Momma at Bass Pro in Springfield, MO!

Momma at Bass Pro in Springfield, MO!
On vacation I caught a big fish!


As I sit there this lovely brisk Saturday morning, I think about all the people that have been in and out of my life. Some by divorce, some by death, some by severed friendships....sometimes the circumstances haven't been able to be changed or controlled by me, but IT STILL HURTS.

A few years ago, I received an email of a writing by Bishop T.D. Jakes. And to tell you the truth I don't much about Mr. Jakes - other than this:
TDJ Enterprises and its founder, T.D. Jakes, have reached the world through best-selling books, award-winning music, critically acclaimed plays and record-breaking events and the focus of he and his team is to achieve extraordinary success in the intersecting worlds of faith, media, entertainment and business. Collectively, they bring an impressive body of work and diverse skill set to their company.

As I said I don't know him - BUT I LIKE HIM AND HIS TEAM. I also love the publication that fell into my lap some fall day on 2009 via email.

As I quote:

There are people who can walk away from you. And hear me when I tell you this! When poeple can walk away from you; let them walk. I don't want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone. When people can walk away from you let them walk. Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.

The bible said that, they came out from us that it might be manifest that they were not for us. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us. [1 John 2:19]

People leave you because they are not joined to you and if they are not joined to you, you can't make them stay.

LET THEM GO...!!!!


If someone has angered you....


If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge...


If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction...


If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents...


If you have a bad attitude...


If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better...


If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him...


If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship...


If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves...


If you are feeling depressed and stressed...


If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling by yourself and GOD is saying "take your hands off of it," then you need to...


Let the past be the past. Forget the former things. GOD IS DOING A NEW THING FOR 2011-2012..


Get Right or Get Left...think about it, and then...



12 Ways to Protect Your Joints

By Fran Smith, Special to LifescriptPublished July 30, 2011Want to stay limber and pain-free as you get older? Then babying your joints is a must. If you suffer from osteoarthritis, the most common degenerative joint disease, you need to protect yourself. Learn how 12 joint-smart moves help relieve pain and keep you moving. Plus, how much do you know about osteoarthritis? Take our quiz to find out...

We power-walk to keep hearts strong and lift weights to build muscle, but most of us never think about our joints until they hurt.

More than 1 in 5 American adults have a painful degenerative joint disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The most common is osteoarthritis, which develops when cartilage – the smooth tissue that covers and cushions bones where they meet – wears away, leaving bones to grind painfully against one another.

Age and genetics play a role in joint problems, but a sedentary lifestyle also makes a big difference.

"Joints like motion and exercise," says Heinz Hoenecke, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., and head team physician for the San Diego Padres.

Here are 12 joint-smart moves to remain pain-free even in your golden years.

1. Do lighten your load
Maintaining a healthy weight is the best way to protect joints, especially load-bearing, injury-prone knees and hips. Extra pounds mean extra stress and a higher risk of tears, fracture and osteoarthritis.

“The knee feels about four times your body weight with each step,’’ says Michael Dansinger, M.D., an obesity researcher at Tufts Medical Center and nutrition doctor for "The Biggest Loser."

If you’ve been promising to drop 10 pounds, start today. That’s enough to cut your risk of osteoarthritis by 50%, Dansinger says.

2. Do move!
Staying active is a must. Movement lubricates joints by stimulating the flow of synovial fluid. This gooey substance, which surrounds joints, facilitates mobility – like oil in a car engine – and nourishes cartilage.

Physical activity also strengthens muscles, which reduces stress on bone and cartilage inside the joint.

3. Do strengthen your core
Shaping your midsection means more than great abs; it also helps your joints – all the way to your toes.

“A lot of your power, strength and balance comes from the core," says Patrick McCulloch, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine in Houston and physician for the Astros baseball team and Houston Ballet.

Strong core muscles offer more stability and control over movements. You’re much more likely to plant feet firmly, rotate shoulders properly or flex knees smoothly – and less likely to twist a joint, land hard or make other movements that’ll cause pain.

This is true not only when you’re exercising, but also doing routine tasks, such as hauling yourself out of bed or walking down stairs.

Yoga, Pilates and weight training three times a week all help increase core strength.

4. Do try tai chi
The Chinese martial art of tai chi has special features that help joints. A 2009 Tufts University study found that tai chi reduced pain and increased joint function in people with knee osteoarthritis.

The practice uses gentle, rhythmic movements to improve alignment, strength, coordination and flexibility, and relieve stress. Researchers believe the combination of physical and mental benefits may have potent effects on joint health. 5. Do run smart
Running is great for cardio health, but will racking up miles every year ruin knees? Not necessarily, experts say.

Although low-impact exercise is kinder to joints than the pounding of running, basketball, volleyball or kickboxing, a review of research, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association in 2006, found that moderate levels of running don’t increase risk of knee or hip osteoarthritis.

Still, injury is a possibility.

