Statistics tell us that 1 out of 3 women will become or has been in the past a victim of domestic violence. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Share this information with your friends, or if YOU are that 1 woman, put it to good use.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell…” It’s been in the news a lot lately concerning the controversy of gays in the military. While I do not intend to minimalize that issue, I do want to bring a separate issue to the forefront…One of, if not the foremost, enemies of abuse, molestation or domestic violence is silence! So when it comes to stopping the unacceptable levels of children being molested and/or abused, or victims being physically violated, or killed, DO ASK! And victims? Be sure you are safe, but DO TELL.

In a little more than a month I will turn 59 years of age. Actually, captured inside this 58-year-old body is a very young lively girl and I’m determined to let her out more often! There’s a lot to reflect upon, draw on and learn from. Getting old is not always pretty, and it definitely is not for sissies, but considering the alternative, I think it’s a pretty good option.

In honor of all those taken by heart disease, including my Mama, both grandfathers and our dear Debbie, I would like to share an excerpt from my book, wherein I recount that eventful day…
Again I found myself thinking if I had come close to dying, it really was no big deal. They asked if I had a preference of music while they did the procedure. I had already been given my pre-op cocktail intravenously, and without hesitation shouted in my infamous southern drawl, “Crank up some Skynyrd!”

The pastor of a church I visited just this past Sunday put it so well as she (yes, imagine that, a woman pastor!) so lovingly stated: “Al Qaida is to the Muslim faith what the KKK is to Christianity…” Selah (Take pause and reflect), Mr. Jones.

One must wonder if all this media hype is an attempt on your part to garner attention. I recall another “pastor” who sold his flock a bill of goods in the name of Jesus. Ironically, his last name was also Jones.

On Thursday I was informed she went in for “a simple procedure,” merely a heart catheterization. She coded. It took 40 minutes to revive her. She was placed on life support. She was barely 50 years old.