Saturday, May 31, 2014


Dear Readers:

Just finished reading a very interesting article - a little thinking piece.  It begins..."This proud father has an exceptional story to share with Fox News readers. I’m in Boston today, May 29, watching my home-schooled daughter, Dakota Root, graduate magna cum laude from Harvard University."

To read the complete article - click HERE 


Thursday, May 29, 2014



Next week, the Obama administration is planning to unveil a climate action plan that it intends to implement without legislative approval. It’s a creative approach to governing, not unlike other executive actions President Obama has taken to bypass Congress. 

When lawmakers refused to pass cap-and-trade legislation, Obama announced there was more than one way to skin the cat. Through climate plans, executive orders and regulatory action, he directed his agencies to find ways to curb the country’s carbon dioxide output and commit to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. 

Leading the charge, unsurprisingly, is the Environmental Protection Agency, which will release its carbon-dioxide regulations for existing power plants on Monday. The plan will drive up energy prices for American families and businesses without making a dent in global temperatures. 

Our infographic explains what it means for jobs, incomes and the states hurt most.  To view the inforgraphic in a larger format - click here.

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Dear Readers:

Ever have a day that you just know is going to remain in your memory forever as one of those "Gee, I am glad I am alive" day?  Today was just such a day.  Let me tell you about it.

First, my day started at 7:00 AM, which is unusual for a Saturday.  However, we had to get up and going since this was the day that our grandson was graduating from high school.  His high school, which is 35 miles away from our home, was holding the graduation on the football field, and we wanted to get their early so we could find a seat.  

As my husband and I were on the road to the high school, we talked about how our grandson had turned out to be such a wonderful person, and how he had to overcome some not so happy moments in his life.  He possesses a maturity that even some adults fail to ever reach.  Also, he managed to receive an academic scholarship to his university of choice, and knows what direction he wants to go on his career path. 

As, we sat in the stands with the morning breeze and May sunlight beaming, we watched him walk across the green field...tall, proud, confident, and I thought 'I hope he remembers this when life produces the challenges that I know will lay ahead and that he draws strength from this remembrance to continue his path'.  

Next, on our day's agenda, was to attend an afternoon wedding of a close friend.  It was held at a beautiful historic inn, outside in their garden, with the couple saying their vows in a flower filled gazebo.  It was beautiful and poignant.  Something about a wedding to remind one of their own vows so many years ago.  

Finally, on our way home, my husband suggested we go home and take our 1966 Covair Corsa convertible (red with white top) and go to dinner.  "WOW", I thought, "What a way to end a perfect day!"  So, once home, we jumped into the Covair and off we went, with the CD player on full blast playing rock and roll!  Can life get any better?  I don't think so.    

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


It will take just 60 seconds to read this and change your thinking..

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.  One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end.  They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation..

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.  The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.  Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.  Although the other man could not hear the band -he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.  One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep.  She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window.  The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.  It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.  

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.  She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'


There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.  Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.  If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.

'Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .'

Admiral's Commencement Speech: 10 LIFE'S LESSONS FROM SEAL TRAINING

Dear Readers:

All I can say is WOW!  I wish this was the speech at all commencements.

Admiral William McRaven’s May 2014 Commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin.

Friday, May 16, 2014


A man was sitting at a bar enjoying an after-work cocktail when
an exceptionally gorgeous and sexy young woman entered.  She was so striking that the man could not take his eyes away from her. 

The young woman noticed his overly-attentive stare and walked directly toward him.  Before he could offer his apologies for being so rude, the young woman said to him, "I’ll do anything, absolutely anything, that you want me to do, no matter how kinky, for $100 on one condition."

Flabbergasted, the man asked what the condition was.

The young woman replied, "You have to tell me what you want me to do in just three words.”

The man considered her proposition for a moment, withdrew his wallet from his pocket and slowly counted out five $20 bills, which he pressed into the young woman’s hand. He looked deeply into her eyes and slowly, meaningfully said, "Paint my house."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Vets Forced From Nursing Home by Obama Exec. Order
on May 13, 2014  SHREVEPORT, La -

Some military veterans are being forced to leave their nursing home.  It’s an unintended consequence of President Obama’s executive order in February to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.

Sandy Franks, public affairs officer at Shreveport’s Overton Brooks V. A. Medical Center, explains that nursing homes that have contracts for subsidized care from the Veterans Administration become federal contractors.  If they cannot afford to raise their wages, their contracts will not be renewed.

