This movie took place in 1900 when the iron horse was the mode of transportation from East to West.  But in the mid 1800’s it was one rough ride to get out west.

CALIFORNIA ADMISSION DAY is a legal holiday in the state of California.  California’s admission into the Union as the thirty-first state back in 1850 is being celebrated today.  As part of the Compromise of 1850 California was admitted to the Union as a free state after being ceded to the United States by Mexico at the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848.

You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person.  – Alec Waugh

The state of California offers any type of scenery you might like – from ocean to forest to skyscrapers in cities.  In the 1800’s there was a different reason for folks to take a wagon train headed west – GOLD.  Back then it wasn’t as simple as hopping in the station wagon and driving along highways.  It was a very rough ride in a covered wagon instead.  Some people did not survive the trip, as disease and weather conditions sometimes took lives.

If you want to get a good idea of what it was like to travel in a covered wagon along the Oregon Trail, there are excerpts from Margaret Frink’s diary online.  She was born in 1818 and married her husband in 1839.  They decided to head west to California in 1850.  They settled in Sacramento but lived in several parts of California.

Of course there are several movies depicting the travels in the 1800’s out west.  We consider those folks pioneers and know their lives were not easy, but they hung on to hope and dreamed of a better life.  I admire those who hold on to hope and forge ahead regardless of the risk.  They kept their wits about them and held on to faith in God.

To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.  – Søren Kierkegaard

Along the way there was surely pain, suffering and loss.  Wives buried husbands, parents buried children.

Today we see forgetting the curling iron on a trip as devastating.  Really???  :-/








Where would I be without those crazy people in my life I know as my friends? Loneliness is not a path that anyone should walk. Being alone is not all it’s cracked up to be.

The friends I bond with the fastest are the ones who relate to the road I’ve walked. It’s just natural that like-minded people become fast friends. Sometimes I think it’s sad that we have bonded because of awful situations we’ve faced, but there’s a sort of healing that takes place when you realize that the worst is over. The scars will never go away, and maybe that is a good thing. The scars keep us more wise for future choices and help us not make the same mistakes again. But knowing that someone knows and understands where you’ve been, and is there to help you get to where you want to go – is priceless.

Who is at the center of all relationships?  Christ, of course.

Who can know God’s counsel,
or who can conceive what the LORD intends?
For the deliberations of mortals are timid,
and unsure are our plans.
For the corruptible body burdens the soul
and the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns.
And scarce do we guess the things on earth,
and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty;
but when things are in heaven, who can search them out?
Or who ever knew your counsel, except you had given wisdom
and sent your holy spirit from on high?
And thus were the paths of those on earth made straight.  – Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14-17

As I look at my group of friends and see God’s Hand in those relationships, it occurs to me that when my friends are going through rough times, I am usually sailing in relatively calm waters. When the storms of life and raging on me, my friends are usually sailing along just fine. We really do need each other for love and prayer support. That’s what friends do for each other.  It’s that iron sharpening thing.  Who is our best friend?

It’s my prayer that the poems or blog posts I write will speak to someone and encourage them. When God impresses me to write something, I don’t question it – I just write. He knows who needs to read it and He will work with them through it. I believe that if you have stumbled upon this little blog, it is not an accident. God leads us where He wants us to go!

Oh – and… pass the HAPPY PILLS! We share those too, don’t we???   Wink!  😉




In this economy, people are barely treading water, yet once in a while I read about brave young people who dare to forge ahead and begin a new business!  Today I read that BOOMERANG FASHIONS in Monmouth, Oregon had a ribbon cutting ceremony today!  I thought, “How brave do they have to be to start this in such a bad economy?”

Sometimes I get a feel for whether a business is faith-based or not.  The article I read did not give me a clue one way or the other, but whatever the case, I do pray for the company’s success.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Boomerang Fashions in Monmouth, Oregon

It’s a bold move to start a business.  It takes a group of people who are all in and support each other completely.  The stronger need to protect the weaker and everyone needs to overlook and forgive.  Business partners are almost like an extended family.  Right now everyone feels enthusiastic and excited about the new beginning, with hope and positive feelings about the future.

Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn’t always have to be their top priority.  – William Arthur Ward

Business partners can have bad days.  I hope they ride those times out with inner strength and joy from God’s Holy Spirit.  Everything in life changes – but God does not.  He is the constant and dependable solid rock when everything else is wavy and rocking.

People are strong and brave to begin a new adventure in this economy, but if God is for you, who can come against you?  Well done.  I know your business will do well.  I wish I could go to Oregon to shop there.  Maybe they will have a website where I can buy clothing.  That would be great! 

I designed this blessing from the book of Psalms for my friend, Jimmy Stone, but today I share it with the folks at Boomerang Fashions.  May God guide your steps, give you the wisdom and courage you need to succeed.  🙂




I see fewer windmills around Kansas as I get older. The new wind turbines are taking over. Sad.


