Who dine like celebrities while feeding you what you want to hear Who rejoice in exotic locations after inculcating you with fear Who pay themselves six figures from your taxes and your tithes Who silence their critics with propaganda, slander and lies Who offer forgiveness for your sins, but for their own evade consequence Who … Continue reading Bums
“First Responders see trauma that can never be forgotten….As time goes on, the weight of these events start to pile up. What once may not have bothered someone may now start to cut a little deeper. As you advance into your career, you realize that the Hollywood code saves rarely occur in the real world. … Continue reading The Noble and Courageous Among Us
Over the years, I’ve heard the words service and servant misused so frequently that I’m convinced few people actually know what those words mean. I believe, however, that I do know their true meaning but only because of people like my friends David and Tamara Price. David and Tamara are two of the most extraordinary, … Continue reading True Servant Hearts
The Virginia Creeper Trail is part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, an initiative that converts abandoned railroad tracks into scenic trail ways. We rode all 34 miles of VCT this weekend and breathtaking doesn’t begin to describe our experience. If you’ve never gone, it’s only a couple hours away from Oak Ridge and well … Continue reading Backyard Adventure: The Virginia Creeper Trail
Over one million men and women have paid the ultimate price for our country since the revolutionary war. These sacrifices are not a thing of the past, but are ongoing. There are still 13,000 U.S. troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. 6,840 U.S. service members have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. On … Continue reading Honor the Dead, Support the Living
6,805 U.S. service members have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom This weekend, we welcomed my son home from a 6 month deployment in Afghanistan. Chalk it up to naivety, denial or a little bit of both, but this entire time I’d chosen to believe that he was safer than he actually was. … Continue reading Enduring Freedom?
I’ve found an excellent panacea for my travel withdrawals in Googlemaps/Streetview! Many of us have used it to check out our old stomping grounds, but I’m just discovering the various other countries they’ve uplinked. I was delighted when I found that I could tool through neighborhoods and along the seashore of one of my favorite … Continue reading Take a Virtual Drive Through the Scottish Countryside
I’ve been blessed with a wonderful father and an equally wonderful father to my children, my beloved husband Bret. I can’t begin to describe the impact they’ve had on me and my children but, needless to say, I’ve tried to let them know, especially today, how much I love and appreciate them both. I want … Continue reading The Importance of Dads
Over the ages, there have been thousands, perhaps millions, of books written on the topic of leadership. I’ve read a few of them and I’ve listened to my share of speeches on the subject. I wonder, though, is it really that complicated? Are the basic principles of leadership so complex that they require such study … Continue reading Leadership
Around the age of 16, a record began to play in my head, “When I turn 18, I can leave and no one can stop me.” As the day drew closer, I didn’t have it all planned out and really wasn’t ready to make that final leap into adulthood just yet. But, only a few … Continue reading “I Can Do What I Can Do”
I don’t know why Thanksgiving has to be so complicated but it sure makes me miss the simpler times when Bret was in the Army and we lived far away from a lot of the drama that goes on this time of year. We were young. My goodness were we young! Since we’d only been … Continue reading Thanksgivings Past
Today, just as I’ve done quite frequently for the last couple of years, I went out for a run. This, though, was to be my longest run of the year in preparation for the half marathon next weekend. Like last year, with the intent of running 10 miles back home, I had my son drop … Continue reading Rattled
Just a few short months ago, I decided to take a leap out of the working world and into adventure. A big part of my intent was to discover just how much fun my kids and I could have in one summer before they started Kindergarten and college. I’m happy to report that our enjoyment … Continue reading “Mom, I’m Bored!” ‘Twas Not Uttered
For years, I have prepared and frozen onions, bell peppers & cooked ground beef for quick access when making various recipes. More recently, I’ve added cheeses, beaten eggs, sautéed mushrooms, chopped celery, garlic & carrots and a host of pureed produce to the mix. I got the idea to freeze pureed foods from Jessica Seinfeld’s … Continue reading Food Filing System
Well, we did it! We took our maiden voyage aboard the soon-to-be-if-not-already-infamous MegaBus. For those who haven’t heard of it, the MegaBus is a super cheap coach service that operates primarily in the Northeast. Last November, they added a Knoxville-to-Washington D.C. route. As of right now, they depart twice a day (mid morning & late … Continue reading Mega Mega Mega Bus
These are some of the things I strive to teach my children. When it’s all said and done, I hope and pray that I will have lived a life that reflected these things. • Cling to the hope that Jesus (and only Jesus) gave you on the cross. This is most important at those moments … Continue reading Love is a Verb
Woke up this morning and this is what went through my mind as I dashed downstairs in my socks and pj's and out to the very back of our property where my son was sleeping:“Oh crap! It’s 7:45! He’s going to be late. He’s going to miss it. Shoot. He’s down in the shack. I … Continue reading Signs of Senility
VBS @ Calvary Baptist. Run. Vacay of a lifetime. Run. TR earns major bank @ first job and spends it on a ton o’ “fresh” clothes. Run. Cousin sleepovers. Run. Inch learns to swim. Run. Remodel bathroom. Run. Officially transition from preferring Rotel dip to straight cheddar nachos. Run, run, run!!!! I’m not cool, I’m … Continue reading Summer Re-Cap
There are many characteristics that come to mind when I think about my dad. The one that stands out the most when I reflect on my childhood is “protector.” I’ll never forget the day he picked me up from school in 3rd grade. I was crying because Ms. Stovall had grabbed me and aggressively shook … Continue reading My Daddy Can Beat Up….
