July 31st

WOW!!! Where did this month go. It sure flew by between the Fourth of July, lots of activities this month and now the Olympics. I wish it would slow down and let us enjoy the summer. It is going way to fast.

We need to have summer mild temperatures with gentle breezes, lots of smoky BBQ’s to keep the insects away and night rain to help with the fires. Yes, I am a dreamer and I will continue to do so. That’s what life is all about. Everyone needs to have a dream. I have been so inspired this week watching the Summer Olympics I feel like I could do anything I put my mind to. I wish I had it all recorded to keep watching it when my spirits get down.

Today I have managed to shower, leave the house, and get groceries so we can eat. I have checked my emails, watched more Olympics and now I’m blogging. I’m ahead of myself. Yes, and the cats have been fed, babied and taken care of although they were mad when I left the house even though it wasn’t even an hour.

We continue to have horrible forest fires in Idaho and the Boy Scouts were evacuated from camp. Campgrounds around Stanley, Idaho are now all closed and the fire continues to rage.

The fire up around Salmon is continuing to burn also. It’s not a good year.

Well I continue to go back to the Olympics. The USA has been doing an outstanding job in my opinion. However, I am very disappointed over the issue with gymnastics. I don’t understand if they have a team and send a team why they only pick two of the team for a specific event. I forget which one they said it was. I think that is very subjective. That is a great way to eliminate the best gymnast so that can’t outdo another country. I do question some of the scoring in gymnastics.

What was up with the judges changing their decision on Japan after it was contested. That bumped the UK out of the top three. How disappointing for them. I was watching and I felt their first call was the best call.  I’m glad I don’t have to be a judge those scores are very close but I think once it’s called it’s called.

I do wish however, they would sometimes show the scoreboards for the TV audience when all we can see is the reactions of the performers and we are wondering what is going on. However, that is a media problem.

Overall I think the Summer Olympics are doing very well.

Well let’s go to the Nation Days and see what is important going on there.

National Days:

Today, July 31st, is National Mutt Day – a day set aside to celebrate the wonderful diversity in the doggie kingdom brought to us by mixed breed dogs of every shape, size and color.

Do you own a dog? Have you ever owned a dog? What about rescuing a dog? If you are thinking about a pet than today is the day for you to go and rescue a Mutt. Mutt’s make the best pets ever.  Go and check out the local animal shelter and give someone a happy home.

If you have a special story about your Mutt or someone else’s please share it with us in the comments.

I will post mine under poetry. I grew up with Mutt’s. The first dog we had, was a big black Mutt that my aunt rescued and gave to my sister. My mom wasn’t a happy camper but my dad loved dogs so we got a dog. The problem with Frisky was he liked to chase cars and get into dog fights. He was the bully of the neighborhood but he protected children. He was really a softy. The only time my mom allowed him in the house was when the weather was bad and then he had to stay in the kitchen. He’d lay in front of the cracker cupboard where he knew the graham crackers were kept. He loved graham crackers. He could lay their and put his head into the dinning room and keep and eye on the family.  He was a good dog and until he got old and passed away.

Then we had a cocker spaniel which was a mix. We named her Heidi. She’s in the poetry section.

 

National Cotton Candy Day:

Now who doesn’t like cotton candy. This is a perfect time for it with State Fairs celebrating. They always have cotton candy. I had a cotton candy maker as a child. It drove mom nuts. But I love cotton candy.

If you are one that would like to make homemade cotton candy here’s the recipe for you.

COTTON CANDY RECIPE

Remember you are working with hot sugar so be sure to have a bowl of cold water ready in case you get any of it on your skin. It is best to make sugar on a dry day, as the humidity will melt the sugar.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups granulated sugar
  • Scant 1 1/3 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup plus 2 T. water
  • Flavored oil
  • Food color paste
  • Vegetable baking spray

Directions

To make this recipe at home, you will need a pair of wire cutters and an old inexpensive whisk. Cut the round ends off an inexpensive whisk. Arrange the tines so they are evenly spaced. You will also need an open space to make the cotton candy. At home, slit open a garbage bag and cover the floor area. Wedge 2 long wooden spoons under something heavy so they extend off the edge of the counter.

