Accepting a Gut-Wrenching Change

Michelle Obama 2020

Michelle Obama 2020

On Tuesday evening, when I realized how the election was going to play out, I took something to help me sleep and went to bed. With out a sleep aid, I’d have been awake all night planning my escape from the US. Silly really, I love my home in Colorado. Sure if I had enough money I’d buy a second home in Italy, and stay there as often as I could, but my daughter, and her husband live here. I’m not going to run away from the people I love.

I got to thinking about why I was so upset. There are the obvious reasons. Donald Trump’s campaign was filled with hate and negativity. His profile was that of a male chauvinistic pig. Was that an act to get people’s attention? Will the real Donald Trump be a kinder gentler man?

Then there’s this Pence guy. He terrifies me. He looks like a Nazi. Looks can be deceiving though can’t they? I’ve read about him and he really is very right-wing! Much too right-wing for me.

Then I thought about Barack Obama and what a graceful, intelligent, thoughtful president he has been. I’ll miss both him and his beautiful family.

I just hope our new government remembers this is the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. We don’t want to be dictated to, just need a little guidance. I hope the new government listens to us. Every country has good folks and bad folks, and some that are a little bit of both. Lets throw all of our beliefs and values into a big pot and mix them together.

Maybe the end result will be spectacular.

Oh, and one last thought……..Michelle Obama 2020. She already has my vote!

2012 – A year to remember?

What was memorable about 2012? Lets start at the very beginning.

January – Couldn’t find a memorable in World events! I turned 55 (UGH).


February – Twelve people were killed as Tornadoes ripped through Kansas and Missouri. Early for Tornadoes, awful tragedy.

March – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets US President Barack Obama.

April – A 30-year-old man was today arrested here on the charge of murdering his father for not giving him money to buy liquor, police said. Really? Is liquor more important than life. What a strange world.

May – Ahh vacation for my husband and I. We spent a lovely week in Nuevo Vallarta at the Grand Velas. YES! Look at this sunset.

June – We had to leave this delightful sunset and go back to Colorado where the wildfires looked like they may destroy the state. With record temperatures and no rain, Colorado continued to burn. We thank the fireman for risking their lives to keep us safe.


July  – was the hottest month the continental US has seen since records began, federal scientists have said. Also in July a crazy young man ambushed a movie theater in Aurora, close to where I worked, and gunned down innocent people whilst they watched the new Batman movie. I won’t grace this monster with a name, but praise Christian Bale for his low-key visit to honor the memory of those murdered.

August – Celebrated our 35th Wedding Anniversary. Went to our first ever Rodeo in the lovely town of Steamboat Springs in Colorado. What a great Cowboy town, otherwise known as Ski Town USA. Planning a second visit. Beautiful friendly town.CIMG1099

September – My lovely daughter Joanna turned 28. Where did the years go? Seems like only yesterday she was a toddler.

October – Seriously tired of the US Election campaign and the nasty vicious Political games.

November – Love him or hate him Barack Obama was elected to his second term as President of the USA. Personally, I love him and his family. I celebrated.

Barack Obama


December – Here we are at the end of another year. Sadly December brought another school shooting. This time in Connecticut where 26 people were gunned down – twenty of them children between the ages of six and seven. You would have to be insane to be murder children? Why are the mentally insane not cared for in a facility where they are not a threat to society?
2012 wasn’t all bad and I have some great memories, but 2013 is going to be AWESOME. My new book ‘Dead of July’ will be published in March (Preview) Dead of July, which is exciting. I think the world should learn from the mistakes of 2012 and make 2013 a much better year. The Mayan calendar ended, but the world did not. We are here to care for each other and care for the earth. Be aware of those around you, if they need help, don’t ignore them.


Lets talk about family. After all it is part of life’s journey and believe me that journey has more than a few tales and mishaps.

My family has never been close, which is sad. When you are young, you don’t care about anything except having fun and meeting someone to share your life with.

Every day is a new adventure. Life is fresh and new. You get excited about everything, butterflies in your tummy are a regular experience. Who needs family? Life is full.

I was fifteen years younger than the younger of my two brothers. I loved them both dearly, but they were always feuding. My brothers were both incredibly smart. One was hard-working and serious. The other was a joker who put money ahead of everything, and did what ever he could to get it, hurting anyone who got in his way. I think he had a good heart, but the Devil was in his soul.

His obsession with money (as well as other things) tore the family apart. Thirty years ago that didn’t matter, now it does. It makes me very sad.

Strange as it sounds, his death brought some of us together again. My lovely nieces (who are almost the same age as me) and I are friends again. I am in touch with their wonderful talented children and trying to make up for the years that slipped away.

Unfortunately the wounds are too deep to be healed for some of my family and they remain strangers. I understand why, but what a shame. Life is so short.

If anyone reading this is feuding with your family, STOP NOW!

Life flies by in the blink of an eye. Keep your family close to you. Stay in touch with them, even if you live thousands of miles away. Don’t let your future be filled with regret.

Yesterday I was twenty. Today I am fifty-five and trying to cram so much into the next ten years or so. I hope I have the energy to complete all I need to do.

And so endeth my lesson for today! One of my very favorite families is pictured below.