Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Tonight we’re having our family feast. But this morning I’m going to the high school to the twins’ Life Skills Class for a pre-feast! Their special education teacher is amazing and the class puts on quite a spread. She goes way above and beyond. Before I leave to go this morning I’ll put my own turkey in the roaster.


The rolls are made, all the pies and the Cherry Fluff.  The green beans are ready to go. I wanted to get more done yesterday but I’m fighting some sort of sore throat thing again and just didn’t have the energy. So today I’ll finish up the corn pudding, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing. Yes, this is a carb-filled feast. Oh. Yum.

pic novemberThis year is very special because I’ll have all my sons at the table for the first time in almost three years. I’ll also have four granddaughters and some friends. And while most people will be enjoying their feast on Thursday, I’ll probably be sleeping.


Food is a funny thing. I’ve noticed that it puts all the men in my life in a great mood when I’m in the kitchen cooking. I get more hugs and kisses. Whether we like it or not, we humans do equate food with love.

foodequalsloveAnd I’m grateful on this Thanksgiving to have so much of both, aren’t you?

Have A Doggone Happy Thanksgiving

What are your family’s favorite dishes at Thanksgiving? What kind of stuffing do you serve? Corn bread, oyster, or traditional? Weigh in!

And have a doggone Happy Thanksgiving!

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E is for Erasmus, Education and Einstein

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When I get a little money I buy books; (2)

I think Erasmus and I would have gotten along swimmingly. In fact, my husband, Mr. Himself, says (and he’s right): “If I give Karla $10 to spend on anything at all, she’ll buy a book.” He’s mystified by this phenomenon because he’s not a reader. He wasn’t taught to read phonetically and he also has ADD and dyslexia. These issues have hampered his reading ability his entire life. That’s not to say he isn’t intelligent. Trust me, he’s brilliant. But his inability to decode words is one of the reasons I’m passionate about literacy and learning.


I think it’s a crime for someone to get an education and graduate without being taught properly how to read. Mr. Himself has a bachelor’s degree. And it was hard-earned. He had to work at least twice as hard as someone else to get that piece of paper, all because schools in his day taught English reading as if it were Chinese.

Chinese%20logosIronically, in Erasmus’s day, very few books were available to people of my economic demographic. Only the very wealthy could afford books and only the very elite of society were able to read. This is how people were kept under the government’s thumb for so long. It’s one reason the Middle Ages is called The Dark Ages. And it’s also the reason Erasmus had very little money left for clothes and food (although, he does look nicely dressed in the picture below, don’t you think?).


I can’t imagine not reading books. Reading has gotten me through many painful periods of my life. It allowed me to escape as a child into worlds I’d never otherwise go. Some of my fondest memories are summers of endless reading, especially at my grandmother’s. She would take me to a local church “basement sale” where I’d paw through boxes of books and pick out a few to take home. It’s where I found my first copy of The Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton Porter. Once I learned to read, I don’t think there’s been a single day when I didn’t read something from a book. Books comfort me. I surround myself with them.


E is also for Education and I’m an Education fanatic. I love learning, and I’m fascinated with how people learn. I love breaking things down into manageable steps. I’m intrigued by how the mind words. I especially enjoy teaching people who find learning difficult. I find it a personal challenge to figure out how to make things click for a struggling student. That’s why I’m pursuing another degree in Special Education. And I’m proud to inform you that my teacher’s college is #1!


Did you know that Einstein (E is for Einstein!) was bad at algebra? I am, too. And it’s not that I couldn’t learn it. I did learn it. But I had to learn it a lot slower than other folks. Classes move so fast sometimes that those of us who need more time to grasp and practice a concept get left behind. This shouldn’t be. Everyone should be given the chance to learn at their own pace. It’s not a race.

_Everyone should be allowed to learn at-1 (2)

In the next few weeks I’m going to write about a fairly new and exciting educational concept I’m involved in. I’m eager to share it with you. Education is changing for the better. I can’t wait to be a part of a movement changing the way the world learns and perceives how learning should take place.

But all this education is for naught if we don’t acknowledge our need for wisdom. I always believed this and spouted this to my kids and friends so often they got sick of hearing it:

_You can have a Harvard law degree and (2)

Now, that doesn’t mean I’d turn down one of those law degrees myself. But it does mean that as Christians, the most important knowledge and education we must have is that which is found in the only book that truly matters, God’s Word.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a-3 (2)

Only God’s Word can teach me what is most important to know. Yesterday (Wednesday, November 5, 2014) I finished reading the Bible cover to cover for only the second time in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve studied different parts of the Bible in depth. I’ve taught classes on the Old Testament and the Life of Christ in Seminary. I’ve read the New Testament probably many times. But I’ve only read the entire Bible as a book, beginning to end, twice. I’m ashamed of that. One of my goals is to read it many more times before I die. I begin again tomorrow.


