Momma's Ten Commandments

I have been hearing an eternity of talk about the Ten Commandments recently.  All of this  took me back to my Third Grade Sunday School teacher, Miss Peggy Seabrook coupled with what I learned at home. Every Sunday morning, my Sunday School class would be greeted with Miss Peggy’s famous chant, “Good Monin’, Good Monin’, Good Monin’!”  It could be 115 degrees, 20 below zero or a spring flood; she always filled our ears with the sound of sunshine.  Make no mistake.  In her class we memorized, we recited, and even had Bible drills.  The first lesson every year was Continue Reading

The Songs of Change in Our Life

Yesterday our daughter, Caroline graduated from Clemson University.  We were experiencing another change in our family. Thomas and I were so proud and the legacies of our Clemson families made both of us emotional during the playing of the Alma Mater.  It was that song that gave us both joy and tears. Since I am a singer and love music, I started thinking about songs that are symbols of milestones in our lives.  I love this quote; “Life is short but wide.” The longer we  live and more we take advantage of the width of life, the more songs we celebrate. Continue Reading

Ten Tasks for a Healthy Life and Attitude

Every day that is added to my life, these ten tasks become more important to me to developing a positive attitude.  Although I  am a humorist, I have found peace and comfort from some of these life lessons. I hope the same for you. 1.  Forgive It does not matter what you story is. Don’t allow yourself to live in a spirit of unforgiveness.  The acid destroys the container quicker than it will touch the person who has wronged you. 2.    Grieve Well. There is a difference between healthy grief and unhealthy grief.  I saw my grandmother grieve over my grandfather Continue Reading

Just Good Common Sense

My good friend, Virginia Honeycutt  sent me these timeless principles.  I posted on Twitter several quotes and many of you asked me to resend.  Enjoy! Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled. Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. It don’t take a very big Continue Reading

Do the Hokey Pokey: Turn Your Mad into Glad

I saw a bumper sticker that said, “What if the Hokey Pokey is really what it is all about?” I tend to agree. I flew out of Macon, Georgia via Atlanta a while back.  I looked out of my car window and saw no planes flying above as I drove into the airport. To say the least, I was concerned that no flights were departing from the small airport. As I checked in, the gate agent was totally absorbed with clipping his nails.  I heard the familiar, “Click….click…click….”  “Excuse me,” I said. “Isn’t there a flight to Atlanta?”  “No “Ma’am, Continue Reading

Everyone Should Consider Owning a Cat

  A friend of mine suggested I write an article about animals. I think I will take it a step further and write an article about man’s second best friend. Could it be about cats? Now before some of you balk at cat “tails”, give me a chance to share some stories. A stranger asked me once, “What do you do?” “I am a speaker,” I replied. “Oh, kind of like a motivational speaker,” they said. Then this person added, “Trying to motivate people is like trying to tell a cat what to do.” Cats do have a mind of Continue Reading

How to Handle Difficult People

There are three things we can count on as we journey through this life:  you will be born, you will die, and in-between those two dates, you will confront difficult people. I have not been very good at dealing with difficult people so I had to learn how.  For many years I was a peacekeeper. You know this type of person.  This is what they think,  Oh, I know this is wrong but to avoid issues, let’s just play pretty.   Or like my friend says, “Tie some bows on the problem.”  The reality is that being a peacekeeper translates to Continue Reading

A Rock and a Clown Nose

A Rock and a Clown Nose I have come to the realization that a rock and a clown nose represent principles of successful living. I discovered this life lesson at the funeral for my dear friend, Eileen Klein. As Eileen lay in her hospital bed nearing death’s door, she asked me to sing at her funeral. The song she chose was “We’ll Meet Again.” Eileen and I have a most unusual relationship of strange humor so I replied. “Yes, Eileen. I will be honored to sing at your funeral but I am singing a song I just wrote entitled, “She Continue Reading

Remembering Tootsie

With its red digital message, the hotel clock shouted my wake-up call that Saturday morning. It was 5:30 AM. Not until later in the day did I realize the timing that only our Heavenly Father could arrange. My second mother, Ruth “Tootsie” Blige, began her eternal reward that morning – she died at 5:30 AM. Tootsie worked for my family just shy of fifty years. I can still see the large yellow Buick with my mother’s silhouette behind the wheel and next to her sat Tootsie. River Road was their highway to heavenly places such as Piggly Wiggly and, in Continue Reading

Momma's" Fur" Coat

It was time to tackle the closet in the front hall. My mother’s many coats, collected over a lifetime, hung in the closet appearing lonely and neglected. If they could talk these coats would say that they were sad and confused. But there was one coat that stood out, Momma’s fur vest. It was a reversible leather and fur vest and was the perfect length and weight. This was my mother’s dream coat. I remember when mother called me one morning to share the news, “I got a surprise today; a reversible fur and leather vest. It is just what Continue Reading