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

Proverbs 31 Woman Renovated (2 of 3)

Don’t miss Part one of this series! Plus don’t forget that this blog is pulled directly from my book, Rhinestones On My Flip-Flops. If you enjoyed this blog you will love my book! Verse 16: “She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.” She may even shop around for her dream house. She has a glass of Chardonnay at times from her vineyard of various wines. Continue Reading

Are you a Member of the TA-TA Weenie Club?

I hope you are. It means that you are brave, fearless and extremely courageous according to Bill Torrey the author of the book, The Ta Ta Weenie Club. To quote one of Bill’s expressions, hearing his childhood stories will make you “as happy as a dog with two tails.” I asked Bill to explain the definition of a Ta-Ta Weenie; the following is his response. “Ta Ta Weenie was an honor because it meant you were in The Club, though we called just about everybody a Ta Ta Weenie because it was fun to do. If somebody didn’t know what we Continue Reading

Proverbs 31 Woman Renovated (Part 1 of 3)

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30 NIV) The woman described in Proverbs 31 is amazing. As I read this Scripture passage, I believe that she is a combination of the following: CEO, CFO, EMT, PhD, RN, psychologist, veterinarian, domestic engineer, hot mama, gourmet chef, athletic coach, shuttle driver, real estate diva, tutor, master gardener, Marine drill sergeant, pharmacist, Mother Teresa, and a splash of Oprah. Continue Reading

How to Be TRASHY in 2019

I have heard the term “bucket list” but the other day I decided a “trash-it list” is more important. Is that weird or what? Here is my theory: If you want an awesome “bucket-list” then first you must know what to trash. Suppose you decide to go on a dream trip but are super-stressed. That wonderful experience may be ruined if unhealthy emotions consume your mind. I know this for a fact! Continue Reading

Win An Autographed Copy of Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops!

Share a gem of wisdom and win an autographed copy of “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops.”  Share a great flip-flop quote or story about how you handled a life flop in the comments of this post on Facebook! If I choose you, you win a FREE autographed copy of my book, Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops! Are ya’ll interested?  Let’s do this!  Share your best story in the comments here and the winner will be announced at the end of January and posted here: https://www.facebook.com/PearlsofLaughter/ Continue Reading

Holy Humor!?

To start 2019, a sense of humor is more valuable than ever. With so many challenges in our homes, communities and at work, laughter is super important. So I wrote, Holy Humor. This passage is my special version of I Corinthians:13 and the amazing things that happen when you develop a sense of humor. One of my passions is speaking and writing about the power of laughter. Come on, y’all, it’s biblical! Continue Reading