What does 10-4 mean?  It’s the APCO 10-code for “I understand your transmission.”

Cobra CB Radio
Cobra CB Radio

From 1980 – 1985 I drove a Pontiac with a moon roof and about a dozen long antennas!  I had a citizen’s band radio in my car back in the day (quit laughing, you had one too).  We didn’t have computers or facebook, but we got acquainted with a lot of interesting people – I guess you could say it was the social media of the day!

What was your handle?  Mine was SASSY LADY – and I was (and am).  As time goes by, we tend to forget some of the good times we used to have.  Along with the CB craze came movies and songs centered around it – we listened to tear-jerker songs like Teddy Bear by Red Sovine.  We went truckin’ down the highway to Convoy by C.W. McCall.  When Smokey & The Bandit came to Wichita, I remember standing out in the rain to get into the theatre!  It was showing at the old Crest theatre (which has been gone for a long time).  Of course, they made parts II and III.  They should have quit while they were ahead – in my humble opinion.

As long as we’re reminiscing, do you remember this?

This tin is now being sold on ebay for only $100
This tin is now being sold on eBay for only $100

When I saw that they wanted $100 for this, it made me want to kick myself.  I had this back in the day, but as I grew up and my sense of style matured, like many others, I got rid of it!  If I had known back then that some of this stuff would be collectible…  I would have hung on to it!

Back in the day, we drove the double-nickel and kept the bugs off our bumpers and the bears off our tails.  CB Radios were the coolest thing for vehicles since the 8-track tape!  We had fun as we drove, but sometimes we would scan the channels and do some ambulance chasing or storm chasing.  Trust me, in Kansas there are plenty of opportunities to chase storms!  There’s always a tornado brewing somewhere in the springtime.

Do those memories put a smile on my face because back then I wasn’t in as much pain?  Is it because I was happier then?  I don’t really think it’s either of those.  I’ve always romanticized the past for some reason.  I look back and think of the good parts – and maybe that’s a good thing.  I know the past was not better because life is so much better now.  I guess I just think nostalgia is fun.

We may not have a CB Radio anymore, but I don’t want to forget what 10-4 means because if I hear the Lord speak to me, I always want to be ready to say, 10-4, Holy Spirit – I understand Your transmission.  🙂





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If only hugs didn’t hurt

The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association sponsors activities and increase opportunities to take part.  Events extend throughout the world and through the month of May.

When people say, “But you look so good”, how do you reply?  Although comments like these are meant to be complimentary, they underscore the importance of speaking up about chronic pain illnesses.

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Feeling as fragile as the wings of a butterfly


Today, celebrate the victories and simple successes.  What have you overcome?  Do all you can to stay optimistic and positive as you deal with fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

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Today, remember those lost to the disease and honor people who have fought or are fighting fibromyalgia and chronic pain.  Let a friend know that you care by making a phone call or sending a card.  It means so much to someone facing this daily challenge.

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Unlock as many doors as you possibly can


Today, unlock as many doors as you possibly can.  Have you found anything that brings relief?  Share your tips with others who are suffering, that they might try the same thing.  As we find answers along the way, we can also show support for others.

The best secret weapon I’ve found is Organo Gold Gourmet Black Coffee.  This wonderful instant coffee has eased my fibromyalgia symptoms significantly.


Why drink Organo Gold Coffee?  Organo Gold 100% Certified Organic Ganoderma Lucidum provides the following benefits:

  • Increased energy and stamina.
  • Increases brain power.
  • rejuvenates and makes you feel young and alert.
  • Strengthens the organs for elimination of toxins.
  • Uncovers arteries.
  • Fights atherosclerosis and obesity.
  • Improves sexual performance.
  • Helps to treat anxiety and high blood pressure.
  • Helps with hepatitis bronchitis, flu, insomnia, asthma
  • Serves as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial because it increases the activity o the immune system.
  • Strengthens the bones.
  • Destroys cancer cells.
  • Optimizes the use of oxygen in the body and improves sinusitis.
  • Cleanses the kidneys and liver.
  • Overall improvement of health and quality of life.

Organic Ganoderma contains vitamins, minerals, 150 antioxidants and 200 active elements.  No other herbal product comes close to these amounts!  For instance, green tea only has 11, and the best antioxidant food supplement on the market has only 30.

The days of suffering in silence are over.  It’s time to fight back and take action against a disease that has taken too much.  🙂







The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen.  JUST LISTEN.  Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our ATTENTION… A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.  – Rachel Naomi Remen

Think about all the wonderful stories that were shared around your Thanksgiving table yesterday.  Have you ever thought of documenting those stories – capturing them on video or DVD for future reference or to show to future generations?

I wish technology would have been that advanced when I had my parents.  Of course after my daddy died there were videos and then DVD cameras, but when I was a kid we had the old 8mm film and there was no sound.  It’s funny because when I had my film transferred to Video – and then had the video transferred to DVD, they put background music with the film.  It was obvious they did not stay in the room as the film was being transferred (and can you blame them – there’s nothing more dull than a stranger’s home movies) because some of the music was mismatched to the film.

In 1977 I turned 16 years old.  While all my friends were having Sweet Sixteen parties (for most it was their first boy / girl party) – I decided to spend a quiet evening at home with my parents and my dog, Rusty.  Mama baked my favorite cake (a strawberry jelly roll cake) and there was a pretty table with balloons and pretty plates and napkins.  As I recall, they were ZIGGY (my favorite cartoon character at the time).

I wanted to HEAR my party and knew if I used the 8mm movie camera I would not have sound.  I used my tape recorder to document the evening.  We talked and laughed.  I opened some pretty cool gifts and played a couple of songs on the piano.  But the most fun part of the tape is when my dad decided I needed SIXTEEN SWATS!  Really, Dad???

Hopefully when you capture your story you will communicate effectively.

Be thankful for technology and document all the memories you possibly can.  You will be glad you did in years to come.

From a very young age, my parents taught me the most important lesson of my whole life:  Listen to everybody before you make up your own mind.  When you listen, you learn.  You absorb like a sponge.  Your life becomes so much better than when you are just trying to be listened to all the time.  – Steven Spielberg

Ask your family some questions and enjoy NATIONAL DAY OF LISTENING!  🙂



The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah”— in Hebrew literally translated as the “Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the end of the Passover holiday and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers). It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do.  There can be no courage unless you’re scared.   – Edward Vernon Rickenbacker

We should never forget. I pray nothing like the holocaust ever happens again. History is bound to repeat itself if we don’t study and learn from the past.

 Faith is like radar that sees through the fog.  – Corrie Ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord

Today I want you to watch “The Hiding Place”. I saw this film when I was 14 years old. The film was in theaters in April 1975. Yeah – do the math – you know how old I am. It’s not an ear tickler, but it’s something we need to see. Throughout the life of Corrie Ten Boom she kept her faith in Jesus Christ. She is truly an awesome inspiration!  Please go to You Tube to watch this great movie.

 Weave in faith and God will find the thread.  – Author Unknown

May God’s Holy Spirit speak to you as you watch this.