Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Texas' Version of the Wright Brothers

For Mason, Alec, and Dawson...I wrote this as a tribute to your great-grandfather Kenneth and your great-uncle Charles.

Texas Had Its Own Version of the Wright Brothers
Texas' Version of The Wright Brothers by Charlene Tess
Kenneth Bourland and Charles Bourland

Although thousands have developed careers and hobbies in the aviation field since Wilbur and Orville Wright made their historic flight in 1903, two brothers in the Bourland family made a name for themselves as pioneers in the aviation field that cannot be equalled.                                                  

Following Charles Lindbergh's solo transatlantic flight in 1927, an interest in home built aircraft spread across the country. Charles N. Bourland, born May 14, 1915, and Kenneth R. Bourland, born November 30, 1916, lived their whole lives in El Paso, Texas. In 1933, the teenagers studied an article in Popular Mechanics which detailed a home built monoplane, and then decided to build one of their own. Not being entirely satisfied with the design in the magazine, they re-designed the plane into a biplane. They crafted a frame of pine, attached motorcycle wheels, and installed a Model "A" Ford engine. Experts have described the plane as trim and well-built. 
Texas' Version of The Wright Brothers by Charlene Tess


The Bourland Brothers, aged 17 and 16, did not know the first thing about flying a plane, but that didn't deter them. They took their invention to a dry lake bed in Northeast El Paso and prepared for their maiden flight. They were interrupted by the sound of an airplane which circled overhead and then landed close beside them. The pilot of that plane was the late Jack Weiler, operator of the El Paso Flying Service and later one of the first chief pilots for Continental Airlines. 

Relieved to discover that he had not flown over the site of an airplane crash, he began to question the two young boys and to inspect their work. Highly impressed with their workmanship, he offered the boys jobs as airplane mechanics and offered to give them free flying lessons. The offer was eagerly accepted, and so their boyhood dreams came true as their careers in aviation began. Both boys received pilot licenses August 4, 1936.

Two years later the brothers again became part of an aviation first. They were among the nine special pilots to carry the first airmail between El Paso and neighboring cities on May 19, 1938. 
Kenneth was an aircraft mechanic in the navy from 1944 to 1946, and Charles worked as an aircraft inspector at Biggs Air Field in Texas.

After World War II,  they purchased a Vulte BT-13 which originally cost $30,000 for less than $500. They redesigned the two place plane into one that seated six, and later modified it further to be used for aerial photography, another venture in which the Bourlands were pioneers in the field.
Texas' Version of The Wright Brothers by Charlene Tess


Modified Vulte BT-13

By the 1950s, as the era of jet transport came of age, the brothers were working for the aviation division of The El Paso Natural Gas Company, Kenneth as chief of Maintenance and Charles as Master Mechanic. Both men had experience as master mechanics on planes ranging from single engine light planes to executive jets.

The Bourlands were involved in several ground breaking aspects of aviation history in the Southwest including the first fully combined aero and motor squadron search and rescue training mission by the El Paso Country Sheriff's Reserve in 1965.

In September 1984, Charles and Kenneth Bourland were inducted as charter members into the El Paso Aviation Hall of Fame. They are both gone now, Charles passed away in 2003 and Kenneth in 2008, but they will be remembered as two revered aviators. As one airport owner in the Southwest put it, "If you haven't heard of the Bourland Brothers, you're an 'upstart' around here." d


On a personal note:
I lost my dad on December 17th in 2008, and then my mother died exactly two weeks later on December 31st. This is not an easy time of year for me, but it helps me to remember the wonderful parents that they were to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It helps even more to remember them and share their stories. They were amazing people who left their mark on this earth. I will write about my mother in a future post.


As a thank you for the wonderful year I had in 2011, all of my Simple Steps to Sentence Sense books will be on sale for 20% off the last four days of the year. (Dec 28-31). Click on the banner below to visit my store.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

As I Promised, Here's A Favorite Holiday Recipe



Mema's Dressing

This was my mother’s famous recipe for cornbread dressing. We had it for Thanksgiving and for Christmas dinner. The turkey was not the focus of our meal; Mema’s Dressing was everybody’s favorite. We would pour gravy over it and eat it for days. After my youngest grandson was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I began making it with gluten free flour and gluten free corn meal. It is as good as ever!

