Thank You Law Enforcement Everywhere


Beloved hubby sent a very nice thank you to our local police commander.  I reprint it here to thank law enforcement everywhere for their dedicated and unending efforts and the much good they do that often goes seemingly unnoticed.  My heartfelt thanks for helping to keep us safe and preserving our hard-won freedoms. :)

“Dear Commander,

“My wife and I are making this opportunity to thank the Police who serve in our area.  I have 6 generations of military service running through my son who have served during times of war, so I can truly appreciate the service that our veterans have provided this nation.

“In another way, you and the Police Officers who serve this nation provide service every time you go to work.  As the events of the last couple of weeks have shown, this service carries with it a risk to both life and limb.

  • Thank you to all of those Police Officers who have given up all of their tomorrows so that we may have our todays occur largely without any fear of domestic violence occurring in our day to day lives.
  • Thank you to the families of all of those Police Officers who will not have them as part of their lives going forward so that we do not need to fear the loss of our dear ones when they temporarily take their leaves from us for work, play, and social interactions.
  • Thank you to those Police Officers who will live all of their tomorrows with bodies that have been violently attacked by various means not limited to being shot, stabbed, hit with an object, hurt in an accident, or injured in a fight while serving the public at large.  Their forfeiture of the lives we all dream about is not in vain when it is both appreciated and used to keep society functioning.
  • Thank you to the families of those Police Officers who have been disabled by an attacker or even hurt giving the families cause for concern while they recover.  No amount of Thanks will ever make it up to a child who cannot play with their parents such as a son who cannot play catch with either a missing or disabled Dad.  But heartfelt Thanks and true Appreciation for their sacrifices will make them a little more bearable.
  • Thank you to all of the Police Officers who interact with Evil on a daily basis.  Yes, Evil is alive and well, and our Police Forces form the Thin Blue Line that we depend upon for keeping them at bay.  Thankfully they have helped us progress to the point where Right Makes Might as opposed to the centuries long burden of Might Makes Right that far too many people still need to suffer under today.

“In short THANK YOU.  Those two words seem so puny and may not convey the depth of thanks that our family, and the vast majority of our nation’s citizens, feel towards the Police, but they are the best that the English Language offers in that regard.  Please pass our abiding THANKS to the Officers and Staff of the Able Sector for the Police Force, as well as the rest of your compatriots in the rest of the Department.”

Amen! :)

Moving Away From Grouchy


I noticed that I’m becoming more negative and grouchy.  I think a large part of that may be too much media exposure!  TV, radio, social media, newspapers, internet, etc., etc., etc. 😦

Almost constant bombardment from every direction to all the terror, problems, and negative side of life adds up to really drain a body.  It becomes easy to form opinions, jump on or off the bandwagon, start discussing with everyone you meet what the latest gut-wrenching and horrifying news-breaking issue is, and get caught up in the downward spiral of negativity, hopelessness, anger, fear, and even apathy as you reach overload and must disengage somehow.

I started losing sight of what I love to advocate for most – that there are innumerable good and positive things all around us!  We just have to take a moment to pause, look around with a new set of eyes, and see the many ways people reach out to help others, the great innovations and ideas that improve life, the inspiring and uplifting moments in life that help us to become grounded and fill our depleting spiritual, mental, and emotional reservoirs.

So I am moving away from grouchy by changing my focus.  And by remembering that which is of most worth to me in my life: that God lives and, as we are reminded by that beautiful carol every Christmas season, “God is not dead nor doth He sleep!”  We have someone we can turn to for help and guidance and who will never leave us alone. :)

Memories of My Father


I received the most wondrous gift recently – a beautiful quilt made from my father’s shirts!

My wonderful sister-in-law collected came up with this thoughtful and creative idea.  She collected his shirts from my mother, along with some of her old dresses.

Then she went to work, putting together a patchwork quilt for my mother, as well as lap quilts for each of us kids.  It is truly remarkable!

As I look at it, I see my father’s work shirts, set together in patches of flannel here and scraps of broadcloth there.  She even found some material that had school buses on it and included 2 large sections of that.  He had driven a school bus for many, many years and everyone knows him as the bus driver.

