This blog started as a place to chat from a Christian perspective about a variety of topics. Today it is mainly a natural health blog, but I will share other topics worth mentioning. The older I get, the more I want to simplify, and I have a passion for sharing the thoughtfulness of our creator.

God created oils from plants that have potent medicinal properties. Many of us ignore these natural gifts and reach for man-made remedies. I'm on a mission to honor the physical, emotional and spiritual healing that's possible through the power of nature.

Saturday, December 31, 2011


 "While my family and I are gallivanting around this week, I want to share with you my own personal picks for the 10 Favorite Blog Posts of 2011. (When you capitalize things, it makes them Super Official). I have nothing to offer these 10, no award or certificate or badge or banner. But great writing deserves some attention. All of these posts have moved me, some even months after I read them. Of the many lovely and soulful posts I’ve read this year, here are 10 that seem to have lingered for various reasons (listed in no particular order)." - Emily Freeman

My favorite is Hold Your Fire by Jenny S. Allen - Danelle

Friday, December 30, 2011


"And thus 2011 comes to an end, like every year before it. The year came with its own surprises and controversies, tragedies and headlines. And, with the closing of the year, we find the need to put the year into some kind of historical perspective. We are chronological creatures, and the span of a year is enough to require some accounting...

Here, without strict ranking by priority, are the biggest news stories of 2011 as I have seen them." 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Police State: As noted last week, the TSA has officially announced it will move its hands-down-your-pants operation from the nation's airports to bus stations, mass transit hubs and beyond .

DHS boss Napolitano has said the DHS plans to be entrench its Gestapo apparatus at the local mall . By Christmas of 2012, the TSA and its heavily armed VIPR good squads may be forcing citizens through deadly porno scanners at the mall. 

Expanding roadside checkpoints - collaborative efforts between local cops, the feds, and the military - with deadly radiation scanners will also become normalized features of the American police state. 2012 may also be the year surveillance drones become a routine sight in the skies over many cities...  Click the link below for the full article. 


Yes, the free Internet that we all love and enjoy today is under assault.  If we do not stand up now, we may lose it forever.
Every single day, control of the Internet gets tighter and tighter.  For example, did you know that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now watching everything that is said on Facebook and Twitter?

Debris Field The Size Of California From Japanese Tsunami Begins To Litter West Coast :

Debris Field The Size Of California From Japanese Tsunami Begins To Litter West Coast :

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Someone once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Well, the American people keep sending corrupt politicians such as Bush and Obama to the White House and they keep expecting things to get better.
It just isn't going to happen.
If we stay on the current path that we are on, there will be a lot more store closings, the economy will continue to crumble and government debt will continue to skyrocket.

America's farmlands to be carpet-bombed with Vietnam-era Agent Orange chemical if Dow petition approved

America's farmlands to be carpet-bombed with Vietnam-era Agent Orange chemical if Dow petition approved

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Pray that the LORD sends us righteous leaders this coming year.  As you can see by the scriptures, He is in control.


13  The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

 15  By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.
16   By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

17  I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me

U.S. military veterans and active duty soldiers overwhelmingly support Ron Paul for President in 2012.  Click on the link below to see why.

17 Tips for December Magic



Salt & Light is on Christmas break until after New Year's Day.  I will pass on any news worthy items from other sources, but won't be posting anything written by me.  God Bless all my readers and Merry Christmas,  Happy New Year.

Monday, December 19, 2011



Yesterday I spent seven hours making Christmas cookies.  With a little help from my daughter and her friend, we created dozens of Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, Michigan Rocks and cutout Sugar cookies.  My favorite is the Michigan Rocks.  You have to love raisins, dates and walnuts to appreciate this cookie, which for me has just as much sentimental value as it does taste.  My grandmother passed down this recipe and it just doesn't seem like Christmas until I bite into a Michigan Rock.


 Nana, my grandma, never used a mixer to create these sweet fruity gems.  She always got into the bowl with her hands to mix the dough.  I can still see her fingers in that bowl, all full of sticky brown cookie dough.  When the dough was mixed, she'd again use her hands to scrape the excess from her palms and each finger.  Nana had a grinder that she attached to her counter top for grinding the raisins and dates.  I loved turning the handle and watching the gooey clump of fruit come out in one continuous thick strand.

Nana threw walnuts straight from the tree into the driveway so people would drive over them and crack the shells.  I didn't have a nutcracker either this year, so I used a hammer.  What a mess!  This cookie is a lot of work, but I think it's worth it.  It's a treat that holds many memories for me.  Both my grandma and my mom made these cookies every Christmas.  The smell and taste of them brings back my childhood.

