Notice – Taking a break from Social Issues Series



I’ve been having an enlightening time writing the Social Issues series and I hope that they have been helpful for you to read.  However, these posts take a long time to write, and I’ve decided to take a break over the summer.


I’m actually going to be doing the Momwriters Camp NaNo this July.  I’ll be working on finishing the chapter book that I’m writing for a little boy that I know.  Hopefully this will work out, and I’ll be able to finish the first draft of the book.


This has been a little bit of a strange summer for me since for the last five years I’ve been babysitting two girls two days a week for the summer.  However, like all of us, the girls have gotten older and they no longer have to come to my house.  So, given that I’ve got some extra time, I’ve decided that I want to use it to work on my fiction writing.  I’ll still be publishing three posts a week, just as a usually do, so that will remain the same.


I will continue with the social issues series in September.



Garden Tales and Photos


Like many people, I have an Instagram account and I often post photos of my flowers, yard and trees.  The way I pose my photos makes my yard and flowers look absolutely wonderful.  As a matter of fact, when we first moved into our house some 23 years ago, the yard looked like a park.  There were no dandelions, no weeds, and the gardens were gorgeous.  The people we bought the house from had three boys who were sent out to care for the lawn and weed all day every Saturday in the spring, summer and fall.

When we bought the house, I was in a “high-risk” pregnancy with a two-year-old.  It would have fallen to me to garden and weed, and I was medically prohibited from doing so.  Fast-forward a few years, and I was finally ready to weed, only I couldn’t.  I was suffering from allergies to everything outdoors, so that every time I weeded, I was sick for two weeks.  My gardens went to hell in a tissue-filled basket, and I was busy concentrating on the vegetable garden my Dad helped me put in.

Years later, my children are grown, and I’ve recently discovered that I can weed again without getting sick (a nice side effect of being Vegan – the allergies are still there, but much less severe), and the gardens are pretty much the biggest mess you can imagine.  The most surprising thing about this neglect is that my day lilies still bloom, the lilacs have survived and the wild flowers are having a field day.  So, in all this messiness, do you think that I am running out and weeding?  No.  I suffer from the thought that many of the weeds have beautiful flowers, dandelions have replaced the grass, and many of the flower-less weeds have roots so long that you can never pull the entire thing up!  The pictures that I put on my Instagram account make my yard look great.  However, they are taken from certain angles, are close up shots of individual flowers, and at certain times of days.  I wonder how many other people do the same thing.  My account is such that it’s full of positive quotes, happiness and nature shots.


Nice trees, and the grass looks mostly green.

I am dreaming of one of those yards full of beautiful gardens and gorgeous green lawns.  I can’t imagine going through all the work to achieve that, but it is a dream of mine.  How about you?  Do you have a garden you dream about?



Staying Positive


This is something that I struggle with on a daily basis.  Some of my family members are extremely negative, not to mention all the terrible things that are going on in the world.  Not only are they negative, but they actively try to make me negative, also.  I don’t know if you have similar issues in your life,but I’m going to share a few quotes about staying positive in the face of constant negativity.


Let’s all go and be positive.


They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love – Part 14 – Social Issues Series


It is not right to condemn an entire religion (Islam) by the actions of just a few, however, from the rhetoric that is coming from some of our leaders, that is what is happening right now.  In this post I’m going to be turning the tables on certain Christians that have been speaking hatred.  While I understand that you can’t condemn an entire religion (Christian) by just a few, I do want to point out certain parallels between the two extremes.  I also thought that I’d use the lyrics of one of my favorite hymns from my childhood to show the juxtaposition between what Jesus Christ taught, and what is being said.

Lyrics: They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love

We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the Lord,
And we pray that all unity may one day be restored.
And they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love

We will walk with each other, We will walk hand in hand.
We will walk with each other, We will walk hand in hand.
Together we’ll spread the news that God is in the land.
And they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will work with each other, We will work side by side.
We will work with each other, We will work side by side.
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity, and save each man’s pride.
And they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

All praise to the Father, from whom all things come.
And all praise to Christ Jesus, His only Son.
And all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one.
And they’ll know we are Christians
by our love, by our love,
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

Written by Peter Scholtes
Copyright: 1966 F.E.L. Publications, 1991 Assigned to Lorenz Publishing Company

Extremism is extremism in any religion.  Leave your thoughts on this subject.


Where do you find your Solace?


When life gets too crazy and I find myself depressed or stressed (or both), I take a walk.  If I don’t have time to go for a long walk, I just wander around in my yard and take photos.  I find that taking some time out not only helps me connect with nature, it also changes my perspective.  Here are some photos that I’ve taken recently.  Hope you like them.


oak tree

One of our biggest trees. I love how it shades the house during our hot summers.


The side yard.

I hope that you also can find nature where you live.  Even the sky and clouds can do the trick for me.


Adventures in Puppy-Sitting


For the past week, I’ve been puppy-sitting my son and his girlfriend’s puppy.  He’s a three-month old Golden Retriever, who is the sweetest little puppy ever.  I’ve never had a puppy before, as all my dogs were rescue dogs, so this has been an adventure.


Just look at this little face.

Our Border Collie was almost a year old when we got him, and his energy was off the charts.  He seldom slept and was ready to go for a long walk or play frisbee anytime, anywhere.  While Riley has a good deal of energy, he sleeps quite a bit after playing for a reasonable amount of time. Which is the only time I actually got anything done, as I had to play with him when he was awake.


This looks like fun!

We’ve had a lot of fun this week.  I took him for some short walks, and he would run across the fields at top speed with his ears flying straight out behind him.  He especially looks like a lion cub when he’s running at top speed with his little tongue hanging out of his mouth.  Like all babies, puppies are incredibly cute and sweet, so I of course, have fallen in love!

Luckily we had sunny weather the whole time, so it was fairly easy to take him outside and throw the ball for him.  Then, he’d come in, throw himself down and take a nap.  Ah, the all-important quiet time.


Riley has gone home for a few days, but he’ll be back for the weekend.  No more puppy-sitting, as his Mommy with be here too.  It was fun while it lasted and he’s a sweet boy, but it was hard to get anything done…the adorableness was too much to ignore!  So, I had an adventure right alongside him.  Such fun, and dogs are love with fur!




Is Compassion a Crime? Animal Welfare Part 13 – Social Issues Series



Is compassion a crime?  Or, a better question, how can compassion be a crime?  Should someone who has tried to alleviate the suffering of another be arrested for that act?  How about if an animal is suffering and someone comes along and tries to alleviate that suffering?  Or someone just films that suffering?  Is that a crime?

I started thinking about this question, first when the Ag-Gag Laws were passed, then when individuals were arrested for breaking the windows of parked and locked cars that had pets who were in obvious distress in them; and then again when Anita Krajnc was arrested for giving water to pigs who were on their way to the slaughter house.  Instead of writing about this issue, I’ll be providing links for you to see for yourselves.  I have only included a few photos from investigations as the images can be very graphic, and the reality is difficult to see.  If it’s too difficult to look at, maybe it should not be happening?


So, do you think that compassion should be a crime?  Let me know in the comments below.