Place the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a 2-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Insert a candy thermometer and cook the sugar mixture until it reaches 320 degrees F, what is known as the hard crack stage (the sugar becomes brittle when it comes in contact with a cooler surface). Remove from the heat and carefully pour into a medium-size microwaveable glass bowl. If you leave the sugar in the pan, the sugar will continue to cook and turn dark brown. A glass bowl will hold the temperature of the sugar. I put a towel under the bowl to keep the bowl from tipping over and to protect my hands from the heat of the glass. (The sugar will stay liquid enough to work with easily for about 10 minutes; after that it will start to thicken. If this happens before you are finished, just pop the bowl in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sugar is liquid enough to work with once again.) If you are going to color and/or flavor the sugar, add those drops now.

Dip the tines into the hot sugar. Allow the sugar to drain off for 1 to 2 seconds until the draining sugar strands are relatively the same consistency. Then wave the whisk over the extended wooden spoons and allow the sugar strands to gently drift until they are resting on top of the spoons. Make sure you are about 12 to 18 inches above the spoons. Use broad long strokes and work quickly. Gather the cotton candy and roll onto paper that you’ve rolled into a long, thin cone, like cotton candy is served in at the carnival or serve as is. If you need to store the cotton candy for a few hours, place it in an airtight container. The delicate sugar will melt in a humid environment.

 

Then as an adult I rescued Lady, a Border Collie, from the animal shelter. She was a great dog and my kids grew up with her until she passed. Then we had Missy an Australian Shepard, she was a fantastic dog but I finally had to give her to a good home because landlords wouldn’t rent to me. That’s when I stopped getting dogs. I couldn’t take the heartache. Now I don’t have a place adequate for the needs of a dog but I sure love dogs. So enjoy your dog today no matter what kind of dog or how you got it. Give your mutt some extra attention today.

NATIONAL JUMP FOR JELLY BEAN DAY

Do you like Jelly Beans? Are you willing to work for them?

National Jump For Jelly Beans Day is celebrated every year on July 31st. It is one of two Jelly Bean holidays celebrated throughout the year, the first being National Jelly Bean Day on April 22nd. Not much is known about the creation or purpose of National Jump For Jelly Beans Day. I would guess it’s a day for all lover’s of Jelly Beans to jump for joy at the very thought of nibbling on some of these tasty little sugary legumes.

The Beatles Weren’t Jumping For Jelly Beans
Did you know that fans of The Beatles would throw jelly beans at them when they performed? Reportedly in an interview, George Harrison mentioned that he liked a familiar British confection called Jelly Babies, when the U.K. fans got wind of this they began throwing Jelly Babies on stage while The Beatles performed. When The Beatles came to America, we didn’t have Jelly Babies, so American fans began throwing jelly beans. The Beatles were not at all happy about this! Can you imagine being beaned in the noggin by flying jelly beans? George Harrison was quoted as saying, “Imagine waves of rock-hard little bullets raining down on you from the sky. It’s a bit dangerous, you know, ’cause if a jelly bean, travelling about 50 miles and hour through the air, hits you in the eye, you’re finished. You’re blind aren’t you?” Sounds like The Beatles weren’t jumping for jelly beans they were jumping from jelly beans.

National Raspberry Cake Day

Bakers and lovers of sweet, fruity desserts have a reason for celebrating. That is because this date marks,  National Raspberry Cake Day, a time to make a batch of Raspberry Cakes to share or simply indulge in a slice (or more) all on your own. Raspberries are a healthy treat and what is more fun than picking your own Raspberries and them cooking your favorite recipe. However, if you aren’t fortunate enough to have Raspberry bushes there are plenty of outlets that care them. Find your favorite treat and cook up a special delight for your family today. For me Raspberry Tarts would be great, that’s what mom use to do with her left over dough. However, a cake would be grand.

Today is obviously a day for love. Love your Mutt, Love your Treats. Today is about indulging and sharing.

Whatever you choose to do today I hope your day is wonderful. Stay safe, keep cool, and enjoy the day. So until next time 🙂

July 30th

Happy Monday. Hope everyone had a great weekend. I spent all day Sunday watching the Olympics.  I am trying to get my blog written around watching it today but it is certainly distracting. Right now the men from the USA are playing the Poland Team in Beach Volleyball. I guess I’ll have to hurry and get this done. USA seems to be doing pretty good in most areas.

