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The Journey Of Your Words - Where Are They Taking You?

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We are a world of words. They are everywhere.  24 hour news cycles.  Endless social media streaming.  Tik-Tok Fever (Not sure how the sound of a clock became the name of the fastest rising video sharing service.) We are showered with words, thoughts, ideas, agendas, philosophies, opinions, and viewpoints in an endless cycle.  So what is the aftermath of all this information? What is the consequence of all those words?  Life Is A Journey of Words One of the first sounds most newborns hear is the sweet voice of their mother. This sound (vibration) literally follows them the rest of their life. The longing to hear the sound of your mother's voice never goes away.  Soon after, the race is on to teach that precious child as many words as possible.  Children develop their first ideas about the world from their parents. Right or wrong, good or bad. Their consciousness is shaped by the very words overheard at the dinner table, in the car, and even through closed doors in hushed tones.  A v

Clothing Required - And Other Remote Learning Tips For Parents

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Ok, I admit my experience with remote learning is limited to three days with my 9-year-old grandson. So I don't claim to be an expert.  I do claim to have been highly frustrated with the process.   It is my humble opinion that remote learning does a great disservice for younger (elementary age) children. They are not mature enough to understand or deal with this situation and so many are falling through the cracks.  Many school systems were ill-prepared, if at all, and there is way too much responsibility put on the parent and the child to perform the duties of the education system.  Now that I have said my peace, let me step down from my soapbox and offer some practical advice for those parents (and grandparents) who still wade in these waters every day to help their children learn.  1. Wear Clothes Now I did not personally have this problem, but I have heard the stories. Zoom classrooms use cameras. Cameras see things. And in the case of parents who forget this tiny detail, Johnn

How To Be - Happy Is As Happy Does – Life Lessons From A Country Song

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  It has been said that most of our life experiences have ended up as a country song. Being someone who likes country music, I find that statement somewhat true. Being someone who likes Kenny Chesney, I found his latest song hit right on the mark with how I feel about the world, in general, these days. There have been several songs released in all musical genres to try and capture an artist’s view of today’s events. I have no idea when this song was actually written, but today, my advice for you comes straight from the lyrics of his song. Don’t Look Too Long In The Rear View Some find it in the scripture or a Polaroid picture Or flip a coin, heads, you're goin' to Tucson, Arizona But it sure ain't in the lookin' back on the stuff you never did Sometimes you're gonna feel that, but life is better when Life is better when you don’t look back. Your life now is a product of the decisions you have made so far. The good ones enriched you, and the bad ones edu

Tips For Dating Someone With A Mental Illness

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We have all dated someone we later called ‘crazy’. Whether that was a true reflection of their mental health issues (probably not) or a random statement regarding our personal feelings about the relationship (most likely), chances are you will again meet and date someone who suffers from a mental disorder. The truth is 1 in 10 of us will have a mental health issue in our lifetime. My personal feeling is that number is higher, but there is still so much stigma and shame surrounding the term that many suffer in silence. And while it is true that some mental illness is severe and not conducive to a sustainable relationship, those are not necessarily the norm. It is possible to have a loving, fun, and successful relationship with someone who is actively working on and treating their mental illness. There are still unique challenges to making a go of it and I’ll try to address some of them here. Were They Honest About Their Condition? Some people live in denial about their situa