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Saturday, January 24, 2015

I read a story today that really ticked me off.

The headline read "Kentucky school teacher caught dragging 6-year-old along school floor is fired and rehired again."

At first glance, one might be tempted to be angry with the teacher.

In fact, many are rather enraged about it.

Along with the online article was a video that very clearly showed the incident.

According to the story, which occurred Oct. 29, 2014, the child had become disruptive in the classroom and was threatening other students.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Like any good grandmother, I love to dote on my granddaughter.

Sometimes, I find myself wanting to buy all sorts of dolls, toys and gizmos for her, but considering I don't see her often enough for her to enjoy them along with not having room enough to store them, I decided that I would focus more on spoiling her with lots of hugs and kisses and spending lots of time making memories instead.

At some point during the last six months, my sweet Audrey entered into the "princess" stage with Elsa from the movie "Frozen," and Sofia the First being among her favorites.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I think if I had to pick my favorite place to go to in order to relax or enjoy the beauty of creation, it would have to be the beach; and more specifically, one very, very far away from the freezing cold we have experienced this past week.

I love the feeling of my toes in the sand and the warmth that emanates from the bottom up as well as from the sky down.

I also love the smell and the sounds of the sea itself.

Since I was a little girl, I always have enjoyed swimming in the ocean, despite the music from the movie "Jaws" looping in my mind.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope you all have enjoyed the holidays as much as I have.

After indulging on all of the good holiday food over the past couple of weeks no doubt many of us will be making some New Year's resolutions to exercise more and eat less in order to lose that extra fluff around our middles.

Others may resolve to spend their time or their money more wisely or to break free from some nasty habit.

I myself shy away from making any sort of resolution each year simply because I am prone to fail in keeping it.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When I was a little girl, I wrote a letter to Santa every year.

I didn't ask for much.

Sometimes I received gifts that were on my list, and sometimes I did not.

I remember one year, the only gift I woke up to was an unwrapped, fully functioning child's typewriter.

My mom was a secretary and a single mom, and that was all she could afford to get me that year.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

In case you missed it, the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show aired Tuesday causing heavy breathing and heart palpitations for men across America, while causing depression and shattered self-esteem of young girls and women at the same time.

Victoria's Secret sells clothing and fragrance but is most known for its provocative lingerie and ultra-beautiful, ultrasexy and ultra-skinny models, called Angels.

Until that night, I never even knew there was a televised fashion show consisting of supermodels in their underwear and kind of wondered why there even would be.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

As much as I love my day job, there are some aspects of it that I absolutely abhor.

At least once a week I end up speaking with a parent whose child has been abused, either physically, sexually or both. I have, on numerous occasions, been reduced to tears and have fought the urge to vomit over the horror stories that these desperate people share with me.

When you hear stories like that, it's really hard to go home and sleep at night.

I find myself wanting to grab some sort of weapon and take care of the pieces of garbage that hurt those innocent children myself.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


For my daughters, I purchased Heathergems jewelry, which is produced from heather stems and manufactured exclusively in Pitlochry.

For myself, I brought home a couple of small bottles of Bruadar, which is a wonderful single malt Scotch whisky with honey, and for my mother-in-law, a simple box of Highland Blend tea from the Edinburgh Tea and Coffee Company.

My mother-in-law, Mary, is a serious and quite devout Tetley tea drinker.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Holiday gatherings from Thanksgiving through New Years can be wonderful and memorable occasions.

They can also be stressful and the fuel that sparks hurt feelings and family feuds.

If you are the one hosting a dinner or party, the bulk of that stress will, by default, land on your lap. While there are things you can do to help reduce that stress, your guests can and should do their part to help things run smoothly.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I just love autumn.

There are several things for all of us to appreciate and look forward to in the three months leading up to December:

The kids go back to school.

The leaves change colors and provide a daily, brilliant display that begs you to simply stop and take notice.

Football season.

Hunting season, and the observance of three major holidays during that time period: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

As wonderful as all of that is, an even bigger celebration occurs for an entire month No-Shave November!