CORNBREAD (Make at least one day early so it can dry out a little. If possible, make in on Sunday before Thanksgiving or three days before Christmas and then leave it out on the counter. Also, dry out a loaf of bread and use for breadcrumbs or buy a bag of breadcrumbs. Just be sure they are not seasoned because that will alter the taste.

Triple this recipe for a large amount of dressing to feed several people. (It’s better to mix it up and bake it in three batches.)

1 cup yellow cornmeal
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon melted shortening (or vegetable oil)
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk (Very important. Don't use sweet milk.)

Mix cornmeal, flour, soda, and salt. Beat egg and add to buttermilk. Then pour this mixture into the sifted dry ingredients, add 1 tablespoon melted shortening (or vegetable oil) and stir only until well mixed. Grease an 8X8 pan. (If you have one, bake the cornbread in an iron skillet.) Pour batter into hot, greased pan. Bake at 425 degrees about 30 to 35 minutes, or until brown.

DRESSING

Large bunch of celery
1 large yellow onion
poultry seasoning (Very important. Don't use anything else.)
3 cans chicken broth
Butter or margarine
Dried cornbread (crumbled)
Dried bread (Add enough to make the mixture stick together well)

Chop celery and onion and sauté in butter until soft and clear in color. Crumble cornbread in a large bowl. Add celery and onion mixture. Add chicken broth a little at a time until you get the thick consistency of muffin dough. Add poultry seasoning a teaspoon at a time. This will make it salty and give it its unique flavor. Taste until it tastes like Mema's dressing. (For those who did not know and love Mema, just suit your own taste.) Grease one rectangular baking dishes with oil. Bake at 350º until dressing is brown and crusty on top. (30 or 35 minutes.) If you want stuffing in the turkey, stuff it with raw dressing before you put it in the oven.

I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe. Here's a link to a fun activity that the whole family could do after dinner. 




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Sunday, December 4, 2011


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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ahhh December!

It's a great month to be a teacher or a student. People are smiling and usually in a great mood, and best of all it's a very short month in the classroom.


We must be sensitive to the needs of students who are missing loved ones due to military deployment, divorce, or even a profound loss such as a death in the family. It is also a time to be respectful of the different beliefs and faiths in which our young people believe.


But, in spite of such necessary precautions, it is always a time of great joy for most young people and for their teachers. A time to laugh and to share and to give freely of hand-crafted treasures. No matter how simple, a gift made lovingly with one's own hands is the one a young person will take pride in presenting to someone they care about.


I have a gift for you that will help you find an activity that is just perfect for your class.
Click on the picture to download a wonderful free ebook with 50 free activities you can do with your students. The gifts in the book were donated by 50 amazing teachers who sell their products on TeachersPayTeachers.com. Check out my store while you are there.

And I have gift just for the readers of my blog and my Facebook page. Use my code STMMMS2791 and click here to download some beautiful Designer Pack digital quick pages and high-resolution digital graphics that can be used with most software applications.


While you are there, take a look at the My Memories software. It is a great way to save all your holiday photos into a digital scrapbook or print out beautiful photo books as gifts for your family. Be sure to use my code: STMMMS2791 to receive $10 off the software and also receive a $10 gift certificate to spend on anything you see on the web site.

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I hope December is a lovely month for you. I know I am ready to decorate the house and bake cookies. Check back here in a few days for some amazing recipes my mother passed on to me. They are delicious and a family tradition.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cyber Monday Sale on November 28, 2011




Greetings to all. I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with blessings.

WOO HOO! I am so excited to tell you that I will be participating in the Cyber Monday Sale on TeachersPayTeachers.com on Monday, November 28th. Click here to visit my store. Shop now and place things on your wish list, and then go back on Monday and buy them at 30% off.


All of my products (including all three editions of Simple Steps to Sentence Sense) will be on sale at 20% off, and if you enter the code CMS28 at checkout, you will also receive an additional 10% discount from TpT. That means all of my products will be a huge 30% off.

Mark your calendar, set an alarm on your phone, and get ready for a huge sale. Many of your favorite teachers will have their fantastic products on sale.