 

National Days

30 Father-in-Law Day

You always hear comments about in-laws. We celebrate mother-in-laws day and now father-in -law’s day. However, I couldn’t complain much about my in-laws. I actually liked them. My father-in-law was a quiet man most of the time but July always brought the child out in him. He loved fireworks and would always set off a wonderful display for the fourth of July. He loved playing with the grandchildren. However, unfortunately he passed away too early before my children were born. He had served in World War II in Africa and was wounded leaving shrapnel in his body. We never knew if that was the cause of his sudden death or not. However, he died instantly during the second year of my marriage. It had a profound impact on everyone in the family. I would like to remember him on this day. He was of Finnish heritage. Waino Koski was a wonderful Father, Husband, Father-in-Law, Grandfather, co-worker and friend.  God Bless all Father-in – laws today.

Remember them with a card, a special activity, or a hug. After all once they are gone they are gone forever.

 

National Cheesecake Day

Today is National Cheesecake Day! Cheesecake is a rich, decadent dessert made with cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Add a crumbly graham cracker crust and a fruit topping for the ultimate cheesecake experience!

There are dozens of different cheesecake varieties. Some of the most popular flavors are strawberry, key lime, and peanut butter cup. There are also many styles of cheesecake. Different countries (and even cities) have their own version of this classic dessert.

To celebrate National Cheesecake Day, grab a slice of your favorite cheesecake from your local bakery ! Remember to keep an eye out for special cheesecake deals and giveaways in honor of the occasion.

Boy I wish we had a cheesecake factory around here. Wouldn’t today be a great day to be able to go in to a factory and sample a piece of each type of cheesecake.

However, if you can’t do that settle for your favorite type and enjoy a piece for me too.

 

Well that’s it for today’s National Days. I hope everyone is taking time to enjoy the Summer Olympics in London. It has been a long time since I’ve been able to watch them and it has been pure enjoyment for me. So until next time 🙂

July 28th

Good afternoon. I hope everyone is having an enjoyable day. I have chosen to stay in out of the heat, enjoy my a/c and watch the Summer Olympics for the afternoon.  Who knows what tonight will bring.

I had the fortune of watching the women’s basketball game and the women’s volleyball game watching the USA win both games. How exciting that was.

I saw some of the men’s swimming heaps but for me that is more difficult to follow although there seemed to be an upheaval by Lockete and Phelps.(my apologize to any names misspelled.)

Now I will move on to my daily activities. I got side tracked when my son left a fruit pot pie in the oven and fell asleep. Fortunately I caught it in time. I’ve been trying to decide whether to eat it or leave it for him when he wakes up. I guess for now I’ll leave it.  He had to work today because of the Spud Man Race and it was his sixth day in a row in hot heat. I guess I should be kind to him. However, that pie is awfully tempting.

Well so far today it seems to be a good day all around. I hope everyone else is having a good day.

Let’s check out the national days for today.

National Days

Saddle up for the Fort Worth Stockyards National Day of The American Cowboy on Saturday, July 28th.

This Annual event has been named The Best Event of its kind in the nation  by western lifestyle magazine, American Cowboy. So, don’t miss out on a day dedicated to the cowboy and lots of fun!

This is a very appropriate celebration with many rodeo’s getting ready to take place across the country during the state fairs. Listen to your favorite country music, read some cowboy poetry and celebrate with a rodeo if you can. Whatever you do enjoy this day.

 

28 National Milk Chocolate Day

National Milk Chocolate Day

Chocoholics unite—it’s National Milk Chocolate Day!

How is milk chocolate different from other chocolates? It’s a mix of cocoa solid and either dry or condensed milk. While dark chocolate is traditionally used as a baking ingredient, this sweet treat is used to make chocolate candy bars, hot chocolate, and many delicious desserts.

Did you know that chocolate actually has mood-enhancing benefits? That’s right—chocolate can make you happy! This is due to the fact that it contains a stimulant called theobromine and a compound called anandamide. Now that’s a reason to celebrate!

Today, enjoy milk chocolate your favorite way. Happy Milk Chocolate Day!

National Lasagna Day

Break out mom’s famous recipe—it’s National Lasagna Day! This delicious Italian dish is usually made with layers of flat pasta sheets, tomato sauce, and cheese, but there are dozens of different variations. Some popular additions are meat, vegetables, and Béchamel sauce.