“If running is your thing, figure out a safe way to do it," McCulloch says. His tips:

•If you’re new to the sport, start with short distances – 1-2 miles or 2-3 times a week and increasing distance by 10% a week. If you’re new to exercise, build your muscles first with low-impact activities.

•Run on a trail or soft track, not pavement, to reduce impact.

•Wear shoes designed for running, and replace them before the cushioning wears down (every 250-300 miles). Use running socks – which wick away sweat that can trigger blisters.

•Try cross-training: Switch between running and a gentler sport – such as bicycling or swimming – to avoid joint injuries from overuse.

6. Do fill up on fish
The underlying cause of many joint problems is chronic low-level inflammation caused by microscopic tears in cartilage. Most people don’t feel these injuries, because cartilage has no nerve endings, but over time inflamed tissue weakens and breaks down.

“Prevention is key, and reducing inflammation is central to that,’’ says Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., a director of the University of Arizona’s Program in Integrative Medicine.Omega-3 fatty acids are among nature’s most potent anti-inflammatory compounds. And fatty fish – salmon, herring, lake trout and tuna – are some of the richest sources. Fish are also high in protein, which helps your body form cartilage.

Eat at least two servings a week – 3.5 ounces cooked or 3/4 cup canned.

7. Don’t slouch
Your mother was right when she nagged you to sit up straight. Erect posture keeps weight evenly distributed over your body.

Slouching, on the other hand, pushes your (surprisingly heavy) head forward, increasing stress on joints. It’s a recipe for strained ligaments (the connective tissue in joints).

Try this: Get up from your chair and stand against a wall without adjusting your upper back and shoulders. Are the backs of your shoulders, head and butt touching the wall? If not, straighten up.

8. Don’t sashay in stilettos
High heels look sexy, but many studies show that wearing them too high, too often can hobble you.

High heels shift joint positions at the knee, hip and trunk in ways that hurt the lower back, according to a 2010 Iowa State University study. And as heels get higher, the load on the knees increases.

The conclusion: “The higher the heel, the greater the risk,’’ says Phil Martin, a kinesiology professor at Iowa State.

9. Do lose that heavy handbag
Many women find it convenient to take all their essentials wherever they go. But if you carry too much weight in a purse or tote bag, you’re punishing your finger joints and wrists.
“Don’t use small joints to carry big loads,’’ advises Susan Biali, M.D., author of Live a Life You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You (Beaufort Books).

There are better ways to haul your stuff: A well-designed backpack distributes the load across shoulders and upper back. If that’s not your style, use a shoulder bag, not a purse.

And whatever bag you carry, pack it only with things you really need.

10. Don’t be a weekend warrior
If you spend weekdays sitting at a desk, in the car or on the couch, don’t make up for it by running 15 miles or playing three straight tennis sets on weekends.

Weekend warriors increase the risk of knee and other joint injuries and face more painful problems down the road, according to The Nurse Practitioner, a journal for primary-care clinicians.

A 2003 study published in Canada’s BC Medical Journal found that people with sports injuries are at high risk of re-injury. And a 2007 study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that 10-20 years after tearing a major knee ligament, one of the most common knee injuries, you’d face a 50% chance of having arthritis in that joint.

If you can exercise or play sports only on the weekend, focus on moderate, low-impact activities – and try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise on other days. For more intensive training, spread activities throughout the week.

11. Do avoid processed foods
Potato chips, cookies, commercial baked goods and other highly processed foods are generally made with oils high in destructive omega-6 fatty acids, which promote inflammation, and over time create joint pain.To reduce your consumption, read package labels and avoid products made with corn, vegetable or safflower oils or shortening. Go easy on margarine and mayonnaise too. And make your own salad dressings with olive oil and vinegar. Try this easy All-Purpose Vinaigrette.

12. Don’t push through joint pain
Muscle soreness after exercise is often a sign of hard work, not injury. But with joints, pain always indicates too much stress.

“If a joint hurts or swells, it’s telling you it’s unhappy,” McCulloch says. “You should listen.’’

That’s a warning to stop what you’re doing and let the joint rest.

For more information, visit our new Arthritis Health Center.

Are You Bad to the Bone?
For years, you’ve been the first one on the tennis courts, the weekend hiker, the intrepid gardener on your knees for hours. While all those activities are great for you, they can also be hard on your joints. Find out how much you know about protecting your joints with this osteoarthritis quiz.


As I write this, I think about facebook, my job and my friends....I shower, I drink my beer, I worry about my kids, my friends, my work day...

With the politics, the stock market, the drama...the kid problems, relationship issues I realize something....


In my little circle, I know people who have tax debt, impending bankruptcies, pay child support, Good Lord the Cable Guy just lost a house, (as did I). Peoples kids and nephews are going overseas for a dream and a promise. Not to mention, we all hate to get the it any good except the Ruby Tuesday or Kohls coupon? Friends are getting second jobs, and paying child support...not receiving it. Ex's are assholes..slappin our kids when we aren't around...moms are going broke, siblings are living with parents and getting garnished for child support. What the hell, what haven't I seen.

Kids gettin into drugs..going to probation, Single Moms trying to bail them out. Trying to buy paycheck to paycheck. It's ridiculous..

