Ode to Nana Sunday, Apr 27 2014 

A great lady, my Nana, has passed today,

death came suddenly and took her away.

I played her some lullabies as she went from this life,

a devoted grandmother, mother and wife.


I cried tears for my Nana as she went from this earth,

to let a great lady know of her unfathomable worth.

I am unsure how it happened, she was too far from me,

but I understand that she went very peacefully.


I remember her corn fritters, they tasted sublime,

and February vacations one year at a time,

Biscuits and fiddleheads, I loved what she cooked,

and playing cribbage with my grandparents, on the game I got hooked.


Almost a centennarian, just short by two years,

for the grand Matriarch today I shed solemn tears.

So I silently sang her some lullabies to help her on her way,

as the heavens opened their doors for my Nana today.


She saw two World Wars, the dutiful wife as my grandfather served,

she didn’t always get the recognition she deserved.

She was a staunch and proud lady always dressed to the nines,

A working class mother borne near the Canadian lines.


She remembered Adolf  Hitler and Kennedy’s assassination,

and she saw the Great Depression and the rebirth of our nation.

And no matter what life brought her she kept right on going,

her inner strength and kindess toward me just continued showing.


And today her life peacefully and quietly drew to a close,

The faithful beautiful daughter of Henry and Rose.

and I am bereft thinking of the history she took with her,

the beautiful spunky lady…..I love her and I will miss her.










Thank Goodness for Trees Friday, Apr 25 2014 

Thank goodness for the tree that saved the many children in Anaheim today by cradling the school bus and preventing it from rolling over.  

I hope that the few children that were hurt as well as the driver are going to be all right, but I am thinking that if that tree had not been right there at that moment, just think how much worse this accident might have been.

I am not overly religious, but given the photos of the rescue, some kind of intervention had to play a role.  There is just no way this could happen like that.



Thoughts on the Gun Bill in Georgia Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 

Georgia has recently passed a bill that would allow citizens with licenses to carry guns with live ammunition into schools and churches and that this behavior would have to be tolerated.

Although I believe that we have the right to bear arms, I do not believe that a church or a school is the proper place to have to allow a gun.  The intimidation factor given all the recent events involving guns in school and churches that killed people should send a big enough message that America is not ready to be forced to allow them into schools and churches without a significant fear factor being present as well in the population.

Because of the fear and intimidation factor, the safe environment that these entities promote will be tarnished by men who are granted licenses who feel that they have something to prove or control, rather than to protect the safety of people.  A church is really not the venue for a bunch of men to “pull their guns out of their holsters and measure the barrels to see who has the longest.” Neither is a child’s school desk.

I believe that the man behind this bill needs to be voted out of office, and the law to be amended.  You should never have to carry a gun into a place of worship, or a location with children.  That is the job of the police dept. only.

Not everyone with a gun license will be responsible.  Some will have motive for wanting the gun, and this is just what this country doesn’t need right now………….guns in the hands of more bullies who like to create chaos out of a sick need to control.

It would be better not to create the opportunity for injustice, some of us still believe in Democracy and the rights to freedom, which seems to elude us more and more these days with the passing of these laws that seem to only favor a certain few.  People will stop going to church if men start showing up with guns, but maybe that was the intent and agenda of the person who created the bill in the first place.



On a lighter note today……. Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 

I was disappointed this week to find that my favorite “go to” food has been changed and not for the better.

Whenever I have a need to drown sorrows, or am in need of some “self care” I tend to purchase my absolute favorite ice cream, which has for the longest time been Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.  So imagine my dismay this week after mourning the ferry boat disaster in the news, feeling the need to go buy a pint and have some time to grieve for those people, when alas I find, that Ben and Jerry’s has changed the flavor to Coffee Toffee Crunch.

And not to make light of such a serious situation as the disaster that has claimed the lives of so many people, but when you need to drown pain and you go to your coping mechanism and it isn’t there any longer, it made the torment seem so much greater to find out that the flavor has been modified and NOT for the better.  The toffee pieces taste like plastic sponge cookie with a bit of chocolate thrown in, and the texture of that, combined with the ice cream, is not satisfying at all.

