Browsing Archive: June, 2009

Heather, Stephanie, and Lindsay- Three Answers to Prayer!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, June 30, 2009, In : Family 

 

        When anyone first clicks on my blog, there is a picture right there on the home page staring right at the viewer. It is shot of our family that we took this past Thanksgiving right before we carved the turkey. Several readers who have learned about our sons and their antics in the articles but do not know our family personally have subscribed to the blog and have inquired through e-mail as to which son is which in the picture. To clear up any confusion, the son on the far left is Ma...


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Michael Jackson

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, June 29, 2009, In : Current Topics 

 

        I vowed inwardly to myself that I wouldn’t do it, and I even made a half hearted promise to myself to not do it. I even told some folks closest to me that I wouldn’t do it, but this morning I realized that I simply cannot help myself. I have to write today’s blog on Michael Jackson. I have to “talk” about it much like someone needs a therapist to express some intense inner emotion that he or she has bottled up inside of them.

 

        Some folks have verbalized their tot...


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The Boy That I Knew is not The Man That I Know!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, June 26, 2009, In : Humorous 

         Several blogs have already been written about some of the antics of our sons Ben and Matty as they played quite a bit together while growing up. Our oldest son Erik has escaped any tales surrounding him …until today that is.

 

        Today Erik is a pastor and is a strong, forthright guy who is fairly unflappable in most situations. When he was just a little tyke however, such was not the case. He was easily spooked if you will by many every day occurrences. I can remember he and...


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When Life Knocks the Wind Out of You...

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, June 25, 2009, In : Spiritual 

         Have you ever had the wind knocked out of you? I do not just mean taking a hard fall where you lose your breath for a second or two. What I am talking about is enduring an impact that is so jolting that your ability to breathe is completely gone for about twenty to thirty seconds. It happened to me only once in my life and the memory of it will always be with me. I was about ten years old and was standing at the top of the flight of stairs at our house with my pajamas on and I was al...


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Put Old Glory In Her Proper Place This Fourth of July!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, In : Current Topics 

        In less than two weeks we will be celebrating the birth of our country. I was thinking about that the other day as I dropped my daughter off at her job which is a nanny position for a young family in the military. This family lives on the Marine Corps base and I was greatly encouraged by what I saw in their neighborhood as I drove up to their house. As I was turning into their circle, house after house was displaying Old Glory from a flag holder on the front of their homes. Those red,...


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Are You a Skeptic?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, In : Spiritual 

        Are  you a skeptic? Perhaps a definition of the word itself will aid you in being able to answer this question correctly for yourself. I found numerous definitions for the word “skeptic” but in my opinion, found the following one to be the most appealing and the most accurate…

 

 Skeptic- A person who is yet undecided as to what is true.

 

        This definition is precise, succinct and yet leaves a glimmer of hope for the skeptic himself doesn’t it?  It tells us that the sk...


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Humor...A Powerful Tool!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, June 22, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

 

Very recently, I was in a conversation with two other people which could have culminated in a bad way but instead, the outcome was a productive one. One of the other people in the conversation was a teenager and the third was an adult and an authority figure in that young person’s life. As the conversation progressed , it was evident that this teen was becoming somewhat tense and perhaps a bit upset with the direction that the discussion was going. When this became apparent to the other a...


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Dad's Day is Almost Here...Let Him Know How You Feel !

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, June 19, 2009, In : Family 

         In two more days it is Father’s Day and my mind usually reminisces about my dad and what a blessed person I have always been to have been given the dad that I was given by our wonderful God. Today however, I am not writing about him but am thinking of four other people who could claim the same blessing and they are my four children.

 

        My husband has been a fabulous father and each of our kids would be the first to echo that statement. They will always have memories of a da...


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A Sorrowful Word...Regret!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, June 18, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

         There are many lessons that I have not learned well or easily in my life to date but there is one that I have known the importance of even as a child. It is the lesson that our actions today can surely cause us to have deep regret later on in our life. This truth was evidenced so clearly in an article that I read yesterday about a young teenaged girl who decided to have three stars tattooed on her face. Something went terribly wrong however, and when the whole procedure was complete,...


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It's Headline News..the Fly is Dead....God Help Us.

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, In : News 

 

 This morning I was reading the headlines of the news and one particular top news story just jumped out at me. The headline was “ OBAMA SWATS PESKY FLY DURING INTERVIEW!”  I sat there not knowing what to think. I mean, this headline was sandwiched in between news of the protests in Iran and all of the taxpayer money that is being funneled to the IMF and I couldn’t help but be puzzled. The more I pondered it, the more absurd it seemed but the less baffled I was. After all, President Ob...


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It's a Bird, it's a Plane, it's George#41!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, In : News 

         This past week, our forty-first president of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush did something extraordinary. He spent the afternoon skydiving. That would not have been such a notable event except for the fact that he jumped out of that plane on his 85th birthday. Granted, it was a tandem jump which means that he jumped attached together with an experienced skydiver, but that is still quite an accomplishment. I watched the news today where a reporter interviewed several eld...


