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Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Mother Was My First Teacher

Mother’s day is a time to reflect and remember all the wonderful things a mother does.

For me I remember great smells coming from the kitchen. She was the best cook around and we always found extra children at a very long table which was a gathering spot for a family of ten. There were always three vegetables, a meat, salad, homemade bread and a wonderful dessert. And, not like many families of today we ate together. Each of us had a chance to talk about our day. Our birthdays were celebrated by our mother cooking the birthday celebrant’s favorite dinner. Needless to say we had her famous fried chicken a lot.

The number one thing I remember about our mother was what a great teacher she was. In fact, she was our first teacher. On the weekends that old long dinner table served as the family desk. It is where we did our homework. She always said learning was our job Sometimes she would place an object like a vase or a lamp in the middle of the table. With pencil paper and crayons we began our adventures in art. We played an I Spy game in which each person had to give clues to something they saw in the room. The person who got it right also had to spell the object. We also played I Spy in the back of our father’s truck and we went down the road. My father had built a truck bed that had side boards and seats for all the children; eight of us five boys and three girls.

We did not have TV it was not invented yet. We did have an old cathedral shaped radio which we listen to in the evening when all the chores were done Hi Ho Silver, Name that tune, The Kate Smith show were among the family favorites.

For fun we played Chinese checkers, checkers, pickup sticks and cards. Because there were so many of us we could have our own choir. Taking care of each other was a number one rule in our house. We did the dishes together. The boys took out the trash while the girls did the sweeping and dusting. As soon as we got out of bed each morning we made it. We always hung up our clothes and helped younger ones do their chores.

There are so many things we learned with our mother’s nurturing. Let me list a few:

We learned to share with each other and our friends and neighbors.

We learned to make the most with what we had. The word improvise was an early vocabulary word for us. If we didn’t have something we made it. We grew our own food, raised chickens, and caught our own fish. Our father made our crib, carved the needle he used to knit the net and caught our fish.

We were taught good work ethics and that hard work will always show through.

As I reflect I can she my mother’s big brown smiling eyes. Together she and our dad made a house of love and dreams.

Be Careful What You Sow

We have all heard the expression:” you reap what you sow”.  I heard it from my mother and grandmother, and then I heard it in Sunday school during a bible study session. When we did not do as we were told and got into trouble we heard another expression: “you made your bed now lie in it” It means about the same thing. Watch the way you live because you will reap what you sow. there is an effect for everything you do or say and that the effort a person puts into something will be rewarded.

Look within yourself and you will see who you are. Concentrate on the positive and acknowledge the negative. Just believe in yourself and you will feel the power of your own love. When you do take action to improve or simply smile and give yourself a hug.

Real improvement begins with you. I am not saying to sacrifice the learning experiences, new technology or your responsibilities. Accept your responsibilities. And while accepting those responsibilities. Find peace; find joy in your life.

Here are seven Seeds to plant in your thoughts:

“If you plant honesty, you will reap trust”.

“If you plant goodness, you will reap friends”.

“If you plant humility, you will reap greatness”.

“If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment”.

“If you plant hard work, you will reap success”.

“If you plant happiness, you will reap success”.

So be careful what you plant now, it will determine what you will reap later.

Proud To Know you

Proud To Know You

The Professional Women’s softball season is here.  It is time for this vintage soul to say to all National Pro Fastpitch League players “ I am proud to know you “ And, yes I will take my three strikes at the plate.

You are role models for women and young girls for pursuing a career in the field of Women’s Softball. You lead the way by “doing what you love and love what you are doing.” It is through your hard work and dedication that got you to the top level of softball-the NPF. It is also a time to work as a team and show how team effort and sportsmanship are two character building skills.

This is where the important second pitch counts. As teammates you work together to define and resolve any difficulties you face together. You thrive from each other’s energies. And, you extend that energy and caring to all women. As A two time cancer survivor I am extremely proud when I see you wear those beautiful pink jerseys, pink socks and ribbons on “Pink-Out Games” I am proud to see all the events you sponsor for cancer research. It makes my heart swell when you run in a Marathon or visit young cancer victims in the hospital. You cover the backs of all women and girls by example through your exercise and staying healthy.

Pitch three- out of the park! It is an inspiration to all women by sending the message that you can be what you want to be. Softball is a way to earn an education through scholarships and playing out your dreams. Education for women is just as important to women as it is for men. It is an opportunity to grow to full potential and make a better place in the workforce for women. This is treating the whole person professionally and personally. How much better can you be by having confidence, self-esteem, self-sufficiency, and a heart full of a grateful attitude? These are great experiences for all to share and know that you can be a great mother as well.

GrandmaOnDeck(Gloria Wilson)




Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sportsmanship-Ball Field To Board Room.

The Week has been full of the National Profastpitch League for Women's softball on TV and streaming. What exciting games. Games that showcase young talented women in the team sport of softball. These young ladies are playing with heart and sportsmanship and definitely being roll models for young girls. They are displaying all the character building they have learned in the teamwork of the game for many years of their young lives. In college years they prepared for their careers. The final product-young ladies with talent, skills, education and character.

This year 20 young ladies were drafted into the NPF after completing their senior years in college. Will they carry forward the character building skills to the corporate world? Will they take sportsmanship from the ball field into the board room?

What are the characteristics of sportsmanship?

Respect-a good sportsman respects both his teammates and his opponents equally. True in the board room? Respect for one another means not trying to out show one another. Respect opponents-bad mouthing gets no respect personally for you or your company.

Accountability is being responsible for your actions. In the real world are you responsible for you own actions or do you continually blame others. Do you have a million excuses for you miscues and expect no consequences for your actions.

Responsibilities- doing your part and being prepared. When you appear in the board room are you as prepared for the playing field of business? Have you equipped yourself with the necessary information to speak with authority?

Teamwork-Do you have the unselfish desire to work with members of the team and share the
combined efforts for success?

Integrity is being honest with all that you do. Give credit where credit is due. Do you present others work as your own. Do you do your part in teamwork? Be honest in dealings with your opponents because you want to be treat as you would have others treat you.

The qualities of sportsmanship on the ball field can be a "board room" fit. Bringing those character building qualities into the board will keep board members with a positive attitude. Board room sportsmanship can boost morale, promote teamwork, and provide honest good solutions to build a better business. Yes there is a place for sportsmanship on the ball field to take a seat in the board room.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Colored Pencils

I was introduced to colored pencils about two years ago. It has been a most rewarding experience. First of all I find it very relaxing. I find it is both opaque and translucent at the same time. As you layer the colors all colors show through. I also like to take my colored pencil with me. There are no brushes, water containers, paint tubes or bolltles to pack.

Secondly, you can do most themes and subjects with colored pencils. You can find the supllies most any where you travel. And, like in any art work you have your favorite brushes, paints,

and supplies. PrismColor is my favorite in colored pencils. You can order direct at

Friday, August 1, 2008

Let Me Share My Joy Of Painting

My August schedule is to feature my paintings which I started out to do when I first began painting a few years back. There are others but this seems to be my favorites that I have right now. All three are watercolor.
My first experience in painting was oils. I did that for about a year and when I discovered acrylics. I did a lot of decorative paintings.
for two or three years. From there I did pen and ink with acrylic wash. That was fun and different.
Then came watercolor and into a serious year of painstakingly working with it. The flow of the medium was so entirely different. But I did like it so much and work so hard at it. Then I did some pen and ink with watercolor wash. This was another great effect and made an impact on me.
As you can tell I do love flowers. They are so delicate an esquisitely designed. I have heard many
times that "Flowers were God's Art Work". If anyone knows where that came from let me know.
I just can't remember.