Get out and Vote!

Get out and Vote!.

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Get out and Vote!

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It’s one of the privileges we Americans take for granted.  Especially primary elections. But they are all important.

So, as today is primary day in Kentucky, I voted.  I am proud to have the privilege.  And to exercise it.  Many people died for us to have this right.

And to those who say, “it doesn’t matter,” my reply is, “Yes, it does!”  

I ask you to not be complacent because you don’t like the candidates or what they stand for.  If the shoe was on the other foot, not everyone would like you, but you’d still want them to vote.

And I always go back to my mom and dad’s adage, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about what those elected to office do or don’t do.”

I agree.  100%.  So get out there and vote.

And get your sticker to show that you did just that!

 

Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters (ABC photo)

Barbara Walters (ABC photo)

She is retiring….at least from regular contributions to the news and entertainment reporting world.

Today is a bittersweet day for many of us who are fans.

“She” being the one and only Barbara Walters.

Ms. Walters has definitely been a glass ceiling pusher, a ground breaker, a maverick – call her what you will – she has made numerous positive changes for women in broadcasting and journalism.

I thank her for that. I thank her for wanting to make a difference, for taking risks, for not taking “NO” as an acceptable answer.

I thank her for her many interviews….serious and lighthearted both. I thank her for being a news anchor, for being a reporter, for creating shows, for taking risks.

I thank her for “The View” and the platform it offers…serious, contentious, animated, lively…views from right to left and all in between.

She will remain active in many areas and arenas….and for all she has done, whether I have agreed with her opinions or not, I still offer her my salute and respect.

Many, many thanks for forging the road you have traveled. Those of us who follow as your legacy, owe you their deepest gratitude.

Well done, Barbara. Well done.

Barbara Walters (ABC Photo)

Barbara Walters (ABC Photo)

Bike4Alz Update

I just had to give an update on the Bike4alz group that will be leaving for their cross country trip to raise money for Alzheimer’s research very soon.  

Here’s an article by WKU News (Western Kentucky University for those who don’t know) about the group:

http://wkunews.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/bike4alz-2014/

Here’s the link to their website: http://www.bike4alz.org/  They will be blogging and giving updates there..

And where donations can be made: http://www.brightfocus.org/

Finally, here’s a photo of the group:

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2014 Bike4Alz team members include (from left) Seth Haga, Seth Bland, Parker Kuhn, Drew Tingle, Drake Riley, Luke Sparks, Wade Weatherholt, Robert Lucas, Ryne McMullen and Brent Stephens. Not picture: Taylor Ruby and Nate Blankenship.

Finally, here’s a tip of the hat to these guys.  Especially proud of Seth, Brent and Parker – our “guys” in the office of Advancement Services.  We can’t wait to hear all about their adventure and how much money they are able to raise for a great cause.

And what a great way to represent themselves, their fraternity and their university.  Well done, gentlemen!

 

 

Monday’s Child

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May flowers – Lily of the Valley and Violets

I have a new granddaughter on the way. We are in the wait game now. 😉

And it makes me wonder what she will be like. I can only imagine now. In a little while I will get a glimpse of her baby self and a tiny peek into who she may become.

And it reminds me of the wonderful old poem:

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

This rhyme was first recorded in A. E. Bray’s Traditions of Devonshire (Volume II, pp. 287–288)[2] in 1838 and was collected by James Orchard Halliwell in the mid-nineteenth century.
There was considerable variation and debate about the exact attributes of each day and even over the days. Halliwell had ‘Christmas Day’ instead of the Sabbath.[1] Despite modern versions in which “Wednesday’s child is full of woe,” an early incarnation of this rhyme appeared in a multi-part fictional story in a chapter appearing in Harper’s Weekly on September 17, 1887, in which “Friday’s child is full of woe”, perhaps reflecting traditional superstitions associated with bad luck on Friday – as many Christians associated Friday with the Crucifixion. In addition to Wednesday’s and Friday’s children’s role reversal, the fates of Thursday’s and Saturday’s children was also exchanged and Sunday’s child is “happy and wise” instead of “blithe and good”.[4]
(more info can be found about this at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monday’s_Child)

Then I thought…are we anything like those children as described on the day we were actually born?

I (Dee Dee) was born on a Tuesday
David (Gramps) was born on a Sunday
Mommy (Laura) was born on a Tuesday
Daddy (Nic) was born on a Monday
Aunt Dre (Andrea) was born on a Tuesday
Jace, our new granddaughter’s brother, was born on a Saturday.

So, let’s start with Gramps – in my understanding of this phrase, dear Gramps fits it quite well – he is often a carefree and fun kind of guy.