People have been eating noodles for at least 4,000 years, but culinary historians disagree over when and where the first pasta dish originated. We do know that tomatoes are a “New World” food, which means pasta and tomato dishes (like lasagna) have only been around since the 16th century.

To celebrate National Lasagna Day, bake a big pan of lasagna. Grab a bottle of red wine and invite some friends over to enjoy a fun, family style dinner!

 

Now if you want to try my simple Lasagna recipe here it is.

1 large jar of Prego

1 lb Hamburger cooked

1 large or 2 small pkgs Lasagna noodles

1 Large pkg of shredded cheddar cheese or mixed with mozzarella cheese ( your preference)

onions optional

Cook hamburger mixing it with prego  sauce, add half a jar of water to mixture.  Then put a thin layer on the bottom of your pan, place a layer of noodles on top, then another layer of meat mixture thinly on top , then a layer of cheese, continue layering until pan is full or you have used your ingredients. Top of with lots of cheese. The more cheese on top the less your noodles will dry out.

Cover with Foil.

Bake at 45o degrees for one hour. Do not pre-cook noodles.

This makes a large pan about 11 x 15.  You can cut it in half for a standard lasagna pan.

You can also add other favorite ingredients. However, this is an easy to do lasagna recipe and it’s delicious.

Goes great with a Caesar Salad .

 

Well that looks like that’s it for today’s celebrations. So until next time 🙂

July 27th

Welcome. Won’t you come on in and visit for a while. I had hoped to get an earlier start this morning as I was already to get busy at five am but wouldn’t you know the one morning I’m early the internet would be done. Needless to say, I ended up going back to sleep and now my day is off to a late start. Same days you just can’t win.

Well temperatures are hot here we’re pushing the 100’s. Tonight start’s the beginning of the Spud Men Races. They are held yearly in Idaho. There will be swimming, bicycling and I am not sure what else. It is an extensive list of activities throughout the weekend with awards and dinners. Unfortunately, I can’t take the heat or the crowds of people so I will watch it on the news and stay in my a/c home. However, I wish the best to all participants. I hope they all remain safe during this heat.

Growing concerns are the effects that the heat is going to have on today’s crops and the food market. I watched a news report this week that stated food would increase by 5% starting the first of August. Now this is of great concern to a country in a bad economy. We already have food banks that are struggling and lack of work. However, it is those on fixed income that I am most concerned about. Our senior citizens have no way of increasing their income, nor do they have the physical ability to work two and three jobs and long hours. Along with the senior citizens are our disabled workers. Many of these people are already struggling not to go hungry. If food prices climb they will surely do with out and then you will see more people getting ill and going without medical treatment because they can’t afford that either.

I live in a farming community and although I have watched farmers help out their neighbors I have also watched farmers plow food under at the end of harvest when there were people who could have used it.

It is a time in our nations history to story checking on your neighbors and helping them out making sure they are eating and being taken care. We cannot count on “Federal Programs” making communities have cut back or cut out their “Meals on Wheels Programs”.

Some how we have to find a way to turn things around in this country. IF you grew a garden this year and have a plentiful bounty donate some instead of selling it. You might just save a life.

It is also important with these high temperatures that the elderly, the innocent, and the vulnerable are checked on.  Many are not getting enough water for hydration, or they don’t have adequate working a/c’s. Communities can check on the people that they are aware of and make sure they have liquids and working a/c’s.  You cannot count on their family members to do that because they are usually the last ones to follow through.  Remember fresh fruits help hydrate especially your melons and berries.

Don’t forget the animals during these high temperatures. Never leave children or animals in cars as the temps in cars are 20 degrees higher than outside and the brain can fry in a few seconds like an egg on a hot skillet.

Keep animals protected during the heat of the day giving them shelter and lots of liquids. Remember even larger animals burn their feet on the hot ground so have sheltered areas for them.

With high heats also comes over use of electric resources which we could run out of. Don’t run anything if you don’t need to. We don’t know how long the heat will continue and if we use up our resources now there will be nothing later on to help out. Use good common sense. “Waste not want not.”

Well enough about the heat for today let’s move on to today’s National Day

 

National Days:

27 Summer Olympics – every 4 years

Well the summer Olympics have started in London and already Mick Romney has started off on the wrong foot by stating that they weren’t prepared. Now as insults pass back and forth between the Prime Minister of London and the Mayor of Salt Lake, Utah we will see what damage he has done to his presidential candidacy if any.

