I am back! It has been almost a month since my last posting and I apologize. No, I was not stricken with the plague I said we gave to Joey Pruett. That was a typo. We gave him a plaque. Nor was I carried off by my mischievous ghost, Merlie. Well, not exactly.
I did take her advice and made reservations for a trip to League City, TX. I was able to spend some time with my cousin, Royal Dudley before he left this life. I thank Merlie for that push. I stayed on for a while to spend time with my cousin Lina Sheffield and her husband Flea. And of course I spent as much time with my Aunt Pansy (Wright) Parr as I could. It was a very sad time, but there were many really good times while I was there: visiting with cousins, Gloria (Rust) Reed and Nancy (Rust) Clevenger and her husband Tom, who came for the memorial service. I also visited with a host of second and third cousins, who I simply adore and hardly ever get to see.
I was there over the Father's Day weekend and spent Father's Day Sunday with my brother, Rocky Vineyard and his wife, Marcia. My niece, Krissy and nephew Travis were there too as were Travis' children, Samantha, Simon and Spencer. As you may know, these three have a special place in my heart. In spite of the sad circumstances the trip was a good one. I sure had lots of hugs and good times.
Now I am back and really hitting my whining stride. What did you do while I was gone to bring on this atrocious heat? I expect to swelter in South Texas in June, but then I left there when it was 109 and got here and it was 109. The temps in Texas dropped to the high 90's when I left. Uh, oh. Sounds like I may be the contributing factor. I am thinking Artic thoughts for a while.
I hear about the people on the East coast who are without power and it is just as hot there. I feel so badly for them.
Sydney Simmons and Lindsey Ford have been to Lincoln, NE for the International Theatre Festival. I can hardly wait to hear about their trip.
Congratulations to Haven Cagle. She placed in the top 10 at the Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageant in Little Rock on Saturday. Haven was also awarded the Newcomers Award for doing so well as a first time state competitor.
Karen Langille lost her mother last Saturday. My prayers are with her and her family at this time.
Wednesday is the 4th of July. Our country is 236 years old. In spite of trials and tribulations and quarreling and tantrums, it is still the greatest nation on earth. We must remember that. Regardless of our political views, our religious beliefs, and our personalities, I think we all want basically the same things. I have two things for you to think about this year. I have said this before, but it bears saying again. We make our best decisions when we are working from a foundation of love. Fear, hate, anger all alter our perception and cloud our vision. Go to a place in your heart where you can put away the negative feelings and let love in before you make the really important decisions, or really any decisions.
The other thing is not so easy. Try not to separate yourself and yours from others. Stop thinking about "them" and "us". We may be different, but we are all part of the same enormous family. "We" can accomplish so much more together.
Lecture over, I will end this now. Let me know what is going on with you. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call me (870) 595-3173. You can even drop me a line at 514 West 3rd St., Rector AR 72461.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy and fun 4th of July, 2012.
Bless our military. They keep our Independence Day going.