Mother’s Day 2009

May 10, 2009 at 10:54 am (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , , )

I hope your Mother’s Day is a happy celebration.  I will be calling mine to wish her a happy day pretty soon.  I am fortunate to have a good relationship with her and to live within a 2-3 hour drive to visit.

I remember her care and concerns for me as I was growing up.  Now I have cares and concerns for her as our roles reversed.  I go to work every day and work all weekends on my internet businesses, while she is retired and goes out with friends, hangs out with my dad, and stays busy with her many clubs and organizations that she is active in.  I am the one telling her to drive carefully and to not overdo it.

My mother is the most positive and strongest emotional person I have ever known.  The only thing that she did not really teach me were organizational skills.

There is always the dilema of what to get your parents for gifts.  They have everything, don’t they?  How fortunate we are when this is true.  Is this true where you live?  Most likely if you are surfing the internet you do not often wonder where your next meal is coming from.

If you feel blessed because of all you have, and you want to share your blessings, Bloggers Unite recommends this organization.  $25 can feed a child for 6 months.

I just spent 4 times that much at the grocery store and hope it will last 2 weeks.  I can spend $10 just going out to lunch (which I rarely do anymore), and $4 on a treat at Starbucks(which I might do 3-4 times a month).

Most people who have a lot give a lot.  I have not met any people who have a lot who do not support charities.  There is so much need for help.  There are so many places to choose from.  However if you can spare a little more, here is the banner link.

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Make A Pit Stop In The Rat Race

April 17, 2009 at 6:18 am (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , )

It is so easy to get caught up in the work-aholic world of the internet, if you are using it to market, or even as a communication tool to reach out to the world. When was the last time you went outside and found that there are birds singing and weeds breaking through the soil?
I live in the desert so anything breaking through the soil is appreciated for a few minutes anyway. Today’s greenery is tomorrow’s weed abatement notice. Unfortunately that is life when the government is needing more money any way they can get it.

I have been trying for the past few years to have an untamed area of my lot that is devoted to whatever wildflowers want to hang out there. It is improving. Do you know what a Mariposa is? Well I have some. I even got some pictures last year of them. I will have to find what I did with them. It is a rarer flower sort of like a poppy, but I am afraid that they are getting covered over with concrete as this area grows.

Sometimes it seems almost impossible to touch real nature, so we enjoy seeing some pictures of it on the internet. Then the skeptics among us wonder how they photo-shopped those images. Does that sound like you?

I challenge you to find some time in the next 3 months to get out there and brave the great outdoors. If you are laughing at me, it is ok. For some of us the only time we spend out in nature is the time spend walking to our car, and from our car into another building.

Earth day is coming up maybe we can all plant a tree or something, or walk instead of drive, or carpool, or just stay home that day and try not to pollute. I think staying home is a great idea. I better go see when Earth Day is. I might have missed it already. I better check on Bloggers Unite.

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2009 at 7:06 pm (Motivation-Inspiration)

Today is International Women’s Day. I have been saying I will get my article posted all day long. However, there is grocery shopping, then lunch, then laundry, then this then that, and now the day is almost over. Things to be thankful for: electricity and my computer. Now I can get my article posted.

To quote from the site:

IWD is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

I think we need to remember the women of the past who have paved the way for the women of the current times who will pave the way for the women of the future.
When I think of the women who have made significant changes in history, and the ones who have always been admired by me, there are several. I hate to narrow the list down but I will.

I wonder how many will write about Mother Teresa:
Just one of her quotes:

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…We need silence to be able to touch souls.”
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

If I could do just a little of what she did to help those less fortunate, my life would have purpose.
Golda Meir might be less known among the younger generation, but when I learned about her I was fascinated.

Golda Meir was born in Kiev in 1898, and then she lived in the US from 1906 to 1921 before immigrating to Palestine with her husband. She was very active in fund rasing to support the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. That in itself is such a historic time. She raised funds in the US although her political involvement was cemented long before that.

Golda Meir was an excellent diplomat, and served in many positions, such as Israel’s Ambassador to the Soviet Union, also in 1948. She was a foreign minister in Israel for 10 years and she was very active in gaining support and establishing relations with the US, and Latin American countries.

In 1969, at the age of 71, Golda Meir became the world’s 3rd female Premier, or Prime Minister of Israel. When you consider that when she was born, the people of Israel did not even have their own nation. She lived through so many wars and fighting for birth of a Jewish Nation. That fighting still goes on today in one form or another.

In a region of the world where women do not carry the same status that they do in Western cultures, and at a time when there were few women leaders anywhere, Golda Meir definitely stood out among women!

If I ever get to Jerusalem, I am definitely going to pay my respects to Golda Meir.


Elizabeth Arden was known as a skin care specialist. What a different path than the two I previously mentioned. However she has an incredible story, too.
She was born in 1884 and lived until October 18, 1966.

Many people might remember her for her famous skin care company, Elizabeth Arden, Inc. She owned and operated a chain of beauty salons and spas, and was a mass marketer.

I am friends with a lady who knew her personally and apprenticed with her. Elizabeth Arden was one incredible lady.

