Browsing Archive: July, 2009

A Clear Conscience is a Worthy Endeavor!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, July 30, 2009, In : Spiritual 

         Everyone lies. That is a fact. The only human who ever walked this earth who never told a lie was Jesus which is why His sacrifice on the cross has the power to wipe out our sins and cancel our debt.

 

        The difference however between some folks and others is the frequency and the depth of their lying. Some folks have a strange and incredible capacity to lie and deceive so often, so thoroughly, that their entire life itself actually becomes one enormous lie.

 

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Dancing Down the Wedding Aisle...Entertaining?-Yes!...Sacred?-No!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, In : News 

           Since several of my most recent articles have been centered on what has been happening lately in the news, I had every intention to make today’s blog topic that which has not been in the headlines as of late. A recent clip however, of a wedding that made national news and has become a YouTube sensation is preventing me from doing so.   I must write about the hype of the wedding dance in which the wedding party, the groom, and then finally the bride dance and boogey their way down...


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Obama is Forced to Do Damage Control...But Should We Really Care About What Beer He Drinks?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, In : News 

        Last Friday’s blog discussed the recent incident involving the Cambridge professor, Mr. Gates and the police officer who arrested him, Sgt. Crowley. The morning that I wrote that was the same day in which several police departments held a National news conference that afternoon. In that news conference, the police announced that they were solidly and unanimously in support of Sgt. Crowley and his actions. It was only then, last Friday afternoon, that President Obama started to rethi...


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What is a "True Friend" and How Many Do You Have?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, July 27, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

        I am almost finished reading Bill O’Reilly’s book entitled “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity.” For the most part, it has been an informative and entertaining read with the exception of the fact that O’Reilly is a guy who is quite stuck on himself. For almost two thirds of the book, he refers to himself in the third person which is always an immediate red flag that the person in question is a bit too impressed with himself. O’Reilly does however make a statement in the book w...


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President Obama and Mr. Gates are the Only Ones Who Owe an Apology!!!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, July 24, 2009, In : News 

         I do not know how many of you were able to hear President Obama’s remarks about the officer who arrested Henry Louis Gates who is a friend of the President. He is also reported to be a Harvard scholar, however his recent behavior mirrors that of unruly grade school boy instead.

 

        A neighbor of Mr. Gates had called the police reporting that there were two individuals with back packs looking as though they were trying to force their way into Mr. Gates’ home and the witness...


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Be Your Child's Biggest Cheerleader!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, July 23, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

        This week I have read with interest but have not been surprised at the L.A. Galaxy/David Beckham spectacle. In a recent soccer game Beckham was jeered and chided by fans which is not all that unusual except for the fact that they were not fans for the opposing team. No, they were fans of the Galaxy, the team that Beckham is a member of. To sum it up, the David Beckham experiment has basically failed and the love affair between him and American fans has all but fizzled.

 

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Life Is a Mess but There Is An Answer!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, In : Spiritual 

         My dad taught me many specific lessons as I grew up but one specific one stands out. He taught me that most folks grow up reading story books about life that is lived happily ever after and that they tend to believe those stories. What I mean by that is that people have a mistaken notion that the “normal” life, the status quo life is one that is lived fairly problem free and void of pain and devastation. They have incredibly high expectations which basically sets them up for huge...


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The Self Life Is Not the Happy Life!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, July 21, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

         I recently read a predictable but much overdone slogan which really is not all that original…it said “Dare to Be Yourself!”  I was fairly startled to say the least because to me it seems like that is precisely what most folks occupy their time with these days. A good portion of our society does nothing but live for self. People are simply consumed with self much of the time, so the thought that one should need to dare to be one’s self is a rather puzzling thought to me.

 

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Apollo 11...It's Forty Years Later and We Are Still So Proud!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, July 20, 2009, In : News 

        Forty years ago on July 20, 1969 I remember sitting in the livingroom as a twelve year old staring at the television. I was glued to it and I could feel my heart thumping inside of me as I watched the lunar module close in on the moon and then finally land on the moon’s surface. I remember my dad hooting and hollering and even though I was just a kid, I felt a huge sense of pride to be an American. I still remember those famous words uttered by Neil Armstrong as he stepped foot on t...


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Nicole Perseveres and the Beetle Lives On!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, July 16, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

         This week my husband and I have had our two oldest grandkids visiting with us all week long. Our son and daughter-in-law are on a trip and so we get to enjoy being pop and mimi full time and we are loving it. The pool out back has been a big hit as well as a jaunt to Chuckie Cheese, some local playgrounds and of course the nearest Dairy Queen. All of it has been tremendous fun, but one particular incident will stand out in my mind for a long time. It will go down in the family record...


