Wednesday, January 28, 2009

From Detroit to Pittsburgh with Love

Yahoo! Sports has an interesting and inspiring story about Sean McHugh, reserve fullback for the Super Bowl heading Steelers. Sean was cut by the Detroit Lions for not being good enough for the team, then three days later he was picked up by the Steelers.

Now he is headed to the Super Bowl and a chance to be a part of history.

The article is a testament to working hard and not giving up. As a lover of quotes, I found two in this article that pertain to life in general. They are:

"For people who work hard, things all seem to work out" Dan Campbell

"A door closed, and a world opened." Sean McHugh

I think those two quotes could provide encouragement to a lot of people during these tough times. Just because someone lost their job, doesn't mean it's the end of the road. For those who work hard, something will come up that could turn out better than where they were at in the first place.

Click on this link to read the inspirational article ==> Steelers McHugh Catches Break.

Have you caught a break in life that you are willing to share? We could all use an inspirational lift today. Thanks for sharing.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Place of Rest

A rest area somewhere between Arizona and Colorado. You can tell I took great notes on my move back to Michigan. September 2006

Monday, January 26, 2009

French Teens Encouraged to Read Daily News

In an innovative move, French President Nicolas Sarkozy will provide teenagers a free, yearlong subscription to any general news daily of their choice when they reach their 18th birthday. He noted that developing the habit of daily reading begins when people are young.

What a great way to encourage young people to keep up with the daily news.

He also is increasing ninefold, state support for all French news deliveries and doubling its annual print advertising outlay in a move to strengthen that countries print media.

These changes are to take place next month.

You can read the complete article at this link ==> The Associated Press.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Port Aransas, Texas - My Next Home

Sometimes in the midst of frigid weather, less than stellar living arrangements, and frustrating situations, one needs reassurance that better times are ahead. This is my carrot-at-the-end-of-the-stick for the future.

More pics forthcoming. In the meantime, to see more of Port Aransas click here.

President Barack Obama

Congratulations to President Barack Obama! I wish the best for he and his family during their tenure in the White House.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

-The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How appropriate it is that we honor the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. the day before President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration as the first black president of the United States.

As wonderful as the milestone is, it is sad that it has taken us this long to reach this particular goal. Although we have a long ways to go to eradicate racial prejudice from this country, we have taken a very big step in that direction.

Somewhere, somehow, Dr. King is looking down upon us with a smile and a nod of understanding.

Cardinals and Steelers

After a long afternoon and evening watching two very good football games, we now know the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to meet head-on February 1st in Tampa.

It's a good thing the Super Bowl is two weeks away, because these two teams will need the rest. Both games were bruisers, and the Super Bowl will more than likely reflect the physical ability of the two teams.

May the best team win!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bush Out, Obama In

Well, the times they are achanging! President Bush gave a quiet, hardly heard message last night in the midst of drama, The Miracle on the Hudson, according to the Governor of New York.

Soon we will have a new President, with a young family to watch as they grow, probably a new puppy to admire, a stylish First Lady to admire, and a new regime to hopefully lead us into a more prosperous future.

In the meantime, it is colder than icicles in Michigan, frigid really, with temps as low as minus whatever. Clearly too cold to do much but write blog posts and articles, read cool books like The Leavenworth Case (1878), by Anne Katharine Green on Project Gutenberg, and watch miracles take place before our eyes on TV.

Now how could life get much better than that? Well, the obvious answer is for the weather to warm-up, the economy to brighten, and the new President to perform miracles. Will it all happen? Time will tell.

What do you think? Hopeful thinking or wishful thinking?

Friday, January 9, 2009

BellaOnline Mystery Books Editor

I am very excited to announce I am the new Mystery Books Editor for BellaOnline. After four weeks of intense and informational training, I joined a great group of women and men. There are currently about 400 sites on BellaOnline, and the forums are alive and active.

Also, the Mystery Books site has a newsletter that I send out on a weekly basis. I also write mystery related articles, write book reviews, research questions people may ask, and moderate the Mystery Books Forum. Anyone can join us in the forum at any time.

If you are a mystery reader or writer, click on either link above and join in the fun. You are encouraged to join the discussions in the forum.