By Melodie Elaine Estes What is there about fireworks that thrills our inner child, That pulls our faces upward with eyes and mouths open wide? As we watch exploding lights up in the night skies, Spewing forth sparkling beauty, that all too quickly dies. Each loud boom heralds another amazing, glowing sight! Cover your … More Old Glory
Last night I had trouble going to sleep. I realized that at least part of the day I had had unsettled feelings. I felt like the old person who is always saying, “I long for the good ole days when everyone got along (or whatever)…. wasn’t like this.” I couldn’t watch the news about so … More “Come on People Now!”
In spite of the fact that I am a senior citizen, I still consider myself a child at heart. So why is it that before I go to a fireworks display for a holiday I pause and do the “old woman routine:” check the weather for temperature, rain, lightening, and think of all the things … More What Is It About Fireworks and Our Flag?
We all have families of one kind or another. I grew up in a closely knit family. The six of us traveled in a car, a travel trailer and even a motor home. We ate, hiked, played, watched TV together, went to church together and more. After we two oldest sisters married and moved away … More Hope Through a Thorny Present
I have always loved this ancient Hebrew/Arabic tale. This story is dear to me because it reminds me of my two sons. If you read the end of the post you will see why. The story may also be a reminder to us to help our brothers and sisters of the world who may need … More This Is What Brothers Do
After my husband passed away in 2009, my brother came and helped me rearrange my husband’s items and clothing. He helped me get a good footing on my life again. But my attitude about myself needed to expand to the freedom I needed to become the me that I was meant to be. Suddenly I … More A New Attitude: Independent
One day years ago I became saddened by the suffering of the planet and it’s people, our climate changes, the deaths of innocent animals as their environment changes; and everything seemed to be “going to hell in a handbag.” I thought about the fears and anxieties the world’s sick or hungry; or those terrorized by … More One Little Bird
Well, I had an interesting visit the other day for an oil change at the car dealership. As the time drew near for me to be notified that my car was ready, the young man, who filled out the forms for my car check up, asked me to walk with him to the back garage … More Don’t Feed the Birds?
Even though I live in North Carolina I enjoy going home to South Carolina where I grew up. I go to see the part of my family who still lives there when I can. I try to schedule a trip to SC during peach season. I usually buy one half of a peck to share … More Peachy Hospitality