Just a quick note….

Image via Wikipedia I won’t be posting anything next week, we’re taking a family holiday the first one with one of our granddaughters so I am rather excited.  We all try to get together at least once every two years to unwind and enjoy some different scenery. This time we are going to Majorca, the weather promises to be kind to us, unlike the so-called “summer” we have had here in the UK. We are all looking forward to a relaxing break and ...

Inspiration: The Infinite Grace In Moments…

“From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16 Inspiration: The Infinite Grace In Moments… “The more grateful I am the more abundant I feel.” Keep saying this affirmation and notice the positive effects it has on your day. Robert Holden Do you have moments when you feel the presence of grace is so palpable that you can touch it? Imagine this: Every night we go to bed, there is no guarantee that we will see the sun rise the following morning or the comfort of our ...

On Food: Hunger Steals The Memory…

“Hunger also changes the world – when eating can’t be a habit, than neither can seeing.” Maxine Hong Kingston On Food: Hunger Steals The Memory… 2nd place Winner World Food Day Poster by M. Benol – Central African Republic (Age group 13 to 17) HUNGER: what you need to know. ACT Volunteer your time Reach out at your local farmer’s market Raise money Organize a food packaging event When a poor family has no food to eat, every bit of energy is spent on finding ways to stave off ...

Happy Valentine’s Day: 12 Tips On Self Love…

“Where there is great love, there are always wishes.” Willa Cather Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos ✿♡✿Happy Valentine’s Day!✿♡✿ Love is a wondrous thing and, on Valentine’s Day, lovers meet, bearing gifts and sweet words. Every year, some ask the same question: Why show such effusive love only on the 14th? Why is no lover coming for me? As much as we love the festivities, Valentine’s Day can bring up painful memories of unrequited love, shattered dreams and long gone lovers… ...

Sweet and Sour

This picture was taken in Sorrento, Italy, a few years ago. Those sunglasses are large enough to fit around my big head. When I snapped this I was reminded of an incident I hadn’t thought about since the fourth grade. My Portuguese grandpa had a green thumb and could grow just about anything. He was hard of hearing and didn’t mind me shadowing him and pelting him with questions he either ignored or couldn’t hear. Behind his house grew a small grove ...

9/11 Generation

I wrote this post last year on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. I think it's still appropriate. A few months after September 11th when the horrors of that day had receded into ache and outrage, my son came up to me and said, “You know, Grandma and Grandpa had December 7th, and you and Mom had November 22nd, but until September 11th I hadn’t experienced a defining moment in time.” It’s been ten years since 9/11 and I’m still thinking about his ...

Manly Me

This morning Mrs. Chatterbox said to me,” So how’s that shampoo I bought for you?” I’d asked her to pick up some more when she went to the store because the bottle in my gym bag was empty. I looked up from my iPad and said, “It’s fine.” “She looked at me curiously. “Did you notice anything different?” “Can’t say I did. But it was nice. Real sudsy.” “Was it different from the shampoo you’ve been using?” I set down my iPad. “What am I ...

Inspiration: Happily In Service…

“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  Acts 20:35 Recently, I connected with a group of bloggers committed to addressing issues of poverty in a compassionate way. Each month, a topic is shared  to write on and contemplate. This month, the topic is about Service and the questions: Which bible ...

A 5K With My Kid….

A Pre-Race Hug With My Daughter This past Sunday I had the pleasure, delight and honor of running a 5K (3.1 miles) race with my daughter. It was her third and the second that we’ve both run together. Check out the pictures of her accomplishment! For the past few months, our oldest has been participating in the Girls on the Run (GOTR) program at her school, which means she and a dozen other girls spend an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays doing various ...

Reading is Dead, Long Live E-Reading

I may have possibly overstated the state of book reading in the title of this post – but it’s close. Consider that last Christmas – 11 short months ago – the largest book seller in the world (Amazon) reported that revenue from e-books had finally surpassed sales of print edition books. Is it really a surprise? Consider what has happened in the music industry. When was the last time you bought an audio tape or even a CD? It’s simply easier and more convenient to ...

They Wouldn't Dare Drop Me!

Vacation laundry;) I know it’s been a while since I last posted a blog. It’s not that I intended to stay away for so long. Let’s just say that life has guided me down some new roads. Roads snaking through bombshells, beauty, and blind corners. I’ve barely had time to catch my breath because of the steady stream of—look at thats!—WTFs!—and could it bes? Yes it could be, and I see it, and here I am trying to write about it. Like ...