Elizabeth was named after the famous nurse, Florence Nightingale (another women who we should all know). Elizabeth did pursue training as a nurse and she had experience seeing burn victims either during that time or during World War 1 or 2.
She was a leader in the skin care industry when it was dominated by men.

Women executives were rare during those times. Women as owners and entrepreneurs of big corporations were almost nonexistent and she certainly had to fight for her position.

She had a very interesting life running her businesses from 1909 until her death in 1966. My friend apprenticed with her and then went on to work for Eli Lilly, who purchased the Elizabeth Arden company, and now has her own skin care company featured in spas worldwide, and also distributed by independent distributors (I am one through Atria Skin Care at Nutronix International).

Knowing Colleen Moon, and knowing that Elizabeth Arden took her as an apprentice when she was 14 years old has given me insight into a time and era that I only experience through movies. I read the biographies about Elizabeth Arden, and they do not do that lady justice. I hear the stories that my friend Colleen tells me about her, and I am very impressed. I see who Colleen Moon is, and how she was so influenced by Elizabeth Arden that I feel she is carrying on the legacy of this lady.


I think what it really comes down to celebrating, no matter which woman we choose for our one to admire, is the fact that they all had a passion to help and leave the world a better place then it was when they were born into it.

Several women are born into circumstances where just surviving one more day is all they can do. I think as we look at women who have changed lives, we can not forget our sisters who are so much less fortunate. We have sisters who wonder how their children will be fed another day, or how they will survive an illness due to malnutrition or an inadequate supply of safe water to drink.

We can honor the ones who make a difference in a huge way, but we all have the opportunities to make a difference in our own way. Most often the ways we can do that are so simple that they might go unnoticed or without a thank you. In the big picture, when we all take time to help one only one, we can in turn help many.

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Are You Facing An Unwanted Change?

November 30, 2008 at 10:41 am (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , , , )

Revelations  3:8

When God leads you to the  edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go, only 1 of 2 things will happen,  either He’ll catch you when you fall, or He’ll teach you how to fly! ‘The  power of one sentence! God is going to shift things around for you today and  let things work in your favor. If you believe it! God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can  close.   Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing to others… You can NOT out give God.  Try it!

When you want to encourage someone you might send them this.  I am not sure if you have to send it to 10 people like the email I got suggested, but if you can remember this simple scripture, it can help you.  God is in Control.  Let him be the pilot of your life and you be the co-pilot.  Over time you will learn to recognize His voice.

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More Thoughts On Bloggers Unite November 10, 2008

November 10, 2008 at 12:24 pm (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , )

Today I was asked to tell about my accomplishments in life.  It made me think about what have I done in my life that is significant.  Maybe the things that I think are significant are not enough on the big world’s scheme of things.  I am not a Mother Teresa, nor am I a great musician, writer, painter.  I will most likely never invent the cure for cancer or some other horrible disease.  What are my accomplishements?  In this day of worshipping the athlete, or the actor, or the model, or the rappers, or rock stars, what have I done?   Have I accomplished anything that people might look upon and think, “Hey she did that, that is great!”?

I am not a millionaire, I barely make ends meet, so I have not given thousands of dollars to a worthy cause. So I am not a philanthropist, but if I did make millions I would be.  That is a high priority for me.

That is such a difficult question to answer.  I think my major accomplishments in life are that I took time to care about other people.  I teach, so I take time every day to care for other people’s children and to do my best to teach them to care about other people, too.  Will I get any great admiration for that?  Probably not, but it is what I do.  I spent lots of money and years in college to do that.

When I think about accomplishments and what to say, I think about what defines me.  When I hear of injustices being done to other people who are on this planet, do I turn a deaf ear or a blind eye, or do I do what I can to help?

I do what I can to help.  I am fortunate that lots of times helping can involve writing.  I can give my time to write.  I can only hope that it helps people.  Writing on the internet is powerful.  I believe it.  How many times today will people use the words, blogging for human rights, or bloggers unite, or reufgees united?  Will these words get listed and noticed by search engines?  Will people who want to know what people are saying find these words?  Can one small person join their words with hundreds or thousands of people and then believe that we made a difference?

I believe so.  I believe that one small voice joined with several other voices becomes a chorus, and as minds focus on the same goals things begin to happen.  Men walked on the moon, the nation of Israel was rebuilt, Gorbachav tore down the Berlin Wall, slaves in the US were granted freedom, and the first black man was elected President in the USA.  Individual voices unite to bring about change.

Now we unite to focus on Human Rights throughout the world.  While reading I read of such inhumanity to men and women, boys and girls that it puts a heavy burden for these people on my heart, and on my mind.  We must unite and keep writing and keep pushing forward for all the children of any age in the whole world.

Maybe alone our accomplishments will never stand out enough to win us our time in the spotlight for doing something great.  However in the eyes of God (yes I do believe in God), we are all created equally.  We are all given what we need, and we are given enough to make a difference in the lives of other people.  We are all sharing a great home on this planet.  We all have a responsiblility to care for each other.