Have a good week!










Thursday, November 17, 2011

Everyone is Valuable (Advice for My Grandsons)

Remember that no one is better than you are regardless of how much money they have or what their lifestyle may be.

But also remember, that you are no better than anyone else. Treat all people with respect regardless of how much money you have and what your station in life may be. (The housekeeper in a hotel works just as hard as the hotel manager, and the housekeeper's salary is just as important to his/her family as is the manager’s is to hers/his.) Treat both of them with respect.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Blogs on Fire Award

Wow, thanks to Amy at Science Stuff by Amy, for nominating my blog for the Blogs on Fire Award. I am so happy that she likes reading my blog.

According to the rules of the award, I am now supposed to tell you 7 things about myself and nominate 7 blogs that I think are worthy of the award. O.K. Here we go.


1.  I love to read. As far back as I can remember, I have always loved to read books. I have a book on the Kindle reader on my iPhone, magazines and a paperback book in the magazine rack, and an audio book on my iPhone. I listen to a book while I walk, clean house, water plants, or fold clothes. I listen to a book in the car. After I finish my work, I read in the evenings in my comfy chair; and I always read until I fall asleep. It is unusual for me not to be reading or listening to three books at a time.

2.  I love to write. From the time I was a child I would love going to the dime store to buy spiral notebooks. In no time, I would fill them with words, phrases, sentences, and stories. Most of my early stories were way too emotional and full of inflated language, but all of them were fun to write and gave me hours of pleasure.

3.  I only like to write with one kind of pencil. It has to be a Dixon Ticonderoga #2 lead pencil. It has to be sharp. The eraser has to be clean. I am not fussy about pens, but prefer a medium point.

4. I love the desert. I love the way it smells after a rain. Our yard is landscaped with rock and desert plants because it seldom rains in El Paso, so when it does, we open the door and go outside and watch the raindrops fall.

5.  The mountains are my go to place if I need solace. My parents always took us to the mountains on camping trips. I will always picture them there happy and smiling.

6.  I grew up in a big family. My dad and my uncle built a duplex and my family (my parents, my sister and I) lived on one side and my aunt and uncle and their son and daughter lived on the other. So there were eight of us living in close proximity. It was as if I had two sets of parents and my cousins were like a brother and a sister. I am named after my Uncle Charles. We had amazing adventures as children. My little brother came along when I was 16 years old, and we all treated him like a doll.

7. When I was a child, there were airplane parts in my backyard. My father and uncle were pilots and mechanics and they built and remodeled planes. We kids would play on the fuselage or the tail section of the planes. Flying in small planes was a big part of my childhood.

And now you know a little more about me. Here are some blogs that I enjoy reading and check into often just to read the latest posts.







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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Simply Say What You Mean.



Don’t say, “In my opinion, I think you are wrong.” Instead, just say: “I think you are wrong.” (Obviously this is your opinion.)

Don't say, "At this point in time." Instead, just say, "now."

Don't say, "I thought to myself." Instead just say, I thought." (Obviously your thoughts are directed to yourself. They are your thoughts, after all.)

Respect Your Elders


Stand up and give your seat to an elderly person. You will be one someday.



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

My Latest Book is Available on Amazon for only 99 Cents



Three modern short stories will answer the following questions:
Sticks and Stones - When a female student accuses her English teacher of immoral conduct, who will believe he is innocent?
Minor Adjustment - What happens when a chiropractor falls in love with one of his patients?
Bag of Tricks - What kind of gift does Ralph's wife have for his girlfriend?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Announcing the My Memories Suite Software Contest Winner



If you entered the contest, but did not win, you can still get this amazing software. Just visit http://www.mymemories.com and enter this code STMMMS2791.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

My Memories Software Giveaway Just in Time for Fall




In fall, I have an urgent need to get organized. I am energized and ready to clean out drawers and closets, and do something creative with all the photos I have taken.

I recently discovered a wonderful way to create digital scrapbooks, photo books, cards, calendars and gifts by using one easy to use software program called My Memories Suite. It is rated #1 by Amazon and TopTen Reviews.

