Spring is filled with holidays that celebrate women. For example, March is Women’s History month and in May we celebrate Mother’s Day. When I think of all the influential women throughout our history the one I believe that leads the pack is Mother Teresa. It takes a very special person to voluntarily walk away from earthly belongings and comforts to live amongst the destitute. She cared for those who suffered the most. Those that were malnourished, she fed both body and soul. Those suffering from diseases, she brought comfort.
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When you’re busy with work, family, church and all the other stuff of life, it’s really hard to maintain a healthy balance of diet and exercise. When you rush home and have a list of projects waiting for you (like yard work!), and you want to fix a quick but healthy supper, try this delicious recipe! It’s easy on the Weight Watcher plan too! Add some grilled chicken and a salad and you’re done!
In April of 2007, during a weekend camping outing with family and friends, I awoke one morning and discovered that I was very hoarse and that I was losing my voice. I really thought nothing of it, and thought that maybe the smoke from the campfire the night before had irritated my throat. My voice eventually came back later that day, we packed up the camper and headed home, and I didn’t give it another thought. A few days later, while answering the phone at work, I suddenly lost my voice again. Again, I brushed it off as maybe a spring allergy or possibly still some irritation from campfire smoke. The following week, during a doctor’s visit for a knee problem, my physician thought that my neck looked “full” and suggested that I go for an ultrasound. Once again, I really didn’t think anything of this…after all I felt fine, my voice had returned, and the only pain I was experiencing was in my knee. However, I did go for my ultrasound as she recommended, and was quite surprised when she told me that they had discovered two nodules in my thyroid gland. She then referred me to an endocrinologist.
This winter was cold, snowy, and a bit too long for my liking. Coming from Elkins, you’d think I wouldn’t be bothered by a bone-chilling wind and a pile of snow up to my knees. Maybe I’ve grown a little wiser. Maybe I’ve grown soft in my old age. Either way, I’m not a big fan of winter anymore.
With all of the noise we heard about charter schools earlier this year, it sometimes seemed as if some folks had completely forgotten about the quality of our public school system here in Marshall County. As a member of the Marshall County Schools Pride & Progress Committee, I have been fortunate to get an up-close look at what our schools have to offer, and I’m here to tell you that the opportunities for our students are far beyond anything you have ever imagined.
The Fifth Annual Marshall Animal Rescue League Wine Tasting will be from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, May 14 at River City Ale Works. This year, I’m very humbled and blessed to have been asked to help serve wine for this event.
Are there strange traditions or phrases that you’ve wondered, “Where did that come from?” The following explains a few: In the 1500s, most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet of flowers when getting married. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all, the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying...don't throw the baby out with the bath water. I know, gross!
As I stood searching for the perfect Mother’s Day card for my mom I found myself reaching for the cards dedicated to grandmothers, forgetting for just a split second that they are no longer with me. Oh how I miss those two wonderful women, but more importantly, knowing how very, very fortunate I was to have not one, but two, amazing grandmothers in my life and how each of them shaped me and helped me become the woman I am today. My grandmothers or “Mom Maws,” as I called them, were very different individuals and I like to think I have the best of both in me.
I caused some trouble in school. My regular readers may find this hard to believe, but I talked back a little too much — argued a little more than maybe I should have. Questions and comments are one thing, but a teacher can’t teach a class with one kid trying to stage a full-dress debate about every issue. I did that once, or twice (or a few thousand times). My teachers needed to get me to stop talking so I could listen, and learn something.
Over the course of my life, there have been movie stars that have made me swoon and bands that I have loved, but I have never wanted to actually meet any movie stars or band members. I have never asked for an autograph, nor do I ever intend to. Why you ask? Well, it’s simple really. Reality just can’t do them justice. I fell in love with the personas they portrayed, not the actual people.