This is one of those days that I hope my neighbors didn’t hear me. Sadly, it’s not the first time. I could make light of it and say that I lost my mind (which is what it felt like); but the truth of the matter is that I lost control and acted like a complete … Continue reading Absolute Foolishness
I can’t believe I’m about to blog my diet story, but since I’m going at it again for a second time and have had a number of people ask me for details, I might as well.Long story short, two years after having Inch, I was still carrying an extra 20lbs. DH and I took the … Continue reading Not So Deep Stuff (Carbs)
This year was hands-down one of the most blessed years of my life. In fact, the entire last decade exceeded my wildest dreams. If yours didn’t, I pray that the Lord will lead you towards your own decade of blessings and, more importantly, that you’ll follow.2000Metz Trip, VOY ball, graduation from UMUC, left Germany/Army for … Continue reading Decade @ a Glance
I guess this is it. It’s Labor Day and summer is officially over. Ah, but it was a good one. With DH finishing up his school just before TR’s let out, we had plans to pack this summer with as much fun as we possibly could stand – and we did. We kicked it off … Continue reading Summer Wrap Up
I’ve fond memories of dining at the Alt Landstuhl restaurant when we were living in Kaiserslautern because they served one of the most amazing entrees I’ve ever had - Chateaubriand.The presentation was something to behold as it most certainly was a feast fit for a king – a medieval one at that. Surrounded by roasted … Continue reading Sans Orange
The line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior in our society has been seriously blurred. Never in my lifetime has this truth been more evident than it is today.I’ll never forget hearing the news about Princess Di. Even though I wasn’t really a fan of hers, I was shocked and saddened by her untimely death. Perhaps … Continue reading Dust in the Wind, Baby. Dust in the Wind.
Had to replace our washer today. I wasn’t too happy about it since our dead Kenmore was only 7 years old. That, and I simply don’t enjoy the prudence of researching and haggling as much as I once did. Consumer Reports isn’t so helpful now that models change out more frequently than they make their … Continue reading Crash Course on Washers
Had another fabulous vacation at Beaches in TCI. The weather was great and the resort was even better than before with a massive expansion of the Italian Village. Lots of snorkeling, great food and drink, and the kids had a blast. Inch couldn’t get enough of the Sesame Street characters (she tackled everyone she came … Continue reading Return to Turks & Caicos
We had a wonderful time at Inch's 3rd birthday party today. We had it at the Oak Ridge Children's Museum (our new favorite place) and most all of the family got to come as well as many dear friends. The theme wasTinkerbell (with a Princess cake) and Inch made the most adorable Tink! Allof the … Continue reading Fairy Princess Party
Earth Hour is Stupid
O.K. I don't care how many times I've seen this one, I crack up every time I read it!1. At lunch time, sit In your parked car with sunglasses on and point a hair dryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.2. Page yourself over the intercom. Don't disguise your voice!3. Every time someone … Continue reading Ways To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity
My pics don't do them justice, but I'd swear the fall colors this year are the most vibrant I've ever seen!http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf
Election season is somewhat of a roller coaster ride for me. I spend a good amount of time researching issues and candidates and debating/discussing them with others. It can be exhausting if I let it. But when the day finally arrives, it all feels so worthwhile. It has nothing to do, really, with my expectations … Continue reading It Happens Every Time
I've had this hanging on my desk forever. Time to file it away (electronically). Enjoy!Hugh Gallagher's 'College Essay'It seems that Hugh Gallagher wrote this for a national writing contest, and that an Urban Legend has since arisen that he wrote it as an actual application essay. 18 June 1998, update. Hugh Gallagher emailed me(!), and … Continue reading Clearing Out Clutter
...a smoked ham is not necessarily cooked. And, as I found out after peeling back the price tag, some hams are actually labeled “Ready to Cook” instead of "Ready to Eat." These are good things to know before one cuts into a ham and mixes it into a nearly-complete pasta dish.
