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The Eve of the Eve of the New Year

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December 30, 2018 The Eve of the Eve of the New Year


Is there anyone else out there who detests New Year’s Eve?  Not that getting together with friends and family for a celebration is inherently detestable, but on this one night, the gathering seems a little too forced and most parties are full of strangers who you’ve never seen before and will likely never see again.  
Don’t even think about showing up at one of these shindigs in your ratty gender-neutral jeans and a worn tee without a date and no real career plans because this puts you in the LOSER category like nothing else ever will.  Boom!  The sound of the door slamming, shutting your scruffy self in the cell reserved for people with no ambition, echoes loudly in the minds of the party goers who adhered to the mandate that regardless of the truth this one night you must put on a show for the world. If you don’t, then well…LOSER might as well be tattooed on your forehead.  
Even here deep in the Piney Woods in East Texas, where fashi…

The Dreary Days of December.

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December 28, 2017
The Dreary Days of December have come again!

Have you ever noticed that the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day seems drearier than the rest of the year? The presents are opened, the stockings are empty, the Christmas decorations have lost some of their luster...and we find ourselves wishing for summer.    It could be the sugar crash that most of us experience.  Or it might be the symbolic end of another year, although birthdays are a better anniversary for the passage of years, regardless of the annual year-end countdowns that fill our airways the last week of December.       But this insidious feeling of bleakness has its roots sunk deep in our psyche.  We have long been led to believe that dark, dreary, and dull equal depressing.  There is actually some science behind this notion.  It’s called a lack of Vitamin D.  The most potent source of Vitamin D, which is not actually a vitamin, is sunlight. 
    Think about it. 

    December is the calendar opposite of Ju…

What Have You Sacrificed?

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What Have You Sacrificed?
If you live in the United States, or any country that embraces the freedoms of its citizens, then you know that freedom comes with a price. A deadly price.
From the birth of our nation to the present, men and women have fought and died to assure that the citizens of this country have the freedoms guaranteed them by the constitution.  And yes, that includes the right to criticize all things American, if that’s is your thing.  HOWEVER, that same constitution does not guarantee you that your ranting will not have consequences, or that everyone will agree with you and embrace your opinions, as some celebrities are finding out to their chagrin.  Still, it is your right to speak your mind.
Personally, it makes this blogger very sad to see so many people dishonoring the people who sacrificed everything to protect this country. In every community, there are mothers, fathers, wives, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends that grieve the …

A Day to Honor Mothers

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May 14, 2017
Mother's Day
     Did you know that it is estimated that more than 23 billion dollars will be spent on flowers and presents for Mother's Day this year?  Mind boggling, isn't it.  One can only imagine how the lady who considered herself the Founder of Mother's Day, Anna Jarvis, would react to that.  Even though it was her life long quest to have a day in May designated as Mother's Day, a day to honor the mothers, she fought equally as hard to keep it from becoming a commercialized holiday.  Regardless of her intentions, the idea grew--backed by florists, restaurants, and card shops--until in 1914 Congress passed a law making the second Sunday of May a national day to remember mothers.  Why      May, you ask?  Jarvis' mother died in May.  She wanted the day to be closed to the anniversary of her mother's death as possible.  Jarvis's mother, Anna Reeves Jarvis, was active in helping mothers learn how to take care of their children in what was th…

Remembering the Challeger

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January 28, 2017


On this day in 1986, NASA suffered a devastating loss. Not the first loss, by any means, but one that would become an albatross around NASA's neck for years to come and halt all future launches for three years.  Maybe it was because there had been so much publicity before launch that this tragedy captured the nation.  Early in 1985, to boost the public's interest in space, our then president, Ronald Reagan, launched the Teacher in Space Program.  Christa McAuliffe, a teacher from New Hampshire, won the opportunity to be NASA's first "Teacher in Space."  One winner; 10462 losers.  As the winner, she was to travel with the crew of the space shuttle, deliver a lesson from space, return to Earth and take her place in history as the first civilian in space.  A Cinderella story of a sort, only no prince at the end.  No HEA.  Instead a watery grave for McAuliffe and an ending to a dream that cut deep into the heart of humanity leaving an aching scar and…

Can I Get a Snow Day?

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January 12, 2017 As I sit here and listen to the weather for the next few days, high 50s with a less than 40% chance of rain during the day; low 30s at night, I can’t help but feel a little relieved. Especially when The Weather Channel flashed a map of all the places in the U S that it's snowing today.  Brrrrr! So. Glad. I'm. Not. In. The. Northwest. Today.  Animals at the Portland Zoo feel a little differently. They seem to be enjoying their "closed because of heavy snow" day the way that school kids do when school is closed because of snow. If you have trouble getting the video to play, you can view it on youtube at this link: First Day of Snow at Portland Zoo.


Don't worry folks if the rumors are a little thin today. You know that this blogger has an ear to ground for all the latest gossip and will fill you in later...on that you can be sure.  Things are definitely heating up in Miller, even if the temps are warm enough to shed the old jacket and roll up your sle…