Not everyone in our family appreciates Michigan Rocks.  My sister in law doesn't understand what's so great about them.  Every year she shakes her head when we fuss over our special family cookie.  Recently, I discovered that my son is not a fan of Michigan Rocks either.  On his last visit, I told him that I was planning to make our traditional family-loved cookie.  Kody is known for his clever comebacks.  Without cracking a smile he said, "Those cookies should have stayed in Michigan."

Love em or hate em, here's the recipe:
                                                                         MICHIGAN ROCKS


Please note that my Grandma's original recipe calls for 1 Cup of Butter and Lard (1/2 Cup of each).  I'm not a fan of Lard or Crisco, so I use all butter.   Also, her original recipe says to put the baking soda in a little hot water, which is the 2-4 Tablespoons of water I add last.  Also, I use 1 Cup of packed brown sugar instead of the 2 Cups called for in her original recipe.

2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 Cup Butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Cup walnuts chopped
1 Cup Ground Raisins (measure raisins and dates after they've been ground in a grinder)
1 Cup Ground  Dates
2 eggs
2-4 Tablespoons Warm Water

Combine Flour with baking soda and cinnamon and mix well.  In separate bowl, Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs.  Add a cup of the flour and then add the ground raisins and dates.  Add the rest of the flour and then add water (a Tablespoon at a time) until the dough is moist but very stiff. (2-4 Tablespoons).  Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes.  Do not under bake.  Bottom should be brown.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Rise Of The Beast System: 11 Ways That Amerika Is Becoming More Like North Korea

Rise Of The Beast System: 11 Ways That Amerika Is Becoming More Like North Korea


If you’ve followed trend forecaster Gerald Celente for any period of time you’ve probably realized he knows what he’s talking about. For the better part of two decades Celente and his Trends Journal have been forecasting political, financial, economic and social trends with an uncanny ability for accuracy. In his latest interview Celente discusses a variety of different topics – from Iran and Europe to domestic militarization and the economy – and warns that our worst fears will soon be realized.  The article and video contains some colorful language and is very blunt in its predictions.  Im posting it for its informative value.  Decide for yourself.  But I believe that everything he says is very possible and will likely come to pass.  Our military can now be turned upon our own citizens.  Legislation is pending for the internet to be censored by the government.  If you can't see how BIG Big Brother is becoming then you haven't been paying attention.


If God allowed His Son Jesus to be tempted direct by the devil himself during His temptation test in the wilderness, then you can bet your bottom dollar that most of us will probably have to face some kind of demonic attack from time to time in this life. That is why there is such an emphasis in the Bible that we learn how to become “good soldiers” of Jesus Christ, that we learn how to put on the “full armor of God,” and that we learn how to be vigilant, sober, and alert for any types of attacks that can come at us from the enemy.


  A prophecy is a direct Word from the Lord and it is the greatest of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit.  God has gifted certain people to receive a direct word from Him which serves as a warning or as encouragement to others.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Here's the latest blog I want to share.  At first I thought this girl was too flashy to be taken seriously.  But then I read some of her blog entries.  She's a beautiful girl, but she's also real.  She admits her faults and she has a concern for others.  Life is not all about her.  I especially love this blog about her decision to part with her wedding dress.  How often do we get caught up in the luxuries of the world and forget about the difference we could be making in the lives of others.  She's inspired me to do something for someone in need.  Take some time to explore this blog.  She's a photographer, so you'll see some beautiful photos.

PS.  Jennifer told me today through email that the dress is still available.  Several people were interested, but their interest fell through.  It is a beautiful dress for someone very petite.  Spread the word!

Monday, December 12, 2011


Here's a valuable post from the blog Our Simple Country Life.  I'm guilty, too, of not encouraging my husband enough and of sometimes dwelling on his faults rather than his good points.  Christmas is a good time to make more of an effort to love your husband.  Here are some very good suggestions.

Saturday, December 10, 2011



I'm always amazed at how I'm led to blogs written by women who think like me.  Here's one of them I came across today.  It's like she reads my mind because I recently wrote an essay about the exact same thing as her December post about being a real woman.  It's nice to know not every woman has a feminist mindset.  My essay was about how women allow the messages of our culture to sway their decisions.  "Women aren't any happier since the feminist movement so steer clear of that bondage and think for yourself," is my advice.  I'll share the essay in a future blog unless by some good fortune it's chosen as the winner of the essay contest sponsored by Ladies Home Journal.  Then you can read it in the magazine.  I'm such a dreamer.  But what's life without dreams?

Sprite Christmas Commercial

Coca-Cola 70's Christmas Hilltop Commercial

Friday, December 9, 2011

American Life: Growing up in the Sixties

American Life: Growing up in the Sixties

Preppers Are Now Considered To Be Potential Terrorists?

