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Our Choices Make Us Who We Are

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Our Choices Make Us Who We Are

My mother was one strong woman. She decided young in life she wanted to be a nurse and at the age of sixteen she chose to attend nursing school in New Orleans Louisiana at Mercy Hospital.

I still hear her voice sometimes telling me to be consistent. I find myself telling my children the very same thing. I wonder if they are listening.

I can still see her sitting at the counter in her kitchen working the crossword puzzle late at night. Words With Friends would have been her favorite past time if it had been around and even though I win the majority of my games now – that would not have been the case playing against her.

I find myself singing her praises anytime someone mentions home health. (That happens more often as I get older.) She was a dedicated nurse for many years when we were young, working night duty – eleven pm to seven am so Daddy could be home with us at night. She arrived home just in time to get us all off to school and then slept until we returned in the afternoon. Later, when we were older, she was a home health director for over 40 years. I went on many a call with her in the middle of the night out on deserted roads I didn’t even know existed in our small community. Fear did not enter into her mental knowledge.

With three girls having their drivers license in high school, we fought over whose turn it was to have her car, but we always had to check in often in case she had an emergency. (There were no cell phones.) We were the only kids who drove around with catheters in the back seat.

She chose to follow my father, with four young children, into the unknown, when he decided to homestead in the Alaska wilderness in the late 1950’s. We’ve always said he was the adventurer, but she probably gave him a run for his money.

You can read about that adventure – some in her own words in Coffee-Drunk Or Blind.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the adventures out there!



Thoughts on shopping for Kindle books on Amazon – pro’s and con’s

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Thoughts on shopping for Kindle books on Amazon – pro’s and con’s

Browsing through the virtual bookshelves on Amazon can be quite the experience. Every title you can imagine is at your fingertips. All you need to do is tap on ‘BUY NOW WITH ONE-CLICK‘ and in less than thirty seconds – voila! The newest novel has downloaded to your kindle.


  1. The plus side of shopping for books on Amazon is that you never double purchase a title. Amazon alerts you immediately if you’ve already got the book in your library.
  2. You can buy at 2:30 am and stay up the rest of the night binge-reading.
  3. You can purchase a book in the middle of a road trip, from your cell phone, on Highway 165. (Or the interstate, beach, or mountaintop.)

I’m sure there are more pro’s and many other out-of-the-way places to purchase. Where’s the most unusual place you purchased your next read?


In my experience, shopping for books on Amazon is like shopping at Walmart – you go in for one item and come out with a full cart!

  1. You get the mindset that one more book won’t make that much difference to your already dwindling bank account.
  2. You have a backlog of books to read, but that one title catches your eye and another book purchase has been added to your account.
  3. There are so many sales of books less than $3.00 and who can pass up a sale?

If you are also addicted to Audible, as I am, there are a lot of books on your reading list selling for less than $5.00 and you can purchase the audible version for $1.99, and sometimes a little more, at the same time! That leaves the kindle version usually sitting untouched on my kindle, but have you looked at the cost of an audible book? I think I pay $14.95 a month for my Audible subscription, and that buys one credit per month to purchase a book. To purchase without the credit is over my limit.

My book runneth over!


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