Let’s Get ….

If anyone remembers the Def Leppard song ‘Lets Get Rocked’ one of the first lines describe what this is about. Now I am a lot older than a teenager, but it will describe how this country can work if we come together.

I’m your average ordinary everyday kid,
Happy to do nothin’
In fact that’s what I did
I got a million ways to make my day

The kids of today have been more active in the news as of late than the average adult it seems. Ever since the last tragedy in Florida the young adults seem to be taking things up a notch and for that I say that we can learn a lesson from them. They took one of the hardest things to go through in their lives and have turned it into an energy and passion that is going to be the reason to change the way people think.

There are things that kids have an energy about and this is one of them it appears to be. As a military veteran I was trained on how to put my energy to good use. I see the kids having had that lesson rammed down their throat and showing that they can use the energy it created in a good way instead of one where fear rules their lives.

We need to harness the young adult’s energy and change the world that they live in. We can take the blood and dirty money out of the government and say that this is the way we want our world to be. We need to get the special interest money and groups out of the government. Groups that pay the people that represent us need to do just that.

When there is what I call ‘Dark Money’ in the government we end up with people in the government that haven’t stood where the common person is. They haven’t had to worry about where they get their next meal or if they pay for the medication that they need. They haven’t gone to bed hungry, so their kids could eat.

Let’s use our voices, let the truth be heard and if they don’t want to hear us turn up the volume. If every person who read this wrote a letter to their congress person and said enough of the ‘Dark Money, enough of doing what special interest wants’ then they would hear the call.


History is Repeating … We need to wake up


This is a cautionary tale. This what I am seeing going on and the history of what has been done in the past. These are my feelings only. The conclusions you draw are your own. I am wanting to put the information out there.

When you look at the history of the 20th century and what is going on now you will see there are some very dangerous similarities, and this is what concerns me. I want to have people understand that I love history. I have been in the US Army and got to see the damage that was done.

When you look at the end of the first World War, there were two major people who took power in some very dangerous ways. The two people that I am talking about are Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. I want to make this totally clear – they were…

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Looking Ahead and Finding the Positive


I keep getting asked about looking ahead and finding something positive to write about. The thing is that people shouldn’t have to ask for something positive to look forward to.

My views are that if you can help others then you shouldn’t have to ask for a positive thing to look forward to. When you help others then you are doing positive in more ways than you can understand. Not only do you have the positive of helping the person, you have given the positive by helping someone.

I have seen people that will only help others to get attention and praise. That isn’t the way to do it. Doing it to help a person for no other reason than to help that person will make it that much more special.

This is something that happened a time ago when I was still working. I used to ride the bus…

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Stuck in Thought … A lone writer

Sitting at the computer, trying to focus my thoughts and I find them racing again. Stories that I have on line don’t sell but I keep finding more things that clog my brain. At the ideas come racing I am stuck trying to find someone who can help me with proof reading and making sure that they sound good.

Can’t afford an editor, going through a free site to try to get them out. Nothing seems to work anymore, and I am frustrated because the one thing I love to do has no profit in it. Others tell me that I need to have a donation button on my blogs but even that cost money to do. I have a paypal.me site and no one uses it to do donations to the sites.

Wishing that someone would be willing to help me, but no one seems to be willing to do it for free until I can start making money. The stories on the following Digital Storefronts:



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United We Stand … Divided We Fall

This is one that people need to see with open eyes and open hearts. When we look at the past we can see where it has happened before and is likely to happen again. When we look at the past we can see when the country is divided we have had major problems. This is going to be a brief history lesson of what happens in the United States when we are split in more than one piece with our understanding of people.

The first one that really shows it was when the Southern States wanted to leave the Union of the United States. The reason that was taught in school was over slavery. But there is more going on than what meets the eye with this. There is the moral issue of slavery but there were others as well. The key issue was states rights. (1) However, there was also territorial expansion. There was the economy and political control that was part of the slavery system.

When the Civil War was over, the country was again divided. The oldest homegrown terrorist group was soon formed since people couldn’t see beyond the color of a person’s skin. In 1866 the Ku Klux Klan was founded. I want to stress that I don’t condone or approve of any of the hate actions that they feel is OK to do.
(2) They wanted to destroy the freedoms that people of African American descent were given at the end of the Civil War. They had gone on in the 20th century going against several different groups. They have had three major periods of power according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. (3)

When you look at the period of isolationism that we through both at the beginning of the first and second World Wars then you see again people looking at people for different reasons as being ‘less important’. When WWI started it was due to the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in July 28th, 1914 in Sarajevo. At the time Sarajevo was part of the former Ottoman territories that had been annexed by the Austria-Hungary Empire. (4)

America tried to stay out of the conflicts and ended up getting involved on WWI when President Wilson went to the US Congress citing Germany’s violation of its pledge to suspend unrestricted warfare in the North Atlantic. (5) With WWII it was due to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

I can go on and on with this but the fact that we have looked at people with different skin colors or beliefs as being something that we need to stop and challenge. The problem is that with the ideas of that nature we have a problem that we can’t see what is in front of us.

