This Golden Rule made me BLUSH…literally!

It happens to the best of us. It is not a good feeling when you realize that you have made a major mistake and you want to knock yourself in your forgetful head. You are traveling. You reach your destination. You open your luggage and you realize that you have left most of your toiletry items at home. It is late, so you make the most of the hotel micro mini toothbrush and tiny tube of toothpaste. But just like our dear Scarlett would say, “Tomorrow is another day.” Continue Reading

What To Do When Your Marriage Flips-Willie and Dee Jolley

Thanks to Willie and Dee Jolley, for sharing this wonderful excerpt from their new book, “Make Love, Make Money and Make It Last.” Flip-Flops happen. I decided to ask some of the experts what to do when relationships flip. In this newsletter, my focus is how successful couples handle those unexpected flip-flops. The perfect couple to tell us what to do when events flip us out, are marriage experts, Willie and Dee Jolley. Willie shared an excerpt from his best-selling book, “Make Love, Make Money, Make It Last.” Enjoy how Willie and Dee handled their “flip-flop flight. Continue Reading

How Would You Act If You Were The Walmart Greeter?

You may have already heard that Walmart is discontinuing their Greeter Program. SNIFF. So many rely on this program, especially the disabled. Just like you, I have been greeted by blah greeters and then on a recent trip, I meet this character—the one I share about in this video. Oh, wow! Now, this was a greeting I will never forget. Dan Holliday, former HR Manager at Walmart explains why owner and founder Sam Walton implemented the Greeters, “Sam Walton wanted them. It’s almost like a sacred promise at this point. Sam went somewhere in his many journeys and saw greeters. Much like his trip to South Korea where he Continue Reading

Easter Week was a Failure!?

Today is Good Friday. How many of y’all have had lots of  “Good Fridays?”  Have you ever been hurt, rejected, disappointed or consumed with anger? Hang in there, Sunday is coming. The Jewish people also had lots of “Good Fridays”…for over three hundred years.   And don’t you know the Jewish people were ready for a rumble– a warrior king to reign fire and brimstone down on their enemies.  So Jesus arrives on a donkey and they celebrated by laying down palm branches.  Only days later, they turned on him.  What happened?  To the Jewish people this week was not what Continue Reading

Covered Dish Catastrophes

I sat in the middle of the sweet church ladies and opened gift after gift. It was my very first church bridal shower at Harmony United Methodist Church. Between oohs and aahs, I was handed a perfectly shaped oblong box. Suddenly, silence fell over the older church circle ladies. Holding that box, I knew something special was fixin’ to happen. Tearing back the paper revealed the gift. It was a slab of shellacked, stained wood with lots of drilled holes. In a separate clear plastic bag were several wooden pegs. At first glance, I thought it was a larger version of that peg game that is placed on every Continue Reading

Moms and Dads are Cheating…. Their College Kids

I started thinking about the scandals going on with colleges and my college journey; I wrote this last night. Your thoughts? What was your college journey like? Moms and Dads are Cheating…. Their College Kids Apparently the new norm is being dishonest by helping your child succeed. Unfortunately, this may lead to their ultimate failure since only through disappointments do we learn skills on how to become successful. It seems as if handing out participation trophies has escalated into bribing colleges and altering SAT scores. Some parents are setting their children up for failure by making sure they succeed through Continue Reading

The Power of Three Good Things

The Spring daffodils have arrived and are my favorite of all flowers. They represent a precious memory of my grandmother, Anna Louisa Walpole Jenkins. “Lou”, as we grandchildren affectionately called her, would sit on the old Charleston Green swing and gently sway back and forth as she watched her grandchildren pick daffodils in her front yard. I can close my eyes and still hear the sound of the chains on the swing creak with every movement. Lou loved watching us pick her flowers. This simple event gave my grandmother great joy. Continue Reading

The Power of the Positive Possum Vest

While I was remembering my mother, I stumbled across a favorite symbol of her sense of humor and wisdom…enjoy! Rummaging through the few saved garments belonging to my mother, my hand rested on the texture of both leather and fur. Ah, yes— it was Momma’s infamous, iconic possum vest. We affectionately named the critter garment, “THE O.” Continue Reading

Proverbs 31 Woman Renovated (3 of 3)

Don’t miss Part 1 and Part 2 of this series! This blog is an excerpt from my book, Rhinestones On My Flip-Flops. Verse 28: “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Her children call her blessed even if she blesses them out. Her children and husband praise her because of her gentle reminders. “This is a good meal…y’all say something nice,” or “don’t I look good in this outfit?”   Continue Reading