In spite of the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans (some estimates are at over 90%) are against a financial bail out, it appears that most of our elected officials are determined to pass such a plan anyway as if to say, “I know better than you.” Funny, but WE elected them. Their arrogance … Continue reading Just Say No – Video Link Updated
Call me cruel, but I’ve long thought that PETA were a bunch of idiots. Any and all doubt has been removed with their recent request of Ben & Jerry’s to replace cow’s milk with human milk in their products."The fact that human adults consume huge quantities of dairy products made from milk that was meant … Continue reading People Who Need to Go Far, Far Away
Since first hearing of it over a year ago, I’ve been eagerly anticipating watching the movie “Maxed Out” with my son. I’d heard really positive things about it and hoped that it would provide insight to TR about the importance of individual, financial responsibility. I was sadly disappointed.The beginning of the movie does a great … Continue reading Maxed Out, Indeed
"I am not skilled to understandWhat God has willed, what God has plannedI only know at His right handStands One who is my Savior"--Aaron Shust
Last week, I happened to catch in the Observer that Shelby Lynne was coming to town. She’s one of my all-time favorite female vocalists and I jumped at the chance to go see her. Though once considered more of a country artist, she’s never really fit that mold. More than country, more than soul, she … Continue reading Ladies Night Out
I’m not a terribly vain person, but I do enjoy having a nice tan some summers. And since I hate to lay out, tanning salons can provide a more palatable alternative. Now, the few times I’ve done this over the years, I have to say that every experience has proven to be just about the … Continue reading Tanning Beds Really Do Fry Brain Cells
With each new season, I appreciate our home’s landscape (and that of our entire town for that matter) more and more. I definitely don’t have a green thumb, but we have been blessed by the efforts of our home’s previous owners. So, here’s my tip: Long before you think of selling your home, be sure … Continue reading My Personal Home Selling Tip
I’ve made a decision. I’m now making a concerted effort to avoid patronizing certain businesses in town (they are national chains, not locally owned, BTW). It won’t be easy, but based on a number of principals as well as my growing frustration each time I give them my money, I have to do it. My … Continue reading A Good Sign
I've had this song stuck in my head off and on for a good 10 years (well, by the date on the video, it's probably been since it came out which would make that 12 years). It's just such a fun song and the video is just silly - I can't stay in a bad … Continue reading Rotterdam
I don't believe I've ever loved another company or their products quite as much as I do Google. Their story is incredible. Their products revolutionary. And with a corporate philosophy like "Don't be evil," how could anyone not admire them?I first found Google shortly after its birth when a college professor suggested using it to … Continue reading Just One More Reason to Love Google
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i32NkW0s94&feature=relatedInchworm loves the 1-2-3-4 song. Found this while looking for it. So glad I've never caved; my 6 GB Mini still works just fine for what I need.
That's for you - whoever you are. Even though it's a lot about sharing, writing is somewhat of a selfish endeavor. Most of the time I feel good when I share, but sometimes I feel a little too exposed. And in these last few months, I've often felt nearly naked. That, though, can be therapeutic. … Continue reading THANKS!
"It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. " - Anne FrankIt's easy to criticize. It's easy to get caught up in the negatives and overlook the positives … Continue reading On a More Positive Note
My developing this site will probably seem like a bit of a contradiction to those who've heard my opinions on the matter. I'll explain later.Some of my goals in doing this include:Creating a personal discussion board of sorts for subjects near and dear to me. Potential topics of interest may include politics (local mostly), raising … Continue reading First Blog Post Ever