Thursday, September 22, 2016


Congratulations my dear "humble" friend, Ashley Bryan, who is a finalist for the 2016 Kirkus Prize.
His latest book, Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life was nominated in the Literature for Young Readers Category. Click the title read all about it.

At 93,  Ashley continues to inspire everyone in the literary world. For me, Ashley's inspiration is very personal as he is one of the kindest people I have ever known!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

PITHY GRABBERS...............D-R-A-G ON!

"Pithy grabbers drag on" sounds like an oxymoron to me. I wanted to add a few I
searched for  my "PG" file, ljj searched for her pithy file as well---- but to know avail. 

The good news is that some blog readers from here there and yon offered a few suggestions.
Most were along the lines of spiritual quotes. Now if my brain will just quit leaking so I can remember where I put them, this entry will be completed.

But......still dragging my feet----as I'm now looking for comments from others. Will return when I find them. 
Feel free to send me your own contributions anytime.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pithy Grabbers

Succinct phrases that "grab" your attention have been dubbed by me as pithy grabbers----of which, I am a fan! No one knows that better than ljj who finally made a "pithy grabbers" file for our library.

When entertaining, Mother 's pithy grabber was, "a doily covers a multitude of sins" (think foibles/faux pas/mess) 
Daughter Molly & I are always saying a doily covers a multitude of something__________.
Recently  she added "a vest is the doily of outerware as it covers a multitude of sin__________(think overeating) 
Religiously I assume that the Catholic doily-like head-coverings worn by women and the skullcap/yarmulke worn by Jewish men are an example of penitence as a way of "covering a multitude of sins" so that they can honor God.

Church Signs 
especially in the "South" 
often display thoughts that are....
pithy with a punch----
packing a lot of weight 
to remind others of "doing right!"

Sweet friend, Margie Hornor, is always adding to my "pithy" repertoire. She introduced me to arrowprayers.  Just those  two words indicate the forceful trajectory of said prayers----launched from earth and heading upward to God. 

Panic Prayers are similar (pithy plus alliterative, of which I am also a fan). Think URGENCY in all CAPS when there's no time for words. "HELP!" comes to mind

Recently Margie introduced me to "stinking thinking." Doesn't that just "reek" of negativity. 

The good news is, she gave a remedy for the stinking diagnosis---a grateful heart!

Dorm friends, who knew me well suggested a pithy grabber for my tombstone---"just down for a quick nap." NOT only do fewer letters appeal to this "frugal fanny," but it lets the world know of my sleep patterns.

Nowadays, I'm rethinking that choice.

How's this for a tea aficionado?
"She ran out of tea." More a epithet than an epitaph....but it's a perfect final "pithy grabber" for me!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Septuagenerian---who knew??? Obviously Google did and........

......."baby" brother, Bobby. He informed me of that new personal age ID first thing this morning. 

He seems to derive a perverse sense of pleasure from reminding me, especially when I "move up" a decade ahead of him. Oh well, it sounds nicer than sexagenerian!
It's one of those family things that binds you together and I have 2 great brothers who I am bound to by old family jokes, memories and traditions. Sometimes things that only we understand. For that, I am grateful!

Sunday, September 11, 2016


The morning newspaper ad announced it! 
National Grandparents Day! The first Sunday after Labor Day. 
Who knew? Obviously Hallmark does! Hallmark should know those privileged to have "grands" don't have to have one day set aside!! We celebrate that positional title at all times----moment by moment.
Grandparents are the ones who are blessed. 
Children's children are the crown of the aged....(Proverbs 17:6) it was a great reminder to thank the Lord for all my grands! 
May the Lord bless you .......and may you live to see your children's children! (Psalm 128:5-6)

Grandparents Day----We don't need a day----We celebrate that privilege daily!

Saturday, September 10, 2016


Life lessons can be learned in the midst of death!

Lesson will be continued soon................ 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Summer of the Hummers

It's been said-----actually lots has been said---about aging and much of it isn't so wonderful.
However, speaking as one who is fast approaching the BIG 7-0, I don't miss those high-energy experiences of younger years. I just watch my "grands enjoy them.

As hubby ages, I've noticed that little things seem to mean more to him.. Sitting outside with his morning coffee is a real treat---even when it's too muggy for me, he'll turn on the fan and sit out there-----after he has made fresh "juice" for his" hummers."