Former Marine A.J. Crain just wheeled himself into his new room at Shreveport Manor on Mansfield Road when he got the news that the home’s contract will end this month. “We fought all your wars, and now we’re broke. Where do we go from here?” Crain asks.

Shreveport Manor is owned by Gamble Guest Care. Their Chief Operating Officer says if they raise wages for workers there, they have to do that at all eight of their facilities.

In a statement, Gamble COO Matt Machen said, in part, “The additional labor expenses are simply unaffordable. As such, long term care providers have indicated that they will no longer seek or renew V.A. contracts.”   

The V.A. agrees that this has the potential to be a national problem as more V.A. contracts with nursing homes expire.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Dear Readers:

Today, in many states was a day to vote in many different elections.

Thank God there are still judges like him, Judge Andrew Napolitano, and others who are willing to tell the truth when the truth is getting very hard to deal with in this country.  Please remember this as you vote this year and  in the 2016 elections.

This is very scary, a little long, but well worth the listen.

Monday, May 5, 2014


Dear Readers:

I don't know about you, but there are days after work I really consider doing the following:


I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult.

I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of an 8-year old.

I want to go to McDonald's and think that it's a four-star restaurant.

I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples with rocks.

I want to think M & M's are better than money because you can eat them.

I want to lie under a big oak tree and run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer day.

I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all you knew were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes, but that didn't bother you, because you didn't know what you didn't know and you didn't care.

All you knew was to be happy because you were blissfully unaware of all the things that should make you worried or upset.

I want to think that the world is fair. That everyone is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible.

I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things again.

I want to live simply again. I don't want my day to consist of computer crashes, mountains of paperwork, depressing news, how to survive more days in the month then there is money in the bank, doctor bills, gossip, illness, and the loss of loved ones.

I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, justice, peace, dreams, the imagination, mankind, and making angels in the snow.

So… Here's my checkbook and my car keys, my credit card bills, and my 401K statements. I am OFFICIALLY resigning from adulthood. And if you want to discuss this further, you'll have to catch me first, cause…… Tag!  You're it!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

MARIJUANA IS HARMFUL: Debunking 7 Myths Arguing It's Fine

Dear Readers:

You guessed it, I am not for marijuana.  Having been both in the medical field and the law enforcement field, I have seen too much and I cannot support the legalization of the product.   Below are some facts for you to consider.  They come from the Heritage Foundation (with references).  You decide.
Don’t believe the hype: marijuana legalization poses too many risks to public health and public safety. Based on almost two decades of research, community-based work, and policy practice across three presidential administrations, my new book “Reefer Sanitydiscusses some widely held myths about marijuana:

Myth No. 1: “Marijuana is harmless and non-addictive”
No, marijuana is not as dangerous as cocaine or heroin, but calling it harmless or non-addictive denies very clear science embraced by every major medical association that has studied the issue. Scientists now know that the average strength of today’s marijuana is some 5–6 times what it was in the 1960s and 1970s, and some strains are upwards of 1020 times stronger than in the past—especially if one extracts THC through a butane process. This increased potency has translated to more than 400,000 emergency room visits every year due to things like acute psychotic episodes and panic attacks.
Mental health researchers are also noting the significant marijuana connection with schizophrenia, and educators are seeing how persistent marijuana use can blunt academic motivation and significantly reduce IQ by up to eight points, according to a very large recent study in New Zealand. Add to these side-effects new research now finding that even casual marijuana use can result in observable differences in brain structure, specifically parts of the brain that regulate emotional processing, motivation and reward. Indeed, marijuana use hurts our ability to learn and compete in a competitive global workplace.
Additionally, marijuana users pose dangers on the road, despite popular myth. According to the British Medical Journal, marijuana intoxication doubles your risk of a car crash.

Myth No. 2: “Smoked or eaten marijuana is medicine.”
Just like we don’t smoke opium or inject heroin to get the benefits of morphine, we do not have to smoke marijuana to receive its medical effects. Currently, there is a pill based on marijuana’s active ingredient available at pharmacies, and almost two-dozen countries have approved a new mouth spray based on a marijuana extract. The spray, Sativex, does not get you high, and contains ingredients rarely found in street-grade marijuana. It is likely to be available in the U.S. soon, and today patients can enroll in clinical trials. While the marijuana plant has known medical value, that does not mean smoked or ingested whole marijuana is medicine. This position is in line with the American Medical Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Glaucoma Foundation, National MS Society, and American Cancer Society.