When the "war on terror" started a decade ago, we were told that we needed to fight the terrorists "over there" so that they would not come over here.
Well, now we are being told that the United States itself is part of the "battleground" and that the "terrorists" might just be our neighbors.
We are being told that if we "see something" that we should "say something" to the government.
In essence, the federal government wants us all to "inform" on one another.
Now that most of the big name terrorists have been removed from the picture, the Obama administration and the mainstream media are really hyping the idea that "homegrown terrorism" is a grave danger.
Just check out these headlines from the past few days....
ABC News: "White House Unveils New Strategy to Fight Homegrown Terrorism"
USA Today: "White House unveils new strategy to combat homegrown terror"
CNN: "Measuring the homegrown terrorist threat to U.S. military"
The entire focus of the "war on terror" has shifted.  According to FBI Director Robert Mueller, "homegrown terrorists" represent as big a threat to American national security as al-Qaeda does at this point.
America is rapidly changing, and not for the better.

Preppers Are Now Considered To Be Potential Terrorists?

Thursday, December 8, 2011


 Too many people overlook the natural cures available to them.  As soon as they have a problem they run to the drug store or to the doctor for a prescription.  I've used some of the remedies mentioned below and I can attest that they work.  Take some time to learn the cures provided by nature, provided by God.
(I would be careful about the dosage of colloidal silver.  This site doesn't specify how many parts per million.  We use 500ppm colloidal silver and never take more than 1/2 teaspoon per day.  A child's dose is usually 1/4 teaspoon)

Ideas for Holiday Baking

Peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate and the original recipe for Fantasy Fudge that was on the back of jars of marshmallow creme.  These recipes sound yummy.  The only thing I would change is swapping real butter for margarine.  Margarine is too synthetic, fake and artery clogging.  Plus it doesn't melt in the sun, so what exactly is it?  Maybe a form of plastic?  At least butter is natural.

Domestic Felicity: Is this me?

Domestic Felicity: Is this me?: It's very early in the morning, and I'm finding it difficult to unglue my eyes. Little children are already whining, clamoring for breakfast...


With tensions running high in relation to Pakistan, Syria and Iran amidst overwhelming speculation of an imminent military campaign in the region, the deployment of three major warships to the Middle East is of extreme significance. 

Americans as Military Targets

The Founding Fathers had a good reason to put limits on the federal government. They had just come from a land ruled by kings who saw liberty as a vice. The framers knew that if you removed the restriction on the government, it would grow like a cancer. Washington has become one giant tumor with one main purpose: to grab more power. 

Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military |

Senate Approves Bill that Legalizes Sodomy and Bestiality in U.S. Military |

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Here's another reason to expect God's judgement on our nation.  The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is a sin.  I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God.  If you don't agree with me, take it to your Lord.  He's the one who destroyed a city for the sin of homosexuality.  I wasn't born yet.  Once again, our president has made a decision that completely goes against God's word, just like most of his decisions do.  Can we really survive another year with this man leading our country?  Pray.  Please pray.

Obama FDA Considers Putting Morning-After Pill on Supermarket Shelves | The Weekly Standard

As if abortion isn't bad enough, now this!  Our country becomes more evil by the day.  Our President can't make a godly decision about anything.  And God will continue to judge this nation for its sin. 

Obama FDA Considers Putting Morning-After Pill on Supermarket Shelves | The Weekly Standard

Sunday, December 4, 2011


The tea room at Fort Hunter Mansion

Each year at Fort Hunter Mansion, the public is invited to a Victorian tea around Christmas time.  Many times I thought of attending this event because it sounded like such fun.  Today I finally went and I wasn't disappointed.  Fort Hunter is located along the Susquehanna River north of Harrisburg and it offers visitors a glimpse of 19th century Pennsylvania life.  The photo above is the tea room where guests were invited to feast on tea sandwiches and cookies with a warm cup of orange spice tea.  Notice the Victorian style dresses worn by the servers.  Candles added to the table's inviting warmth.  And not a paper plate or cup was in sight.  We ate on the good china and tea was served on a plate of silver, poured from silver teapots. 

After tea, we enjoyed a tour of the mansion then walked down to the Tavern House where a Festival of Trees were on display.  Area garden clubs decorate the trees each year and then they are raffled in a drawing for lucky winners to take home, decorations and lights included.  The tastiest part of the day was the Open Hearth Cooking demonstration (pictured below) where we received a sample of roasted butternut squash with apples and raisins.  It was delicious.