We have seen it with the conflicts in the Middle East, we have seen it with the way the current President is behaving, maybe we need to see things with a new set of eyes.


Suggested reading:









1} http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/feature/causes-of-the-civil-war/

2} http://www.history.com/topics/ku-klux-klan

3} https://www.splcenter.org/20110228/ku-klux-klan-history-racism

4} http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/archduke-franz-ferdinand-assassinated

5} https://history.state.gov/milestones/1914-1920/wwi

Healthy vs Unhealthy Eating …

Several of the recent comments that I have gotten were about healthy vs unhealthy eating. I will warn you that some are going to sound strange, but I do a lot of good foods on very little funds. There is a secondary issue with the way the current administration wants to handle people like myself who get food assistance.

One of the first things I will tell you is that I rely heavily on a good crock pot and the reason will soon show itself to you. My husband and I don’t eat at places like McDonalds due to the poor food quality and the fact that it cost too much.

An easy meal that will feed two people for about 2 days and runs less than $15.00 total. There are variations on how you can make this, but it is a basic Black Bean soup. The ingredients are a pound to a pound and a half of dry black beans, 1 carrot cut up small, 1-pound Black Forest Ham ends, garlic, onion, 2 chicken bouillon cubes, and 14 cups of water.

Cut up the garlic, onion, carrot, and put them in the bottom of the crock pot, cut up the ham end pieces into small to medium size pieces and put them in the bottom of the crock pot. Put the beans on top and mix them all together add the chicken bouillon cubes in and add water. Use about a capful of olive oil to prevent any sticking. Let cook on high for about 6 hours or on low for 10 hours.

Some people like it smoother for that run some through a blender or if you still have it a mixer through the pot. You can top it with cilantro, sour cream and have it with corn bread. My husband loves this, and it is so easy to make.

***Here is the fun part the only salt is in the bouillon cubes. So, this is tasty and healthy too.

You love beef pot pies, here is one for you. If you have left overs of a beef roast and the veggies that went with it, this is a snap to make. I will explain both ways for people who have new ideas all the time.

For the homemade beef pot pies from left overs it is super easy. Basically, cut up the meat into small medium pieces, cut up the left-over veggies, left over potatoes into small medium pieces. Spray the bottom of a baking pan (large cake recommended). Mix all cut up pieces together well and spread across the pan. If you are good at making brown gravy use that or use canned gravy and pour over the meat and veggies. Use either homemade biscuits or premade in the can biscuits. Stretch them over the top of the meat and gravy and bake until the biscuits are golden brown.

If you have more time and a good crock pot then get some stew beef, put a tiny bit of olive oil to brown the outside of the meat. Put it in the crock pot a long with all the veggies cut up into medium size pieces. (Personally, I toss in onion, garlic, potatoes, couple handfuls of kidney beans, & carrots) I use Beef Bouillon and a capful of olive oil and water. Cover it and put it on high for about 8 hours. You can have a stew for dinner one night and use the leftovers for a pot pie the next night. From there it is the same as the leftovers pot pie.

****Again, low salt, very healthy and tasty as ever.

Now for the second part – I will do a different color:

The current administration is wanting to change the way that people who get food assistance get boxes of pre-chosen foods. Now I am sorry but some of the stuff that I can imagine in those boxes make my digestive track hurt as it is.

My mom ran a daycare center and I remember the cheese and butter that she got from the government for the daycare, we had to get a separate freezer for it because there were times that there so much would come that we would have to freeze most of it. I remember eating spam and having a bad thirst after that it scared me.

I can imagine for a person who eats as healthy as my family does that the food would make our health go down hill so fast it isn’t funny. I don’t even have canned chicken noodle soup in my house.

We need to rethink … NRA needs to stop!!

This is a topic that is hard to write about. With all the mass shootings that have happened recently we need to get the money out of politics and the NRA is one of the worst.

As an Army Veteran the feelings I express are my own. But they show what needs to be seen. When people go into the military we must go through a lot and I mean a LOT of training with weapons before we are out of basic and advanced training.

When we are trained in the military we must know that weapon both inside and out. We must be able to take it apart, clean it, reassemble it and know what is going on at the same time. Weapons like AR-15’s don’t belong in the hands of a person who is not trained, mentally unstable, has several alerts on their records.

