Saturday, May 23, 2015


Memorial Day
Edgar Guest

The finest tribute we can pay
Unto our hero dead today,
Is not a rose wreath, white and red,
In memory of the blood they shed;
It is to stand beside each mound,
Each couch of consecrated ground,
And pledge ourselves as warriors true
Unto the work they died to do.

Into God's valleys where they lie
At rest, beneath the open sky,
Triumphant now o'er every foe,
As living tributes let us go.
No wreath of rose or immortelles
Or spoken word or tolling bells
Will do to-day, unless we give
Our pledge that liberty shall live.

Our hearts must be the roses red
We place above our hero dead;
Today beside their graves we must
Renew allegiance to their trust;
Must bare our heads and humbly say
We hold the Flag as dear as they,
And stand, as once they stood, to die
To keep the Stars and Stripes on high.

The finest tribute we can pay
Unto our hero dead today
Is not of speech or roses red,
But living, throbbing hearts instead,
That shall renew the pledge they sealed
With death upon the battlefield:
That freedom's flag shall bear no stain
And free men wear no tyrant's chain.

Decoration Day
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
   On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
   Nor sentry's shot alarms!

Ye have slept on the ground before,
   And started to your feet
At the cannon's sudden roar,
   Or the drum's redoubling beat.

But in this camp of Death
   No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
   No wound that bleeds and aches.

All is repose and peace,
   Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
   It is the Truce of God!

Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
   The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
   Your rest from danger free.

Your silent tents of green
   We deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been,
   The memory shall be ours.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Welcome to the Book Blog tour of "Called to be Amish"

I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me a free copy of this book to review.  The opinions are my own.
About the book: 
Fewer than one hundred outsiders have joined the Old-Order Amish---and stayed---since 1950. Marlene C. Miller is one of them.

In this rare memoir, Marlene recounts her unhappy and abusive childhood, how she throws herself into cheerleading and marching band, and how she falls in love with Johnny, the gentle young Amish man who helps her lace her ice skates.

Against the wishes of both sets of parents, Marlene and Johnny get married and begin a family. Follow the author on this unusual journey to find out how God's love called her out of bitterness and depression and into the warm embrace of her new Amish community.

Accompany her as she dons an Amish dress and prayer covering and gets baptized. Learn how she endures the strain of ten children, a hundred-acre farm, and accidents and tragedy, and find out how she comes close to walking away from it all. Turning Amish has proven to be anything but plain and simple for this former majorette. But nearly fifty years later, Marlene is still living out God's call as an Old Order Amish woman.

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About the author: 

Marlene C. Miller
 joined the Amish as an adult and has been a member of the Old Order Amish for almost 50 years. She and her husband of 48 years live on a farm in Ohio surrounded by their nine children, more than 40 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

My Review
I enjoyed reading this book, it gave me new insight on how the Amish truly live and not just the fictional stuff we read in Amish romance novels. The reality of it is, there is a lot of hard work involved in living the life of the Amish.

We first get a harsh glimpse of Marlene's difficult childhood by two neglectful parents, but had the love and devotion of an aunt and her mother's parents.  She became involved in extra-curricular activities such as becoming a Majorette.

When she met Johnny she was immediately drawn to his sweet and caring nature.  The two were drawn together and through many difficulties of their own, married and worked hard to live the life they enjoy today.  

Marlene Miller amazes me for leaving a world of convenience, that most of us take for granted.  She had to give up driving cars, electricity, phones, wearing dresses and makeup.  And washing machines!  Ach!  No way! Cloth diapers and hand washing them?  Not for the lighthearted. But she did it!  She gave it all up.  The Lord placed it upon her heart that this was the right thing to do, and at times, there were tears of regret or of failing, but she held strong to her convictions and has enjoyed a life of peace and tranquility.

There were times that I did get a bit irritated with her complaining about the diapers and the babies, the endless chores,  and how Johnny struggled keeping them all fed, clothed, etc.  She mentions how her children went to school with holes in their shoes, etc.  In my mind, I thought, "Quit having so many babies, if you can't properly care for them!"  In all, she and Johnny wound up having 9 kids!!!   So, there were times she seemed quite depressed and wanted out, but they both just hung in there and made it work.

There is a part in the book that details horrid tragedy, that I had to literally place the book down, to cry for them.  It still shakes me up.  But what I loved was how the whole Amish community came together, prayed with them, comforted them and helped them throughout this difficult and emotional time. That's one thing about the Amish, they love each other, support each other and work to grow together in their faith and walk with God.

I also learned, regardless of what you see in the movies and tv, most of them do not speak English. Pennsylvania Dutch is what they speak, German, which, Marlene has yet to master, but all of her children are fluent in both languages.  Admiral.

