A Shared Story: But I Only Want To Help

What’s that expression – the road to hell is paved with good intentions? It felt that way to me. Many times when I THOUGHT I was being helpful my efforts were not met with much enthusiasm by those I thought I was helping. In some cases the person was down right angry. I use to be the Queen of Good Intentions. I was quick to point out a ...Read More

A Shared Story: A Garden Full of Blessings

The rains are welcomed on this good Southern dirt. It renews the dry, the dying, the lack of growth. Planting gardens is a way of life here where I live. Folks have been growing gardens, canning their foods and "Putting up" the fruits of their labor since I can remember. My favorite is a fresh, ripe, red, tomato. You may call it a vegetab...Read More

A Shared Story: My Wife Survived Stage IV Melanoma

Discovery….. It was the fall of 1992 and my wife, Anne, and I were getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner.  My sister in-law, travelling from the Midwest with all her children, was coming for dinner and an extended stay.  Shortly after her arrival, however, the nurse in her came to the surface.  She stared at Anne’...Read More


My husband and I had just retired and sold our home, relocating to another area in our state.  Without new jobs, we were uninsured.  7 months later I find myself with cancer of the uterus and needing a total hysterectomy!  The hospital financial person strongly advised I apply for the the FMIP-the new insurance put in place by P...Read More

A Shared Story: Senior Days and Mexican Nights

After I finished weeding in the only yard on the street overrun with poison ivy, I drove to the Exercise Center ten miles away for my first day of an exercise program. It is safe to say that I like working out even less than weeding or showing up for a mammogram. At the Center, I was shown how to do everything from leg stretches to upper body stren...Read More

A Shared Story: The Day My Country Was Attacked

At the time I was employed as a patrolman by The New York City Police Department. I was looking foward to spending a few days with my son,who was in the US Navy and going on shore leave.I arrived home at 8:30 am after doing the 12X8 midnight shift. As I was walking to my home,when a woman stopped me and told me that The Pentagon and World Trade Cen...Read More

A Shared Story: September 2000

It was the summer of 2000 heading into the football season. Initially I wanted to find a game my son James and I could go to and see his favorite team the Green Bay Packers and my favorite team the New York Jets who were playing each other opening day at Lambeau field.  Being based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota the trip was only a five hour ...Read More

A Shared Story: In A Nick of Time

In January of 1992, we left home and family and moved to a completely new city.  We knew no one and no one knew us.  One year later, I sent my husband off to a free screening for Prostate Cancer.  I have NO IDEA what put the idea into my head.  I simply saw the ad in a local paper and I sent him off, "kicking and screaming....Read More

In Her Own Words (A Shared Story): Sentimental Journey

For me Life has been a Sentimental Journey, highs and lows, and as I have walked this journey life has its way of teaching wisdom throughout every experience.  Have been hurt but have healed in the process, have been abandoned but have gained self reliance through my God, have been dissapointed but have found hope in one true God, have been in...Read More

A Shared Story: Veteran’s Day

I am one of many Vietnam era Veterans who served during the time of the Vietnam War. I can remember when the war began in 1967 and ended in 1975. In fact I enlisted following graduation from high school in 1973. Because it was the last two years of the war, although I was on active duty, I was not sent to Vietnam. From the time of my birth in 1953,...Read More

A Shared Story: My Military children

Three of my four children are currently serving in the military.  My older daughter has been in the Air Force for eleven years, currently stationed in Utah.  My younger son has been in the Army for six years, currently stationed in Colorado.  My younger daughter (and youngest child) has been in the Army for three years, currently sta...Read More

A Shared Story: Veterans

My dad and uncles served in WWII.   My husband and cousins and friends served in Vietnam.  If you love your freedom, thank a Veteran!  Freedom is not free, the price was paid by our veterans.  God bless America!

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