Category Archives: Hope

Opioids – Finally, A Good Solution!

Finally a reasonable step forward with opioids!

A form has been manufactured that works as it should when the medicine is whole (tablet or capsule, I’m not sure), but it loses its potency when chewed or crushed!

Talk about a great solution.



Tender Moments

Life is so busy, so consuming, and sometimes so difficult.  It’s easy to let the tender moments that come along go by almost unnoticed.

They come in a variety of forms, in many small packages, usually simple and small words, acts, or thoughts.

Tender moments are like a parting in the clouds that allows a ray of sunshine through to kiss the earth below.

They are like sitting by a slow-moving brook, lost in thought, enjoying the cooler air on a warm summer day.

They rejuvenate the soul, fill the cup of your being, fill you with God’s love, and let you feel at peace – if only for a moment.

What tender moments have you witnessed, or experienced?  How did they make you feel?

My Quiet Belief

Last night I went in to renew my Temple Recommend.  What a wonderful blessing!  I was filled with the spirit of God and felt that quiet peace that comes when we think of our Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and our relationship with them.

It is moments like this that give me strength, and that help me want to turn to my Father in Heaven, for help through my trials and to share in the joys of my life.

How thankful I am to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and to have the many blessings associated with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  🙂

Oh, Sugar! Progress Report

You may remember the poem I came up with to encourage people to think about the words they use and say “Oh, sugar!” instead of using profanity or obscenities.  And then when people use God’s or Jesus’ name as an exclamation or a curse, I was going to start saying “I’m so glad you brought Him up.  He loves you so very much!”

I printed the poem and put it in a frame and put a pretty bowl of sugar cubes in front of it at my desk about a week before Thanksgiving.  And I still have it up along with some Christmas decorations now.

A good handful of people have noticed the sign or the sugar while I was around, so I invited them to read the poem and explained why the sugar cubes.  Everyone of them left with a smile, and most seemed to agree it was kind of cute.

Then today along came the perfect opportunity to try the 2nd part of my plan.  I was talking one-on-one with someone and as she described a recent painful event, she was suddenly exclaiming God’s name several times.

I couldn’t hold myself back.  I jumped in with, “Yes, God certainly was watching over you!” and as she continued, I went on with “Please don’t say that, God loves you so much!  Please stop saying ‘God’.  Don’t use His name in vain.”

So, I have broken the ice.  I hope to be more courageous now and to speak up in love when people misuse His name.  I want everyone to know that God is real, He loves you, and He knows who you are.  🙂

Here’s the poem again if you want to use it (I’m thinking of substituting Christmas for the word Thanksgiving now on my framed copy):

Thanksgiving is the perfect time

to give up words not sublime.

To drive those words right from your head,

try Grandma Pearson’s words instead:

“Oh, sugar!”

Thanksgiving Is the Perfect Time To Think About Our Words and Language Part 2

Yesterday in church it came to me what I can do when people use the Lord’s name as an exclamation or curse. 

I can say, “I’m so glad you brought Him up!  He really loves you!” 


(We’ll change this culture yet – one word at a time.  I printed my little poem from my last post, framed it, and put it by my desk at work with a bowl of sugar.  It has already gotten a couple of my co-workers to think about their words and use this one.)


Thank You, Veterans!

As we approach Veterans Day – a day our country has set aside to honor our many and diverse veterans throughout its history – there are remembrances sitting at my desk.  A mug with pictures of eagles, the flag, and the words “Freedom is Not free”, pictures of an eagle flying with a flag, a house displaying the flag, the Statue of Liberty in front of a flag, and a small flag.

Today I also proudly wear my red, white, and blue necklace to show my love and respect for my country, my flag, and especially for the millions who have served them so well!  It is an honor to remember them and their many sacrifices.

I appreciate the freedoms we have and I strive to use them wisely.  I try to instill reverence, patriotism, and love among our citizens and rising generations so all may continue to benefit from the hard-fought efforts of not only our veterans, their families, and loves ones.

Thank you, Veterans!

Opioids – Where is the Voice of Reason?

Opioids – the name throws fear into the hearts of many!  Why?  Because most do not have much experience with it; therefore they do not understand it.  And, as with most things that we do not really know but hear a few tales about, they immediately jump to fear and apprehension, condemning that which they ought not.

For a people who go to great lengths to admonish against stereotyping, judging, prejudice, and bigotry, it is shocking to see how normal they feel stereotyping and judging people with chronic pain.  From their own bigoted and prejudiced, “holier than thou” stance they have turned on all those who struggle with debilitating medical conditions, condemning them as drug addicts who simply need to be detoxified in order for their lives to improve.

One such woman, manager at a pain clinic who ought to have known better, said, “Our goal is to get people off of opioids, and improve the quality of their lives.”  When asked, “What if it doesn’t improve the quality of their lives?”, she quickly responded, “Then, we failed.”  No remorse for those people, no concern for their well-being, nothing to offer them except, “Our goal is to get people off of opioids, and improve the quality of their lives.”

While that might be an admirable goal for some, there are those who will never be able to live pain-free, and for whom opioids are what improves the quality of their lives.  Indeed, opioids are enabling them to be alive; to continue to function; to keep from becoming totally disabled and bed-ridden, barely able to move, and weeping from the pain; even keeping their bodies from shutting down and requiring exorbitantamounts of time, effort, money, equipment, and resources (i.e. dialysis, care givers, etc.) to stay alive.

Of course, if we allow society to continue down this path that the media is laying out, without standing up to them, people will be coerced into living lives filled with pain, and forced to make unpleasant, downright dangerous choices to find relief.  They may well turn to such “therapeutic” choices as drinking, illicit drugs, dangerous levels of over-the-counter drugs, or even suicide to escape the incredible, never-ending, unfathomable pain.

And that puts us right back where we started, only worse, because now it is no longer by accident.

Where is the voice of reason?