Recently the antics of those hummingbirds have added to his delight. They must have called in friends on their migration route to stop here for "ever ready" sustenance. 
Early mornings they buzz above his head and he has even heard their small chirp. Nine swoop in and out for a sip or to chase off another hummingbird. There seems to be an "alpha-type" hummer. So hubby spread out the feeders and even bought a new feeder---of course he did. He's my "resident shopper!"

Also as  my "resident ornithologist" (when he's not being my "resident meterologist") he takes good care of his backyard birds, especially his hummingbirds! 
This summer, some might think he has taken it to an extreme. He will even call from work and ask me to check their feeders and to refill any empty ones.

Now he is hopeful that one will"drink" from his hand. Wild Birds Unlimited, who had sold him several feeders, recently gave him a small one to hold in his hand. Ever the optimist, this morning he went for the solo cup!!!
He waits with hope---enjoying his summer of hummers. 
Ah-h-h those little things in life that make one smile.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Gift Extraordinaire!

I have known my sweet friend Lilly longer than I have known my husband. Our friendship has spanned 50 years. In the early years we worked together.  She and her husband Fred signed for me to purchase a mattress "on time"----at $10 a month, I think. She (Fred's name was also on the invite) orchestrated a couple's bridal shower for hubby and me and both their girls were rice girls in our wedding. And.....the family introduced us to Deep Creek, even providing the tubes for tubing. It is #1 on list of favorite vacations by our family.
We've always stayed in touch. We share a love for "greens" and "Should Taste Good" multigrain chip/crackers. In more recent times, we've taken our "grands" to Deep Creek hauling the surviving 2 tubes and renting the rest. Our grandboys loved it too!

I've sat with Lilly when her husband was at the ER and later hospitialized. I even spoke at his funeral. I've visited her at several hospitals, in rehab, in two different nursing homes and most recently at her daughter's home.

Through the years she has brought me Easter goodies, scrapbook papers and handmade gifts---her paper-cutting skills are exceptional. She also made a special effort to come to "support" me when I spoke in church or at "He Cares." On two occasions when illness prevented her attendance, she allowed me to come ahead of time and "practice my speech" on her. Her approval always counts.

She has never lost her love for the Lord or her smile. He's the reason she keeps on smiling! Even her need for a walker hasn't overwhelmed her.

Today Lilly and her equally creative daughter, Melody, dropped by for a visit----what a treat!!!
At some point, Lilly must have put a "bug" in daughter Melody's ear that I had often admired her quilt creations. Which I had!!!

Voilà---here it is----"Sunday Drive," just for me. 
I love the stained glass window pattern! I love my lap quilt!  I love Lilly! I love Melody! I love Rachel! With Lilly it's a package deal!
How wise I was back in my college days to "listen" to Lilly and allow her to guide me. (Proverbs 13:20) 
I now attend the church which she has always attended and I thought was a little "weird" when she told me they didn't pass an offering plate.

Lilly has always been a kind, loving friend and now her daughters walk in her footsteps. (Proverbs 12:26 & Ephesians 4:32)

What a blessing!!
Relationships and a quilt--a gift that keeps on giving is truly a gift extraordinaire.

Friday, September 2, 2016

FIT BIT---Making a statement

This is just a "bit" of an entry concerning keeping fit---both physically and spiritually as one ages.
One way of making a statement while exercising is in your choice of gear---a bicycle helmet to cover your gray hair is a good start in the physical arena. It can protect one's other "gray matter" and double the fitness aspect when one's transportation mode to the gym is a bike.

Spiritually, a T-shirt can make a big statement as this fitness gent wore "scripture" and had several folks commenting and asking biblical related questions.
 I am....
  • More than a conquerer (Romans 8:37) 
  • clothed with strength and dignity (Proverbs 31:25) and... 
  • God is for me (Romans 8:31) therefore... 
  • I live without fear (Isaiah 41:10) 
  • I am a child of God (1John 3:1) 
  • He designed me (Psalm 119:73) for...
  • I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
Whatever it takes to do one's "bit" to keep self and others "fit" both physically and spiritually is worth emulating. (Do I hear an A-men!)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Even as one's hair grays, eyesight diminishes so you don't know you have "bedhead,"  body jiggles as you try to find your core, memory lapses cause missteps & your balance topples you in "zumba gold" classes, one is still not too old to make the right choices.
Especially as one ages in this "dance of life."
Fitness is a good choice. (1 Corinthians 6:19)