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Question: What Were the Last Regretful Words That spewed Out of Your Mouth?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, July 15, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

         I was browsing the internet last night and stumbled upon a question that gave me some pause. It truly made me stop and think. The question was “ What were the last regretful words that spewed out of your mouth?” A fairly direct question , isn’t it? It is also one that every living, breathing soul can answer. The reason we all can relate to this is because we are human, and human beings are emotional. Usually when we say something that we regret, the words were motivated by anot...


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Today's Headline Story- "Stomach Tumor Turns out to be Baby"....Wow!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, In : News 

         Many times I am so struck by a news headline that I immediately know that I must write about it in my next blog. Such was the case last night when I saw the headline “Stomach Tumor Turns Out to be Baby.” When I read that headline, I felt like checking the calendar to just confirm that we are indeed living in the year 2009. I just could not imagine a woman of today going through most of her pregnancy not realizing that she was carrying a baby inside of her.

 

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Oppositional Defiance Disorder Known as "ODD"... is not a Medical, but a Human Condition!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Sunday, July 12, 2009, In : Current Topics 

        A few weeks ago, I was talking with a teenager who I know very well and who I am close to and she was sharing with me her concerns for one of her friends. She has been worried about her friend being “over medicated.” That concern immediately raised my antennae as I see a potential red flag waving any time I hear the words “teen” and “medication” in the same sentence.

 

        When I inquired further, she informed me that this teen whom she knows seems to be sluggish and ...


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Don't Dumb Down - You're Smarter Than That!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, July 10, 2009, In : News 

         This morning I endured with a degree of amusement a report of yet another interview with Levi Johnston, the young man who is the father of Bristol Palin’s baby. This time he was being questioned as to the reason that Sarah Palin has stepped down from being governor of Alaska. He cited both money and family reasons which may or may not be why Sarah Palin has made the decision to not fulfill her term as governor.

 

        What amazes me is not so much Levi’s answer, but why we ar...


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Congress Pauses for a Moment of Silence for Michael Jackson? I'm Embarrassed for my Nation Today!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, July 9, 2009, In : News 

        Today I read an article that both infuriated and saddened me. It was about none other than Michael Jackson. I have already written a previous blog about Jackson in which I tried to measure my response about the ridiculous and nonstop media coverage. I recognized the fact that his family and those close to him who loved him were sincerely grieving as it is tremendously painful to lose a loved one at any time but especially when that death comes suddenly and unexpectedly. I still feel e...


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"He is like my second son" - A Story of Forgiveness

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

         I recently watched a talk show that centered on the topic of forgiveness. It featured a story that had such a profound impact on me, that I will not soon forget it. The guests on the show were a father, his twenty-two year old son and another young man, who was twenty-four years of age who was no relation to the father and son. He was however, their very good friend…and also the man responsible for killing the wife and mother of the father and son who were seated next to him.

 

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Refuse to Label!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

         In our front yard is a tree that can only be described as evil. Yes, that’s right…our family has named it the evil tree and we have called it that for years. It’s nickname is “E.T.” . This tree deserves its title as it is like no other tree that I have ever seen. It is unsightly, it does not grow properly, and it serves no useful purpose. I am probably offending all the environmentalists right now, but truthfully, I do not know of one earth loving, green person who would be...


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Rigidity and Flexibility- Your Child Needs Both!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, July 6, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

         As I have mentioned in previous blogs, my husband and I put in a swimming pool in our back yard this past spring. It is beautiful and our whole family is enjoying it tremendously but there is one feature that we are a bit disappointed in which is the diving board. I knew that the board would be a very basic small board however I was not prepared for the rigidity of it. It just simply does not have a lot of spring. When my almost thirty year old son tried to bounce off of it this past...


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" Procrastination Station "

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, July 3, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

 

        When all of our kids were growing up, they all had various school projects. Usually, the huge projects were assigned in the beginning of the school year and were not due until sometime in the early spring around mid March. Science projects in our house were the most dreaded of all school endeavors. Not only was there a typed paper to be handed in, but also a journal or log that must be kept along with the cleverly decorated science board complete with labels, graphs and more written...


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Your Thought Life...Friend or Enemy?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, July 2, 2009, In : Spiritual 

        The other day I was driving along the road outside of my neighborhood and approached a red light. I was sitting completely stopped and my mind was in a very far away place because I became aware of the people in the car in front of me half hanging out of their windows and yelling my name. It was a family who we know very well and are friendly with however it was only the last second that I even noticed them trying to get my attention. This happens to me all the time. I will see some o...


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Addiction...a Spiritual Problem

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, In : Spiritual 

         This morning I read a heartbreaking article about a young twenty-four year old man who was not able to be with his mother at the time of her death because he was incarcerated. The young man that I speak of is Redmond O’Neal, the son of Farrah Fawcett , a lady and a celebrity who passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. Her son Redmond had been sentenced to an eighteen month jail sentence in which he is also undergoing an intensive drug treatment program. He was allowe...


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