But one thing I know...I love hard, work hard and play hard. I will also hate your ass hard. Right is right wrong is wrong. Black is black and white is white....The kids are important, Money's important, but more important is God and humanity.

Open a door... Smile Pretty when you don't want to...Pray constantly. I don't discuss politics and religion, I hate the's depressing and wrong. The weather's good, but unpredictable...

When push comes to shove, WE ALL HAVE SHIT....! Some no moms, some no dads, some no one at all. Dysfunction, immorality and anger and hate run rampid. Who knows when it's the devil or an angel of God telling you to go which direction? Very hard to tell in my book. Who to trust and who to walk away from.

Bottom line...keep the faith. Stay strong...get back to the basics. Do stuff that counts.

Sunday dinners for the kids - alone.
Naps when your tired.
Flowers...all the time.
Pick up trash.
Don't litter.
Pay your taxes.
Take care of business.
Make memories.
Make love.
Say thank you.
Say Good morning to those you love and tell them to have a good day.
Bargain shop, garage sale and flee market.
Buy new underwear.

Love love love. No matter how bad it seems, it will all get better. It always does and God has a plan for us in operations. Do more right things than wrong. Know that nothing is perfect nor is anyone.

Love love love...I love you all. We all can't be crazy at the same time. And know the world is not burdened on your shoulders. It may feel like it but WE ALL GOT SHIT AND IT COULD BE WORSE...


With all the credit fraud - beware as a consumer!

I'm Back in Business

I admit I've been an irresponsible blogger. I've had some personal life changes that have taken away from my writing for a while.
The kids are all phone and it was a wonderful Christmas...Spring is upon us and the weather in my home state of Missouri is as unpredictable as ever...

World events are disturbing, the economy sounds frightening and the price of gas is ridiculous...Gas, tires and goods are killing everyone.

I found a great new church on Easter Sunday thanks to my son Brian...

I've been working hard at my job, praying hard to Jesus and trying to figure it all out.

I look forward to creating things that I hope you will find of interest and look forward to reconstructing my site.

God Bless all of you and remember - get back on that horse of life and knock them dead!

Children’s Mercy and Kohl’s Announce New Program

Kansas City, Mo (August 26, 2010) – Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics and Kohl’s Department Stores announce the Children’s Mercy Strong, Talented, And Resilient Kids Power Program.

The program is designed to empower children with tools for success that can be utilized throughout the school year and beyond. Kansas City metro area children, parents, community leaders and others will be introduced to the Kohl’s and Children’s Mercy S.T.A.R. power program which will kick off this fall in area schools. The program will have curriculum focused on four key areas including: body image and self esteem, relaxation and stress relief, healthy eating, and movement and exercise. Research has shown that placing an emphasis on these topics with school-aged children leads to a healthier, more active, adolescent and adult lifestyle and often helps to curb poor choices.

The program is made possible with a $259,303 grant from Kohl’s. The grant also supported the Children’s Mercy Back-to-School Backpack Give-a-way Day on Saturday, August 21, at Kohl’s Department Store, 8500 North Madison Ave Kansas City, MO. The event provided 1,000 backpacks to Kansas City area children, which helped ease that transition from summer to fall and gave kids “tools for school.”

Kohl's Department Store, through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program, made the donation possible. The donations were collected from Kohl’s stores located in the Kansas City area. Kohl’s has gifted more than $1 million to Children’s Mercy over the past 10 years.

Kohl's commitment to Children’s Mercy is made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys with100 percent of net profit benefiting children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $150 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition, Kohl's Cares features a scholarship program, which recognizes more than 2,100 young volunteers with a total of $410,000 in scholarships and prizes this year; the Associates in Action program, which encourages associate volunteerism and provided more than $10 million in grants to youth-focused nonprofit organizations last year alone; and fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit

About Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, located in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers. The 314-bed hospital provides care for children from birth through the age of 18, and has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services, and ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals.” Its faculty of 600 pediatricians and researchers across more than 40subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. For more information about Children’s Mercy and its research, visit For breaking news and videos, follow For breaking news and videos, follow us on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

Kohl’s Department Stores
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. By the end of September, Kohl’s will operate 1,089 stores in 49 states with a commitment to environmental leadership. In support of the communities it serves, Kohl’s has raised more than $150 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit

Jessica Salazar
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics



Try Angie's List Today!


  • A MAN is only good as his word...
  • Always be nice to the elderly !!!
  • ALWAYS CLARIFY to someone under 25 whether it's a LOAN or a GIFT
  • Be careful - I love you and don't call me if you go to JAIL
  • BE NICE - Try something different!
  • EVERYTHING happens for a just don't know why at the time.
  • EX-BOYFRIENDS are EX-BOYFRIENDS cause no matter how long you've known them - THEY STILL SAY STUPID THINGS
  • EX-BOYFRIENDS can still be sweeties and serve their Real Purpose.
  • GARGLE with salt water - it works I promise!
  • HONESTY is always the best policy.