And while I am one who doesn’t usually complain, I was completely taken aback by the fact that this company would alter this flavor to such a downgrade.  I hope that in the future, they choose to bring back the original flavor, even if it substitutes a Skor bar for the Heath bar, because now I don’t have a favorite flavor with them at all, which is a disappointment to me.

But always being a “glass half full” kind of person, I suppose it will do wonders for my waist and my purse to not have to feel the need to spend the money on that item.  But a significant loss for Ben and Jerry’s……..because I was such a fan.


Other thoughts for this week—–

I have heard in the news that Hollywood is looking to put another Ghostbuster’s movie together, and I was sitting here thinking who would make the perfect cast of new Ghostbusters?  I have chosen four people that I think would be GREAT in this movie and they are as follows:


Jim Parsons from Big Bang Theory

Dulé Hill from Psych

Rob Schneider from The Animal

Jorge Garcia from Hawaii Five-O

And it would be GREAT to see Rick Moranis back trying to train some of these people to be Ghostbusters with all his humor injected into the script.


Gabourey Sidibe

or the woman who plays Debbie Downer on Saturday Night Live


Naveen Andrews from Once Upon a Time in Wonderland


Well, those are my choices, see if you agree or disagree.





I am the Voice from the Ones that You’ve Wasted………. Friday, Apr 18 2014 

I am the Voice of the Ones that you’ve wasted,

lives shattered and left in despair,

that counted that you’d stand among us,

protect us and always be there.


I am the Voices of those who haunt your night dreams,

the dust and ashes that you used then left behind.

The ones who were left but a memory,

the bodies of which you will never find.


I am the men of Seal Team Six,

who rose to the country’s aid.

For when the remote control was triggered,

the bird came down just soon after the Bin Laden raid.


I am the voices of the Trade Center victims,

you made a ship from what’s left of my bones.

The ones who didn’t get to kiss their loved ones goodbye,

or make it back to their families and homes.


I am the soldiers in Afghanistan killed by friendly fire,

devoted my life to my country you see,

but the enemy stands right beside us,

preventing our country from maintaining democracy.


I am the Voice from the Ones that You’ve Wasted,

the voice silenced when no one came,

the ones that you’ve exploited,

and left alone for the dirty cat box in shame.


I am the souls of the many soldiers,

the firemen and police who gave their lives too,

but in the end it doesn’t matter how much we care,

because it’s us they are just going to screw.


I am the Voices from the Ones that you’ve left behind,

the mistakes you caused you aren’t held responsible for,

but one day, you’ll see my voice counted,

and that will be the day the ones that haunt you will try to settle the score.


A Poem by Stephanie Dow







Take but a moment……. Sunday, Apr 13 2014 

Take but a moment to remember, the loss of life this week in the news that you see,

and then make a difference to someone to honor those people whose hopes and dreams will never be.

For it will be the small moments in life we take for granted that we hope will always be there,

and when a tragedy suddenly happens, it leaves us all in dark grief and despair.


When I am frustrated, or angry or hurting, I try to remember those very small things,

that count, that matter, for all those we’ve lost, who don’t get to spread their blossoming wings.

For that final day is coming for each of us, who knows what tomorrow will bring,

so do what you can to assist another and that one kind gesture will surely sing.


We might not agree on every intention, we might want to argue, hate, and malign,

but if we can still try to do our best with an open heart, then we will all be just fine.

For there is a lesson that we all must learn, it’s the hand that you open to assist,

that will banish the haters amongst us, and force them to back down and desist.


For I dream that one day the world can work things out, for peace and prosperity for all,

that we can live without war, violence and disregard, and when help is needed heroes answer the call.

Some of us have been led down paths we don’t deserve, and we have sadness we just can’t surmount,

but don’t forget that you are a better person, when to your enemy you treat them as if they count.


Take but a moment to remember, the loss of life this week in the news that you see,

and then make a difference to someone to honor those people whose hopes and dreams will never be.

For it will be the small moments in life we take for granted that we hope will always be there,

and to those who exploit and degrade you, be better than them, by taking a genuine moment to care.


Poem by Stephanie Dow









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