Honor and Remember

Thank You to all who have served……

Today is the day that we remember and honor those who have fought for the freedoms we all enjoy.  Those that have given the blank check of their lives to their honorable service so that we may live as we do.  For those who fought and died and for those who fought and returned home changed we owe a great debt of gratitude.  Today is a day of thanks and remembrance!


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Happy Fourth of July! and The Price of Freedom!

                                    Happy Fourth of July! and The Price of Freedom!

4th of July

The 4th of July is a day of picnics, barbecues, campfires, friends and family together.

But it should also be a day of remembering and gratitude to those brave Patriots who fought to establish this great country.  It is also a day to give thanks for the intelligence and foresight by the Statesmen who were the Founding Fathers of our Constitution.

These men looked at what they saw going on in Europe and the history of other Governments to try to determine the good points, and avoid the bad points.  They felt that the tyrannical governments and the huge and all powerful, but out of touch kingdoms were not the good qualities for growth of a country.  They did their best to design a government that would be restricted from the abuse of power which hinders the creative mind and restricts the soul.  The end result was the Constitution which established a Government Of the People and By the People for the People.

Under our Constitution we have become a great country that has attracted many immigrants from many diverse backgrounds who desired to become a part of America and be citizens.  This is the day we celebrate our Independence and give thanks to those Statesmen who so wisely drafted the Constitution which promotes freedom of thought and speech and creativity.

4th of July

                                             Happy Fourth of July – Please Celebrate Safely

Dear Friends, Family and Business Associates,

Please take a minute to read this and share it with your families while enjoying Independence Day and the weekend. Also, please take a minute to remember those who have and continue to make sacrifices for our freedom!   –     Dr Jill

                                                             Price of Freedom

                                                           56 Men Who Signed

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?  They gave us a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn’t just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!

Some of us take these liberties so  much for granted…We shouldn’t!!!   So, take a couple of minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid….

*  Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary  Army, another had two sons captured.

*  Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

*  Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

*  They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. What kind of men were they?

*  Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

*  Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.

*  Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding.  His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

*  At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

*  Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

*  John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

*  Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

*  Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.

*  Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:

“For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”




Today is the day that we remember and honor those who have fought for the freedoms we all enjoy.  Those that have given the blank check of their lives to their honorable service so that we may live as we do.  For those who fought and died and for those who fought and returned home changed we owe a great debt of gratitude.  Today is a day of thanks and remembrance!

Happy Easter and to my Jewish friends Blessed Passover!

Happy Easter and to my Jewish friends Blessed Passover!

 Today is a day of spiritual joy a time for reflection, thanks and time with families.   Our time on earth is so limited and moves so quickly, we need to take time to give thanks for all our blessings.  Today is one of those special days set aside for our spiritual needs.  So take some time to reflect and give thanks for all the wonderful things and for all the mistakes [things that I call learning opportunities], spend some time with your family, your special people. See you all on Monday for more business tips, but for now I am thankful for all my readers and friends.

 Here is to new beginnings what ever they may be!

Happy New Year!

                                       Happy New Year to all of my readers!

    May 2014 bring health, happiness and success to all of you.  

                                 Don’t forget to start your Gratitude Jar today!!!



New Years Eve – What I am doing?

                                                New Years Eve – What I am doing?

It began January 1, 2013 and has continued through today. This is what I will be doing before the party and all the celebration starts.  This has been a joy to do and I am sure will be an eye opener when I open my jar.

I started a quart jar and then got a 1/2 gallon jar so my notes would not get too mashed.  All year, I wrote quick little notes about things that I was grateful for and put them in the jar.  I call it my Gratitude Jar.

In the hussle and bussle of every day life it is so easy to forget the little blessings.  It is so easy to attend to the problems.   I have found that focusing on the good stuff the things that I am grateful for brings a better outlook and a clearer head to deal with problems. Taking a minute here and there to acknowledge the “good stuff” and jotting them down boosts my positive attitude.

So this afternoon I am opening my Gratitude Jar and reading all the little slips of paper and celebrating all the wonderful things that has happened in my life this past year.  Problems get smaller when your focus is on the multitude of little things to be grateful for.  I am sure that I have forgotten what some of these recorded blessings were – So I AM Grateful that I took a minute to record them to reflect upon and savor today.

I am starting another Gratitude Jar for next year –  this is not a resolution, but part of my lifestyle now.

  Will you join me in this lifestyle change???



“Christmas Love”

This is one of my favorite Christmas Stories and I want to share it with all my readers as I wish  a Merry Christmas to you and your families.

The “W” in Christmas – Author Unknown Each December, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience.  I had cut back on nonessential obligations –extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating and even overspending.  Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas.

 My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten that year.  It was an exciting season for a six-year-old.  For weeks, he’d been memorizing songs for his school’s “Winter Pageant.”

I didn’t have the heart to tell him I’d be working the night of the production.  Unwilling to miss his shining moment, I spoke with his teacher.  She assured me there’d be a dress rehearsal the morning of the presentation.  All parents unable to attend that evening were welcome to come then.  Fortunately, Nicholas seemed happy with the compromise.

 So, the morning of the dress rehearsal, I filed in ten minutes early, found a spot on the cafeteria floor and sat down.  Around the room, I saw several other parents quietly scampering to their seats.  As I waited, the students were led into the room.  Each class, accompanied by their teacher, sat cross-legged on the floor.  Then each group one by one rose to perform their song.

 Because the public school system had long stopped referring to the holiday as “Christmas”, I didn’t expect anything other than fun, commercial entertainment – songs of reindeer, Santa Claus, snowflakes and good cheer.  So, when my son’s class rose to sing “Christmas Love,” I was slightly taken aback by it’s bold title.

 Nicholas was aglow, as were all of his classmates, adorned in fuzzy mittens, red sweaters, and bright snowcaps upon their heads.  Those in the front row-center stage – held up large letters, one by one, to spell out the title of the song.  As the class would sing “C” is for Christmas,” a child would hold up  the letter C.  Then, “His for Happy,” and on and on, until each child holding his portion had presented the complete message, “Christmas Love.”

 The performance was going smoothly, until suddenly, we noticed her; a small, quiet, girl in the front row holding the letter “M” upside down – totally unaware her letter “M” appeared as a “W”.

 The audience of 1st through 6 graders snickered at this little one’s mistake.  But she had no idea they were laughing at her, so she stood tall, proudly holding her “W”.  Although many teachers tried to shush the children, the laughter continued until the last letter was raised, and we all saw it together.  A hush came over the audience and eyes began to widen.  In that instant, we understood the reason we were there, why we celebrated the holiday in the first place, why even in the chaos, there was a purpose for our festivities.

 For when the last letter was held high, the message read loud and clear:


And, I believe,  He still is.

Amazed in his presence…

Humbled by his love

.May each of you have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year as you reflect on His Amazing Love for us.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christwaslove holiday season.



Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving wine turkeyHappy Thanksgiving.
Today folks in the USA offer thanks for all we have and eat to over stuffed on all the wonderful food that we are blessed with.

I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends, my home and my garden spot.  I am also thankful that I have a wonderful career where I meet so many wonderful people and that I can make my own hours.

I do believe that every day we should count our blessings and live with the attitude of our gratitude showing.  I do believe that what we focus on is what will be.  So focusing on all the wonderful things in our lives will draw us to more of the same.

Giving Thanks should be a daily occasion, but over indulging in the wonderful food available to us should not be a daily occasion.