Flour was used sparingly during the civil war.  It sold for $500 a barrel.
The Tavern House and the oldest tree on the property.
My second favorite tree.
The Dolls and Teacups tree
This tree, decorated by the Halifax Garden Club was my favorite
Ladies hats, gloves, purses and handmade roses adorned my favorite tree.

Men opening doors for ladies is a rare and wonderful thing.
Inside the Fort Hunter Mansion

 A lady of the house greeted us inside the door.
A cozy corner of the Family Room

The children's bedroom
This baby carriage made many trips through downtown Harrisburg
A second floor window overlooking the Susquehanna River
A closet full of vintage hats, shoes, and accessories
An upstairs bedroom
Musicians filled the mansion with enchanting music
One last look at the mansion before I go.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

US Constitution repealed by traitorous Senators; 'Republican party now the Gestapo party' says observer

"The mainstream media doesn't want you to know about this story even though it is arguably the single most important story of the year in terms of impacting your future as a free citizen. Yesterday as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the Constitution and its Bill of Rights by authorizing the U.S. military to operate on U.S. soil, conduct secret kidnappings of American citizens and throw them in secret military prisons where they will be "legally" tortured, interrogated and murdered."

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tens Of Millions Of American Families Are Living On The Edge Of Desperation – And The Economy Is About To Get A Whole Lot Worse :

Tens Of Millions Of American Families Are Living On The Edge Of Desperation – And The Economy Is About To Get A Whole Lot Worse :

Taking away of the America's freedoms



 "We are already a border line fascist state as government has teamed up with industry, which is what Fascism is.  Fannie & Freddie, the banks, the auto industry, our educational system and with Obama’s Health Care in the wings, it is easy to see that BIG government is usurping more and more of our rights and liberties every day... This is more like Hitler’s Germany than the United States of America. "  - LA Marzulli

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


The number of people living in cars and tents have gone up, and it is not the sign of a healthy economy.  The true unemployment rate is nearly 23% (according to if it was calculated the way Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported it in 1994 and earlier.  The homelessness phenomenon is making it’s way into the mainstream media because it is a national problem that is also reflected in the record numbers of people on food stamps.  The number is nearly 46 million and growing as the real economy sinks.  Please watch the story below from 60 Minutes that aired this past weekend.  It is a sad mile marker on the road to perdition here in the U.S.  Take note of the wisdom of the young girl at the end who talks about appreciating what we have.

Economy is So Good People are Living in Cars (Video)

Economy is So Good People are Living in Cars (Video)


Tuesday, November 29, 2011


My daughter, whom I hope will learn from my mistakes

For all you aspiring writers out there, Ladies Home Journal is holding an essay contest that could make you $3,000 richer.  This is what I've been wracking my brain over for the past several months.  I have to write about my own personal growth, you know the things I've learned in the past 40 plus years. (Next year I won't be able to say that because I will be 50).

So I guess one thing I've learned is that age isn't so important.  Even though I live in a culture that worships youth, I can be honest about my age.  Even though my chin and neck are starting to do that middle age thing and I've started wearing glasses to cover saggy eyelids, I still have much to offer the world.  There's more to life than tight skin.

In fact, getting older almost comes as a relief.  In my younger days I put a lot of pressure on myself to look great all the time.  It's nice to let go of some of that.  I still want to look like I care, but skinny is no longer in my vocabulary, and I'm trying to let go of all that "every hair in place" obsession with perfection that can drive a girl crazy.

I really think we need to get over all this hoopla about our looks.  People are more than an outer shell.  But getting to know the inside takes time and effort.  Isn't it so much easier to glance at the shell and decide from there who's worthy.  Easier and much more shallow.  I've learned to look deeper than skin.  And I've learned not to spend time with people who can't do that.

Something else I've learned is how insane it is to always be wanting more stuff.  Americans are obsessed with stuff.  They trade their peace for everything they desire before they have the money to pay for it and then spend sleepless nights worrying about their ever increasing debt.  I've watched friends blow an entire paycheck just to have the latest ultra-cool handbag.  They'd spend two weeks pay on a designer bag that only serves to impress people they don't know or care about.  A month later that same handbag will be available at Goodwill for five bucks.  If I cared about impressing people I don't know or care about, I'd be tempted to buy it.

I thank God for all the things I've learned.  One of my hardest lessons was realizing that life is not all about me.  People weren't put on this earth to make me happy.  In fact I shouldn't expect anyone to make me happy.   It seems I spent much of my life being mad at people for letting me down.  I was always waiting for the next big disappointment so I could shoot my mouth off about how much that person hurt me.  Honestly, I don't know how some people could tolerate my company in my younger days.  I seemed to be in a perpetual state of anger, hurt, and disappointment.  I wish someone would have slapped me and told me to grow up.