Yes, I love books, and I own hundreds of them and I can’t imagine a life without them. But out of the millions of books and gazillion words written, there is only one book that is TRUTH. And I’m grateful, so grateful, that I can read it.


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B is for Balderdash



“First and foremost, I want the American people to know that our experts, here at the CDC and across our government, agree that the chances of an Ebola outbreak here in the United States are extremely low.” –President B. H. Obama


“‘…there’s all the difference in the world between the U.S. and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading. The United States has a strong health care system and public health professionals who will make sure this case does not threaten our communities,’” said CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. ‘While it is not impossible that there could be additional cases associated with this patient in the coming weeks, I have no doubt that we will contain this.'”




“Ebola is not spread through the air like the flu…You cannot get it through casual contact like sitting next to someone one a bus. You cannot get it from another person until they start showing symptoms of the disease, like fever.” — B.H. Obama


“…the most common way you can get Ebola is by touching the body fluids of someone who is sick or has died from it, like their sweat, saliva or blood, or through a contaminated item like a needle.” — B.H. Obama

As soon as I heard about the ebola outbreak, my blood ran cold. Ebola terrifies me. It has terrified me since 1994 when I read the book, Hot Zone, by Richard Preston. Death by ebola is hideous and horrible. And I don’t appreciate my government treating it like the chicken pox.

The_Hot_Zone_(cover)Of course we don’t want the public to panic, but at what cost?

Here’s what you should know: studies have shown this particular strain of virus is transferred in the air. You can get it by sitting by someone on the bus. You can get it by being in the presence of those infected.


My heart goes out to the healthcare workers here and elsewhere in the world who have been infected. I pray for them. I urge you to join me in those prayers. And I also pray for those workers involved in caring for the victims. God bless them. It has to be exhausting and frightening.  I pray for the families of the infected. What horror they must be experiencing. How overwhelmed everyone must be. My heart breaks for the pain in this world.


Please pray Ebola nurse, Texas Christian University graduate, Nina Pham and her family.

Bottom Line (as opposed to Baloney, Balderdash, Bunk, Ballyhoo and Bosh), we have hope:

Psalm 91 King James Version (KJV)

91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Our only hope is in Christ. Hazmat suits may not protect us, but God’s supernatural hedge of protection can. And should we become ill, He will give us the grace to endure. And should we die? We do not die without hope. We graduate! Oh, how blessed is that hope.


I pray for divine health for you, Dear Reader. I pray for your supernatural protection. I pray Psalm 91. In those words I find more protection than any quarantine could possibly offer.

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A is for Appetite


Hittin’ the berries a little heavy there…

I’m convinced I’m part bear. This time of year I just want to load up on carbs and I’m sure it’s because I’m trying to prepare for winter hibernation and months of sleep. But alas, I live in a human body that doesn’t have the luxury of napping all winter.  Somehow, my  appetite doesn’t know that!


Fall, in my mind, means food. And not just any food. The most delicious food of the entire year.


I wrote a little bit about this on author, Elaine Stock’s, blog. You can see how much I love fall and feeding my voracious appetite here: Be Inspired by Autumn!


But for this post, I want to share five of my favorites for feeding my fall appetite. In the comments below, I’d love for you to share your favorites, too! I’m always picking up new ways to tickle my taste buds, and I know some of my readers are amazing cooks. I want to try some of your creations this fall. If I make the recipe you post, I’ll feature it on my blog!


Here are my top five pics for fattening up for a long winter nap. (I’ll post recipes in later posts):

1. Pecan-Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls


2. Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans


3. Pumpkin Pie (pumpkin anything!)


4. Corn casserole


5. Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (I sometimes add cream cheese and sour cream to the potatoes. Can you spell calories?)


Have you noticed there’s not any meat in that list? I think this girl could live on carbs (which is why I lose weight on low-carb diets!). However, I do admit I feel better and have more energy if I limit my carb intake. Still, this time of year I crave them. Maybe it’s because they remind me of my grandmother and how good it felt to be loved by her.

apple pie harvest


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