Friday is the day I link up with Friday Fragments. What are Friday Fragments you ask? Stop over and visit our lovely host, Mrs.4444. You will find everything you need to join in there.
This is a very sad Friday for me. My sweet friend Joelle passed away on Monday surrounded by her family and Tina and I. Her service is tomorrow. I am so sad.
Thursday Favorite Things…
Lynn Doyle, a talk show host for Comcast did a show for the 91st anniversary of ‘Women’s Equality Day.’ She posed the question, “Does a woman’s choice to marry and motherhood limit her chances to be equal?”
I have been pondering this question for years. I’m still pondering.
An excerpt from The Stranger in My Recliner, my next book. I would love to know what you think…
The homeless people walking among us are invisible to most. We look past them, avoiding eye contact with them at all cost. I always did. Not so much purposely it was more subconsciously. I never wanted to intentionally look into the eyes of such vulnerable human beings that could easily be my parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles. It could be a friend or a family member that struggles with mental illness, addiction or chronic poverty. If I didn’t look, I didn’t have to feel anything or do anything for them.
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Friday Fragments are thoughts, those thoughts that are not quite complete enough for their own post yet mentionable none the less. If you have a few fragments of your own and you would like to share them, please visit our lovely host Mrs. 4444…
I am one of ‘those’ crazy sports fans. It happened to me several decades ago when I was a single mom and didn’t want my kids to miss having a man in the house. A friend told me if my kids were involved in sports they would be less likely to get into trouble. I was all for that so I studied and learned the games. All games except for the game of football. Then I met and married John and he helped me understand football, the rules the numbers and the players. So yes, I am a football fan and I am looking forward to the Superbowl. I’m looking forward to the game, the commercials and the food. What are you making?
We are Peyton Manning fans. In fact my daughter and her husband named their third daughter, Peyton. That said, we are not necessarily Bronco’s or Seahawks fans, we are in Philadelphia after all. So I am just hoping for a great, fun game.
Our little Peyton Elizabeth…
The other Peyton:
Have you seen any of the sneak commercial peeks? I think it’s going to be a good add year. Companies are paying four-million-dollars for thirty-second spots, this year. I suspect that is the reason for the leaks. The companies want to get as much bang for those bucks as they can. I think this is everyone’s favorite so far…
Did you watch the Grammys? I am either getting eeks, old or I don’t know. I have to take a deep breath and remember it is about getting people to talk. Speaking of the Grammy’s, my author friend Dina Santorelli has a new book out. I loved her first novel Baby Grand so I am looking forward to reading this one:
I don’t want to say it out loud but forecasters, behind the scenes are watching a massive ‘snow’ event for the second week of February, in the northeast. Yikes they ‘mentioned’ thirty-to-thirty-six-inches, the likes of the storm in 1996. All I can say is NONONONONONO!!! Then again, if I can get to Costco first it might be nice to be snowed in for a few days.
If it happens I hope it happens after February 5. That is the day I am going to New York with two of my daughter’s and yikes, eighteen-year-old granddaughter. It has been TOO LONG since we have had a grown up girls day.
I have the best memories of my brother, David and that 1996 storm. My roof was about to give way so he climbed up onto the roof and shoveled the snow off. He also walked to a local pizza shop, whose owner walked to open, and they made and delivered pizza’s, for the neighborhood. I still miss him so much, I always will.
OMGoodness it is almost Valentine’s Day!
Will you be watching the Winter Olympics? What is your favorite Olympic Sport? Are you worried about security at the Olympics this year?
Have a great weekend!!
*Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.
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After beating cancer, miraculously three times over the last three years my father died of pneumonia three weeks ago today. Thank you all so much for your prayers and healing thoughts over the past few years. You all really do make me smile. I feel blessed to have had him for an extra three years and blessed that I spent that last week by his side talking, laughing and crying. I was able to say goodbye and for me that was comforting. I am going to miss him.
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.” A.A. Milne
One night while caring for my failing mother-in-law I experienced an episode of utter frustration and helplessness. She was experiencing night terrors, sundowners they called it. Just when I didn’t think I could handle another second of not being able to comfort her and feeling very sorry for myself, exhausted, afraid and alone, a TV priest spoke directly to me. He said, “How dare you complain about caring for your elderly. When, will you ever be so close to someone who is about to enter Heaven?” Something came over me when I heard those words. I was suddenly calm, and no longer afraid of death or the process of dying. I felt honored to be caring for this lovely woman who no doubt was going to Heaven. I said a prayer, asking for the energy to continue providing loving care.
Like most writers I can feel stressed out, from time to time, luckily for me, I have my friends at the Insecure Writers Support Group. #IWSG
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