Grieving and Why I Write 8/25/16

Grieving and Why I Write

Tonight i decided to blog about Grieving and Why I Write. Grieving and why I write are really not related except that I am doing both tonight. Grieving for my dog, Guinness, and writing.

It has been a couple of difficult days for me with Guinness, whose health has taken a turn for the worse. His cancer is spreading and he is dying. 

I had him to the Vet yesterday and we placed him on pain medication and cleaned a bleeding wound from a tumor. He is so frightened and doesn’t understand what is happening, so I have decided to have him euthanized tomorrow afternoon when his Vet is available again.

I have prayed all I can pray for now, and cried until there are no more tears, so there is nothing left to do, but sit by Guinness and write.

For tonight, I will keep this post a little lighter with some quotes about writing with some comments about why I write. I hope that you find this interesting as well. Susan…

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Video – In Your Name 8/2216

Video – In Your Name

Today, I share with you an artist and song that is new to me in my post named Video – In Your Name sung by Tyson Motsenbocker. The song is so realistic to what is happening today in Christianity with all of the varying ministries that preach their own type of “Christianity.”


Oh…you don’t like to hear about the Old Testament? Okay. We just preach New Testament teaching.


Oh…you don’t believe in suffering for Christ? Okay. We teach Prosperity at our church.


And I can go on and on and on…but this is supposed to be a video post, so I won’t. I pray that you get as much from this song as I did. Please listen closely to the words.




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My Gratitude for Robin Williams 8/18/16

My Gratitude for Robin Williams

My Gratitude for Robin Williams

Tonight I write about my gratitude for Robin Wiliams who died two years ago on August 11, 2014. It is hard to believe, but I don’t think that I heard a word about his passing at all this year. I thought of him several times throughout this month with sadness mostly because we share the same disease, depression.  However, each time try to turn to sadness and grief for having lost such a great man as he, I am reminded of the joy and laughter that he brought to all of our lives through his artistry.

I again want to honor his memory with gratitude for what he was to me and many baby boomers. There are no fancy picture quotes but I will post images of Robin Williams instead, along with the quote that I have chosen.

Robin Quotes...

The quotes I chose are:

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better are by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded” #Emerson You succeeded RW #RobinWilliam”     ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson~~

[as quoted page 163 of “Wolves in the Church” by Adebola T. Odukoya]


“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”  Robin Williams


“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”  Robin Williams 


“If heaven exists, to know that there’s laughter, that would be a good thing.”  Robin Williams



These are my lessons in gratitude for a great actor and comedian. Robin Williams taught me a lot about life. He and I were born in the same year, 1951 to begin with. Another baby boomer. As a young adult, I first remember being introduced to his acting when he was on television starring in “Mork and Mindy.” This was a typical sitcom of that time (1978-1982) about Mork (Robin) was an alien who came to Earth in a large egg-shaped space ship from the planet, Ork, and met Mindy (Pam Dawber), a college student who he lives with. The antics of Robin Williams comedy are priceless and if you have never seen a rerun, I suggest you watch some. Speak of an attitude of gratitude. I feel nothing but gratitude for his acting ability in that sitcom.

Then, after having my daughter, I remember taking her to the movie to see “Aladdin” (1992). Robin did a wonderful job both with his comedy and his talent in that film. Aladdin was an animated Disney film based on the folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp. Robin Williams played the Genie in the lamp and was hysterical in the role. Adults, as well as children, loved him in that movie. 

Another great acting job was done by Williams in “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) where he plays a voice actor who quits his job at an animation studio. He overhears that his wife, who has custody of his children, is trying to hire a nanny and poses as Mrs. Doubtfire so that he can spend more time with his children. The comedy and ability to play the role of Mrs. Doubtfire brought me to tears laughing. Again, this was when I was in the midst of depression and therapy for my childhood abuse.

Next for me was the film “The Birdcage” in 1996. Robin Williams was classic in remake of the French farce “La Cage aux Folles,”  when Val’s father, Armand, a gay Miami drag club owner. Armand pretends to be straight and attempts to hide his relationship with Albert (Nathan Lane) his life partner when he meets the future in-laws for his engaged son, Val. This film has been on TV quite a bit so you may have seen it. The laughter that lightened my days and my depression were phenomenal.

These four that I have mentioned are just a few of the many movies that Robin Williams did prior to his death last year. The world lost a great man and a great comedian on August 11, 2014. Some of Robin’s own quotes, courtesy of Brainy Quotes, are:


“Comedy is acting out optimism.”


“The ‘Aladdin’ thing – that’s not work; that’s just having fun. Three days in the recording studio going mad,

then the animators do all the work. Not a bad way to cash a large check, my friend.”


“I met Nelson Mandela, and I really didn’t know what to say. It was years ago at a benefit.

I was just in awe of this man because of what he’d done.”


I close with a YouTube video of Robin Williams in Aladdin and my gratitude list.


My Daily Gratitude List…

  1.  My gratitude for Robin Williams, the actor and comedian. 
  2. That even in my depression and sad times, I was able to find laughter. 
  3. My ability to be moved emotionally by my feelings of sorrow and joy.
  4. That God gave such a gift to the world through Robin Williams comedy and acting.

Goodnight. I wish you laughter…


My Gratitude for Robin Williams


My Opinion – Donald Trump’s ISIS Speech 8/15/16

My Opinion – Donald Trump’s ISIS Speech

Today, my blog is very important to all Americans and is titled My Opinion – Donald Trump’s ISIS Speech. Donald Trump delivered his Foreign Policy Speech in Youngstown Ohio today. The video below is about 50 minutes in length so my remarks will not be long. I do want to cite that there is a written transcript of the speech available on Politico if you would prefer reading his remarks. I will advise you, however, that you will miss the nuances and tones of his speech pattern if it is read.

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Thorns, Roses and Gratitude 8/11/16

Thorns, Roses, and Gratitude 

Tonight I thought about thorns, roses, and gratitude as I remembered Abraham Lincoln’s quote about thorns and roses. I first heard that quote in Al-anon when someone was complaining about the alcoholic in their life. My sponsor spoke the quote to her and reminded her to focus on the good things in life amidst the bad things. With a search on the internet, I found the quote and found that it was spoken by Abraham Lincoln.

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