“Just a Little Something Special from Yesterday”

“Memorial Day Memories from Son, Lee”

A Veteran Speaks…

My son’s thoughts, as he was listening to  Taps,  on the radio, this Memorial Day.  Lee,  remembers as a young Boy Scout, and in his SCOUT uniform, he and his Troop went to Jefferson Barracks – St.Louis, MO., to put American Flags, on the grave of each Fallen Solider.

The above being done, and not knowing then, what the future would hold,  that in just a very few short years, that he would be wearing a Navy Uniform,  aboard the, CV61 USS Ranger – The Flag Ship of the Admiral of the 7th Fleet.

Lee said,  “Brings me to earlier this week, getting out  our  “American Flag”  to run up the pole for this “Memorial Day”  because,  I know I am a Proud American, and I Love My Country.”     D.V. 

“Just hope that some of this – sticks with you…Partner?”

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“Learning Lessons while Shopping of Child Behavior”

Listen and learn!

Do you keep your ears and eyes open when shopping at “Wal-mart” stores? You should really watch people when you are in a large area of people  –  there are lessons to learn.

At this particular time – afternoon  –  a family, father, mother, and three sons ages  15  to  21  –  all well dressed.  They moved through the store and if they were not so very quiet and well behaved  – even I, would not have noticed.  But something caught my ear. “Snap Snap”  or you might say  “Click Click”  – when you rub your thumb and middle finger together making a noticeable noise!

Out of the ordinary noises catch my ear and I have to look and listen further for what is going on? Observe and learn for what is to be expected?  You might just say that I am nosy!

When the “Father” snapped his fingers, his three sons, immediately  –  turned toward him watching for his fingers to do the talking!  His pointer finger  – selected the son’s attention he wanted  –  he would point to something and then move his wrist toward himself or to the basket to put said item in.  Everything so mechanical!

He would talk in a very soft voice to the  “Mother” of the family  –  but when doing so was very close to her ear.  So, now… I was finished with my shopping and so was this other family… that I was observing for quite some time… now…that this family was finished with their shopping and also looking for a lane to check out in,  old nosy me… I follow them into the same lane.

They spoke with the cashier,  gave  their credit card information, and as the cashier was bagging merchandise  – the  “Father”  with a quick  “snap or click”   and a point  to one son and a quick point to another   with wrist  pointing to  the basket   –   the sons knew what to do,  they  finished  the  bagging and putting the filled bags  into  the basket,  with precise   “clockwork”    action,  just as if they were in the  Military?”

You know this training started as soon as these boys began to walk, it was just so natural   – I’ll bet these boys were never in the store as small children crying for everything that they wanted  –  and or were crying louder when they were not getting it.  When there is a strong “Father figure”  in the family you can move mountains with little or no effort!

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MOTHER’S DAY – Second Sunday in May


Mother’s Day is a time-honored tradition of recognizing the women in our lives who raised us, dried our tears, and well, mothered us. Everyone has one or has someone who is like a mother to them. On the second Sunday of May, we honor those women who are our mothers. Whether we shower her with gifts, take her to a fancy dinner or make her a homemade card, what moms want most is to be surrounded by the love of her family. Knowing the people they love are safe, sound, and healthy is a mom’s number one priority.


Remember to put mom first on Mother’s Day and use #MothersDay to share on social media.


Mother’s Day has been celebrated around the world since, well, since motherhood. In the United States, Julia Ward Howe inspired the first movement toward a national observance during the Civil War. Appealing to the public for a “Mother’s Day for Peace” after witnessing the devastation left by war, Howe went on an international crusade. While her efforts never gained formal recognition for an official observance, she was acknowledged posthumously in 1988 for her achievements and her efforts for women’s rights.

In 1905, Anna Jarvis, the daughter of Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis successfully introduced the idea for a national holiday recognizing mothers. Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis had followed Howe’s campaign and had pursued her own volunteer efforts during the Civil War. Ann Marie died on May 9, 1905, and her daughter, Anna, missed her mother greatly. She started a dedicated letter-writing campaign to declare an official Mother’s Day. Through Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, the first observance occurred on May 10, 1908.

This day, to honor Anna Jarvis’s mother, grew into a national observance until in 1911 when every state participated. Soon it was spreading internationally, and on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother’s Day a national holiday to be held on the second Sunday of May.

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David Jeremiah shares Information in Old Testament

It’s often said that every page of the Bible is a love letter from God. So it shouldn’t be surprising to find Jesus on every page as well.  Dr. David Jeremiah shares how the Old Testament is so filled with Christ that Jesus used it to teach about Himself!

Is He From the Old Testament or the New Testament? Part 2


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“Happy Birthday to Mary Crangle”

“May 5th, 2020 is Mary’s Day”

    “Happy Birthday to You…. Happy Birthday to You…

                  Happy Birthday, Dear Mary…

          Happy Birthday to you and many more…”

This is one of those special PHOTOS that I have  … can not put a date with the exact time frame, but one that I like because it reminds me of the good times that I also had back then but as we travel on our journey through LIFE –  we seem to feel we must travel here and there… and make moves that when we are older and stop and think we realize that we made some very unnecessary moves in fact, whatever we thought was important enough to make a change… were really not the best of moves for us… had we taken more time…and or just moved slowly in our decision making.


   In this PHOTO  which I feel everyone should see… that which  I see and think is so very important when it comes to small children and not just because this is  “Alan, my Grand-son” he is pre-kindergarten – –  but I am amazed at seeing how he is so busy at work!

When I was at his age – – I can not remember being so organized as he is in this PHOTO – –  Alan has his sleeves rolled up… he is standing in a well bent over position as an “ARTIST” would stand at his  “ART-BOARD”  work paper in front of him and held down in place so as not to move while he does his artistic design … colors to use and art papers within reach… he knows his NAME and is able to write it down on the construction paper and more importantly… than anything else nothing else in this classroom is a distraction to keep him from doing the  “CREATIVE” project …that he has his mindset to produce.

My feelings on this are that teachers and parents may not have thought about this but when children are very young they have natural creative abilities something in their “DNA” and or genes and with the right guidance early in LIFE will make for the child to be able to do for his LIFE’S WORK – – that which he was created to do!

“Working with babies and very young children early in LIFE will be the best of all BLESSINGS that our CREATOR wants for each of the GIFTS of LIFE… He gives…to us!   D.V.

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“These Raspberry Popovers are the perfect dish”

Raspberry Popovers

These raspberry popovers are the perfect dish for brunch or any easy breakfast.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American


Servings: 6 large popovers


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Handful of fresh raspberries


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Using a microwave or stovetop, melt the butter. Coat the popover pan generously with melted butter. Place pan in the oven to heat it up while the oven finishes preheating.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  • Using a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, and lemon zest. Add these the egg mixture and stir until just combined. It’s okay if it’s a little lumpy.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, filling each cup to about 2/3 full. Scatter a few raspberries over the tops of each cup or mash the raspberries and fold a spoonful into the mixture of each cup.
  • Bake until puffed and golden, about 35-45 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately, popovers will deflate slightly as they cool.


If you don’t have a popover pan, a muffin pan will work just fine.

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