Laura, Andrea and I were all born on Tuesday. In my hunt for what this phrase means, it points toward being kinder than most people usually are. Well, I won’t pass judgment on myself, but I do see this in both of my daughters.

Daddy (Nic) is a Monday baby. Looking up the meaning of this phrase “indicates beauty/attractiveness and fortune.” He is a handsome guy and fortune – well, he is mighty blessed in many ways (if not necessarily in money).

Big brother Jace made his appearance almost two years ago on a Saurday. We don’t have know if he will work hard for a living yet, but I can say this: Jace is a very busy active boy.

So, until she makes her appearance, we will just have to speculate whether or not the new baby girl will fit the any of these characteristics.

But we don’t have to wonder about one thing. She is LOVED a lot already. We are just ready to let her know that right now. ❤

Family pix from Aubriana shower 4-5-2014
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If You Weren’t Here…

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View of white sandy beach – Panama City, FL


Recently, I went through a job interview for a different position for my current employer and was asked a very intriguing question:

“If you weren’t working here, what would you be doing?”

Hmmmmm….

Such an interesting question, not only as part of a job interview, but for a measure of my life in general.

So, what WOULD I be doing?

I was able to give a quick answer: I would be writing a book about hearing my mother’s voice.

My boss (who asked the question – this was part of our one-on-one time), crinkled his brow and asked, “What?”

Since he had never heard the story, I proceeded to tell him the 3 minute version (yes, I can edit to the highlights of story when time constraints demand it). You, dear reader will have to wait until another time to read the story – in full detail.

After hearing it, he said, “Oh wow! You need to write that story.”

Yes, I do. And I have tried several times, but God keeps telling me, “not yet.” That is very frustrating to me, but when it’s time, it will all flow freely and beautifully. No doubt.

But then I thought what else would I be doing?

Perhaps spending my days sewing for my grandchildren?

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Jungle Animal Bib and Burp Cloth by Dee Dee for Jace


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Bib, Tag Blanket and Burp Cloth by Dee Dee for Aubriana

Perhaps cooking or baking some amazing new recipe?

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Chocolate Truffles

Perhaps snuggling my toes into the sand on a white sandy beach?

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David and me dipping our toes in the Panama City Beach sand 11-2011

Perhaps reading a really amazing book?

Perhaps pulling weeds from around my gorgeous flowers and plants?

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Red dinner plate dahlia


Perhaps spending more time with my wonderful family and friends?

Perhaps spending more time in prayer or just sitting still with God?

So, this question really got me to thinking. There are many good things I could be doing….but am I really doing the BEST thing.

And that leads me to pose the question to you….if you weren’t doing _______________ what would you be doing instead?

I think I will ask that question of myself a lot more often. And then decide if what I am doing should be replaced by something better instead.

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Bike4Alz.Org

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Chocolate Truffles

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Vanilla Truffles


I baked 48 truffles – 24 vanilla and 24 chocolate. I decorated them with spring and Easter sprinkles. I wrapped them in pretty packaging.
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Chocolate and Vanilla Truffles wrapped and ready to sell


I donated them to a bake sale. All for a very, very good cause.
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Macaroons and Truffles


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No Bake Cookies, Candy Bar Cookies, Seven Layer Cookies and Rice Krispies Treats


You see, there are three young men who are student workers in my office at WKU – Parker, Seth and Brent – who are members of Phi Gamma Delta – better known as Fijis. And our boss is their advisor. So we know these special guys very well.
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Fijis Bike4Alz Team 2014


And they are doing this amazing thing this summer – they are riding bikes with other Fijis across America to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
Now, they aren’t the first who have done this, but they are the first ones I know personally who are doing this. So, my work family came up with the idea (thanks girls!) to have a bake sale to raise some money to help them reach their goal.
And what a sale it was – sugar coma in the Advancement Services suite all day! But it was such an easy thing to do! And we’re going to do more before they go and so much more while they are on their journey.
All three are very excited to go….I am excited to read their blogs from the road…and to hear them talk about their journey once it’s over.
So, I baked and decorated and wrapped and purchased and ate (yes, my arm had to be twisted for that – NOT- LOL!) And I will pray for them before they go and while they are on the road. And be so proud of these members of my WKU family.
They are do something so selfless and I bet (because things like this tend to do this) they will be changed in ways they can’t even ask or imagine. And that’s a good thing.
A very good thing.
Here’s their website and Facebook page to find out more information:
http://www.bike4alz.org/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bike4Alz/102053333244863

More to come soon!