After using this software, I can’t imagine organizing my photos the old fashioned way. I especially love the auto fill feature. You simply place your digital photos in a folder on your computer, find a layout you like in the My Memories Suite, and click on the auto fill button. Like magic it fills in the photos and generates completed pages for your digital scrapbook. You can print them, email them, or have them made into beautiful books. All those photos that you have stored on C.D.’s or on your hard drive can quickly and easily be turned into memory books. You can also use the beautiful designs to dress up your website or blog and make buttons, banners, and other artistic touches.

I created the images below by using My Memories Suite. It amazed me how quickly I completed this small project.




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Now, you have a chance to get your copy of the My Memories Suite software absolutely free.

Enter the My Memories Free Software Giveaway. The contest will run from October 4-10, 2011. One winner will be chosen at random and announced on October 11, 2011. The winner will be notified by email, and the winning name will be posted right here on my blog and on my Facebook Fan Page.

Enter the contest by doing both of the following:

1. Sign up for my free newsletter. Click on the link in the upper right portion of this page or click here.

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Choose the easiest of the three ways to comment. You only have to comment once. Just be sure to also leave your name, so I can enter you in the contest.

That’s it! It’s so simple. If you have completed both #1 and #2 above, you are now entered in a contest to win absolutely free, one copy of the My Memories Suite software to have for your very own. Then, you can begin to create beautiful digital scrapbooks, photo books, cards, calendars, gifts and graphic art the easy way.

I wish you the best of luck and look forward to sending you a newsletter about my books.

Have a happy fall season. If you have any questions at all, EMAIL ME HERE .


Saturday, September 24, 2011

This Book Made Me Laugh and Smile



Beginning with the clever play on words in the title, this book entertained me. Courtney is a lawyer who doesn't play well with others. In fact, she is just plain rude most of the time. All that changes when she meets her newest client, Jerry Mason. As the plot unfolds, we discover that Courtney is not at all as she seems. This book has murder, intrigue, mystery, humor and love. I really enjoyed it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

National Keep Kids Creative Week

National Keep Kids Creative starts on September 25! To celebrate, this week's link up will be focused on TpT products that facilitate creativity!
Visit Teacher2Teacher

Monday, September 19, 2011

Honor Your Mother

Tell your mother that you love her. Call her often. Let her know that you appreciate the precious gift she gave you. As a man, you cannot possibly know what she had to go through to bring you into this world, but as your grandmother, I can tell you that it wasn’t easy.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Night Road by Kristen Hannah is a Page Turner with a Message



I just finished a great book. Lexie becomes a best friend to Mia and the love of Mia's twin brother Zack's life. The three of them are inseparable throughout high school and bask in the love of the twins' parents. The family is happy and life is good.

And then, the unthinkable happens. All three of the teens drink at a graduation party, and after a terrible accident on Night Road, Mia is dead.

This is a story of loss, and pain, and the journey back for those left behind. I couldn't put it down.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Rebecca Bride is Available at the Kindle Store



I hope you'll take a look.

New Book Trailer for The Rebecca Bride

Here's my new book trailer for The Rebecca Bride. This book was published as a paperback in 2003, but is now available as a digital download from Kindle.com. You can read it on a Kindle, or you can download a free Kindle Reader to your Apple or Android device.



Celebrate International Literacy Day


Visit TheLessonCloud.com for freebies all day long.

Enjoy!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Flash Sale for Labor Day! 25% off.

Wow! I have 11 of my best selling items on sale today for 20% off. Now, TPT is having a flash sale for today only. The promo code is FLASH and it offers 5% off all your purchases today only.
Click here to get a 25% discount for today only.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

When to use “who," "that" and "which" when writing standard English.


Here are a few simple hints to help you decide whether to use “who,” “that,” or “which” in the sentences that you write.

Use “who” when referring to people. For example: The man who answered the phone was very polite.
Use "that" for clauses that define something specific and provide necessary information. For example: The cake that I made yesterday was delicious. (You are talking about a specific cake.)
Use "which" for clauses that can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence. The movie, which I saw yesterday, was about a war hero.

Clauses that begin with “which” can be placed between commas or in between parentheses.

Click here for educational materials to help you write and speak clearly and correctly.