Myth No. 3: “Countless people are behind bars simply for smoking marijuana.”
I wholeheartedly support reducing America’s incarceration rate. But legalizing marijuana will not make a significant dent in our imprisonment rates. That is because less than 0.3 percent of all state prison inmates are there for smoking marijuana. Moreover, most people arrested for marijuana use are cited with a ticket—very few serve time behind bars unless it is in the context of a probation or parole violation.

Myth No. 4: “The legality of alcohol and tobacco strengthen the case for legal marijuana.”
“Marijuana is safer than alcohol, so marijuana should be treated like alcohol” is a catchy, often-used mantra in the legalization debate. But this assumes that our alcohol policy is something worth modeling. In fact, because they are used at such high rate due to their wide availability, our two legal intoxicants cause more harm, are the cause of more arrests, and kill more people than all illegal drugs combined. Why add a third drug to our list of legal killers?

Moreover, marijuana legalization will usher in America’s new version of “Big Tobacco.”
Myth No. 5: “Legal marijuana will solve the government’s budgetary problems.”
Unfortunately, we can’t expect  societal financial gain from marijuana legalization. For every $1 in revenue the U.S. receives in alcohol and tobacco taxes, we spend more than $10 in social costs. Additionally, two major business lobbies—Big Tobacco and the Liquor Lobby—have emerged to keep taxes on these drugs low and promote use. The last thing we need is the “Marlboroization of Marijuana,” but that is exactly what we would get in this country with legalization.

Myth No. 6:  “Portugal and Holland provide successful models of legalization.”
Contrary to media reports, Portugal and Holland have not legalized drugs. In Portugal, someone caught with a small amount of drugs is sent to a three-person panel and given treatment, a fine, or a warning and release. The result of this policy is less clear. Treatment services were ramped up at the same time the new policy was implemented, and a decade later there are more young people using marijuana, but fewer people dying of opiate and cocaine overdoses. In the Netherlands, officials seem to be scaling back their marijuana non-enforcement policy (lived out in “coffee shops” across that country) after witnessing higher rates of marijuana use and treatment admissions there. The government now only allows residents to use coffee shops. What all of this tells us about how legalization would play out in the U.S. is another point entirely and even less clear.

Myth No. 7: “Prevention, intervention, and treatment are doomed to fail—So why try?”
Less than 8 percent of Americans smoke marijuana versus 52 percent who drink and 27 percent of people that smoke tobacco cigarettes. Coupled with its legal status, efforts to reduce demand for marijuana can work. Communities that implement local strategies implemented by area-wide coalitions of parents, schools, faith communities, businesses, and, yes, law enforcement, can significantly reduce marijuana use. Brief interventions and treatment for marijuana addiction (which affects about 1 in 6 kids who start using, according to the National Institutes of Health) can also work.

And one myth not found in the book: “Colorado and Washington are examples to follow.”
Experience from Colorado’s recent legalization of recreational marijuana is not promising. Since January, THC-positive test results in the workplace have risen, two recent deaths in Denver have been linked to recreational marijuana use, and the number of parents calling the poison control hotline because their kids consumed marijuana products has significantly risen. Additionally, tax revenues fall short of original projections and the black market for marijuana continues to thrive in Colorado. Though Washington State has not yet implemented its marijuana laws, the percentage of cases involving THC-positive drivers has significantly risen.

Marijuana policy is not straightforward. Any public policy has costs and benefits. It is true that a policy of saddling users with criminal records and imprisonment does not serve the nation’s best interests. But neither does legalization, which would create the 21st century version of Big Tobacco and reduce our ability to compete and learn. There is a better way to address the marijuana question—one that emphasizes brief interventions, prevention, and treatment, and would prove a far less costly alternative to either the status quo or legalization. That is the path America should be pursuing—call it “Reefer Sanity.”

Kevin A. Sabet is the author of “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana” and the Director of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana). Sabet appeared at The Heritage Foundation to discuss his new book. Watch his talk here.


Thursday, May 1, 2014


Dear Readers:

Due to my many food allergies and the desire to get away from prepared foods, I thought I would direct my creative talents to salad dressings.  One of my allergies is garlic, so I have been working on recipes that contain garlic and changing them so they still taste good without the garlic being added.  I find that many of the recipes that I have converted this way actually taste better.  You are able to taste the other herbs in the dish.  I am concluding the garlic can be somewhat of a "herb thug" when it comes to recipes.  
So, try my Herb Balsamic Vinaigrette and Helen's French Dressing.  Just in time for all of the fresh salad fixings soon to come to market. 

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