It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, May 31, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 31, Book 21


My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

John F. Kennedy 

May 31st - patriotism

As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to this who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.

John McHugh

Memorial Day, originally Decoration Day, honors the over 1 million military personal killed in our all our wars since the Revolutionary War.

From 1858 to 1970, Memorial Day was observed on May 30th.  Now it is the last Day of May, making it a long weekend holiday that doubles as the beginning of summer vacation season.

Memorial Day has always been about honoring patriotism.  Mark Twain said Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

The dictionary says patriotism is :  Love for or devotion to one’s country.  I love and am devoted to my country, the United States of America.  We have a proud history and I’m glad to be a part of it.

Patriotism is  sentiments, ideals and ovser lapping loyalties that bind us together as a nation. Americ is a nation dedicated to and held together by it’s dedication to a set of propositions.  Our creed is defined by the Constitution of the United States. 

The Star Spangled Banner speaks not of universal rights of man but it recounts a story recalling a moment of national perseverance in time of war and hard ship.  It mingles wondrous innovations of the American with reverence to the memories of military and religious heroes of the past and calls to virtue and brotherhood.  

We can be dedicated to the principles of America while at the same time loving the nation itself, with its culture and history and love of land.

It’s in the love of America and her ideals that we can nurture our sense of belonging to a great nation.

United we stand!

Grief and gratitude are kindred souls, each pointing to the beauty of what is transient and given to us by grace.

Patricia Campbell Carlson

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 30, Book 21

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

May 30th - thankful Sunday

If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for.

Author Unknown

It’s Sunday once again and time to pause and give thanks for all the blessings this week has brought.

Tomorrow is Memorial Day so I’m thankful for all the men and women that hae served our country and gave their lives to defend us.

I’m thankful that although we’ve had some crazy weather here, today has turned brighter and warmer, I’m going to be able to gather with my daughter and some of our family for a cookout tomorrow..

Another week has passed and with that all my family remains healthy and happy.  I can’t be any more thankful if I tried.  Things are fast looking up and the worst now seems to be behind us.  More and more people are starting to go out and do more and more is opening up that had been closed for the last year.

My daughter had to cancel the birthday party for her son on Saturday due to the inclement weather we’ve experienced, but thankfully she is able o reschule it for a future date. It’s wonderful that I live close enough to some of my family that I can celebrate with them instead of sending cards out in the mail.

I’m thankful to be living in the home of the free and the land of the brave where it is once again safe to gather with friends and family, as more of us are getting vaccinated.  We are so privileged to have plenty of shots available to so many Americans.  Our health services and providers can’t be beat. Thankful too that we can share some of that abundance with others .

The willingness of Ameraicas veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.

Jeff Miller

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 29, Book 21

We don't know them all, but we owe them all.


May 29th - Memorial Day Weekend 

Im proud to be an American where at least I know Im free.  And I wont forget the men who died, who gave  that right to me.

Lee Greenwood

If it weren’t for the heroes in our military forces, none of us would be able to enjoy this Memorial Day with parades, picnics and fireworks.  

Due to their sacrifice we are able to enjoy the unofficial beginning of summer with family get togethers and celebrations.

So many gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives for all of us, so all of us should pay our respect and honor them this weekend.  While we are enjoying all the holiday aspects, may we take a moment to pause in remembrance of them.

I salute all the past present and future members of our military.  While they may not have given their lives they sacrifice a lot for all of us every day.

This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.

Elmer Davis 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 28, Book 21

To fix yourself, think for yourself

Author Unknown

May 28th - there are no quick fixes

Think for yourself, or others will think for you without thinking of you.

Henry David Thoreau

In this information age it’s easy to let others do our thinking for us.  Everyone has an opinion, but just because somone says it, doesn’t make it true.

I think we need to think for ourselves.  Educate ourselves as best we can and then form our own opinions. Your thoughts are not going to be my thoughts, so you should form your own and not by what I think.  If we happen to agree, then it should be because we are both thinking alike not because I told you so.