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Listen With Your Heart


Listen with your heart as well as your ears. Sometimes it’s what people don’t say that speaks the loudest. Often, when people appear to be very angry, they are really just hurt. Ask them if they want to talk. If they do, listen to them, and be kind. You don’t have to try to solve their problem, just let them vent.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011





I love to read books that are set in the South. Here’s another one that left me with a wonderful, uplifting feeling. Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt takes place in Savannah, Georgia. The characters are colorful and believable and portray all the charm and manners one might expect from Southern women. 


Her father has long since left young Cee Cee alone to take care of her mother who has lost all touch with reality and parades around town wearing prom dresses purchased at the Goodwill Store. Her life is one of loneliness and shameful isolation until she goes to live with her Great Aunt in Savannah. An entirely new life awaits her, and she discovers what Southern hospitality really means. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

This Book is One I Will Long Remember




I cannot say enough good things about this amazing book. I read the book, listened to an audio book so I could hear the accents, and then I saw the movie. All three had special qualities, but the book was just one of the best I have read in years.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Don't Gossip!


Don’t spread gossip. Be the kind of friend that can be trusted. Do not repeat confidential information that your friends tell you unless that information revels that your friend is a danger to himself/herself or others. In that case, tell your parents at once.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011




Be sure to visit The Lesson Cloud, a new blog to which I am contributing.  
The authors of this blog are elementary, middle, and high school teachers representing every grade level and subject area. This is a great place to find useful tips and free products.  Be sure to visit and follow this blog.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Use the Active Voice


Use verbs in the active voice. The passive voice is weak and uses unnecessary words. “A captain has been appointed by the team” is weaker than “The team has appointed a captain.” Sentences with verbs in the passive voice often contain a prepositional phrase that begins with the preposition “by.”

If you need help with using the active voice, Step 2  in Simple Steps to Sentence Sense is all about finding the verb and using it correctly.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Avoid Run-On Sentences



If there is a complete sentence on each side of the conjunctions “and,” “but” or “or,” place a comma in front of the conjunction. If you omit the comma, you will create a run-on sentence.
The night was dark, and the mission was dangerous.  (Two sentences joined by the conjunction “and.”)
The night was dark and dangerous. (Two predicate adjectives joined by the conjunction “and.” No comma needed.)

Make This School Year Your Best One Yet!


Another school year is beginning. What kind of year will it be? You may think it depends upon who your teachers are and whether or not your friends are in your classes. The truth is that neither of those factors is what really matters. The kind of school year you have really depends on you and your attitude. You are intelligent and you are a great kid. You have to spend a majority of your week at school. You have to study and turn in your work, or you will fail and end up repeating the grade you are in now. Nobody can make sure that you have a successful year except for you. Make it happen. I know you can do it!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Eager? or Anxious?

It  is more precise to use “eager” to imply impatient longing and “anxious” to imply mental distress or uneasiness.
I am eager to meet your parents.
I am anxious about the math test.

Just say "No Thanks."

If you don’t want to do something your friends suggest, just say, “no thanks.” You don’t have to explain why. If they repeat the suggestion or persist, just repeat the answer, “no thanks.” Eventually, they will get the message.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Commonly Confused Words

The following words are frequently confused and used incorrectly:

their=belong to them
there=location (Replace it with the similar word “where.”)

whose=belongs to whom
Whose coat is this?

who’s=who is (Read a contraction as two words.)
Who’s coming with me tonight?

After you finish writing a paper, do a word search for the words above to be sure you have chosen the correct word. 

Fast Food and Eating Fast

Don’t eat fast food every day and don’t eat your food fast.
Learn to cook. Grill or broil some fish, chicken, or a steak. Open a package of frozen vegetables and pop them in the microwave. Buy some fresh fruit, cut it up, and toss it around with 2 tablespoons of flavored yogurt for dessert.
Chew your food slowly, and enjoy its flavor. If you do, you will feel full faster and digest your food easier.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Here they are, our three favorite grandsons. From left to right, Mason, Dawson, and Alec. They spent several days together eating, swimming, eating, bowling, eating, playing Wii games, iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Did I mention "eating?" We all had a wonderful time. It was amazing to have all three of our grandchildren together at one time.

