For a Fresh Outlook … Change the Scenery

Things were not well in the world of electronics this morning. Last night, my Microsoft Surface 3 started displaying phantom touches down the entire left side of the screen … just like the device before it, which was returned to Microsoft. So I shut it down and went to bed.

Microsoft Surface 3

This morning, I started the device back up, and an update completed. The phantom Read more

Soccer Moms | Life in Pieces

Soccer Moms | Life in Pieces

Soccer mom bullying the coach to put her kid in … meanwhile, her kid is on his back on the ground, head under the bench, putting the gum from the underside of the bench into his mouth. Head obviously NOT in the game; probably doesn’t even WANT to play soccer but is being forced to by parents.

Whose pride are the parents protecting in situations like this? I think it might be their own. Bless their hearts!

Soccer Moms | Life in Pieces

“It’s for exercise.” they say. “It builds character.” they say. “It gives them structure.”they say.

Great! But if they are clearly not into it, then find something else for them to do.

Life in Pieces.

Life in Pieces

What’s Your Biggest Regret?

“A blackboard stood in the middle of New York City asking passersby to write down their biggest regrets. At first, each regret seemed different and unique. After all, everyone has a different story. But as the board filled up, we noticed that all of these responses had one alarming thing in common.”

Source: We Asked People To Tell Us Their Biggest Regrets — But What They All Had In Common Was Heartbreaking

What are your little regrets?

Have you ever wanted to do something or go somewhere, but you passed on it? Later, did you look back and wish you had done it? Happens to me a lot.

What held you back? Usually, for me, I think I can just do it later. What if we don’t get a “later”?

Tables Turned on Bullies

Bullying has GOT to be caused by a malfunction in the brain. Seriously! How can anyone WANT another person to hurt so badly? It’s just sad and pathetic.

Bullied Teen Turns Prank Homecoming Nomination Into The Real Deal

It was a nightmare. A prank as cruel as you would see in the movie Carrie. Whitney Kropp was nominated to be homecoming queen at Owega High School. Her excitement quickly turned into self-loathing, when students told her the nomination was a joke. Whitney even considered taking her own life. Then something amazing happened.

Her story got out and the community began to rally around her. Not just the local stores who donated hair styling, makeup, dresses, and shoes for the big day. But her fellow students who weren’t in on the prank, who recognized it as a horrible bullying. So on that big night, the big night that was intended to be a sham, a farce. Well, the joke was on her bullies. Whitney stepped out of a limousine dressed stunningly. The crowd roared as they held up signs for her, cheering her on. The nomination might have been fake, but the win was very real.

“I had thoughts about not coming, but I actually changed my mind and came out. I just thought maybe I won’t have fun. But I’m having a lot of fun right now,” Whitney told ABC. “The kids that are bullying, do not let them bring you down. Stand up for what you believe in, and go with your heart and go with your gut. That’s what I did, and look at me now. I’m just as happy as can be.”

Source: The Little Things

Don’t be a bully! If you are or someone you know is the victim of bullying, check out some of these resources:
Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center
Pacer Center’s Kids Against Bullying

U.S. Midwest braces for more flooding as rain-swollen rivers rise

Missouri and Illinois were bracing for more flooding on Thursday as rain-swollen rivers, some at record heights, overflowed their banks, washing out hundreds of structures and leaving thousands of people displaced from their homes.

Safety first, everyone. Please keep yourself and your children away from the water’s edge!

Thinking of family and friends in the St. Louis area affected by this. I lived there when they had the Great Flood of 1993.

So many weather tragedies, and they’re becoming greater in number and closer together.


House in Bethesda Saved by Neighbors

Neighbors spend $2 million to block a McMansion

Big builders – big business. The real estate developer who had her eye on this house to tear it (and several trees) down to build a huge house in its place said,

“People don’t want eight-foot ceilings. I love trees, and I’m sorry I have to cut so many down, but builders are following what the people want.”

What a generalization! Not all people want swanky new mansions. Maybe that desire is more common in this expensive area of Bethesda, but there Read more