When we think for ourselves, we consider, plan, think out, assess, contemplate, evaluate, ponder and tale all things into consideration.  We need to know the facts so we can form our thoughts the right way.

We have to learn how to think for ourselves and it doesn’t come easily.  

Don’t follow people because you agree with what they think…Think for yourself and enjoy the privelege of doing so.

Don’t let others tell you what you can do. Be an independent thinker and discover what you can do.

If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking.

Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 27, Book 21


Trust your vibes.  Energy doesn't lie.

Author Unknown

May 27th - Intuition is real.

Some of the best advice youll ever get will come from your gut instinct.

Author Unknown

Your body is a powerhouse and don’t ever forget it. If something is not right or making you feel uneasy or toxic, by all means take note.  Take yourself away from any situation that makes you uneasy.  Our personal alarm bells are telling us something is wrong and might even save our lives.  

We have such great inner wisdom inside each of us.  It guides us when it matters, but for some reason many dismiss it. 

Intuition is 100 per cent natural.  It’s a part of your brain.  It links many different aspects of yourself, your spirit, your mind and everything else.  It allows for a balance, a harmony between emotion and rationale.  

So when you try to ignore your instinct, you are ignoring the natural impulses within you brain.

When you trust your instincts there’s very little that you can’t do. Listening to your gut and doing what feels right will make you true to yourself, and puts your best foot forward.

Trusting your intuition opens your world to the potential allowing you to be the best version of yourself.

Ofen Intuition will direct you.  If it feels right, its probably right.

Oprah Winfrey

You are the only person who truly knows yourself. No one else understands your inner workings with out a shadow of doubt. If you follow your gut, you’ll come to the right choice because you know you know how to follow your heart.

If you follow your heart, you are free to become the person you want to be and live the life you want, and it’s so with it.

We all have a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.  - Jane Austin

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 26, Book 21

You make a new life by making new choices.

Sean Stephenson

May 26th - Life is full of choices

You have the freedom to choose, but you
you're not free ;from the consequences of these choices.

Frank Sonnenberg

I believe our lives are sum of all our choices so it’s important to choose wisely.  Sometimes it’s hard to know just what the right choice is, but I’ve learned to pray about it and if it is the right choice an answer will come that makes it obvious. If nothing happens, then it’s not the right choice.  It’s as easy as saying a prayer.

What ever we choose,  it’s going to effect our life and the life of others.  It’s a ripple effect that never stops. So we have to make decisions with regard to those in our lives too.  

Our choices can make our lives better and also the life of those around us too.  Our choices show who we truly are.   We are the only ones that know what it takes to makes us happy, so we need to choose what’s good for ourselves and not let others do it for us.

Our values and our beliefs determine a lot of the decisions we make and I think I have the best guide book.  It’s called the Bible.  God’s word written for you and me.  It shows me the way to live a good life and more thank anything it’s shown me we should do everything with love.  When do things with love for one another, we can’t go wrong.  

Attitude is a choice.  Happiness is a choice.  Optimism is a choice.  Kindness is a choice.  Giving is a choice.  Respect is a choice.  What ever choice you make makes you.  Choose wisely.

Roy T. Bennett


Monday, May 24, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 24, Book 21

Don’t adapt to the energy in the room; Influence the energy in the room.

May 24th -Be the change you want to see.

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into the giving.

Mother Theresa

Good energy can boost our feelings of well being, dissolve feelings of anxiety and improve communication.  Bad energy results in feelings of discord, conflict and resentment.  Our goal should be to attract good energy and reject the bad.

We can’t expect to attract good energy if we’re giving off loads of negative energy.  It may be subtle but the attitude you approach others with will generally be reflected back at you.  

If you want to attract good things you must let the positive guide you, not the negative.  Actively work to change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive 

Replace negative thoughts with positive ones that inspire you to take action.