However, the US Olympic teams are looking in good shape and are reading to perform at their best so as we follow them let’s remember how much hard work they have put into getting where they are and cheer them on. They should be honored no matter what their accomplishments are for they have given much of their life to training and representing our country. Bravo to all of you and my best of wishes to all in London. I hope that this summer’s olympics will not only be a wonderful experience but that everyone remains safe and builds peaceful relationships throughout the world.

 

 

27 Take Your Pants for a Walk Day

July 27th also celebrates St. Pantaleon the Healer, a fourth century Greek physician and martyr, who was apparently the patron saint of doctors and trousers. What a suitable occasion for stepping out and taking a zippy walk in your favorite pair of pants? After all, even the most crotchety person can feel better after a few paces.

So if you can  stand the heat today take those trousers and go for a walk. There are plenty of activities going on this time of year that you can walk to or through. Maybe you want to walk through the many fairgrounds that are up and running this time of year.

Whatever enjoy your walk in trousers and remember to stay hydrated in the heat.

Walk on Stilts Day

It’s Walk on Stilts Day! Most often seen in parades and at the circus, stilt-walking is actually an ancient art. To learn how to do it, all you need is a pair of stilts and lots of practice (and maybe some extra padding, in case you take a tumble).

Did you know that some people used to actually need stilts? It’s true—in the 19th century, stilt-walking occurred in Landes, France. Residents of this marshy area took up stilt-walking as a way to navigate the wet terrain. It is said that they performed all of their daily outdoor tasks on stilts!

If you’ve been waiting for an excuse to give this fun activity a try, today’s your day! Keep on the lookout for stilt-walking festivals or events happening in your area to give it whirl. Happy Walk on Stilts Day!

July 27 – National Crème Brulée Day

Man oh man, I love Creme Brulée. It’s such an elegant, delicately-executed dessert that is also a powerhouse of flavor and technique. And let’s not even forget to mention the part where you use a blowtorch to finish it off. ;-) Directly translated from the French as “burnt cream,” Crème Brulée is a rich egg custard topped with a layer of hard caramel. It has to go through both the slow, delicate cooking process to make the perfect egg custard, then the hard and fast carmelization of sugar crystals sprinkled onto the top, with nothing less than a culinary-grade blow torch. It’s a beautiful yet simple dessert that is both a testament to the skill of the chef and utterly delicious.

Most classic crème brulées are flavored lightly with vanilla, but you can also have ones made with chocolate, orange, coffee, coconut, or any number of liqueurs. While on vacation last week I had a banana Bailey’s creme brulee that was out of this world good. And you wouldn’t expect that good of a dish on a cruise ship! But even with all the different flavors, there’s something so wonderful about a classic vanilla custard brulée. Try one of the most noted crème brulées at Le Cirque today, if you feel that National Crème Brulée Day is a celebration worth dressing a little fancy for. This jacket-and-tie restaurant may seem haughty, but that’s exactly the atmosphere you want when getting some of the best French food in New York. Their Brulée is smooth and creamy on the inside, once you crack through the thin, delicious caramel shell on top of the ramekin. It’s an oldie but a goodie, winning the title of Best Crème Brulée in New York by New York Magazine in 2000.

This would be a perfect treat to experience while in London at the Summer Olympics.

for more info go to: http://nycfooddays.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/july-27-national-creme-brulee-day/

 

 

07/26/12-07/28/12Evel Knievel Days

Butte, Montana my hometown will be celebrating the following Days:
My sister-in-law not only went to school with Evel but lived near him. He was just another Butte person who made a name for himself in our eyes. I attended school with his cousin.  However, he made a splash on the maps for Butte and many times there are sponsored events because of it so if you are an avid fan this is your weekend to be in Butte, Montana.  I wish that I could be there to attend.

Butte    406-491-6066This summer, Evel’s hometown of Butte will host Evel Knievel Days. The community has a storied historic past in copper mining and features the largest National Historic Landmark District in the West
City boosters and sponsors are laying out the welcome mat for Evel’s fans.

Well I’ve covered a considerable amount of information today so I will end with wishing everyone the best today. So until next time 🙂

July 26th

Good morning everyone. I hope that all are surviving the hot temperatures and doing fine.