But I guess life did slap me many times and that's what brought me to my senses.  I wouldn't trade any of those hurts because the pain is what made me grow up.  You can only whine for so long before realizing that the common denominator is you...

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A note from Danelle

I'm taking a blogging break until after Thanksgiving.  Hope you have an enjoyable Holiday.  I can't believe this time of year has arrived once again.  The Christmas shows are running on Hallmark!  Why do they rush things?  It's like the year I put up my Christmas tree before Thanksgiving.  Everyone had a comment for that. But I'm not rushing this year.  I don't have to do everything right now.  Some things can wait.  I'll do the important things.  And when I feel that God is getting shoved aside, I'll step away from the things I don't have to do.  Because nothing works without Him.  And I just don't feel right when I've set Him on a shelf. 

Why Obama Is Not A Christian: Reason #1

Saturday, November 12, 2011


When I first heard this song on the radio, I loved, loved, loved it.  I bought the CD and wore it out.  So I bought another one.  Then late one night I decided to see where this group was performing.  On a whim I bought three tickets online to a concert in Philadelphia.  I had no idea who was going to go along or how I was going to get there because I hate driving in big cities, especially Philly.  What was I thinking? 

I guess God decided to bless my slightly crazy, impulsive decision because I found a friend to go along with me and guess what?  She knew her way around Philadelphia because she had been driving her daughter there to pursue a modeling career.  I hoped that I could sell that third ticket when I got there.

We drove right to the concert site without a problem, parked the car and walked to the cutest little diner.  I found the restaurant online and knew it was within walking distance of the concert.  It was exciting to be in an unfamiliar place so full of activity.  We arrived early for the concert and only one person was standing in line.  "Do you have any tickets?"  he asked.  I shook my head in amazement.  Could this night be any more perfect?  I sold him that third ticket that I bought on a whim for the amount I paid for it.  Now all we had to do was wait.

My only regret for the evening was the place I chose to stand for the concert.  I insisted we go up on the balcony while my friend suggested we grab a spot in front of the stage.  We could have been in the front row with the best view in the house.  Instead we had a bird's eye view of the stage and watched the tops of their heads instead of their faces.  Oh well, I guess you can't have everything. 

What I learned from that adventure is that sometimes God blesses our crazy, impulsive whims...not always, but sometimes.  There's something to be said for planning and playing it safe, but taking a chance certainly has its charms. I bought three tickets to a concert in a city I dreaded driving to.  But God knew how much I loved that song.  When we delight ourselves in the Lord, he gives us the desires of our hearts.  He paves the way for our heart's desires.  Click on the link below to hear the song I'm talking about.


A couple summers ago I stopped at a child's lemonade stand and bought a drink.  I didn't know how the lemonade was made, I didn't know what they put in the lemonade, nor did I ask.  I just saw the sweet face of the kid behind the stand and assumed that the lemonade was not going to kill me. What a chance I took!.  I might have died.

Thank Goodness Big Brother has stepped in to save the day.  I will never again see a sweet- faced child sitting behind a lemonade stand and be able to bring a smile to that kid's face by buying a cup.  Don't you just love what this country is turning into?

Friday, November 11, 2011



 This past weekend I saw the movie Courageous.  Cried like a baby for two hours straight.  I mean the tears wouldn't stop.  Toward the end, I was going back to my already-used tissues looking for dry spots.  Next time I'll stuff a whole box in my handbag.  This movie is so incredibly moving, so well done, so meaningful for our time.  If you haven't seen it, you are missing something.  And if you're a father you have to see it.

The first link below is a wonderful blog I discovered today after deciding that I wanted to give Courageous a big thumbs up on my blog.  I didn't come across Bits and Pieces by accident.  I was led to share it with you because I pray for such things. I pray to be led to fabulous blogs and websites that I can share.  Check it out.  The second link is the official website for the movie Courageous.


We all have bad days.  Sometimes knowing we're not alone helps.  Click on the link below.

Hallee on the Issues: Government Mandated Health Insurance

Hallee on the Issues: Government Mandated Health Insurance

Tuesday, November 8, 2011



President Truman
established one day a year as a

NationalDay of Prayer."


President Reagan
designated the
First Thursday in May of each year as

the National
Dayof Prayer.

In June

Candidate Barack Obama

declared that the USA
"Was no longer a
Christian nation."


This year
President Obama

canceled the
21st annual National Day
of Prayer ceremony

at the White
House under the ruse
Of "not wanting to offend anyone"


BUT... on September 25, 2009

from 4 AM until 7 PM,

a National Day of Prayer
was Held on Capitol Hill,
Beside the White House.

