tl-thanksgiving-2016-11-12-thru-11-24HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!  Obviously, today I am very thankful for…  FOOD!  Yes, family and friends make it all taste better…  but today is the day that is all about the big meal.  The day I allow myself to eat a hot roll and mashed potatoes.  I will – and I’ll enjoy every bite, thank you very much!

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.   – Meister Eckhart

Let’s say a prayer of thanks for our meal today:a-poem-prayer-for-thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.  – E.P. Powell

Of course I’m thankful for so many things…  so is Lucinda!


What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?  – Erma Bombeck, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981

I wish for you today fullness in a physical sense, of course, but also a spiritual sense of fullness.  I wish that you will not just see the blessings before you – food, friends, family, furbabies, shelter, warmth, love…  and yes, card tables.  But may you also literally feel a sense of thankfulness to God for all of it!  Have a lovely and blessed Thanksgiving!  🙂





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!  🙂



As the weather gets warmer, we tend to travel more often.  Today we took off down I-135 heading north.  I captured this photo of an oil well pumping early this morning.  The colors are so beautiful at dawn.  Isn’t that blue just amazing?

I hope you dance…  – Lee Ann Womack

When you are traveling, are you ever entwined in your own thoughts and silently thank God for the day and for your safety? Do you wonder why you are sometimes on a wild goose chase as you try to find the right highway? Maybe God is protecting you from imminent danger. Don’t be discouraged or angry the next time you have a difficult time finding the right road. We don’t know what lies ahead, but God does.  That delay could be for your protection.

You will probably be heading out for vacation soon. Don’t forget the essentials: SPF 15 or more, snacks for the road, and pray for traveling mercies. Trust that the times you get sidetracked or held up on the highway or just plain lost, God has a reason for allowing those delays and they are for your own good. Your days are in His keeping.

Mapquest really needs to start its directions on number five.  Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.  – Aaron Karo

Only God knows if I’ll get to travel to all the places on my bucket list.  One thing I do know, as I travel, prayers for traveling mercies will be said and I believe God will keep me safe.

Even though we have modern technology to help us get where we need to go, may we not forget or refuse to seek divine guidance. Nothing takes the place of that prayer in the driveway before you begin the journey. May God keep you in the palm of His hand as you travel this year. ❤



The purpose of Data Innovation Day is to raise awareness about the benefits and opportunities that have come from the data revolution.  From education to transportation, virtually every state agency is looking to data to improve performance.

There’s a joke that goes…  There’s an APP for that!  Indeed there is.  No matter what you want to do with a computer, the technology is available to make it happen.  Are there more programs to advance our lives via technology?  Of course, we are always striving to improve, aren’t we?

I appreciate the advancements for businesses and government, but most people would like to know how this progress affects them personally.

We all know that progress is not always good, or we exchange something for it.  In the future, I wonder how much more of our personal information will be “out there” for others to get access to?  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything to hide.  My life is an open book.

 It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.  – Albert Einstein

I suppose the advances I have taken advantage of are the different “themes” I’ve used for my blog here on WordPress.  I won’t lie, the ones I used in the past have left me wanting something more, but this one is different.  I wanted color and variety from page to page.  This one is a keeper.  It’s just what I wanted!

The idea of progress is to make things easier and give us more choices online.  We’ve noticed changes in social media and in our local internet service – some good, some bad.  Sometimes you wonder who came up with that “brilliant” idea.  It’s not a compliment, but sarcasm.  I have earned a black belt in sarcasm.

We roll with change and get used to it because we have no choice.  It doesn’t mean we like it, but if we want to keep using our computer, we must learn to adapt.

Um…  a mental nudist colony???  No thanks!!!  🙂

 Technology: “the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.”  – Max Frisch, c.1960s

As performance is improved in the business world, may we not forget that there is a real world out there to be experienced.  Take some time away from your computer today and call a friend or take a leisurely stroll.  Stay in touch with people and nature.  🙂




When people refer to ‘Back in the Day,’ it was a Wednesday. Just a little fun fact for you.   – Dane Cook

Today is LUCKY PENNY DAY!!! I remember being taught about lucky pennies when I was a little girl. There was a little rhyme that we used to say. Maybe you remember hearing this in the movie “Grease”:

Find a penny, pick it up – all day long you’ll have good luck!

Simple pleasures like finding a penny on the sidewalk are slowly fading away. As I get older, it gets easier for me to write about the past because there is increasingly more of it to write about!  While life goes on today, as it must, my mind can’t help but go back in time when life was not so difficult.

Kids today will never know the simplicity I knew as a child – and while that is alright, part of me thinks that perhaps they are missing out on an opportunity to use imagination and creativity.  Today we buy kids games and there is nothing left to the imagination and all the kids need to really know how to do is press buttons to make things happen.

When I was growing up we had to be self-starters and create our own play environment.  I once built a pretend house in my back yard using hammer and nails, with leftover scrap lumber from my daddy’s construction job.  It was horrible, of course, and did not stand for a very long time – but it was my concept and the idea was completely my own.

The ability to let your mind wander about and create something from nothing is a great talent.  Back in the day kids did not have much choice.  Of course, in the early 1970’s, something called “Atari” flooded the market and my generation got hooked on Pong.

So goes the beginning of the end of personal creativity as we knew it.  I’m sad and I grieve the loss.

The activities that children take part in now will be the attributes they carry with them into adulthood. There is definitely something wonderful about raising a child with creativity and imagination. Einstein said that imagination will take you further than knowledge. I want to challenge parents to think about that. The next time you think you need to buy your child the next big toy or gadget, stop and think about how that will either encourage or discourage your child’s imagination.

My folks used to take me to the local TG&Y store and let me look around for the whole day!  I got to choose one new toy and it was the most important decision of my life, or so I thought at the time.  It was never two toys – just one.  Narrowing that down to one – wow, it was tough.

I had a Slinky!  It met with an untimely demise one day when it got a little twisted up.  It’s a painful memory and I’d rather not talk about it.  LOL!!!  My Chatty Cathy doll was the blonde one. She talked just fine until one day the string came out and refused to go back in.  When I was a kid there were games that sparked the imagination like Operation and Chinese Checkers. I had an Easy Bake Oven and cooked Incredible Edibles. There were toys that kept us active like the hula hoop and the tire swing hanging from the tree in the back yard. An old-fashioned bicycle is still the best toy for my money.  Helmet?  We don’t need no stinking helmet!  LOL!!!   🙂