It is time for me to get back to my blog. I have been working on my book “Coming of Age in the Rockies” The Rebel Years. It is a sequel to “Growing Up in the Rockies”.  I now have completed the rough draft and am in the process of editing, deleting and adding information. I hope one more week and the first proof will be close to being ready. My goal is to have it ready by September.

Here is a sample from my new book:

High school is a time when one looks forward to finally being more grown up. Now one thinks that they will finally being allowed to do the things they were always told they were too young to do. It is a confusing time of school activities, academics, social life, and understanding ones own self-worth. For those that get involved in school activities it is much easier to cope with because you develop a group of friends with similar interests. It gives you the opportunity of going all the way through high school with those same friends that you have become very close friends and learned to accept. Therefore, you are fortunate in the social life that you can develop, removing many peer pressures of not knowing how to fit in with various groups. Academics are a challenge for everyone at best because you are now expected to know how to handle daily work, homework, special projects, tests, and get ready to prepare for college entrance exams. Even though you face many things never talked about before you set foot on high school grounds; you are still expected to be prepared, because now you are in High School.

There is also a book drawing on my Facebook page so make sure you go to Janice N. Richards “Best Selling Author and click like as I will be giving away “A Tribute to Those Serving the Red, White, and Blue.” 1000 clicks are needed by August 1st for the drawing.

I have also taken some very needed me time for relaxation and clearing my mind. I have spent time enjoying my cats and my family.

I know wish to get back to blogging about the National Days and try to catch up on what I have missed.

Let’s start with today.

National Day

26 All or Nothing Day

What does all or nothing day mean? Everyday has been assigned something to celebrate and today is that day where you either make up your mind you are going to stop procrastinating and do it all or you are going to have a relaxing day without making excuses and do nothing day. The choice is yours today. However, be careful at work as to what you choose to do. I don’t think bosses like the nothing day choice. However, it might be a great day to show what you are really capable of and even surprise yourself. There is no reference to how this day started so we will just dedicated to those OCD people and the procrastinations of the world.

26 Aunt and Uncle Day

Everyone has a day and this is a day to honor some special people in your family, your parents brothers and sisters. Aunt’s and Uncle’s are typically always fun to be around, because they have all the good stories about your parents and they more than likely don’t mind spoiling a you. Though we could not identify the origins of this holidays, it is defiantly a holiday that is worth celebrating with all your Aunt’s and Uncle’s.

You can always show your appreciation with a card, a gift, or just remembering them. Pick up the phone and give them a call. Let them know you care.

Hope whatever you do for today you can enjoy the day and remain cool. I will leave you with today’s recipe. So until next time 🙂

Coffee Milkshake Day

                      Coffee Milkshake

   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    3      cups          coffee ice cream
    1      cup           milk
      1/2  teaspoon      vanilla extract

  Combine all ingredients in container of an electric blender;
        blend mixture until smooth. Serve immediately.

        NOTE: 3 cups vanilla ice cream and 1 tablespoon instant
        coffee granules may be substituted for coffee ice cream, if desired

July 23rd

Good Morning! I hope everyone is well this Monday morning. I know that the weekend was full of horrific news in the media.

First of all I want to say my heart, prayers and blessings go out to all of Colorado. They have had a very difficult season between the fires, and now the shooting in a moving theater.

I will be praying for all of you personally affected and for the entire nation. I feel compelled to speak my mind on this last incident.

Many people get angry when we talk about censorship. Why would you censor, how would you censor, should you censor, it’s wrong to censor.

However, I am going back to a time when I grew up. Life was good, the economy was good, Walt Disney made everyone feel like they could live the Cinderella Dream. However, those days are gone. But even then we were protected from many do’s and don’ts from the media and movie makers. Certain things were taboos such as sex scenes and violence. The endings of movies always had the heroine ride off into the sunset happily ever after.

Now there is no censorship and we are living in a time when drug usage is at its all time high. Mind altering chemicals that can cause who knows what. We are no longer a generation that light-heartedly watches a movie or reads a book for just pure entertainment. We have become a generation of  internal media, filled with negativity, we know there is no happy ending and that we won’t live happily ever after.