6 Things to Consider Before Considering Kids: RELEVANT Magazine

A few weeks ago I submitted an article to RELEVANT Magazine online, which has a readership of 20-somethings and Millennials, titled 7 Ground Rules to Survive Relationship Conflict. Last week, I submitted my second article to the publication which they've posted as well. This second article is titled What to Consider Before Considering Kids and it addresses six areas that couples should consider, discuss and agree upon before having children. Here's an excerpt from my most recent piece at RELEVANT Magazine: ========================== Shortly after you’re married, ...

Lighten Up!

Looking back on the last several weeks, I’m finding it nearly impossible to return to my routine. Perhaps five weeks was too long to be gone, although it seems to have flown by. I miss reading by the swimming pool, or sitting on Linda’s porch at the end of the day, sharing the evening meal while solving all the problems in the world. I loved strolling through Savannah’s narrow streets with her artsy shops and spooky parks—dripping in Spanish moss and ...

A Memorable Date Night With My Daughters

Our two girls on our “date” last night One of the best books I read shortly after the birth of our oldest daughter – nearly 11 years ago – was titled What a Difference a Daddy Makes: The Indelible Imprint a Dad Leaves on His Daughter’s Life by Dr. Kevin Lehman. I found this book to be very insightful and helpful as a new father. The most important lesson this book taught me was the crucial role that the opposite gender parent plays ...

Share Your Best Cost-Saving Tip!

What are you doing to save some Benjamins??? If you're burning bushels of dollar bills in your mansion's fireplace while you're also blasting the air conditioning on sub-arctic chill, you probably don't need to read this post. But if you're like the vast majority of Americans, you want to keep more of your hard earned cash. Most people are already working as hard as they can to cover their monthly expenses - they simply can't work more hours in a day. So if ...

Forgetaboutit!

Today, I’ve got an endless list of things to do…so much so much! Yet, I can’t get this blog out of my head—so here it is on paper. Let me apologize ahead of time if it’s a bit snappy, but I’m channeling my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Cronin, who was never one to pussyfoot around. When life drones on like a drunken relative, leaving too much time for stinking thinking, and old worries dig their way out from their graves with ...

Shirley McLain - Writing, Musings, and Inspiration...

I am fairly new at writing. I started my book “The Tower” in March and it was published in November. I can say it was a learning experience from the start. I continue to learn all the time, from other people, who have published, or those trying to publish. I guess the bottom line is, I am always learning and hopefully improving my craft. I want my blog to be someplace that I can go to and write what I feel. Hopefully have some meaningful discussion on writing and everything it entails. This is a new world for me, and I am jumping into it with both feet. Ye Ha

Back Then

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My dad came from a family where he had thirteen siblings and they lived in a three room house with a path plus a chicken house. He had to eat water gravy and biscuits many times because they didn’t own a cow. Mom would tell how she never had to go hungry because her grandparents had cows and pigs and everyone hunted and fished. Charley Dobyns took care of his family during …

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Birth Control

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I am a middle aged female that has worked with the public most of my adult life. I have watched the poor suffer due to lack of medical care. Our medical system is broken and has been for many years. Not everyone gets the care they need. I feel the Birth Control issue was brought about by politics and I for one am sick of it. People should be our concern not Democrats or Republicans. …

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Girls Need A Fathers Love

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It’s known that fathers have a special bond with their little girls and they have been given a huge ability to influence the lives of their daughters. Based on the relationship with the daughter, father’s influence can go either way – positively or negatively. Building this bond through girl’s childhood and teenage ages can be …

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It’s Here

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This was a labor of love. It brought me much closer to my Great Grandfather, Charley Dobyns. This book is loosely based on his life. My mother told me stories over the years about her Grandfather. He was a man of pioneering stock. He was a horseman and enjoyed the country life. I met him only once. I must have been about five years old. I can see him and my Great Grandmother telling us …

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Mind Boggling

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Have you ever given any thought to how amazing the mind is. The more I read and watch what happens in this world, the more I realize what an amazing creation God gave to us. Even as slow as I can be at times, it’s the other times that totally blows me away. I ask myself …

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Halloween Thoughts

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I thought of Halloween as an American Holiday but as usual when I think I know something, my thinking is wrong. I probably thought that way because I had not heard of any other countries having a Halloween Holiday. I wonder if it is practiced in the same way as America does it? In my childhood …

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The Supermoon

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The largest full moon of 2013, a so-called “supermoon,” will light up the night sky this weekend, but there’s more to this lunar delight than meets the eye. On Sunday, June 23, at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), the moon will arrive at perigee — the point in its orbit bringing it closest to Earth), a …

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