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A tribute to our Dad by my sister, Candie Blankman

All four of my sisters and I knew of the incredible suffering, unshakable faith, and perseverance our father demonstrated during his life. It was my sister Candie who had the wisdom and foresight to interview him and research his past. She has written a book entitled “Forged by War” that details his life and his influence on our family. This post, written by Candie, is a tribute to his life and service that contains lessons that can benefit each of us today. Enjoy this tribute to the man who helped forge my life as well.

How to Skyrocket Your Confidence During Hard Times

Guest Post by Jevonnah "Lady J" Ellison

A lot of people ask me why I am not retired at this ancient stage in my life. I’m certainly not looking for more fame or money. I keep going because of the inspiration I get from people like my dear friend Lady J

As long as my books and appearances continue to touch lives, I will continue to try to live fully alive. Enjoy Jevonnah’s amazing post and I will pass your comments on to her.

The Blessings of a Life of Integrity

1keys-to-a-blessed-life-how-integrity-blesses-you_miniI watch the news. I peek behind the curtain of politics. I examine my life and the life of my friends and I am compelled to pass on this post on integrity by Rick Warren — Oct 31, 2015.

Rick’s entire original post can be found by clicking here. I encourage you to read it in its entirety. I hope it will convict and inspire you as it did me.

I have included portions of Rick’s post below so that I could embed my thoughts in response to his points. My comments are in red italics.

My own post entitled, “Day One,” will appear next Thursday. It is an essential follow up.


saralee_on_porch_400_t8doA few years ago my friend  “funny stuff” dealer, Mike Atkinson  sent me a very inspirational article written by columnist Saralee Perel.

Saralee and her husband Bob have become dear friends of mine.  Please read this inspirational piece entitled A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES: REALIZING AN IMPOSSIBLE DREAM by Saralee Perel and be encouraged!


“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Christopher Reeve

Recently, for the first time in five years I simply went out back, put my cane down, and started walking. I made it 42 yards.

Today I walked 5 miles.

Not Proud to be an American? A guest post by Scott Fowler.

scott preston flagMy son in law, Scott Fowler, posted this message on the fourth of July. Scott is one of the most patriotic people I know. I re-posted it because it seems to me most of the present generation is oblivious to the critical historical role America has played in history and unaware of the unique freedoms and privileges we enjoy today. I was moved by Scott’s post and wanted to share it with you. Let me know what you think.