Happy Birthday Stephen!

Today is my son Stephen's 19th birthday a day I remember as a very special day.  It was the day I gave birth to my little boy for whom I had such great aspirations and dreams.  Life has a funny way of not turning out the way you planned however, as I have not had the luxury of sharing his birthday…

Facebook and social networking…

Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are just some of the largest social networking sites available.  Social networking has reconnected millions of people, sparked an industry and also has exposed people to public scrutiny as is evident with the latest news.  Electronic communication has brought about a new age of information overload, and with it a generation of people…

62 Years of Marriage……Happy Anniversary!

Today, June 12, is my parents 62nd wedding anniversary.  Sixty two years is a long time and a feat that most people will never accomplish with today's current divorce rate around fifty percent.  My parents are from a different generation of people who understood sacrifice.  Depression era kids, they knew poverty and worked hard to give their family a better…

Love

Love; a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.  Our lives revolve around the love in it.  Love of our parents, family, friends and then that special someone who takes your breath away.  The person you cannot live without and for whom all your thoughts are about.  Love makes people do crazy things.  A feeling…

Conscience and choice

Our conscience is that little voice inside our head that is supposed to 'guide'  us,  help us make decisions and live a good an honorable life.  At sometime we all have experienced a guilty conscience.  We did something or hurt someone and then regretted our actions.  One of the things that makes us human is our…

Choices and Children

Choices; we are faced with them everyday.  What should I wear?  What should I eat? Where should I live?  How should I raise my children?  The list is endless.  Choices can be easy to make or many times they are tough.  As parents we try to teach our children the value of good choices.  We try to guide and…

My cause is childhood cancer, what’s yours?

I am crazy about a cause.  Unlike others who like to be involved and 'give back' because they feel it is the right thing to do, I have a personal stake in my cause.  In fact, I founded my cause eight years ago when my then 7-year-old inspired me.  My cause is childhood cancer and the Honeysuckle Foundation…

Our History & Traditions

History: we all have one.  Our relatives and ancestors before us are the reason we are here today.  Passed down from generation to generation many of our customs and traditions of today came from our ancestors.  The foods and stories are just some of the traditions of my family.  With Easter here and my parents as a captive audience…

Bullies

Being an adult can really suck sometimes.  You have to act responsibly, be respectful of others and try to keep everyone's life in balance.  One of the most difficult parts is you have to deal with other adults.  I often wonder why I feel no different at middle age as when I was a kid.  Somewhere along…

Responsible Behavior and Politics

Parents know the lessons of childhood are very often tough to teach.  Saying 'no' to a little one who wants a toy or candy at that very second can be heartbreaking.  As a parent however, these tough times are the lessons that help shape the character of our children.  No, is not necessarily a bad thing…