What I did on my summer vacation!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Capitalization HInts

Don’t capitalize the seasons: summer, fall, winter, spring.
Don’t capitalize school subjects unless they are followed by a number or they are a language.
These are correct:  biology, Biology II, French, history, math, Algebra I

Save Your Money

Save money. No matter how much money you make, you can always set aside a little for the future. Start small and increase the amount as your salary increases.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Win $100 worth of free materials for grades 6-12.

Huge Contest for Secondary Teachers!!

Welcome to the 6-12 Secondary Teachers’ Contest where 17 outstanding teacher-authors have collaborated to bring you the biggest contest of the summer! You could win up to $100 by following our TeachersPayTeachers stores, becoming a fan of our Facebook pages, or by subscribing to our blogs.
Every ‘follow’ counts as one entry, which means you can enter this contest 44 times! 
Two winners from be selected from the Contest Entry Form. That’s up to $200 of teaching resources being given away!!

Winner will be randomly selected Wednesday, June 15th, at 6:00 pm ET so be sure to enter before then! Winners will be allowed to choose up to $20 worth of products from each of their choice of 5 sellers participating in this contest.

Click on this link to enter the contest:  http://spanishplans.org/2011/06/06/secondarycontes/

Monday, May 30, 2011

Affect vs Effect

If you are not sure whether to use the word “affect” or “effect,” see if the article “the” works in front of word in your sentence.  If so, “effect” is probably the correct choice.

Enjoy Your Life

Find something you love to do, and do it often. Having a hobby makes life a whole lot of fun. You are only on this earth a very short time, and you need to enjoy your life. You don’t have to buy expensive boats, planes, or cars to have fun. Take a walk. Play a game. Toss a football around. Dance. Listen to music. Sing out loud. Read a good book. Spend time with people you love.

Monday, May 16, 2011

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Link to an amazing contest for Homeschool Teachers and Teachers in grades 1-3

My book, Simple Steps to Sentence Sense for Elementary Grades and ESL is one of the prizes in this amazing give-away contest. Follow the link above to enter. Two winners will receive 14 teaching resources absolutely free.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Grammar/Usage Tip

Beginning with this post, I am going to continue the advice to my grandsons, but I will also add a grammar or usage tip that they or anyone else might find useful in their writing or speaking. Notice that I said tips and not rules. (Rules can be long and confusing, and in English are made to be broken.)

Always read a contraction as if it were two words to be sure that you have chosen the correct spelling.
Choose the correct word:  (Your, You’re) going to be late to class.
Read the contraction as two words. “You are” going to be late to class. Now it is easy to see that the contraction is the correct choice in this sentence.

Open Doors for Women and Elders

Open the door for women and elderly people and stand back to let them enter.  If you do so, you may not be the tallest person in the room, but you will have the most stature.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Don’t Smoke

Don’t smoke (anything) or hang around people who do. Your lungs have to last a lifetime. Smoking has been determined to be the cause of 13 different cancers.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Choose Your Friends Carefully

Choose your friends carefully. Once you get to know them, some people are not as "cool" as you thoight they were. Don't hesitate to end any relationship that makes you uncomfortable or unhappy. Friends should make you smile and would never call you names or embarass you. You are a special person and deserve to be treated well.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Women Deserve Your Respect.

Treat all women with respect: especially your mother and your girlfriend (or future wife). A man who raises his voice or his hand to a woman is a coward of the lowest kind.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Show Your Gratitude

Say "thank you."  Choose one: A hug? A note?  A phone call? An email? A text? That’s all it takes to make you appear and feel grateful for gifts and kind deeds you have received. To forget to say thanks is selfish and shows the worst of manners.

Tell the Truth

Even if it frightens you to tell the truth, do it. When a man lies to avoid the consequences of his actions, he creates an even more serious problem for himself. Now, he has to deal with his actions and his lie.

Keep Your Word

The most important possession a man has is his word. When you give your word, you must live up to it. Don’t make a promise unless you know you can keep it.

A message to three great guys. . .

This year, my blog entries are for my three grandsons. There are things I want them to know, and we do not always have the time to talk about them when we are together. It is my hope that someday when they are older, these words might mean something to them. I have learned these things from my amazing parents, from my amazing husband, and from my own life experiences.