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Jan. 5, 2021

Dates have always been a measure of significance in history. Some, like your birth date, is personal. Some are of national significance. This January 5, 2021, is special regarding America's future and the impact will forever be felt by our posterity. America's future is in the balance. Will we cease to be "One Nation Under God" as the framers of the Constitution intended regarding freedom to exercise the God-given blessing of choice? Today is a double whammy. 

National: Senate race in Georgia. I look deeper than the most obvious signaled by a political party. Democrat and Republican are used for quick reference. Basically, I'm neither.  My search is for what is best for my faith, family, and nation. The Senate runoff will determine whether we continue as a free nation or succumb to an oppressive government. 

Personal: loss of a family member. Tara called me on this day at about 4:30 AM to take her to the emergency room for what she thought was a kidney stone. I hurried around not knowing this would be the last day to see her alive.  Since then I did seven short posts. This is the eighth. The accompanying photo was discovered since my last post. Fortunately, my last words to her were, "I love you".

Feb. 23, 2020

Why do some people search for and pay high prices for artwork? There seems to be some character that comes through that cannot be photographed. Of course, some artwork will have value because of the artist, rarity, or one-of-a-kind uniqueness. Indeed there is a place for this. Photographs often capture our interest sufficiently. One day in 1992, my attitude changed upon seeing the accompanying image. You may agree that some artists can bring out character not readily observed in mere photographs. 

This portrait in watercolor motivated wonder in what might be possible with other favorite characters. Recently you may have seen a painting or two of our President along with many political cartoons. Did you know that Rob Pruitt did nearly 3,000 paintings of President Obama, one for each day he was in the Oval Office?

Fast forward by three nearly three decades. I've wondered what would happen if Judson did just one stained glass (his specialty) painting of No. 45. This medium is much rarer and takes much longer to produce. With our President's unusual character and aversion to "political correctness," he is not deterred by advice from his own bride who has been known to question his choice of pictures depicted on his numerous book dustcovers. He chooses one which he thinks best delivers his subject mood. Hint: Successful people are quick to make up their minds and slow to change.

Jan. 5, 2020

It was about 4:30 AM on this day on January 5, 2019, that I received a phone call from my daughter, Tara. She requested my driving her to the emergency room because of a kidney stone problem. Little did I know that this would be the last day I'd see her alive. The accompanying photo was taken a few days before as she stood by the Christmas tree she'd decorated.

Memories flood my mind and also reminds me of how each day and association with a loved one holds no promise of another opportunity to communicate. I'm reminded of how important it is to leave an associate on a good note. Isn't it worthy of a reminder to separate from having no regrets if we should never have another opportunity? I knew she was in pain and hugged her with the parting words, "I love you." 

Dying people, we are told, retain one last sense longer than others — that of hearing. I had no expectation, or I would have stayed with her that day. I'd have reassured her of my love for her.

The highest honor to her would undoubtedly be to serve others even as she took great pleasure in making others feel good about themselves through her beloved passion as a cosmetologist. So, there's a lesson for all of us! 


Jan. 1, 2020

Elizabeth Grissom was born on this day, January 1, 1752. She's better known a Betsy Ross. We hear quite a bit about her today, especially by political conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh because of the controversy about our National Flag. She allegedly was approached by George Washington to design and construct the first American flag. 

Isn't it interesting how one can happen to be at "the right place at the right time?" Just imagine Betsy working as usual and having the President of the United States walk in with a request for her services!

Dec. 16, 2019

Thank you for visiting I hope you are not disappointed if you are looking for a new post every time you visit. It is not my policy to draw attention to myself, as is so often the case on Social Media. When personal information is shared, the intent goes far beyond the individual to something that will benefit the readers. For example, after losing my daughter on January 5, 2019, several posts were subsequently made with something in each to draw attention to something you can use to make life better for you.

Updates and editing sometimes appear on other page options listed across the top. Each time you come to the site, you might click on the "older" button at the bottom right of this page and find matters of interest to you. 

I hope all of you have a happy holiday season and will continue to visit this site. Let's be thankful for all our blessings and get ready to begin the new year as another opportunity to make the best of life. Learn, love, laugh, and prosper. Remember, you can suggest a topic for my response in the comment section. In the meantime, I plan to share more ideas you can use occasionally.