There were over 50,000 Muslims
in D.C. that day.


I guess it Doesn't matter

Are offended by this event -
We obviously
Don't count as
"anyone" Anymore.

The direction this country is headed
should strike fear in the heart of every Christian,
especially knowing that the
Muslim religion believes that if Christians cannot be
converted, they should be annihilated.

This is not a Rumor -

Go to the website
To confirm this info:

Monday, November 7, 2011


The flood of new rules has been nonstop. Most amazing is how complacent the American people are about Big Brother's efforts to micromanage their lives... You can be imprisoned these days for some of the most minor offenses...All across the country, police and sheriff's departments have become more militarized. At one time, the equipment of an average law officer would include a vehicle, a radar gun, and a revolver. Today, the officer might have body armor, remote cameras, and weapons designed for crowd control...People who care about liberty need to be mindful of how easy it is for a nation to slip into tyranny...Christians need to be sensitive to the activity of a government that is out of control. -Todd Strandberg 


Saturday, November 5, 2011


My daughter's 13th Birthday Party taken by the lake at Camp Hebron


 For 10 years it was on my mind.  A magazine article that was about me in so many ways.  I don't normally buy fitness magazines, but this issue of Shape had Oprah on the cover, looking lean in pink workout gear.  I wanted to know how she lost all that weight, so I bought the December '96 issue.

But the inspiring story inside wasn't about fitness, it was about friendship.  The article was titled, "A Circle of Friends."  It described the life of Linda Torres, a Chicago paralegal who admitted feeling lonely and different because everyone else seemed to have people close by on whom they could rely.  Her life felt empty because she didn't have family, friends, and neighbors who were an integral part of her life.

"Though she feels isolated, Linda ironically is hardly alone," the article stated.  "Right now there are hundreds of thousands of young women in America just like her, and with our continued gravitation toward solitary activities, there are likely to be many many more."

I read that article with enthusiasm, agreeing with the author and praising her insight.  We are spending record amounts of time pursuing privatized forms of leisure, such as watching TV, internet-surfing, and listening to music on headsets.  Americans have become a nation of loners and ten years ago, I was one of them.

Like Linda, I felt isolated and I had felt that way for years.  My neighbors were strangers and I lost touch with the few people I had considered friends.  When I read the local newspaper, I was reminded of all the community activities that went on without me.  I needed to make a change.  I needed a support system, a sense of community that would make me feel like a participant in life instead of someone sitting on the sidelines.

My lack of social contacts could be why I was feeling depressed.  According to the article in Shape, studies have shown depression to be less prevalent in women who maintain many close friendships.  "There's evidence that membership in a community increases life expectancy and that it increases healing," the author claimed.  My isolated life could be affecting both my mental and physical health.  After carrying that magazine article in my head for 10 years, it was time to take action.

So I made a list of women who I considered to be worthy friends.  They had to be kind, unselfish, and real.  Not like the false friends of my youth who only served as pals to hang out with.  They had to be caring and trustworthy because I knew we'd be sharing personal struggles.  I needed to find a group of women who would encourage me and have genuine concern for my well-being, "a support system of people who help take the damaging edge off the troubles and tensions of life," as the article suggested.

After several hours of pondering, I came up with five names.  My circle of friends would be half a dozen, including me...that is, if they agreed to accept my invitation.  I felt nervous about sending those invites.  They laid on my kitchen counter for days.  The five cards read, "You are invited to a Circle of Friends dinner."  I worried that my guests would reject this odd offering.  Would they think I'm nuts?  

A week after sending the cards, I received my first acceptance, and then another.  I was feeling encouraged.  I had taken a leap of faith and within two weeks, all five of my friends had accepted my invitation.  But they didn't know I wanted our gathering to become a monthly habit.

When that November night finally arrived, it went better than expected.  I felt relaxed.  I was among a gracious group of women.  We ate homemade pizza and chatted about our jobs, our kids, and our plans for Christmas.  After dessert, when the conversation was winding down, I worked up the nerve to ask them.

First I shared the magazine article that inspired our meeting.  I told them that I had first read "A Circle of Friends" 10 years ago and couldn't forget it because I could so much relate to this lonely woman Linda Torres.  But I didn't want to be like her anymore.  So I laid my heart open and asked.  "I want you to be my circle of friends," I said.

They were touched by my request.  I could see it in their eyes.  Several women admitted to feeling isolated too.  One said that she spends most of her time at home and co-workers weren't a big part of her life.  I didn't have to persuade them to make our gatherings a regular event.  We planned our next meeting that night and agreed to take turns being the hostess.  One woman enthusiastically volunteered to have our December dinner at her house.