I hope you can find time to visit some of the sites recommended by Blogger Unite and Refugees United.  If not today, soon.  If you can not post on your blog today, please find time to post soon.

I the main site where you can find a lot of links for more information about how you can make a difference.  What have you accomplished?

Resource Page

Thanks for reading.

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Bloggers Unite For Human Rights~November 10, 2008

November 9, 2008 at 7:25 am (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , )

I realize that is is just November 9, but I thought I would get an early start while blogging for refugees is on my mind. I have never had to face the horrors of how a huge population in the world is treated or the tragedies that they face too often in their lives.  If you are living somewhere that rarely has a natural disaster, or a dictator, or a war, you might never know the terrible side of life either.

There are organizations now that help refugees, but I am sure that in these economic times they need more of our help.  Usually we hear of churches sending missionaries to countries to do what they can.  More help is needed.

If you have not heard about Bloggers United yet, we are a group of individual bloggers who belong to the general group The Blog Catalog.  There are several smaller interest groups on The Blog Catalog that area a great place to interact and learn.  This is where I found out about the group Bloggers Unite.  There are several people, (and I do not want to say, most bloggers, but I just did), who care about Human Rights and will take the time to become informed about a specific area of need and then pass the information along in a blog posting such as this.

Here are some websites that you can visit to find out how you can help, or just learn more information.

They list a whole lot of sites where you can find out what a variety of groups are doing to help the refugees to connect with lost family members and to help with other needs.

The above link is for Refugees United.  We should get this link out to people who might be able to help people find family using this blog.  Here is a quote from the site.  “By registering with nick- names, scars, former locations and other markers only identifiable to family and close friends, everyone can remain ‘invisible’ to all but relatives.

You can find even more links from the Refugees United site.  You can find the links for Save The Children, and that is a great organization.

Please take some time to see how you can help.  You can help by writing to your blog, and clicking on my banner for Bloggers Unite and joining us.

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Jarod Is Going To Disneyland!

October 20, 2008 at 7:13 pm (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , )

I have an update to Jarod’s Make A Wish party on this page: Party Page

However here is one of his latest videos after his party.  Make A Wish is an outstanding organization and you can see how happy they have made this family, too.

Thank you to all who have helped Jarod.  Please keep your thoughts and prayers going for this family.

To follow Jarod’s Journey in his care pages you are more than welcome to click the link, and meet the family and join in the journey with your thoughts, prayers, and comments.  Jarod’s Care Pages.  You will have to register when you are there, but they never ask you for money or solicit you with emails other than to update you on Jarod’s Journey.

The family appreciates all the support they can get and the words of encouragement are always welcome.

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One Aunt’s Way To Make A Difference

October 8, 2008 at 4:14 am (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , , , , )

There is no greater love than the love of good relatives.  What this aunt is doing is going out of her comfort zone to raise money for her nephew.    She is going to run a marathon hoping to raise some money for her nephew who is in the hospital due to heart surgery.

Here is a brief quote from the blog.

My 11-month-old nephew, Hayden (son of my sister Molly and brother-in-law John, and brother of Layne) was born with a couple heart conditions. At the beginning of August, he was airlifted to U of M Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he underwent open-heart surgery to repair the faulty valve in his heart. Molly and John have been down there with him since the beginning of August. Shortly after the surgery, they learned that the surgery to repair the valve, did not work as anticipated, and therefore, he will underwent another open-heart surgery to replace the valve. Hence, an even longer stay in the hospital….but he is on the road to recovery!

Here is where the blog is located so you can donate.  Yes they are asking for some donations to help them through this difficult time.  Imagine the hospital bills they must be facing.  Imagine how this takes parents away from their jobs.

Just like Jarod Mainland’s family has help from their church and untold friends, here is another family who can use a “boost”.

Check out the blog.

If you can not donate perhaps you can keep the family (and Jarod, too) in your prayers.  Never underestimate the power of prayers.

Thanks for reading!

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Bryan Duncan Video

October 6, 2008 at 7:00 pm (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , , )

If you have ever seen him in concert you will never forget him.  Maybe Bryan Duncan is old school, but he sure got me through one of the worst years of my life with his music.  Now there is a YouTube video of the song I listened to so many times and I still never get tired of it.  I could wake up to this song every morning.  It is pure inspiration for each and every day.  Share this with someone going through a difficult time.

Let me know if you enjoy it.

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My Random Post-It Notes Rhyme

October 5, 2008 at 7:33 am (Motivation-Inspiration) (, , , , , )

Hey if you are an English or Poetry major please do not grade this. This is for fun, and now it is shown as being published by me first. YAY. Well since I wrote it I guess it should be published by me first.

I like colorful post-it notes.
Aqua and Purple get my votes.
I work so much more than I play.
I write sticky notes every day.
Post it notes are everywhere.
I have more and I will share.
Do you like red or do you want blue?
I will make a sticky picture for you.
When I run out the supply room has more!
They are free for me-no trips to the store.
So stop by my desk and if I’m not there,
leave a sticky note by my chair.
I loves my post-its, I hope you do too.
If not then I guess this rhyme is through.
But if you love post-its like me,
You’re my friend for eternity.

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