A BEAUTIFUL DAY

It’s seven-thirty in the morning, the weatherman assures a nice day. A warm day, after the clouds dissipate, and the yellow sun makes its appearance; not a bad forecast for February. Sixteen days ago, my sister had her massive heart attack. She was on life support for six days before her passing.  Her funeral was six-days later. During this period, I […]

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THANKFUL TENDER TUESDAY

This morning, as I was taking down one of my trees, something grabbed my attention.  I actually walked to the window and listened. There around my bird feeder was a beautiful gathering of birds. Some were eating, and some were perched on the railing of my deck singing their little hearts out. It brought a smile to my face. And right […]

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SUPER ANGELS SUNDAY

Today’s Christmas story is about super earth angels who make a difference each Christmas. Their loving hearts help to brighten the lives of those who are less fortunate, lonely, patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and shelters. And of course, we cannot forget our furry friends who reside in animal shelters. These angels busy preparing for their own holiday traditions,  find […]

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My Special Angel, Lee Brodt

 I was born in 1948 to a beautiful young woman named, Roberta Lorraine Transue. My biological father wanted to marry Mom but it was not meant to be.  During that era, having a baby out-of-wedlock was far from acceptable. Although Mom knew the road ahead would be hard, she was not afraid.  Mom worked hard every day, but it was […]

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My Life with Barrett’s Esophagus

Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with Barrett’s Esophagus, Barrett’s for short.  I was suffering from a daily upset stomach, and thought I might have an ulcer.  I also suffered from bouts of heartburn.  One night, the heartburn was so terrific, I thought I would vomit.  Of course, being stubborn, I just took more antacids.  It was not unusual for me to eat, eight to ten antacids, or more,  four to five days a week. My family and friends, gave me advice on how to “fix” the problem.  I tried eating a soft bland diet, drinking more milk, raising the head of my bed, and even, sitting up in my recliner to sleep. Nothing worked; in fact, the heartburn got worse.  The last straw came, when I could not drink a glass of water, without getting extreme heartburn.  I knew I had to stop being stubborn and get to the bottom of the problem. The next day, I was telling our school secretary about the heartburn, and my stomach discomfort.  She told me about a wonderful gastroenterologist, her husband, Paul, was seeing for digestive issues.  The more I listened, the more I wanted to  learn about this doctor.  So, after doing some research, and talking to my family doctor, I gave his practice a call and set up an appointment. The first appointment was to meet with him, discuss the problem, and make a plan.  He suggested an endoscopy to help with the diagnosis.  Within a week, I walked through the doors of […]

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