Feb 7, 2019

Yesterday, I was doing my grocery shopping. When a twelve-year-old boy called me weird as a grown man smiled, that was with him. The second man just kept pushing the cart.

I walked and moved differently because of the Rheumatoid Arthritis that affects my joints. I am still human!

This wasn’t the first time that a child made rude comments, but it was the first time made in front of adults. Those two adults taught that boy it is okay to bully somebody. That’s wrong!

Some Parents are not teaching children to respect others in the home.

Respect keeps our society sane. If future generations lose respect, then their future society will be filled with chaos.

It is time to teach respect.

Feb 1, 2019

I sighed, the reminders are telling me Valentine’s Day is coming. The biggest sign is The Hallmark Channel’s countdown by showing romance movies with a Valentine’s theme.

Let the joy begin! Not!

Is Valentine’s Day an actual holiday? A product of our culture to sell cards, jewelry, flowers, and candy? The advertisers start their campaign as soon as Christmas is over. This year right after Christmas, retail stores made room for Valentine’s merchandise. I moaned. The closer February 14 comes, there’s an increase of love songs on the radio. Then everyone is discussing their plans for love day. They ask me, what I am doing. I am like… well, staying home with my cat and watching an action-pack movie where everything blows up. No one asked me anymore.

I have a love/dislike for Valentines started in grade school. It didn’t take me long to figure out my ranking on the popularity scale.

Even as a child, I dreaded this day with cutout pink hearts and cupids with red arrows plastered on classroom walls. Art class, I sat at my desk decorating a small paper bag with hearts and other Valentine theme to prepare for the party.

A small decorated paper bag hung on the wall or at my desk in hopes of cards delivered by my classmates.

I hoped my popularity would improve each year. False hope was never my friend, and I learned it was better to live in reality.

As I got older false hope faded.

I remembered, secretly desire a cold because I didn’t want to attend the classroom party. It didn’t happen.

Sometimes, a teacher mandated everyone would receive a card. One classmate discovered a loophole. She delivered the first round and proceeded by handing out two more rounds for her friends. Her friends did the same.

She counted her cards out loud for everyone to hear. They bragged about how many cards they received. The wisdom of youth.

I am thankful my parents made Valentines’ day special for me. I’m not sure, if they understood what I went through at school. If they sensed, it wasn’t easy for me.

The lesson I learned you can’t force people to like you or buy love. It must come willingly from another person. The second lesson it is okay to be by yourself.

Not to be in a wrong relationship will create more invisible scars on my tender heart because it only hurts me.

The most important lesson I learned to be surrounded by people that love me.

So, I’ll spend Valentines with the people I loved.

Classified Christmas Mission Review

Lynnette Eason is one of my favorite authors for she keeps me guessing and plants little clues in her stories. I always find myself wondering and pondering her stories when I am not reading them.

She is a Christian Suspense Author. Her stories are clean, free from foul language, and does not preach. She focuses on the characters in tough situations, relying on God to endure.

Classified Christmas Mission by Lynnette Eason is the fourth book in the series Wrangler’s Corner.

It delivered an excellent story. I was hooked from the beginning to the end and read it over Christmas.

Amber Starke had been on assignment for CIA when her friend was murdered; now, she is running for her life with her friend’s six-year-old son when the story opens. Did I mention the little boy is autistic? Amber has her hands full.

She returns to her hometown during a nasty snowstorm is shot at, resulting in a car crash. There she encounters Deputy Lance Goode.

Amber and Lance develop a romantic relationship by moving past their hurt and focusing on God getting through their dangerous journey.

Since this is book 4, there is no need to worry for Eason does a wonderful job of providing the back-story without bogging down the pace.

I am planning on reading more of this series. The series is worth checking out.

Dark Side of Facebook

Facebook is a great way for staying in touch with friends and family, especially if they live out of town. It’s an excellent place to virtually meet other like-minded people too.

Unfortunately, Facebook has a dark side. You’ve probably seen a simple misunderstanding turn into a full-blown drama. Sometimes friends or family stop responding to your posts, even worse, they unfriend you. They use the dreaded blocking feature, leaving you with unanswered questions when others asked you what happened.


Words are very powerful. They transmits meaning, emotions, and our thoughts to others.

This is why grammar and punctuation are so crucial, with a well-develop vocabulary is essential, to explain the concept.

Based on my experience of using Facebook, it was designed to hold a conversation like two people chatting in a coffee shop. This is why emojis were invented to display emotions and let the reader know the emotional context of the post.

But when using Facebook we rely on slang. A lack of grammar and punctuation creeps into our posts and results incorrectly explaining your concept. Then people get upset although most friends will understand once emotions have settled down.

When a Facebook drama happens, even on a post that is conveying the right idea, it may be interpreted differently by the reader because there is no emotional context given.

There is another reason why drama happens on Facebook and very likely from a person you do not talk to or see in your everyday life. This person doesn’t have an understanding of your emotional compass.

Drama is about people. This is especially so with the individual who likes to cause trouble. We are social creatures searching for ways to connect, and troublemakers will use that against us.

There are three reasons for drama:

Reason one: People can be jerks, and if you call them on it drama will explode! They just don’t care.

Reason two: There are people lurking on Facebook waiting to vent their issues, emotional baggage and when they are stressed, they let their victims have it.

Reason three: People are so involved with their own issues and daily living. They forget about the individuals who are struggling on the other side of the screen.

In closing:

Thisworld is filled with unhappy people clinging to hurt instead of releasing it. We can keep the door open and move on with our lives.