July 29, 2014

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Memorial Day celebrations in the United States Print E-mail

Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formally known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

Memorial Day remembers those who died serving the United States military.

Memorial Day Flowers Print E-mail

Flowers are as much a symbol of mourning and heart-felt wishes for the peace of soul of the dead as they are of gaiety and happiness. Memorial Day is the day to decorate the graves of our brave and patriotic soldiers with wreaths, bouquets, flowers and garlands.

Paying tribute to fallen heroes Print E-mail


This day is set aside to honor those who took the chance to die.
But they have died in vain if we ever forget the reason why.

Freedom can be like time, slipping away before we even know.
But we all have the choice more, a duty to battle freedoms' foe.

Let us give thanks this day to all those brave who paid the highest cost.
Not take it for granted and realize it easily could be lost.

By Del "Abe" Jones [Copyright, 1991]


“Memories” Print E-mail

If we didn’t have memories, life would be a bit dull.  We really should only remember happy and pleasant events that have happened in the past. Memories are a gift God has given us to keep alive those people we have loved and are no longer with us.

Memories of first dates and senior proms are among some of our lasting images. Glimpses appeared of when we could run and jump and feel that life was a journey that would never end.  Death was far from our thoughts or vocabulary.

“Bucket” Print E-mail

I hope I am wrong, but my thinking is that in our near future we will have to revert back to pioneer methods. I probably won’t be around when this change takes place, and I hope I’m not, but it is coming.

Our society has become so dependent on our government that when a need arises we stand with our hands extended and say, “What are they going to do?”

Life lessons from your mother Print E-mail

By Bryan Golden

Your mother tried to teach you some valuable lessons. Moms have a unique ability to impart essential wisdom. Unfortunately, most of us were too young to really appreciate their value.  Mother's Day is a great time to review the following advice you got when you were a kid.

• You can be whatever you want to be. You have no limitations. The whole world is open to you. Your future is ahead of you. You can accomplish whatever you set your mind to. It's okay to dream.

“Mother” Print E-mail

A mother is one of the most famous and valuable individuals known to God. She is one who has been used, abused, and taken for granite. She is forgiving. She could see her son rob a bank on the six o’clock news and convince herself,  “THAT MAN WAS NOT MY SON!”

If I had to select a stereotype that fits what a mother should be, she may be similar to Marie Baron, the character on the TV show “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Her family is her life.

“Taboo Topics” Print E-mail

There are subjects, for one reason or another, that should not be a topic of conversation.  The ending result would be turmoil or complication. If two people have been married for years, the topic of an old boyfriend or girlfriend should be avoided.

As I was growing up, sex was never mentioned in the home. There was no such thing as sex education.  Even though we were involved with all farm animals, whenever an animal was bred or was giving birth, women and children were directed to go to the house. They were not permitted to watch. There was something mysterious about this process that embarrassed many adults.

“Close Calls” Print E-mail

I guess if every one of us would think back when we were kids, we could recall events that took place which we could label as close calls. Our survival depended on either we were lucky or perhaps the Good Lord had plans for us to keep us around for a while longer.

I have had many close calls in life. I will mention a few.

April is Autism Awareness Month ~ What is Autism? Print E-mail

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. With the May 2013 publication of the new DSM-5 diagnostic manual, these autism subtypes will be merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD.


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