Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

We pray the Lord’s Prayer; however, I find the hardest part of fulfilling the prayer is the part where I am to forgive those who trespass against me. When do you know that you have forgiven a person? When you see the person or hear their name, what reaction is normal? Do you not feel anything for them? Alternatively, do you rehash the hurt they caused, or the transgressions against you?

I am sure the person could care less if they are forgiven, especially if they did not ask you to forgive them. They are going on with their lives as if you were a blip on the screen, so I guess, it is incumbent upon me, to find a way to forgive and forget. God forgives our trespasses so easily, however, it is not so easy for us. I have to pray for the strength to move past the disappointments, knowing that I trust my life to His Will.

The Lord's Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer

Garden Plot Interview


I applied for a garden plot. Before assignment all applicants had to interview with the executive committee. I thought all I would need to do was apply. There are rules, regulations, and a requirement to complete eight service hours. To top it off there is a waiting list and no guarantee that I will get a plot this season. I am keeping my fingers crossed that a garden is in my future.

41 Quotes From Runners That Will Help You Power Through Your Last Mile

I need all of the help I can get!

Thought Catalog


Running is my private time, my therapy, my religion. Gail W. Kislevitz
A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected in as many ways they’re capable of understanding. Steve Prefontaine
The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life. George Sheehan
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Haruki Murakami
Running isn’t a sport for pretty boys…It’s about the sweat in your hair and the blisters on your feet. Its the frozen spit on your chin and the nausea in your gut. It’s about throbbing calves and cramps at midnight that are strong enough to wake the dead. It’s about getting out the door and running when the rest of the world is only dreaming about having the passion that you need to live each and every day with. It’s about being on a lonely road…

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Is learning how to spell necessary?

Yes, learning to spell is necessary. The examples you cited are funny, but sad too.

Janet Carr @

I read an article the other day (which I cannot for the life of me find now) arguing that learning to spell is not important because today we have spelling checkers and autocorrect facilities to do that for us. My response was…..pfffft. For many reasons.

  1. if the spelling mistake forms a new word, your spellchecker will not pick it up
  2. the spelling checker cannot pick up every single word
  3. it is important (even though it may not seem that way) to learn the technical side of language

Regarding number 3 – if you do not know how your mother tongue works, it is very difficult to learn foreign languages. I have many students who learned their mother tongue ‘organically’ – by using it. Which is all very well, until you need to explain or learn a grammar concept. Or study another language. Let’s say you need to learn how an…

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Taking Care of Veterans-I CARE

It is a very sad day for the Department of Veterans Affairs. General Shinseki resigned this morning and I am just heart broken. VA Core Values, becuase I CARE, I will…
Integrity: Act with high moral principle. Adhere to the highest professional standards. Maintain the trust and confidence of all with whom I engage.
Commitment: Work diligently to serve Veterans and other beneficiaries. Be driven by an earnest belief in VA’s mission. Fulfill my individual and organizational responsibilities.
Advocacy: Be truly Veteran-centric by identifying, fully considering and appropriately advancing the interests of Veterans and other beneficiaries.
Respect: Treat all those I serve and with whom I work with dignity and respect. Show respect to earn it.
Excellence: Strive for the highest qualitiy of continuous improvement. Be thoughtful and decisive in leadership, accountable for my actions, willing to admit mistakes and rigorous in correcting them.


Those that reported to work every day and did not embrace these core values and characteristics should be ashamed of themselves. They let down the Veteran, their families, the Department and the Secretary.
It was an honor to serve under his leadership when he was the Chief of Staff of the Army and as the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sir, I salute YOU.

Email Is Killing Me

How do you manage your inbox? I open my inbox and there are hundreds of messages.  I delete and a minute later, I have more and more messages. It is too much. I hardly have time to read one message before there is another message from the same sender. I hate to delete without reading,  but it is just too much information. So, I spend 10 minutes deleting messages. I hate to stop receiving messages, but it is coming to the point where I cannot keep up. I tried the folders at work and the rules setting that work well. My personal email account does not offer the rules setting…if it does, let me know, so I can start using it. yahoo

If you happen by this page, please stop in and give me some advice.

CheersEnough Already




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My Mom and Her Dad

I recently read an article by a blogger reflecting on a conference she attended on the challenges of parenting. Here are a few of her points.

Motherhood is from the cradle to the grave. We are teaching our children how to nurture.  One day they will take care of us the way we have taken care of them.

I remember how well my aunts and uncles cared for my grandmother when she became terminally ill.  They refused to send her to hospice. They kept round the clock care  by taking turns looking after her and keeping a journal to document everything that happened each day.  My mom did the same thing for my grandfather.  She doted on him, as if he were her son.  My grandparents were wonderful people and they were taken care of by loving children.  A great example of love shown during very challenging times.

Loving your children: Stop, look and listen: stop what you are doing, look them in the eye and listen to them when they talk. Give them focused one on one time.

I am really bad at this. My older son always says Mom, put down the iPad, or look at me, I am talking to you.  My husband is great at this, he focuses on the boys and really listens to them.  I need to work on that one and I will…..