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Music! Music! Music! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:17 PM

MUSIC! MUSIC! MUSIC!

By Nancy Whitaker

I cannot think of anyone who does not like music. We all like different kinds of music genres and for me music has always been a solace, an energizer, and a pick-me-upper.

I basically “cut my teeth” on gospel music and learned to play the piano from some old time gospel singers and musicians. They took time with me, taught me different chords and how to keep time.

I also learned how to play chords on the guitar and when I was about 15, I was introduced to what is now referred to as “old rock and roll.” While a lot of church people were calling it the devil’s music, I fell in love with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fabian and Chubby Checker.

 
The long winter PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:24 PM

THE LONG WINTER

By Nancy Whitaker

Summer is almost over and we are approaching autumn. Autumn is a favorite time of year which brings us falling colorful leaves, bonfires, pumpkins, apples and the first frost.

The whole countryside presents us with a kaleidoscope of beauty as leaves turn colors and fall to the ground forming a colorful carpet on the grass.

I will say that I do enjoy living in an area that enjoys the weather of all four seasons. Some people hate the cold weather in the winter, so they migrate to areas where they don’t have to experience any snow or blizzard-like conditions. But, I just can’t imagine Christmas time without snow or cold.

 
In case of emergency PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 1:27 PM

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

By Nancy Whitaker

Most of us working at the office are organized; at least we think we are. When it comes to our desks and work stations, it is pretty much up to each of us as to what we want on and in our desks.

Of course there are the necessities such as: paper clips, rulers, tape, scissors and rubber bands. Personally, I like keeping my necessities out on my desk so I can have quicker access to them.

Of course, there is the phone, the computer, and file folders on my desk which I use every day. I also have business cards, pens, pencils and a stapler. So far so good.

 
King of the road? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, September 04, 2013 1:25 PM

King of the road?

By Nancy Whitaker

Driving etiquette should be a part of every Drivers Ed course. I, for one, hate it when someone pulls out in front of me, tailgates me, or passes me when there is another car coming. I tend to say “##*****@@@” and not very quietly either.

I can never quite understand how people can pull out in front of me and never even see me coming. A lot of times, I just wonder if they are in that big of a hurry or if they just aren’t paying attention.

A couple of weeks ago, I was driving around a parking lot and someone with a truck decided to back up. They came within inches of hitting me and I thought for sure I would wind up with a dented car. I could not back up, because someone was behind me, so I did the next logical thing I knew to do, which was lay on my horn.

 
Love 'em all PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:58 PM

 

LOVE ’EM ALL

By Nancy Whitaker

I remember my grandma telling me when I was little, “You should love everyone, but you don’t have to like their actions or their ways.”

I like to believe we have all been in love with somebody or some thing. One of the strongest bonds of love is between a mother and her children. I guess I call this, “Motherly love.”

One of my truest deepest loves is for my children and grandchildren. Even though my children are all grown up, I still worry about them, pray for them and love them with all my heart.

 
Candy Kisses PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 1:36 PM

CANDY KISSES

By Nancy Whitaker

I think one of my favorite things in the whole world is candy. Candy is sweet, lifts the spirits and is a tantalizing morsel made to tickle our taste buds.

Through the years, I have tasted many kinds of candy and can recall the many varieties we used to have. When I was little, I would go down to the local grocery store and stand for hours in front of the candy counter, deciding what kind of candy I wanted to spend my few pennies on. Yes, back then you could get a piece or two of candy for a penny.

One kind of candy I have never cared for is licorice. At one time all licorice was black and tasted nasty to me. My taste buds were not tickled at all by that strong anise flavored candy.

 
Hello? Hello? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 2:45 PM

HELLO? HELLO!

By Nancy Whitaker

Have you ever taken two empty tin cans, put a hole in the bottoms of them and tied a piece of string between them? This is what we used to call “walkie talkies.”

I bet kids today might make fun of our old fashioned way of trying to communicate with each other. However, let me say this, “Kids are sure more technically minded now than I am, or ever was.”

In this world of video games, iPods, Internet, and iPhones I think I may be getting left behind. I see my little grandsons playing with a hand held game or some type of iPad and they sure appear to know what they are doing.

 
Passing the test PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 1:52 PM

PASSING THE TEST

By Nancy Whitaker

I don’t claim to be overly smart, however, I do consider myself average. However, there are a lot of things I don’t know and a lot of things I don’t even care to know.

I did get fairly decent grades in school and in college. I was not an all-A student, but I usually came in with at least a B.

Have I become smarter through the years? Maybe not smarter, but probably gained a lot of experience. I have raised four kids and worked most of my life, so I like to think I know a few things.

That is until, I took The World’s Easiest Test. You only have to get four answers right to pass and I am sorry to report, I got a big fat 0.

 
Breaking news PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 1:34 PM

BREAKING NEWS

By Nancy Whitaker

Whatever happened to newscasters like Walter Cronkite or Paul Harvey? We have so many different ways of hearing and viewing the news. We have television, access to Internet news and yes, we still have radios and newspapers. We hear good news, bad news, old news and new news.

Every news station shouts out, “Breaking news. Breaking news.” I think, “Oh my, what just happened? Is there a major earthquake, tsunami or plane crash?”

Nine chances out of ten, the breaking news will be something that was reported two weeks ago. Chef Paula Deen, teen Trayvon Martin, Jody Arias and disgraced politician Anthony Weiner are some of the people recently paraded through the media.

 
Here's to the 'T' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:54 PM

 

HERE’S TO THE “T”

By Nancy Whitaker

I stop and think back, “How did we ever stand the heat when I was growing up? How did we stay cool?”

We had no air conditioning, very few fans, no swimming pool, plus, my mama made me wear goofy dresses.

I do believe that when you are young, the heat doesn’t seem to bother you as much. In fact, we would all play outdoors from early morning till sun down. We ran barefoot through the grass, stepped on bees, fell and skinned our knees, but I never once recall it being “too hot” to play outdoors.

 
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