I absolutely could not live the life of an Amish woman.  So, to me that in itself took a lot of courage, will power and God's strength to help Marlene transition from being Englisch to becoming a full member of the Amish community.

It's a fantastic story and I guarantee you will shed tears for her and her beautiful family. The love that is shared is insurmountable.  I'm glad I was able to review this book, what a wonderful pleasure it was.

God bless Marlene Miller and her family.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

You should be concerned if your blood pressure is going up

I'm posting the article below because of my own BP rising.  Unbeknownst to you all, I was shot in the leg a couple of weeks, with a lead pellet gun. OUCH!  It was close range. The person who shot me had no idea the chamber was loaded, anyhoo... the pellet had a 4 inch track and then lodged in my calf muscle.

Before that, a lost my  job of nine years, which was absolutely devastating. I'm still reeling from that.

Anyhoo...after four days of that sucker being lodged in my leg, I decided to have it cut out and am healing nicely.  For some reason the ER refused to remove it and told me it was safe to leave it in my leg, umm...NOPE!  It's lead!

However, I digress, I figure with all the stress I have been under that my BP had been off the scales.  And I honestly believe people need to have it checked regularly.


It’s a common condition, and it doesn’t have any symptoms: About one out of three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, or hypertension. And nearly one out of three American adults has prehypertension — blood pressure numbers that are higher than normal, but not yet in the high blood pressure range — which raises the risk of developing high blood pressure.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease, so it's a serious condition that we all must be more conscious of as we age. African-Americans in particular should pay careful attention to blood pressure: In one year, the overall death rate from high blood pressure was 40 percent for African-American females and 52 percent for African-American males — more than for any other group.

When Does Blood Pressure Become High Blood Pressure?

According to guidelines followed by doctors, blood pressure is normal if it's 120/80 or below. The range of 120/80 to 139/89, which was once classified as normal to high, is now considered to be prehypertensive.

If your blood pressure falls somewhere in the prehypertensive range, it may quickly develop into high blood pressure, or 140/90 or above. Most doctors now recommend lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure for anyone with a reading above 120/80. If you have added risk factors such as being overweight or having high blood sugar or cholesterol, the concern is even greater. Even though you may not have any symptoms, high blood pressure increases your risk for cardiovascular disease. Since cardiovascular disease is the cause of death for one out of every three Americans, any evidence of high blood pressure is cause for concern.

How Can You Lower Your High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is a treatable condition. Most doctors recommend starting with these lifestyle changes to lower blood pressure:
Stop smoking
Lose weight
Limit alcohol and caffeine
Eat a healthy, low-sodium diet
Reduce your stress levels *easier said than done*

When lifestyle changes are not enough, your doctor may prescribe one or more antihypertensive medications. You may need to take blood pressure medication for the rest of your life to keep your condition under control. Remember: Stopping medication on your own can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Friday, May 1, 2015

People Are Stomping the American Flag & Posting the Pictures Online as Part of a ‘Challenge’

"No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America." Section 8
"The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing." Section 8j
Read the full Flag Code

A disturbing new trend has hit social media following the manhunt for 
Eric Sheppard, a Valdosta State University student who allegedly brought a gun on campus during anti-American flag protests last week.

Despite the ongoing manhunt and pleas from Sheppard’s father to turn himself in,Campus Reform reports on the #EricSheppardChallenge, which has been created in honor of the member of the New Black Panther Party and self-proclaimed “terrorist against white people.”
Supposedly in support of Sheppard, numerous people have taken to social media to add posts of themselves desecrating the American flag:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mom Caught On Video Hitting Son Taking Part In Baltimore Riots « CBS DC

Mom Caught On Video Hitting Son Taking Part In Baltimore Riots « CBS DC

Way to go mom!  This is what parenting looks like. Kids need discipline.  I hope he's totally humiliated and will remember this incident forever.

Moms and dads NEED to take charge of their children.  It be nice to see more parents out there dragging their kids home.

What is happening in Baltimore is absolutely reprehensible. The mayor should be fired for instigating this violence by allowing the rioters the "Room to destroy."

The guy was a thug, not a big surprise, however, let the police continue investigating why this perps spine was broken. He was justly arrested. He had a long rap sheet.  

What does looting a liquor store, 7 Eleven, burning down a Senior Citizen building have to do with this man's death? NOTHING!  This is just another opportunity for savages to destroy the livelihood of others.

This absolute madness.

UPDATE:  Freddie Gray had back surgery a week prior to being arrested.  Yeah, he should have been home recovering not breaking the law.

Peaceful demonstrations today in Balitmore. Thank goodness. I still side with the police, though.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Auschwitz guard offers Germans something rare: A Nazi who admits what he did