What you give you will receive.  Research shows that people who are kind to others are more satisfied with their lives and enjoy better relationships.  Being kind fuels happiness and sends heaps of positive energy your way.

Insecurity, self doubt and fear are good energy killers.  Those negative feelings undermine your ability to bounce back from adversity.  

Recognize that you are stong and capable, equipped to handle anything thrown your way.  We need to start making decisions that will steer us to becoming people we want to be, Make it a policy to treat everyone you meet with respect and civility.  Be nice to people and they will be nice to you.  

Act in good faith by treating every one with compassion and graciousness, even if they aren’t doing the same.  Your courteousness will come back to you in the form of good energy.

Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.

Ben Carson


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 23, Book 21

Live your iufe so that the fear of death can never enter your heart.  When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light.  Give thanks for your life and strength.  Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.  And if perchance see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured wthe fault is in yourself.

Chief Tecumseh, Shawneed Indian Chief

May 23rd -Thankful Sunday 

God gave us the gift of life, it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.


Here we are another week gone by and almost another month too.  The end of May brings Memorial Day, the unofficial beginning of summer.  It’s been very summer like here with temps way above the normal for this time of year.  I’m thankful for the warmth and the time to spend outdoors.  My daughter came over and planted some flowers in my flower boxes on the car port.  She said it was a late Mother’s Day gift for me.  I’m thankful it’s finally warm enough to have flowers growing again!  They make such a difference.

DS#2 also came over and put up some sheer curtains for me at the windows in the living room.  They let some light in while still providing me some privacy.  It was too dark in here with my curtains closed for privacy, but now the light can come in and still no one else can see inside.  What a difference it makes!  I’m so thankful for all the help he gives me.  He also got my yard mowed for me.  I couldn’t do it on my own.  I was tired out from the funeral I’d gone to the day before and could hardly even stand up.  My ankles felt like they might break.  

I’m thankful for the privilege to go to the funeral so I could help my friends celebrate the life of their loved one that was killed in a bad car crash this past week.  It was nice to be able to attend a funeral with friends and family.  Thankfully now that many have the vaccine, more and more things are opening up and life returning to normal once again.  Not long ago funerals were severely cut back and they weren’t where everyone could gather to express their love and condolences and we all had to keep a safe distance.  Lots and lots of hugs were once again being able to be shared.  I didn’t even see many wearing face masks there, but I’ m still thankful to have them to put on.  I will continue to wear mine in large groups of people especially inside.

I’m thankful for another gift I received from DS#2 and his wife.  They sent a gift of flower pots and a plant stand to put them on.  They will be filled with herb plants which are still to come, but they say they are on the way.

I love fresh herbs and use them in my cooking. So I’m very thankful for the gift of them. They are one of those gifts that will keep on giving.  

It was a bitersweet week here, but all in all one to be thankful for.  I hope you had a good week too and can count your blessings too.

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to gove something back by becoming more.

Tony Robbins


Saturday, May 22, 2021

Chapter 5, Page 32, Book 21

Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see.

Jimmy Buffet

May 22nd - Live in the slow lane.

Slow and steady wins the race.

Robert Lloyd

After living life in the fast lane for many years I’n thankful to be living life in the slow lane done.  I can take time to do things and enjoy life more.

There is nothing I need to do in a hurry, and that’s a good thing because my body only knows one speed and that is slow and slower.

You do see a lot more when you go slow.  You can enjoy the scenery and not fly past it on the run.

Just taking slow steps to do any thing beats not moving forward at all.  Sometimes we need to take baby steps to achieving our goals.

I love sitting on the porch and watching life pass by.  Somedays the only exercise I get it rocking in my rocking chair.  Life moves very fast but it’s up to us to control the speed.

Life is too short to be anxious and stressed.  We cannot waste our time worrying about the future and wishing our lives away.  I’m not going to worry about what I can no longer do, but enjoy each day I have left to the best of my ability.  

You’re only here for a short visit.  Don’t hurry don’t worry and be sure to smell the flowers along the way.

Walter Hagen