Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Seabeach Amaranth

The other night as we walked along a South Carolina beach, we spotted cages. I hurried over expecting to see signs indicating sea turtle nests were being protected.

Instead, the sign indicated seabeach amaranth was being protected. I've seen it on beaches before, but I didn't realize how important it is to beach eco-systems.

Seabeach amaranth is found in Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas. It is an annual plant that germinates from April to June and blooms in July.

Beach erosion and human traffic are two big threats to this plant. The worst blow to this herb was Hurricane Hugo in 1989. It's estimated the hurricane wiped out ninety percent of South Carolina's seabeach amaranth. In 1993 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed it as a threatened species.

If you vacation and spot seabeach amaranth, enjoy the view, but please don't pick it. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Rainy Vacation Days

We all want perfect weather when we go on vacation. This year my family joined together for vacation in Holden Beach, NC.

The week started out with high hopes of bike rides and fun in the sun.

However, it rained, and rained, and then rained some more. We'd come from KY, TX and SC for this week, and we refused to let rain take away our fun.

One day we went to a family fun center where both granddaughters bowled for the first time. The oldest even got to play laser tag.

Another morning, we had a girls' morning out and made pottery.

We played lots of games inside and enjoyed being together. We went out for ice cream and even shopped a little.

These were just some of the things we did during the rain. We were so happy to be together, we enjoyed every minute of Vacation 2018. I hope you're able to enjoy some fun family time this summer.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

National Cheese Day

I discovered June 4 is National Cheese Day. It's also National Hug Your Cat Day.

I can eat cheese, but I'm severely allergic to cats. So, I won't be hugging anybody's cat.

How will you celebrate June 4? Hug your cat or eat a hunk of cheese? Whatever you do, I hope you have a good day!

Friday, May 25, 2018

The American Flag

Many of you know how much I love my country and love our flag. This week I'm sharing a poem by American poet Joseph Rodman Drake.

"The American Flag" by Joseph Rodman Drake

When freedom, from her mountain height
Unfurled her standard to the air
She tore the azure robe of night
And set the stars of glory there.

She mingled with its gorgeous dyes
The milky baldric of the skies
Then from his mansion in the sun
She called her eagle-bearer down
And gave into his mighty hand
The symbol of her chosen land.

Monday, May 14, 2018

"The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus

I get tired of hearing so many bad things about our country and decided to share this poem by Emma Lazarus.

"Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand.
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame."
Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips.
"Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Monday, May 7, 2018

Positive Thinking

Psalm 118:24 says, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Whatever you face today, God is not finished with you.

Norman Vincent Peale is known for loving God and for positive thinking. He said, "It isn't what's happening so much as what our attitude is of what's happening."

Dr. Peale also suggested we should develop a positive attitude when we're at the bottom. We can't go any lower, so we should have hope.

Phillipians 4:6-7 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

I hope you have God's peace today no matter what you face.

Psalm 29:11 "The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace."

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

South Carolina Authors

It recently occurred to me I needed to learn about authors from South Carolina.

I'm sure most people know Sue Monk Kidd, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Pat Conroy.

What about New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe? When she moved to coastal South Carolina, she included the environment in her stories. Her book, The Beach House, will soon be on Hallmark. Besides writing, Ms. Monroe is active with the Charleston Literacy Volunteers, The Leatherback Trust and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium.

Mickey Spillane also lived in South Carolina. Murrells Inlet to be exact. Known for pulp fiction, and many read his Mike Hammer crime novels.

Georgia girl, Anne River Siddons now lives part-time in South Carolina. One of her many books, Low Country, is set in my new state.

I've been blessed to attend a weekend conference hosted by Lynette Eason who is an inspirational romantic suspense author. Her Stolen Past was even made into a Lifetime Movie Network movie. Lynette is kind an encouraging as well as a talented author.

Another South Carolina author is my good friend, Misty Beller. If you like inspirational historical Westerns you need to check out Misty's books. Stop by her website to bet a free book. www.mistymbeller.com

I hope I've piqued your interest in exploring new authors. Thanks for stopping by.

(Misty Beller, Janet Ferguson and I were able to catch up in Dallas this past fall.)

Seabeach Amaranth

The other night as we walked along a South Carolina beach, we spotted cages. I hurried over expecting to see signs indicating sea turtle nes...