And between the sections, she put little squares of my mother’s dresses.  I remember some of them.  Her special occasion and Sunday dresses, nice going places dresses, and workable house dresses – each played a role in her active and busy life.

Here are my father’s work shirts, his warmer shirts, his cooler shirts.  So many different colors, patterns, and textures.

And there, in beautiful plain white, are his best shirts – the ones he wore to church on Sundays, as he went off to complete a Priesthood assignment or give a blessing, or to go to the temple – The House of the Lord.  The sacred feelings that were stirred, seeing the white swatches were truly meaningful and reverent.

The Real Meaning of The Pledge of Allegiance


Today is the 4th of July, Independence Day, the 240th birthday of The United States of America!

We had a wonderful day, filled with family, work, fun, and fireworks.  Watching the fireworks, especially the Grand Finale’, was very moving as I thought about why we are celebrating, and what happened to give us cause to celebrate.

When we returned home, beloved hubby found this beautiful rendition by Fred Skelton about the meaning of our Pledge of Allegiance.  So here it is, for your enjoyment and edification.  This will be the best 5 minutes you can spend today.

You will be proud, and humbled, to be an American! :)

Choose Your Response


Recently things have been in an upheaval, and beloved hubby became a bit perturbed with me.  At first it caught me by surprise, and as we talked I found myself feeling defensive and hurt.

As my thoughts started flying (as thoughts are wont to do in such cases), they ran the gamut from indignant to confusion to dismay.  I started reacting in my usual fashion which is to emotionally withdraw, which was quickly followed by the old one, two punch – shut down!

I quickly realized this was not the road I wanted to travel on, as it can lead places I refuse to go.

So I started trying to think of alternatives.  And instead, I shed a few tears in another room, prayed for help, and worked on dinner.

By the time I returned, he had about forgotten the incident.  I thought about the things I’ve learned about relationships and understanding them more.  While it took some time for me to feel more balanced again, it did come, and much faster than if I’d continued down that “natural reaction” road!

It pays to choose your response. :)

Flag Day


  Today is Flag Day.  When I think of our flag, it is with reverence and with pride.

As a child, I learned the significance and the importance of our flag.  In elementary school we did fun activities like draw pictures of and color our flag, cut out strips of construction paper to make a flag and attach it to a dowel or rod to then proudly wave for all to see.  How thrilling the prospect!

We learned respect for our country’s flag – how to act around the flag, how to treat the flag, and what the flag stood for.  We pledged allegiance to the flag first thing every morning, which taught us to love, and be loyal to, our country.  We had the greatest country in the world!

We had more freedom than any other country on earth.  We learned to appreciate that freedom, and to reach out to others and share our blessings.  We were good people who stood tall, worked hard, had good values, were a friend to others, were brave, and did good to others.

We were strong, and brave, and true.  What a beautiful legacy to leave for posterity so they would be free to choose the best things in life. :)

Wildlife in the City


I love seeing the abundance of wildlife out there.

For instance, I just walked over to grab lunch and saw an owl in the eaves of the building on my way out, and a baby rabbit on the rocks next to the grass on my way back.  And all along the way I heard several birds tweeting away, enjoying the sunny day!

Over the years, in this “neck of the woods”, I’ve seen squirrels galore, many rabbits, raccoons now and then (one was the size of a good-sized dog), garter snakes and foxes a couple of times, many different birds, and even deer.

What an amazing world Father in Heaven created!  Have you ever wondered about the importance and destiny of animals?

Here’s what the Lord has stated in modern-day revelation.  This is found in Doctrine and Covenants Section 77:

“1 Q. What is the sea of glass spoken of by John, 4th chapter, and 6th verse of the Revelation? A. It is the earth, in its sanctified, immortal, and eternal state.

“2 Q. What are we to understand by the four beasts, spoken of in the same verse? A. They are figurative expressions, used by the Revelator, John, in describing heaven, the paradise of God, the happiness of man, and of beasts, and of creeping things, and of the fowls of the air; that which is spiritual being in the likeness of that which is temporal; and that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual; the spirit of man in the likeness of his person, as also the spirit of the beast, and every other creature which God has created.”

Wow! :)