April 19, 2017


"I said, it looks like you may be getting the girl, just like your boy Cagney.  Stomper winked at  me confidently believing he was beating the odds."  (Look Back Move Forward, p. 150)

    I remember what dating was like before marriage and the anx...

April 18, 2017

“Stomper, you may not know big words, but you’re smart and strong inside. My mother always says real strength comes from your head and your heart. Anybody can learn big words, but not everybody is wise like you.”   (Look Back Move Forward, p. 109)


"I thought I taught you not to be so scared. You'll never know unless you try.”
(Look Back Move Forward,

     Recently, my husband and I were on vacation and I mentioned to a shopkeeper this was our first time there.  She replied, “Now you can cros...

“I think it’s just as important to have someone to care about, as it is to be cared about by someone.”  (Look Back Move Forward, p.151)

     If someone asks what you need to survive, how would you respond? There are basic physical needs consisting of air, water, food, a...

March 27, 2017

“No matter how challenging one’s past might have been, it’s there to learn from, gain strength and move forward.”  (Almquist, 2015)

      My family roots are embedded deep into my soul influencing thoughts and actions. Considering my father never fea...

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