The AR-15 is a weapon of war. When you can use a clip of ammo that is more than 10 rounds then you have a problem. The fact that the faster a weapon fires means the untrained person has less control over where the rounds go. The AR-15 was designed for use in Vietnam. They aren’t meant to be used at home for self-protection or hunting.

If you are an avid hunter, then a shotgun, bow and arrow would work for you. For home protection use and get trained on a 9mm pistol. You don’t need a weapon of war for this. You need to make sure that you know the rounds are going in the right direction.

I found this article very disturbing but important for a reason. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2017/oct/02/america-mass-shootings-gun-violence The reason was the title and it scares me to think about it. Mass shootings in the US: there have been 1,624 in 1,870 days

You look at this one about Canada: http://www.macleans.ca/opinion/gun-violence-isnt-just-a-u-s-problem-and-canada-isnt-immune/ or this one http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/01/30/canada-mass-shootings_n_14498292.html and you will see there is a difference than the United States. The question is why?

One of the problems is groups like the NRA – they want to protect people from having the weapons away but at the same time are forcing people in the government to do what they want by paying them and if they don’t they lose the income. So, we need to stop the money from the NRA getting to the people in our government and start working on the issue of getting weapons of war off the streets and people need to rethink what is needed for home security. It is time to wake up.

They’re Coming!

When our kids and young adults are the targets of bullets and smear campaign for trying to do more that the lawmakers of our country are doing. When a parent needs to bury their young then there is a problem.

When people say that stronger background checks will take away the 2nd Amendment rights they need to understand that the 2nd Amendment doesn’t give you the right to own a weapon that was originally created to be used in a combat zone.

When a person buys a weapon that can take a clip of ammo that is more than 10 rounds and can be altered to fully automatic. When a person buys many clips and ammo then there should be a severe red flag that this is a danger coming up.

We need to stop the violence, we need to have the background checks improved, we need to make sure that people understand that when they pull the trigger that is someone’s life that they are taking. People need to understand that there is so much pain caused when an innocent life is taken.

When you do a background check – there should be more than an instant one done. I know that people want to be able to use the firearms but slow down! How many people have been trained to use them? How many have been forced to go through training to where they are having to deal with the live fire sounds?

I don’t say that everyone should have to be thrown in a combat area to get a fire arm but have the training that is needed. There needs to be a background check that covers the social behavior, mental health, past criminal and civil charges among other things. We need to protect the kids of this country. We need to be able to go to the religious services of our choice without having to worry about getting targeted for someone’s anger. We need to be able to go out and not have to worry about dealing with someone getting upset and doing something special (taking a swing, stabbing someone or getting a weapon and shooting up the area).

We need to wake up – our teens have and they are coming to have their voices heard.

The Challenge of Life … A Veterans Point of View

Everyone has challenges in their life. Everyone has problems that they deal with but those who have served in the Armed Forces has a different look on life.

These are the views of life as I see them. I did time in the US Army and it taught me a lot.

When a person says they are in pain, most medical people ask on a scale of 0 to 10 how bad the pain is. I have had people ask me what the worst physical pain is that I have gone through and it is giving birth to a child and dying in the process. When people hear that they don’t understand. I did that for one of my kids. I was given the grace of the gods to come back.

I have seen people who have gone to the emergency room for a hangnail (kid you not, a hangnail) and act like it is a major medical issue. I have had broken bones that I thought were just bruises so I can understand why some people feel that the medical system is over loaded, and it is. But when you look at the way people are treated by some of the doctors then you can understand the problem.

When doctors are more into symptom treatment than curing the problem and instead of using what nature has they go to the pharmacy board and see what chemicals they can use. This way they can treat the side effects with more medications. There is a term for this – it is one that most doctors won’t admit to, but they are trained in it. It is called the bio-medical model.

When I go to the VA Medical Center for my basic care, it is a strange sense there. Some of the doctors really want to help, others just want to be able to say that they have the work experience in a hospital. I have been through a lot with the VA. Not all doctors are bad, don’t get me wrong but the ones that want to use Veterans for testing medications without telling the person of all the dangers is one thing that really bothers me.

There is another way to look at problems and issues. It is one that the Seattle VA pain center works with called bio-psych-social model.

It is time that we look at life in a different way. We all have stresses and pain. The way we deal with them is what we need to look at. Some people choose to self-medicate by drinking or doing illegal drugs. What we need to look at other ways to deal with the problems that life throws at us. Using meditation instead of drinking alcohol, swimming in a pool or relaxing in a hot tub.

If we use the traditional method and thinking the doctors would have you taking a bunch of pills but if we look outside the box, we can find by changing the behavior we can feel a lot better and be healthier too.

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