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It All Started With Dan Rather


I was just reflecting this morning about how cynical I’ve become. Or maybe it’s just that I’m allowing my cynical side to show more? Either way, this whole situation created by our current President and his band of horrible men/women has taken it’s toll.

I want to not worry about our world and the latest thing 45 has said or done.

But for once (I NEVER used to pay attention to politics) I feel as though I have to stay vigilant, to be informed, to fight for what’s right – even if it’s in a very small way.

I think about my friends who say ‘Trust in God and give your worries to him’. But then I think about the tale of the man on an island.

God has given us a brain (intelligence), and empathy, and a voice…and a path through His teachings.

If we don’t stand up, who will?

And if we don’t stand up for the less fortunate (or for ourselves)…then we’re not followings God’s teachings.

I share posts on Facebook…in the hopes that maybe, just maybe it will get through to more people and they’ll start reading them and standing up too. It’s the least I can do.

And even if it doesn’t do any good, I sign petitions. I figure it’s at least worth trying.

And call…I’ve got to start calling legislators offices.

This President has to be stopped.

It’s a nightmare, truly a nightmare…and every one of the damn congressmen and women who are supporting/or are turning a blind eye so they can get their agendas through will be held accountable some day.

Anger, yes…I’m feeling angry too.

But I still go about my day and forget this crap. I don’t read Facebook or the news when I’m at work. I still crack jokes and laugh with my family, random people, my dogs, etc.

If we don’t compartmentalize this craziness we now see in the White House, we won’t survive. Stick it in a box and go to work and/or play…we need to continue to lead our lives as we always have and be happy…otherwise 45 and his band of horrible men/women wins.

We can’t let that happen.

Must not let that happen.

Rallying cry!

Love you dear friends.

We stand strong…

right will prevail…

they can’t take our power from inside us unless we let them.

This post was inspired by the words of Dan Rather. (click on his name and read his incredibly wise words)

Patty O

 

Sigh…


That moment when you’re sitting at work and you feel your elastic waistband slowly roll down…

The Nursing Home Funnies


One night we were visiting with Frank.

He’s the cutest little, hunched over, Jimmy Durante nose character you ever did see.  He’s got a twinkle in his eye and a sly grin when you say hello.

That night he regaled us with stories from when he was a miner.

The man is lucky to be alive.

He incurred injuries when a blast went wrong and he wound up underneath a pile of rock. Three months in the hospital, he got out and completed his recovery.  His doctors told him he shouldn’t work anymore because of his extensive injuries, but he looked them in the eye and said “I have a wife and 3 kids”.  And off he went to work.

At one point in our conversation Frank matter-of-factly, with a nod at the end, said…

“my birthday’s coming up,

I’ll be a hundred,

then that’s enough.”

 

Have a great day!

Patty O

ps…the names of my new friends have been changed to protect their identity. 😉

The Nursing Home Funnies


I’ve recently been going to our local nursing home to visit a relative who needs to stay there while he gets Physical Therapy and I have to say…I am thoroughly enjoying our visits with some of the other residents.

My new friend Emma is just a hoot.  This woman has it all together and she makes sure everyone else does too.  She’s sharp as a tack.  Every day she wheels into everyone’s rooms every day to make sure they’re all stocked up on Kleenex and other essentials.  If not, she’s off in her wheelchair to bring them more.

In one of our conversations, I asked her if she has children and then grandchildren.  She said yes, she has children, but no grandchildren.

She said, and I quote…”They’re getting to be past the age where they can have kids.”

I looked at her quizzically and said “How old are they?”

She responded “68 and 64”.

 

Today, take time to laugh.

Patty O

 

ps…the names of my new friends have been changed to protect their identity. 😉

pps…yes, that’s me and my husband with our youngest daughter who’s now 16.

 

A Special Thank You to Veterans and Their Significant Others


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A special thank you to the Veterans and their families this year.

Below you will find a link to a blog I read on a fairly regular basis. Today’s story honors Veterans and their spouses and families. I strongly encourage you to read it, it certainly inspired this post.

My Dad served four years in the Army, and while he served stateside during the Korean War, Mom was right there by his side raising our family.

Growing up, we’d hear stories from Dad about how his favorite time of day was when he would come home to Mom.  One of my favorite memories is how she’d have his favorite glass of iced tea ready for him when he got home…every day…morning, afternoon, or night depending on his shift work at the mine.  I’m sure that was his 3rd favorite thing when he came home…her hug and kiss were no doubt his first. They were quite a pair those two.

My brother joined the Army at age 18 and retired at age 40. While my brother served for 22 years, my sister-in-law maintained their home, raised their children, and kept the Faith. I can’t imagine how difficult it had to be when he would be flown out on a mission…she would have no idea where he was going, or how long he’d be gone.  I don’t know if I’ve ever told her just how much I admire her and appreciate the love and support she has given my brother through the years.  So today, on this Veteran’s Day, thank you Jody for being Steve’s love, his rock, and his home.

On this Veteran’s Day, I honor and thank all the Veterans out there, including my brother, nephews, friends, and Dad. You are the reason we are still here, safe and sound and thriving. And for the wives, husbands and families…thank you for being their home, their safe place, their love. You, too, I hold in my heart and prayers. You are amazing and you are appreciated.

(in)Courage Veteran’s Day Blog Post

God Bless You,

Patty O
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