Tenativ: Helping Those In Need


When one of my godson’s contacted me about a grassroots fundraiser for a company he co-founded, Tenativ, I knew this was something you guys might like to be a part of, because, HELLO!, you are givers for a great cause. Yeah, you are. (I am NOT be compensated for this post, merely wanting to share […]

10 (plus 2) Things My Mother Taught Me

!0 (plus 2) Things My Mother Has Taught Me

I originally wrote this post about my mom (aka The German, and yes, she knows that I refer to her as such) in May of 2013.  As I reread it, I thought I’d add two more thangs, one of which will not be how I vex her by doing things like this in most photos: […]

DIY Beneficial Garden Bugs

DIY Pest Control

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that while you’re inside reading a book, that outside, tending your garden, is an army of beneficial bugs helping you out?  It’s not a dream…this is real life, yo! Check this garden infographic out: Infographic by http://organicpestcontrolnyc.com While this company is out of New York, the info is sound […]

When Your Cancer Insides Show On The Outside

When Your Cancer Insides Show On the Outside

When people find out you’re receiving treatment for breast cancer, but haven’t yet lost your hair, they’re calm and encouraging and full of fight for you. Once you start losing your hair, expect the same encouraging fight with a heaping side of uncomfortable unknowing about how to react properly to your cancer insides showing on […]

The Big Give S.A.

The Big Give S.A.

I know most of you don’t live in Texas, nor do you live in San Antonio, but hang with me for just a moment while I explain why I would promote The Big Give S.A. charity drive in an area that has nothing to do with you…or does it? Show of hands: How many of […]

May is Melanoma Awareness Month: Check Yo’Self!

May is Melanoma Awareness Month

Each year I like to bring attention to the fact that May is Melanoma Awareness Month.  That’s what we survivors like to do, you know.  We like to remind ourselves that we dodged a brutal bullet, and we like to remind you to wear sunscreen, so you can dodge that bullet too. This post stands […]

5 Keys to a Happy Marriage

5 Keys To a Happy Marriage

Garry and I have been married for over 32 years and we’re honestly happier than ever.  Not that it’s always been easy; anything this valuable doesn’t come without a price.  We’ve earned our marriage battle scars, but more importantly, when faced with the hardness of life, we’ve taken the path of joy and having a […]

What I’ve Learned About Breast Cancer #2

Pom-Pom Balloon

As I write this it has been approximately three weeks since my initial diagnosis.  What could I have possibly learned in three weeks time?  More than I ever wanted to, that’s what. Ready? Set. GO! What I’ve Learned About Breast Cancer Three Weeks In * Every breast cancer is different. * Every treatment is different. […]

PSA of the Day: Drowning and Secondary Drowning Facts

Solving the puzzle of drowning.

Summer is thisclose once again!  With summer break comes lots of time spent in the water, so this is a perfect time to revisit the facts of drowning and secondary drowning. Once you’ve read this post (which is an updated post of the one I did last year), come back to the above link on […]

What I’ll Tell Sweet E: We are all Broken and Needy

We're All Broken And Needy

This subject is hard.  Who wants to admit to being needy?  To being broken?  No one, that’s who.  Yet, we are.  Each and every one of us. Sweet E, my lovely little man, how I love you and your brokenness, your neediness.  Don’t be afraid.  Don’t fear what is uncomfortable to face. When I was […]