I see fewer windmills around Kansas as I get older. The new wind turbines are taking over. Sad.


Did you have a good Labor Day weekend? I hope you got the opportunity to do something fun and relaxing. We took a very nice road trip out West on Highway 54. There is not much to see out that way, but if you enjoy the wide open prairie with a bit of serendipity, the trip becomes more of an adventure. I like old windmills and decided to count them so I would not fall asleep in the truck. I only saw two which disappointed me to some extent. On the bright side, the wildflowers growing along the highway and the railroad tracks are beautiful! I especially like the little yellow sunflowers with brown centers.

We decided to stop at Greensburg to see the world’s largest hand-dug well. Yes, it’s their claim to fame. It was dug in 1887, completed in 1888 and was the main source of water for the city until 1932. The well is 32 feet in diameter and 109 feet deep. Having said that, imagine walking down the stairs to get into the cavern of it. Yes – stairs! No elevator – (you’ve been warned).

My husband works out every day at the gym and he was struggling on the stairs a bit. Well, I’d love to say I work out and go for “leg day” at the gym, but I would be grossly misrepresenting myself – um… it would be a lie. To be honest, at one point I thought I was dying, folks! All I had to do was listen to myself breathe to realize – I am out of condition big time! Going down was not so bad, but climbing back up was a real bear!!! I thought I’d have to set up residence at the bottom of that well! Can you imagine filling out a “change of address” card for the U.S. Post Office??? Location: Bottom of world’s largest hand-dug well in Greensburg, Kansas! Oh, Nice!

The good news is that I was able to navigate the stairs! I am still having almost no pain from sciatica and not using my cane! This is just wonderful and I don’t question it and I certainly don’t complain – I just rejoice from the bottom of my heart for this gift!!! Thank You, Lord!!! He’s so good to me!!!



Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.
– Judy Garland

Where has this year gone? Today is a brand new month! Hello, September!!! You know, most people make New Year’s resolutions, but I make New Month resolutions. This month I resolve to stop comparing me or my life with others. They have not walked my path and I have not walked theirs. September’s theme is “Live and Let Live”.  I vow not to compete, but be complete.

I happened to see an advertisement today that acted as a catalyst for this post.

Name: Paul & Darla Star Date Of Event: 9/1/13 Event Type: Reunion Venue: Century II – Wichita, KS    Comments: Bob from Notable Genius was AMAZING. You were the best DJ! We wanted high energy and people on the dance floor all night and he was able to keep all age groups happy and dancing.

I understand the value of word-of-mouth recommendations for advertisement, but there seems to be so much competition in life that I forget to look at my face in the mirror and promise to be a better me today than I was yesterday.  Sometimes we drown in the competition around us.  I know it’s just good business to put your name out there and get noticed, but sometimes it’s a good idea to be interested in giving someone else a hand up.  I wonder if it would hurt a person in business so much to do that.  There are too many heartless, competitive businesses.  When did the Golden Rule turn to rust?

Every day of our lives we are faced with a choice. From the moment we open our eyes in the morning, we can either choose to have a bitter attitude toward life and circumstances, or we can choose to have a better attitude toward life and circumstances. Is it really that simple? Yes, it is!

If you have tried to do something in your life and it doesn’t happen for you the first time, it’s a great temptation to just throw your hands in the air and give up, right? But what if you tried again – and maybe just tweak one little aspect of your plan. What if that one small change made all the difference between failure and success? There’s a mistaken idea that success just magically happens for people. I’m not sure how that lie got spread around, but it is not true. Success is a string of failures! Too many people just give up on their dream too soon. It’s sad because they will never realize their full potential – and the world may have missed out on something truly wonderful!

The choice to be better no matter what circumstances you find yourself in, really speaks to an individual’s integrity, character and moral fiber to a great extent. If a person tends to be more positive, they are more likely to hang in there and succeed. If a person has a negative outlook about life in general, they will more than likely give up when they come to the first bump in the road. A good attitude in life leads to positive actions – and positive results.  Pray for a good Samaritan to come along to lend a helping hand.

That’s a great skit! That poor girl just wanted to be useful but kept stepping on someone else’s toes. I’ve been there in church, haven’t you?  Sad but true.

Most people visiting a church are walking away from a bad situation. They either feel unwanted, unappreciated, over-worked or they felt invisible in their former church. It’s not the congregation’s job to figure out which group the visitor falls in.

Sometimes it’s difficult for a visitor to find their “niche'” in the body of Christ. I don’t mean to sound ugly, but it’s like nobody really wants to make room for anyone else to use their talents. Then there are times when you walk in the door and you are handed an entire LIST of jobs that nobody wants to do – so they really hope that you will take one of those jobs – or all of them.

The church really needs to be careful about how it approaches visitors. Everyone is different and we don’t want to exclude anyone, but we don’t want to bombard them with responsibilities either.  Wink!   😉