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" BB Gun Bonanza! "

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, June 15, 2009, In : Humorous 

       How many of you have seen the movie “Christmas Story?” Unless you have not been part of the living, breathing world, your hand should be going up right now. Do you remember Ralphie and what he wanted for Christmas more than anything in the world? Yes, it was what every boy seems to desire and long after … it is that rite of passage for every red blooded American little boy- the prized BB gun.

 

    It was no different at the Hastings house. Also, what was no different at our hou...


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David Letterman and Wanda Sykes- Are You Proud of Yourselves?

Posted by Pam Hastings on Saturday, June 13, 2009, In : News 

        The other evening on a late night entertainment show, the host, David Letterman revealed to America how low he is willing to stoop, supposedly in the name of comedy. I did not watch the show at the time, but saw the clip that was being shown several times over the next couple of days. What Letterman did was to make not just a derogatory remark about one of Sarah Palin’s daughters, but a remark so disgusting, so irresponsible that I feel the entire show from the writers, producers a...


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Parents...Go the Distance!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, June 12, 2009, In : Family 

        As I have stated in earlier blogs, our youngest and only daughter graduated from high school this year. She will be leaving for college in the fall and so much of my husband’s and my focus quite naturally has been focused on her making this all important transition in her life. She will be living away from home for the first time for an extended period of time and learning to be on her own in several ways. Many of our friends have children the same age and are going through the same...


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Think Before You Laugh!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, June 11, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

Recently I read a quote that arrested me. It is profound and carries so much wisdom. The quote is:

 

“Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at”

                                  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 

 

        I simply sat and pondered the absolute truth of that statement. Laughter is a good and wonderful thing as we have all heard several quips and clichés concerning laughing. Statements such as “laughter is good for the soul” and “laughter is the best ...


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The Blessing of Being "Pop and Mimi"!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, In : Family 

 All of my life I had heard about the joys of the grandchild/grandparent relationship. As a youngster, most of my little friends in the neighborhood were always taking off for extended visits with their grandpas and grandmas and I remember feeling insanely jealous of them. The reason for this is that I never knew any of my four grandparents. They all had passed away when I was still a child and the ones that were still living in my earliest years lived so far away that I honestly do not remem...


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President Obama, Please Learn from Little Alison!

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, In : News 

         One particular year of teaching third grade, I had a student who learned a powerful lesson. Her name was Alison and she was a sweet, adorable little girl however she had one glaring fault. She continually apologized for everything that took place in the classroom whether it was her fault or not. During the first few days of school I actually was quite impressed with how she was more than willing to take the blame for any and all problems or infractions. I remember thinking that she w...


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Combating Anonymity

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, June 8, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

Every so often we have a visitor who comes to our front door , rings the doorbell and has some questions for us to answer. If you live in the Washington area , you have most likely had the same experience. The person on the porch is a government investigator who is doing a background check on a neighbor who lives close by, most likely on your very street. The person who is being investigated or inquired about is not in any sort of trouble but he or she is applying for a job with a government ...


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The Death of David Carradine- "Grasshopper" Teaches Us One Last Lesson

Posted by Pam Hastings on Friday, June 5, 2009, In : News 

     Yesterday when I turned on the news, one of the first items that I heard was that David Carradine had been found hanged in a hotel room. I also read last night that all signs are pointing to suicide as the cause of death although that fact has not been confirmed. I was fairly stunned not because I at all know David Carradine or anything personal about his private life, but because I remember so well the hit T.V. series, Kung Fu. As a kid, it probably would not have been my first choice o...


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Late Night Streaker

Posted by Pam Hastings on Thursday, June 4, 2009, In : Humorous 

     When our family bought our house some sixteen years ago, the nice young couple that we bought it from were the original owners. They had lived in the house for five years and were quite proud of the fact that not just them, but that all of the other families on the street were also the original owners of their homes as well…the point being that everyone was obviously very satisfied and content with their home, their neighbors and the neighborhood in general. That seemed to be one of th...


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Strike the Right Balance

Posted by Pam Hastings on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

                 For eleven years I taught third grade in a local private elementary school. I have specific recollections of countless incidents and of some very memorable students. One particular little boy stands out in my mind. His name was Cory (not his actual name) and he was an extremely bright little fellow, so bright in fact that he had his parents, his grandparents and even some former teachers completely snowed to put it bluntly. Whenever he did not want to do something that was re...


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Thank you Susan Boyle

Posted by Pam Hastings on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, In : News 

                If we ever needed a classic example and a picture of so much of what is wrong with our society, we need look no further than what has happened to Susan Boyle. If you are a living breathing soul, and if you live on our planet, you should be aware of this lady and what has happened to her over this past month.

               Susan is forty-seven years old and lives in a small Scottish village. Most of her adult life she has cared for her mother who passed away within the past c...


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A Sharp Contrast

Posted by Pam Hastings on Monday, June 1, 2009, In : Lessons Learned 

This is the time of year for graduations. I realize that there are all levels of graduations these days as we celebrate graduations at many different levels; there are preschool, kindergarten,  middle school, high school, college, and post college level graduations. Perhaps since my youngest child graduated from high school this year, my mind has naturally been most focused on high school graduates. I just seem to be noticing the graduating high school seniors in the community more this year ...


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