephants. See if you can find it.

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How To Talk About Mental Health In A Way That’s Actually Helpful — Fighting for a Future


Sometimes, when I know I’m going to have to talk about my mental health with loved ones, I prepare like I’m heading into battle. My husband and children get it but it’s different with siblings and friends. I load myself up with mantras for calm, consider the facts I need to know, and affix it all…

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♫ Your Song ♫


Such a treat! A wonderful video of Elton singing sans bizarre outfits. One of my very favorite songs and albums.

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I’m in the mood for some Elton tonight, so I hope you are too!

This was one of the first songs Elton John wrote with Bernie Taupin. They met after a record company gave Elton some of Taupin’s lyrics to work with. Eventually, they both moved into John’s parents’ house, where they started working together.
The song was written in 1967, when Bernie Taupin was 17 and Elton was 20. Both Elton John and Bernie Taupin agree that this is one of their best efforts. Said Taupin:

“I think ‘Your Song’ is a gem. Our classic, I’m not sure. I’ll let others decide that. But it’s like an old friend, it means so many things on equally as many levels. It’s certainly proved its worth, and I’ve heard it sung a million times. It’s like a good dog, it’s always there.”

Elton performs this at all his concerts. He once…

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