Archive for July, 2015

The Oxford English Dictionary defines passion as very strong emotion, an intense sexual love, or an intense enthusiasm for something.  Do you have one passion or many?  I don’t know that I have many but, I do have several.  One of my passions is family.  As I’m sure you do too, I believe I have an extraordinary family. We are all over this country but we still stay in touch.  Another passion of mine is music.  I have been around it all my life and have found much peace, comfort and happiness in it.  When I was in the hospital there was a channel on TV that played wonderful music all night.  It had beautiful photographs displayed as it played.  I had it on every night.  The nurses came in every two hours to flush my port that the chemo was going through and this music helped me go back to sleep.  Music is good for my soul.

If you have seen my blog before you know that photography is another passion of mine.  One of my favorite things to photograph is nature.  I never cease to be amazed by it.  Just look at the colors,shapes and detail in nature_DSC0189 copyflamingoEverywhere you look there is wonder and awe.

I also have a passion for living and, to me that means that I truly want to make a difference.  I want to bring a smile to the face of someone who is sad, I want to give hope to someone who is discouraged and I want to give my help to those that need it.

I would like to know what some of your passions are.  You can reply to my blogs whenever you like.  I would love to hear from you.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend and I will leave you with this thought:  Who you are makes a SHINING difference.DSC_0344-1 copy


_DSC0004 copy_DSC0012 copyWhat did you think you were going to do this morning when you got up? If you are still employed you knew that you were going to work but, can you know what other things might happen to make your day go differently? Are you the type of person that has to plan every little thing and get bent out of shape if they don’t go that way?
I hope that somehow you can work some flexibility into all this. You know that old saying, “Everything happens for a purpose.” Do you believe that? We can’t always figure it out at the time but, eventually we will understand.

I began writing this morning and now it is evening.  I thought I might work in my workshop today but didn’t make it out there.  Someone responded that they didn’t know I made turned items.  I will be at Daymar College site in Russellville from 4-6 PM on August 6th with turned items for sale.

As you can see, I didn’t place these photos where they should be.  I will have to learn how to do it all over again.  I hope you had a great day.  Let me leave you with this thought, “Peace will come when the power opt love overcomes the love of power.” Jimi Hendrix _DSC0006 copy

Sometimes the electricity goes out.  When I was a kid in school and I had homework to do my Mom would drag out the kerosene lamps.  Have you ever studied by such a lamp?  It was hard to see but, you could see.  Thank you Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison.

Recently I went to St. Louis to the Lantern Festival.  It is advertised that it is magic re-imaginedDSC00325 copy DSC00340 copy  and it truly is.  It is held at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, which is beautiful on its own.   These lanterns are huge.  They are a metal frame with silk fabric over it and then, lights inside.  They are pretty to see in the daylight but magnificent in the dark.   There was a tower made of thousands of white dishes of all sizes and shapes.  The show goes on until August 23rd.  We went on a Saturday saw the show that night and came back on Sunday.  It is well worth the trip to see this show.  I don’t know when they will have it again.

I hope you have a wonderful day today.  I will leave you for now with this quote from Psalm 199:105 “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”


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My gosh!  It has been nearly two years since I had an entry.  I have had quite a journey in that time.  I faced two horrific battles during this time and with the help of God and some excellent care I have lived to fight another day.

First I had a toxic reaction to some chemicals in a white board.  I had worked with it for years, cutting and framing it to use with my students.  This time I was in a hot car with the board in a bent position and it gave off fumes that landed me in the hospital for a week.  My electrolytes were all out of balance and I had some nerve damage.  After about six months and I thought I was almost back to normal (not that I have ever been normal) I had a large swelling to come under my right jaw bone.  After some testing I was diagnosed with stage 4 aggressive  Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  WOW!  Jump back!  After much intensive chemo, drug treatments, blood transfusions, vomiting and just feeling like CRAP I am doing better.

It has been a year since my last chemo treatment and I am back in my workshop making my pens, pencils, letter openers and seam rippers.  I have added coffee scoops, ice cream scoops and pizza cutters to my list.  I am working at the library again.  We are still doing fund raisers to make money, since we are independent and get monies from no one.IMG_00000146IMG_00000187  I didn’t wear wigs or turbans when I lost my hair.  I had a friend that put henna paintings on my head.  We used four different designs, three were trees of life and the last one was a huge lotus flower and butterflies.  I have my hair now but, I don’t have a photo.

Enough of this.  I will be back online now and sharing with you some of my thoughts.  Did you miss me?  I will leave you with this:  One of the greatest gifts is time.