Now we have opened the doorways for mans own destruction. We have filled the brain with ideas that they never would have come up with on their own. We have provided all the tools to be bought just about anywhere. We have provided “How To Do It” books on-line. There is nothing that is left out.

The media embellishes every crime on television and there is never anything about the good in the world or anything positive for the average listener to pick up that we aren’t all doomed for destruction.

We hear about the end of the world and the young people can’t filter that in their mind so they believe if the world is ending what difference does it make. I can do anything because the world will be ending soon.

I truly believe as a humanitarian that we owe our general public better than this.

I believe as a writer that we have to assume responsibility for what we write and how it will affect the lives of others.

I believe there is a very, very fine line between creativity, and evil destruction.

If we as a general population are not willing to say we want movies censored, we want the media censored than we might as well through all morality out the window.  It’s leading a double standard.

I remember having to take a five-year old to my apartment because while visiting her mom she was watching a very destructive action movie that terrified the five-year old. Mom was so into the movie she didn’t even see her own daughters fear. We assume as adults that if we watch it with our children they can handle it but that isn’t true. Their minds aren’t ready to handle it.

Children need to be only exposed to children and family oriented movies.

Now with 3D to top it off that has taken everything to an entirely different level.

I wish the public would pay as much attention to education, reading books and helping their children to become successful in life.

Somewhere along the way we as a general society allowed everything to slip through the cracks. We gave up our standards and now we are wondering what happened.

The society became a money hungry society with crooked politicians. Now everyone is out for themselves.

IF our society doesn’t want to destroy itself it will have to look at the old standards and values.

It will have to give the people something to believe in such as a positive future with jobs, stable economy, adequate education, and family values.

Who knows what set this young man off but for this type of tragedy to happen in Colorado there had to be something terribly wrong.

We need to get our young people outside enjoying fresh air and active. Too many are hiding behind computers and have no social skills.

It is time to develop communities that are socially aware of what is going on around them and to know when someone is acting different. This just doesn’t happen over night.

It is time for America to slow down the hustle and bustle and give time to families. Close the stores on Sunday’s. Give people time to be with families. The almighty dollar won’t do anyone any good when they are dead.

Everyone needs especially this month to spend family time and be thankful for whatever they have big or small. When you wake up every morning be thankful for waking up. Be thankful for the sunshine. Be thankful for your family, friends, and neighbors. Be thankful for your pets. be thankful for the food on your table.

Remember the Lord helps those who help themselves. Reach out and help someone who might not be as well off as you are.

Censor the movies and television and turn the media off when it becomes drama.

It is one thing to read about the news. It is another thing to watch the horror on television as if it was just another movie. Know when to shut it off.

I ask that everyone take some time out of their day each day this week to remember Colorado and to pray for all of the families hurting. Say a prayer for the world and the hate that continues to exist. Pray for love, understanding, and forgiveness.

Pray for peace throughout the world. It starts in everyone’s home. We must teach our children to love, and forgive so they aren’t consumed by hate.

Pray for an end to drugs that are destroying so many minds.

Pray for our economy, jobs, and better education.

They say history repeats itself. If I had but one wish I would wish for the younger generation to grow up the same way I did during safe happy times.

So until next time:)

 

July 14th

Sorry everyone but this month is rapidly getting away from me.

I will probably be off the blog site for the next week or two. I apologize for that.

I have a lot going on right now and will be away from the internet.

In the mean time I am working on four new books.

I hope to have “Coming of Age in the Rockies” The Rebel Years finished by September.

I have another library presentation to give September 13th at 7:00 pm at the Burley, Idaho Public Library.

I have started “Behind Closed Doors” a forty-year journey of teaching. I hope to be close to finishing it by January. However, it is quite intense.

I am trying my hand at my first romance story ” A Heart Broken,” A Twisted Love. It is already in progress and I will hopefully have it finished by Christmas.

I am also going to work very hard on an education book when I return to the internet. It’s half way done and I would like to finish it in time for the beginning of school. However, we will see how much time I have around everything else.

I am also working on two children’s books and trying to figure out illustrations.  When I’m not writing I am playing around with illustrations to see what I can come up with.

I am also marketing every chance that I get.

I am going to have to take some time off for health issues and give myself some important me time.

I hope everyone will continue to follow my blog site. I will return as soon as I can and I will catch up with everything that I can. So until next time 🙂