* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight
and bull-strong.

* Keep skunks and bankers at a

* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a
John Deere tractor.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

* Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

* Do not corner something that you know is meaner
than you.

* It don’t take a very big person to carry a

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t
never gonna happen anyway.

* Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best

* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get
older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

* Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t
botherin’ you none.

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a
rain dance.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever
have to deal with, watches you from
the mirror every mornin’.

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a
lotta that comes from bad judgment.

* Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot
easier than puttin’ it back in.

* If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some
influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.
* Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. ~ John Cage

1. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
2. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 yrs.
3. People do not get sick from cold weather; it’s from being indoors a lot more.
4. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop even your heart!
5. Only seven ( 7 ) per cent of the population are lefties.
6. 40 people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.
7. Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until they are 2-6 years old.
8. The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.
9. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.
10. The average housefly lives for one month.
11. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.
12. A coat hanger is 44 inches long when straightened.
13. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.
14. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than the rest of the day.
15. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.
16. The REAL reason ostriches stick their head in the sand is to search for water.
17. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning it’s head are the rabbit and the parrot.
18. John Travolta turned down the starring roles in “An Officer and a Gentleman” and “Tootsie”.
19. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.
20. In most television commercials advertising milk, a mixture of white paint and a little thinner is used in place of the milk.
21. Prince Charles and Prince William NEVER travel on the same airplane just in case there is a crash.
22. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.
23. Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth.  They are reused in vein transplant surgery.
24. Humphrey Bogart was related to Princess Diana. They were 7th cousins.
25. If coloring weren’t added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.

The less you laugh, the less you live. ~ Tote Yamada

I’m going to shift gears here… I was thinking about all the wonderful stories I’ve heard of women in my family’s courage; stories of hardship and loss. Stories like my grandmother’s traveling across country in covered wagons and different things like that, not that what they did wasn’t great or amazing, because it was. But I feel like the most heroic story, in my minds eye, the greatest story of strength, I’ve ever heard…

When my husband Anthony was nine years old, he loved to siphon gas out of a car into a can – yes, he did that – over and over that day. He was that kid in his family. He did it all the time so it wasn’t anything unusual. He came from a family of gear heads and that’s just what they did.

But on this particular day, he had siphoned too much gas… and his lungs collapsed. He was panicked and couldn’t breathe.

Now his brother Mark just a year older than he, was standing next to him and witnessed it, but he didn’t panic at all. He went in the house as if nothing was wrong and told his mom a big story then started to walk away. He then stopped and said, “By the way mom, Anthony is in the driveway and he can’t breathe.” Well that’s Mark for you.

Anthony’s mom Lula Mae ran out and didn’t hesitate for a minute. She grabbed him up and reached down his throat and opened his lungs. Anthony told me that he just heard a pop and then he could breathe again.  She saved his life.

She didn’t freak out – she was calm. She didn’t scream and call 911 (if they had that then) as I probably would have. She just took care of it. I can’t even imagine what she was thinking at the time. But to me, she showed true strength in a time of desperation. When it comes to your children, I know there is nothing you won’t do for them.

Lula Mae Pearson Metcalf was an amazing woman. I never had the opportunity to meet, she died when Anthony was only thirteen, but I am forever in her debt.

Nothing is impossible; we just don’t know how to do it yet. ~ L.L. Larison Cudmore


Share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.

and the loved ones that you share it with. I know I do. You never know if or what tomorrow holds, so I’m just going to enjoy today. Have a wonderful day everybody!

To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, Every cubic inch of space is a miracle. ~ Walt Whitman

by Marion Reed

My heart is so heavy
My steps are very slow
I am just a waiting
Lord, to go.

Make my passing easy
I know I cannot stay
Make my pathway brighter
While I am on my way.

Come a little closer
Let me see your face
Many years I have been living
By your loving grace.

Let me see the good things
Eyes have never seen
With all the glorious beauty
And hear the angels sing.

I will not miss you, Children,
So, do not feel so sad.
And when you come to
God’s own judgment,
I will be standing by your side.

Tell all my friends and neighbors
How good God has been to me.
And if they will live for Jesus
We will all be together,
In Eternity.

that it is beneath your dignity to apologize to me. An honest apology makes me feel surprisingly warm toward you.

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our mental disposition and not our circumstances.  ~ MARTHA WASHINGTON