Then, before they left, I had one more thing to share.  One by one I told each friend why I had chosen her to be part of the group.  I said things like, "You're honest about your life and you don't pretend to be perfect; You admit when you feel like a mess; You have a great sense of humor and a strength I admire; You're dependable and you keep your word; and You have an endearing kindness about you."

It's been five years since that first Circle of Friends dinner I was so nervous about planning.   Next week we will celebrate exactly five years since that November night when we agreed to meet each month.  My friends are still thanking me for starting the group and inviting them to be part of it.  One of our most enjoyable nights was when we played Hi/Low.  Each of us shared the high and low moments of the past month.  We learned a lot about each other that night and we laughed like never before.  I was still laughing as I drove home.  

My circle of friends have become a comforting part of my life.  They are my soft place to fall once a month.  I have a group of friends who accept me unconditionally and that boosts my self-esteem.  I no longer feel disconnected from the world and that feeling has prompted me to get involved in other activities and meet more people.  My life finally feels rich and full.  

I guess the lesson in all of this is threefold:  When we take a leap of faith, surprising, wonderful things can happen; Women need friends because they encourage us; and When we read something that inspires us, we shouldn't wait ten years to take action.

Friday, November 4, 2011


"President Obama will have the world believe that America is less brutal to its own citizens than the rest of the world, but as hundreds of thousands of people in the Occupy Movement now get their first taste of civil disobedience, it is inevitable that some will be unlucky enough to get the hard end of the state’s velvet fist." - Patrick Henningsen
Watch this video and you will have a decent idea of what hypocrisy means today in the US.  The second link is the entire article by Patrick Henningsen. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A MUST SEE VIDEO by November 5

Keep Your Eye On the Candy

If you're looking for a place to buy delicious dehydrated foods that will last for years, I recommend ordering from E Foods.  I tried many of their products and we seem to love them all.  The flavor is excellent.  And they're having a holiday sale right now.  You can get free shipping when you order two of their holiday specials.  If you compare what it would cost to feed your family with grocery store items for the same amount of time, you are actually saving money.  Check out the link below, which explains how the price of candy has been going up, which is a good indicator of the overall rise in food prices.

Keep Your Eye On the Candy

Monday, October 31, 2011


"The Presidential executive orders are in place, Fusion Centers and FEMA detention camps are operational, and 20,000 US troops have been trained to deal specifically with economic collapse and civil unrest and are ready to be deployed immediately."

Someone asked me recently what would happen if martial law was put into place in America.  The article below answers that question.

Friday, October 28, 2011


New revelation about high ranking CDC official who played a key role in the H1N1 propaganda scare, and pushed vaccines on young children... This evidences her lack of integrity and concern for children and should finally settle your trust issue. Isn't it time to look elsewhere for advice?  The second link reveals the neurological disorder that comes with the swine flu vaccine.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


This photo, from a small gathering of Occupy Wall Street protesters in Phoenix, shows that not only the police outnumbered the protesters but showed the level of intimidation and force used against just a few people sitting in a park.  Their crime?  They were there after "curfew".  I've been searching my copy of the US Constitution for any reference to curfew but have yet to find anything.  Read the entire article below.  Know where your country is headed.  Be prepared.


US: Veteran Scott Olsen Could Be The First Person To Die At A Wall Street Protest -- Society's Child --

US: Veteran Scott Olsen Could Be The First Person To Die At A Wall Street Protest -- Society's Child --

Monday, October 24, 2011



Akiane Kramarik painting Prince of Peace at age 8

The above painting was created by a girl who claims that she makes regular visits to Heaven.  Many of her paintings are inspired by what she sees while in Heaven.  The fascinating part is that two other people (perhaps more) saw this painting and immediately realized it was Jesus.  Three people recognized this same man as Jesus. Two saw him in Heaven and one saw him in a dream. 

If you read the book Heaven is For Real, you will see this same painting in the book.   This is the painting that Colton Burpo recognized as Jesus, the man he met in Heaven when he almost died on the operating table.  The links below are stories about three people who met Jesus.  The last story was written by someone who read the book Heaven is For Real and saw the painting of Jesus in the book and then recognized him as the same man in her dream.

How To Make Gourmet Caramel Apples

How To Make Gourmet Caramel Apples

Sunday, October 23, 2011


                                                      Butterfly Effect

"Every single thing you do matters.  You have been created as one of a kind.  You have been created in order to make a difference.  You have within you the power to change the world."
Andy Andrews

The Butterfly Effect shows how your everyday actions can make a difference for generations to come. Through inspiring stories, The Butterfly Effect, by Andy Andrews, shares the secret of a life of permanent purpose, where every decision and action you make in life matters, not only today, but for the future. 

