Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Warning! Don't Read Today's Column "Fifty Shades of My Gray Hair"!


But just about everyone is reading this book!  Caity had to explain all the controversy to me over the weekend.  (Dan explains the terms... LOL!)  Maybe I should pay closer attention to the news.

Oh, go ahead.  Read today's column.  You've probably already read it too.

Have you?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Public Schools and Standardized Tests


Yeah! Westest is over and summer vacation is just around the corner!  So, did you survive?  See... it's not so bad after all, is it?

Today's column on "Hott Flashes" is called Standardized Tests.  Thanks for checking it out:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Film Art Class w/the Morgan Arts Council

Film Art class at Warm Springs Middle School! Thirty 6th graders with film artist, Shamus Cleveland, for Morgan Arts-Council's new program - Art Integration. Check it out! The students are saying "Art Integration - Raising Student Assets!" Watch for their upcoming film called "Where is the Love" coming soon! Filming concludes today with the entire sixth grade class. Thank you Mr. Brock and the 6th grade teachers!

Posting to journal to my blog this link.  (So, if you've already seen this on facebook, thanks for linking again...)  What an honor to work with such creativity as 30 sixth grade students.  Looking forward to today when we film all 180 sixth graders forming a "question mark" and peace sign on the soccer field.  Thank you band director, Lee Cheek, for helping to make this happen.

After being a stay at home mom for the first decade of this century and bringing three more babies into the world, I have recently undertaken a part time job with the Morgan Arts Council in Berkeley Springs, WV, in addition to being a substitute teacher in Morgan County Schools.  Spring 2012 saw a new pilot program introduced in our county called "Art Integration."  This sure keeps me busy while juggling schedules and keeping up with my column on "Hott Flashes" every Monday.  Guess what?  A new publication, Mitera Magazine, is picking up a feature story I wrote later this summer.

All I can say is, 
"Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people" 
Colossians 3:23, 

But, I really enjoy the people too!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What Is Your "D" Day?


No, I'm not referring to the day of the climactic battle of World War II,  June 6, 1944, which certainly changed the course of events for our world, didn't it?  It was the day the Allies invaded Normandy from England.  In fact, Dan's uncle is one of the remaining soldiers to be a part of his historical event, a time of unmatched significance in his as well as other's lives around the globe.

D-Day.  Here, the Army determined the first use for "D" in D-Day. "The Army has said that it is “simply an alliteration, as in H-Hour.”  Others say the first D in the word also stands for
“day,” the term a code designation.  The French maintain the D means “disembarkation,” still others say “debarkation,” and the more poetic insist D-Day is short for “day of decision.”  For me, I have yet another meaning for the term "D-Day."

Diagnosis Day.  Do you remember the day you were diagnosed?  Was it a day to change your life forever?  Just as D-Day on June 6th was a turning point, Diagnosis Day represents the day that changed my life,...


I even refer to normal every day events to what was happening for us "before" and "after" the D-Day.  Before was when we were raising a family, dreaming of our futures, never imagining having to live with "it".  After, we have rearranged everything from daily routines to even the structure of our home to accommodate the "d".

But you know what?  It.is.okay!  After "D-Day", we have come to cherish each day when God tells me "Excuse me, can I tell you something?"  He says, "you are as healthy as you are today.  This very moment. So, go out and celebrate what you have right now.  Enjoy My blessings.  Share it."

Although at times I struggle to thank God for everything, I will always remember the day a neurologist diagnosed Dan with Parkinson's Disease.  And like this picture, some days are a battle.

But, all days are a blessing.

Even "D-Day"... tomorrow.

May 16, 2008.

Gaa Gaa for Google

Chrome, that is!  Did I spell that right?

Although I don't know where you went over the past week, I am glad you have returned!  Not being the most techno savy person in the boat, I have only recently become acquainted with what a browser is.  You see, I have always used the little "e" thingy to log on to the internet up until just about a month ago.

I noticed a message to try something called "Google Chrome" to help me with posting stories here on my blog.  Dan's head just about blew off his shoulders when I asked him what a browser was.  So, I ventured on the path of loading something new.  After all, it said it would help me improve the speed and features for "Excuse me, can I tell you something?"

And, wow!  Did.it.ever!  So, I have been a new Google Chrome user.  Up until about a week ago, things were just flying by when I logged on to my posts list and found a blank page.

Yikes!  Where did everything go?  For about a week, I was puzzled about what to do!  Add to that, my new "phablet" Dan got me for Mother's Day, all this technology was making my head spin.  When in doubt, just go back to the old ways, right?

Well, that was what I did.  I found I could still get on using the little e circle thing.  Although it was painfully slow, at least I found my way back to my post list.  Then this morning, low and behold, you're back!

Oh, how I missed you Google Chrome!   I probably will never totally understand technology and the internet.  At the risk of sounding like a bubble head, I missed you!  And to use Dan's expression to explain tech stuff to me, I will resolve to his comment:

It's magic!

Monday, May 14, 2012


"Handprints for Mother's Day" is today's column on Hott Flashes.  Receiving Levi's gift leaves a little mark on this mom's heart, as do all the gifts from my four hottlings.  Actually, Caity brought me a deck chair for Mother's Day!  Guess that leaves a "different" kind of mark, LOL!

Hope you enjoy my column today on Moms of Faith, and remember how your kids leave handprints on our hearts.  Do you think Mary kept painted handprints of Jesus as he grew from a baby to a little boy? 

I can only imagine the handprint He left on His mom's heart.  Sometimes, maybe... I think I can feel it too...