Thursday, February 23, 2017


" A child without an education 
is like a bird without wings."
Tibetan Proverb

"Read to Succeed (RTS) volunteers are a part of an initiative of Lexington Leadership Foundation (LLF) a Christian  non-profit organization. LLF was formed in 1999 to mobilize people to action addressing issues of the most needy in our midst."  The training manual highlights this important truth,   "Since successful reading supports every other academic study, it precedes tutoring"

"Each week, volunteers meet across our city in various churches  to assist elementary age children to  love to read. Readers are trained to do paired reading, a simple but effective method.  Children are given pre and post-test to evaluate progress."

Volunteering with this Read to Succeed is a highlight of my week.

It is a joy to see how students are making progress each week. I believe, we are beginning to see students who are developing a love of reading.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tasty Tuesday

" How can one make friends without exquisite dishes!
It is mainly through the table that one governs."
Jean -Jacques  Regis  de Cambaceres
French Politician  ~ 1713 - 1824

This soup was so.... delicious! 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

power of God

"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved is the power of God."
I Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pet of the week, Wyatt

What do the following individuals have in common, Helen Keller, Theodore Roosevelt,  Rachael Ray, John Stewart, Thomas Edison, Serena Williams,  Brad Pitt, Rosie Perez, John Steinbeck, and Jamie Foxx? They all have owned Pit Bulls.

Pet ownership is a responsiblity. I think everyone who owns a dog should seriously consider enrolling their dog in obedience   training.

This week's pet is Wyatt a Pit Bull.

Pet Smart is a nationwide chain that offers learning centers.  Check them out.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friendship Friday

Originally from Turkey,
she has been in America
for many years. 
Is there such a thing as a perfect friend?  A Turkish Proverb states it well,  “A man who seeks a perfect friend remains friendless.”  True, there is no such thing as a perfect friend.

Are you fortunate to have friends who are “near” perfect?  In most cases, our friends have qualities that far outweigh their negative traits. We simply do not have the time or the energy for people who don’t bring out the best in our lives.

Real friendships are reciprocal. We are able learn, help, and benefit from each one another. 

Ay┼če and I became acquainted as the result of Newcomers. As our acquaintance developed into a friendship,  we discovered the common bonds regarding things we hold dear. As mothers, we treasure the gift of our children. Friendships, family, culture, and are some of our shared interests.

What enriches our friendship? We also began to learn to appreciate or understand about our differences.
Tip I learned from my friend...
I will use Mary Kay's
Timewise replenishing serum +C
to correct dark spots on my skin. 

Over the years, we have enjoyed countless cups of tea, luncheons, summer drinks on her deck, girl night outs, Mary Kay Pampering Sessions, and a Mary Kay Road Trip to Nashville. It was on the road trip to Nashville, I share more in depth about my Christian Faith and how I became a Christian.

While we have talked about my faith, it was not until last year, I began to understand more about her faith as a Muslim. Last year, she lent me her book, No god but God by Reza Aslan. I look forward to reading and understanding more about her faith. Maybe she will have an interest to attend a study with me.

Learning goes both ways.

My thanks to her for taking me to
physical therapy. She also walked Josie.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday Musings

The American Heart Association shares this important figure,"Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart attack and stroke, yet it can be prevented."To learn more about how to make a change, visit this site:

Awareness is important is one key to making lifestyle changes. Learn facts and share them with someone you love. It will make a difference.

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