When you understand that every action matters, every result of our actions immediately improves! A life of permanent purpose will make you a better parent, a better spouse and a more valuable friend. The Butterfly Effect illustrates the unique power of the individual. 

When Andy Andrews was 23, homeless and scared, he was given guidance by an old man named Jones: "When you know that everything matters...that every move counts as much as any will begin living a life of permanent purpose, which will make you a better parent, a better spouse, and a more valuable friend.  Your productivity and financial success will soar to new heights while the old days of uncertainty, doubt, and depression fade into the past."

That conversation changed Andy Andrews.  It became the guiding force that produced the kind of author and speaker he has become.  
"When we understand that every action matters, every result of our actions immediately improves," said Andrews.  Our decisions become wiser and more cautious when we live a life of permanent purpose.  

If you're wondering how significant your life is or if you make a difference.  If you question whether the universe even notices your existence, then you should read this small but mighty book, The Butterfly Effect.

"In 1963, Edward Lorenz presented a hypothesis to the New York Academy of Science.  His theory, stated simply, was that:

A butterfly could flap its wings and set molecules of air in motion, which would move other molecules of air, in turn moving more molecules of air--eventually capable of starting a hurricane on the other side of the planet.

Lorenz and his ideas were literally laughed out of the conference...Therefore because of the idea's charm and intrigue, the so-called butterfly effect became a staple of science fiction, remaining for decades a combination of myth and legend spread only by comic books and bad movies."

More than 30 years later, physics professors working from colleges and universities worldwide concluded that the butterfly effect was authentic, accurate, and viable.  Today it is known as The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions.

The Butterfly Effect is a series of short stories about people who made decisions and discoveries that affected billions of people for centuries to come. 

But the greatest story within its pages is your story: "There are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take today.  And tomorrow.  And the next day.  And the next...You have been created in order that you might make a difference...Your life and what you do with it today...matters forever."
Go to the link below and click on The Butterfly Effect book cover.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Always Learning: Finding Godly Girlfriends

Always Learning

I love discovering great blogs.  This one that I came across today answered many questions I've been pondering lately.  The blog is titled Always Learning, and that's one thing that I never stop doing.  God is still molding me and I have much to learn and much to improve on.  Yesterday I caught myself contributing to the gossip mill when I shared a comment a woman had made to me at my daughter's birthday party.  This woman is known for her blunt remarks that come out sounding not so nice.  When someone else confessed to being hurt by her comments, I couldn't resist sharing my own experience.  And I immediately felt lousy after I said it.  It seems I'm constantly being put to the grindstone lately.  God is stripping away my pride and molding me into a more humble person. 

It's not easy to be humble.  It's hard to remain silent when people say rude things.  And I wonder at what point do I become a doormat if I remain silent.  Being humble requires dying to self.  But how much dying must I do?  Must I completely ignore my own well-being in order to be like Jesus.  I guess when we consider what Christ did on the cross the answer is yes. 

I've made a lot of mistakes with my own mouth lately, so I guess I shouldn't gossip about other people who do the same.  When I come across a woman who is rude or a woman who enjoys correcting my mistakes, I need to remind myself that she probably suffers from low self-esteem or insecurity and I need to feel compassion for her instead of anger.  I need to look at the deeper issue that might be causing her behavior.  That's not easy to do when my human nature wants to give her a lecture.

Yes, as Christians we are always learning.  Because there is so much to learn.  And making mistakes is part of the process.  I'm learning to forgive myself when I mess up.  Writing a blog like this and being a speaker sets me up for high expectations of my words and actions.  But I have to remind myself that I'm flawed like everyone else.  I have to remember that I'm still learning too, and sometimes I'm going to blow it.  Maybe that's the key to being humble.

Always Learning: Finding Godly Girlfriends: We were just getting ready to pray and she exclaimed, "I need to go outside for some fresh air. My heart has been hurting and the pain is...

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Changes that are coming (and not political) - Humanity Healing Community

Changes that are coming (and not political) - Humanity Healing Community

Hal Lindsey Report (10.14.11)


We have to watch for GLUED meat!  Be sure to watch will be shocked The next time that you are at the grocery store go to the pre-packaged meat coolers and look closely at the list of the countries on the label of any of the packaged meats (which is a mandatory FDA law) that shows where that meat came from. Buy only meat that came from USA or Canada
I'd go a step further and only buy meat from local butchers that you can trust.  I totally understand why people become vegetarians.  This video is shocking & everyone should be aware of what they are doing and what you are buying!!! Click on:

Monday, October 17, 2011


Chocolate on chocolate.  Scroll down for the recipe