October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so be aware

Breast Cancer Awareness Month has officially arrived and as we celebrate, being vigilant about caring for the “girls” has never been more important. Usually there’s pink everywhere to gently remind us that if we’re focused, committed, and unrelenting, we may get the opportunity to eradicate this scourge in our lifetime. This year we include men since every year at least 2,500 men versus 276,480 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Her Legacy Lives On

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy as warrior, heroine, lives

On a given day most of us don’t have to think about the U.S. Supreme Court and what the justices do every day, but when it matters, and when it comes to monumental impact on our dailiness, no other group of nine people is as important or influential.

Over time this august body has decided where we can go to school, who we can marry, how our illnesses will or will not be treated and covered, or whether we will be treated differently because of our gender. So, when it comes to who sits there, who will fight for equal rights under the law, for freedom and justice for every one of us, we are thankful for champions like the late Justice Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Grandparents are Grand Indeed

Grandparents

Grandparents Day is September 13 and I can hardly wait. We have four of the cutest and smartest grandbabies, and with an official great-grand, I’m feeling pretty special. What I still can’t wrap my mind around is how fast they grew–Morgan, our youngest, is on the eve of her 13th birthday, Maya is almost 14, Terrell is 24, and Kierra is 29. Avery, our only great-grand, is already 4.

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September is Perfect for a Celebration

September month

Welcome to September 2020, a time of excitement, festivities, and adventure! I love September because it’s perfect all by itself, it shows up nine months in, and it signals autumn is coming soon. Usually the air cools down and the leaves prepare to brandish their fall wardrobe, and the roads again are filled with harvest machines the size of Texas.

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Where is the Real Truth About the State of our Union

Political convention

I’m in the second week of political conventions and if I didn’t have common sense, I’d be scared to death. My father often said if sense were common, everybody would have it; after listening and watching the past eight days, he was right.

From what I can see and hear from the speakers, whichever way we go, we are up the creek with no water, paddle, or life jacket. With the Biden/Harris ticket or the Trump/Pence ticket, all our dreams will come true or they will all turn into nightmares. I suspect the truth is out here in the middle struggling to be free, and we, as an electorate, are left to sort through the demonizing/ hopeful language and decide which road to take.

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Ball of Confusion, That’s What the World is Today

confused world

“…Ball of confusion, that’s what the world is today, hey hey.”

These lyrics from the pen of Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, though more than 50 years old, won’t leave my mind today.  This powerful classic doesn’t specifically name today’s situations, but similar ones: unemployment, virtual versus in-person school, deaths are climbing/ miscounted, the country’s doing well/it’s headed for the tank, wear a mask-don’t wear a mask…and yet, every day, along with our neighbors and friends, we get up, put one foot in front of the other, and keep going.

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