IMG_0283.JPGSunday afternoon, and here I am again, sitting in front of my laptop, not a thought in my head except for the old familiar one.  What in the world am I going to write about for my blog that is new and different, and will bring forth “likes” and comments from my Internet friends? What will inspire them to say, Good job, Verlie?

Wow, that stops me right there.  Usually I have the distinct impression that it doesn’t matter what I write, it is all the same, and probably that is true.  I am what I am, and my writing does show it.  Our suggestion for this week was, Do you have a year that stands out among all of the rest? Well, I have plenty of years to choose from, that is for sure. But to choose one over all of the others, well, that is easier said than done. I don’t want to hurt the feelings of any of my children, or husbands, if I don’t choose their year.  You can see the problems that might arise there.  Life is too short for that.

As I was thinking about all of this, I got a ding on my IPhone, and lo and behold it was a message from one of my sons, returning one of mine.  He told me he was going to watch the Broncos and I confided in him that I was still trying to find a subject to write about.  He said come out for the Broncos,  and then New England will hate you, but everyone else will love you.

As I was laughing and answering him by text, I realized that I was having this great conversation with a son who was thousands of miles away, and yet it was like he was here in this room with me.  All of our children are scattered all over the country, sometimes years go by before we see them, yet we can keep in contact with each other instantly. There is no telephone charge for this individual call, we can talk as long as we wish to.  We can send smiles or grins.  We are connected by our thoughts and our words, and best of all they are in print, and we can save them. I can go back and read printouts that other children wrote several years ago, and remember exactly how they felt at the time.

We are living in a miraculous time, but if we only listen to the TV or loud voices of others we could easily forget that.  It is a new time and a glorious one.  Think of the people who left for California on a wagon train so long ago not knowing when they would ever see their families again.

I remember when it cost so much to call long distance that I couldn’t afford to call my mother when I needed to talk to her.  Now we are in instant communication with everyone that we love, and it really is a Big Time Miracle.

The next time you get a photo on your phone or internet from someone you love, even tho they are on the other side of the country, just smile, and say, “Thank you, God.  Thank you for all of our miracles.”



How long has it been since you had “one of those days”? You know what I mean, nothing seems to go the way that you planned when you got up that morning. You know, not just the things that didn’t go right, but the ones where you just screwed up.  You said or did something that should have never even been mentioned.

Maybe you said something that was really meant to be funny to everyone, but then you realized that it would hurt someone because they would think you were talking about them.

Maybe you made a comment about a group of people or the way they dressed, and you really didn’t mean to have anyone take it the wrong way.  Maybe it was about religion or politics, or just anything guaranteed to cause a stir. And then the room got very quiet and you realized “Oops, I shouldn’t have done that.”

And very quietly some brave soul, the one with the “milk of human kindness”, changed the subject, or they smiled and said something light to take the heat off of you.

We all do or say dumb things at times and then we want to curl up in a corner somewhere. We are embarrassed that we even opened our mouth without thinking of others.

But the people that we like to have around us, the ones who overlook our stupidity, who know we are all in this world together, these are the people who spread “the milk of human kindness”, as William Shakespeare once so aptly wrote.

Whenever you meet someone with this quality be thankful that you have them in your life. They will not judge you harshly. And without saying a word of reproach they will remind you that you can strive for this quality  and be a worthy friend also.

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Taking a chance on love. The first thought that comes to my mind is the song, “Taking a chance on love” by Ella Fitzgerald. No matter who we meet, no matter how we seem to fit when we meet someone new, it is always a chance that we take.  Smiles can help, thoughts can intertwine with each other, we can feel the instant surge of knowing this is someone we are in tune with, but still, it is all emotion.  We are reacting to the presence of someone new, and the question is really, can we trust our emotions?

We know from experience over a lifetime that emotions aren’t always trustworthy.  There is an old saying, “Marry in haste, repent at leisure.” We all have friends who have found that out to be true.  Some of us can attest to that ourselves.  We also have friends who have been married forever, and their lives seem to be very happy and on an even keel.

Throughout our lives we take a lot of chances.  How about deciding on our education, not knowing whether we are really suited for the course we are embarked on? When we start to hunt for the perfect job to learn our trade, there are a lot of detours possible.  As a woman, what will you do about having a family and raising children? If you decide to take a chance and wait until you are in your 30’s will you still have the opportunity to do so later on?

Life is full of taking chances.  I took a lot of them myself over the years. Some of them turned out well, but others definitely could have gone a lot differently.  But the chances that you take are going to affect a lot of other people over the years, your family, friends, and unknown others.  Remember it is not just your self.

So take your chances.  If you feel that you are taking them for the right reasons, for love for yourself or for others, it probably eventually will turn out all right.

At the very least you can always say as did Wm. Shakespeare, “To thine own self, be true.!” You can say, “I took a chance on life.”