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The Beauty of Motherhood

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Sunday, May 12

Mother’s Day 2013

With motherhood comes moments of happiness and smiles, as well as tears of joy and sorrow. On this day, may all Mothers be remembered for moments of rejoicing, struggles, sacrifices and unconditional love.



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Motherhood — the Oldest Profession

By Micki Peluso, author of “…And the Whippoorwill Sang

This Sunday mother’s throughout the country will be honored in many and various ways. Toddlers and preschool children will cheerfully drag their mothers to their favorite fast food places and older children will escort them, with great decorum, to restaurants with actual dinnerware. The majority of children will serve their mothers breakfast in bed, a calamitous tradition that refuses to die. Adult children with children of their own will have greater reverence for their mothers, graced with understanding and empathy. Mothers will righteously accept the presents, cards, flowers and candy, and promises of exemplary behavior in the future. She has always and will continue to deserve the esteem bestowed upon her by her family on this one honored day of each year…


Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Awakenings is honored to again feature the prolific writings of Micki Peluso, author of “…And the Whippoorwill Sang.”

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Stop and Smell the Flowers


“Walk among the wilds, gaze at the sky, understand nature and feel the spirits as they pass you by.” ~SLS

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Papa walked along life’s rocky path
Where no flowers lay beneath his feet
Tired and weary bones from toil and pain
Found rest only during winter’s sleep

 End of day brought Papa home
To Mama waiting at the door
With a faint-hearted smile he entered
Then wanted to leave no more

 No dust, grime, or smell of sweat
Not a place drab and dreary
Sweet fragrances of lilac and roses
Made the air bright and cheery

 Mama’s laugh made Papa smile
Ending the drudgery of the day
Early morning sun came too soon
Once again finding Papa on his way

 He stopped and smelled the flowers
Along side the dusty road
On the way home he picked a few
To lightened his heavy load

 A tradition handed down…

 Mama worked hard each day
Some days ready to explode
Papa brought Mama flowers
To lightened her heavy load

©2009 Remembering
Sharla Lee Shults

“Lighten the heavy load each day, stop and smell the flowers, maybe pick a few along life’s narrowing way.” ~SLS


Teacher Appreciation, Part II

~Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6 – 10, 2013~

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Catnip’s sister site, Awakenings, is posing a series of questions for you to think about in relation to a memorable teacher…maybe good, maybe not so good! We all have teacher moments to remember.

Awakenings invites you to visit and…

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Awakenings: V-E Day, May 8, 1945

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So much history to celebrate on this day but at the top of the list is V-E Day: the final defeat of the Nazi war machine! German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms.

Visit AWAKENINGS…Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future of AMERICA!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Keep the memory alive of all who fought and sacrificed to maintain America’s freedom! Support America’s veterans! Only a few surviving veterans have a crystal clear memory of the moments…sights, sounds, smells…of WWII. Let NOT their sacrifices ever be forgotten.

“There is still something remarkable about these old soldiers — the warriors who humbly and bravely saved the world.” ~ABC News Dean Reynolds, World News Tonight, May 9, 2005

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Awakenings: National Teacher Appreciation Day, May 7, 2013

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 Which word best describes a teacher? ALL of the above!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Teacher Appreciation Week 2013 began on Monday, May 6 with today,Tuesday, May 7 being NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY 2013!

Why should teacher appreciation be celebrated only one week out of the year? Why should it ever end? Teacher appreciation should span the time from the first day of school preparation to the first day of summer vacation!

“When you see a teacher today, or any day for that matter, thank them for everything they do.” They don’t give up on your children so why shouldnt you support them!

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World Laughter Day

One day a year the world goes laughing


Go for it and enjoy the music from the heart!


Have a wonderful day and make ’em laugh!



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I was immediately drawn to the title of a post by Alastair today since it was a pun on the Star Wars’ line ‘May the Force be with you!” I smiled and reflected for a moment on my encounter with the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Little was it known at the time that Star Wars would become a legend, an icon, practically a household word. The smiles on camera were just the beginning of a movie phenomenon!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Who was/is your favorite Star Wars character and/or episode?

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Personal Reflection: The Teardrop

Not sure if it is proper etiquette to reblog one of your own posts, but today this one seemed most fitting. It has been over a year since the hospital incident referenced here. In fact, almost a year to the day, another incident, much more serious, landed my husband, Jim, in a hospital bed for a month. Now, home for the past two weeks has still presented hardships and catastrophes unexpected.

He is my life, my soul mate, and continues to capture my heart on a daily basis. Even in times of unimaginable pain, he finds a way to focus on others, not himself. I love this story and I will never forget The Teardrop!


hospitalteddybearWhen a loved one is ‘out of sorts’ so to speak, all energies go toward making that one special person feel as comfortable as possible – spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. While endeavoring to meet all of the daily demands and maintain sanity, thoughts of one’s self seem to somehow become insignificant yet that ability to sustain self does not go unnoticed.

This hit me right between the eyes during my stay in the hospital with my husband. He had already been in our small town hospital for almost a week. The chair that did pull out into a small cot offered little or no comfort other than providing me the time and place to be beside him during his most uncomfortable and painful moments. Then, he was transported to a different hospital and to both our surprise was placed in CCU. Of couse, that meant no cot for the night! Thus, the 80-mile…

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World Press Freedom Day: May 3

The question of the day @Awakenings is

“What if you could


Think. Speak. Tweet. Like. Share. FREELY?”


Such freedoms are not enjoyed all over the world nor is exercising such freedom always safe.


 Did you know in the past 10 years:

  • Only 1 in 10 cases of crimes against social media producers, journalists, and media workers has led to a conviction.

  • 600+ journalists, social media producers and media workers have been killed while reporting news to the general public.

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