December 17, 2018

Our Home for the HOLIDAYS Edition

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in Magazine Issues

Welcome to our NEW quarterly edition of the magazine!

Join us here as we try to create some old fashioned HOLIDAY magic.

As always the magazine is totally FREE and it can be shared with anyone who needs some encouragement.

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It’s Not ALL Rose Petals and Sunshine on the Road

Posted on November 5, 2018 by in The View From Here

We just thought we would like to take this opportunity to clarify what life on the road is really like.

Hello from Gloucester Virginia!

We arrived at a beautiful campground not far from Chesapeake Bay on a Thursday and found us a spot right by the pond. It was glorious for one day… then the neighbors moved in. We had a front row seat in a huge site, (huge because there was no one parked in the one in front of us) overlooking not only the pond, but also the road circling around it so we could see everything going on around us too. We knew we were taking a chance that when the weekend people came someone could park in the site next door, but we would still have a pretty good view because they would be perpendicular to us.

Not these folks…

They move in on Friday and don’t park the way the site is set up for them to park. They move the picnic table and fire ring and park parallel to us because they are too big to fit in the site perpendicular. They literally set up 10 feet away from our large living room window and blocked the entire view of the pond, except what you see in the tiny side window photo. And usually the weekenders leave on Sunday, but not them – they will be here all week with us. The only consolation we have is that if they choose to eat outside, they have to do so over their sewer line which they had to run under their RV into their front yard.

It is literally right under their feet if they choose to use their outdoor kitchen, however given all this rain it’s doubtful they will use it very much. We just wanted to share with you that life on the road has just as many ups and downs as life at home did.

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Some days are harder than others…

Posted on October 29, 2018 by in Letters to My Children

It’s true, I have witnessed it many times.

Yesterday was fine and now today is all of the sudden more than you can bear. I can’t explain why, but I do know that it’s true, it happens and you need to be kind to yourself when it happens to you. That’s the best way to cope with those days and if you aren’t kind to yourself you may (have or cause yourself to have) two of them back to back, and that really sucks!

I’ve often wondered if we stay in messes longer than necessary just because we are such stubborn people. It seems like surrender always makes things so much easier in life, but back to the point…

The good book says we are never given more than we can handle, but hard days – times do seem to call for greater kindness I think. The harder the day, the kinder we need to be to ourselves. I’m not promoting drinking to my children, but I am saying that we should do whatever we can to be as nice to ourselves as we would be to others. It’s the Golden Rule used backwards and it works wonders!

Kindness is something that we intentionally do for other people, why shouldn’t we do it for ourselves too? Isn’t that what wine is promoted for these days? Our society pretty much claims wine is a cure for hard days. Is that anything more than being kind to yourself at the end of a hard day?

Lynn Dale

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Jack Ryan

Posted on October 22, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

When was the last time you waited in line to see a blockbuster movie? With each tick of the clock, the tension rises and your apprehension increases exponentially. When it finally comes out you are riveted to your seat, iPhone in hand, waiting for the action to start. That was my feeling for Tom Clancy’s NEW Jack Ryan.

Rating A+

Audience: 13+

Genre: Action 

The lead is played by hunky actor John Krasinski (Jack Ryan) and he gets into all kinds of international mischief. Jack is a marine veteran with a storied past who is currently working as a financial analysis for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Evil exists in the world and Jack spends his time looking at computer screens determining how these terrorists move dirty money around through shell companies to clean it. Jack located a 9.3 million dollar money transfer money with unknown origins and a nefarious destination (suspected terrorists) in the Middle East. This sets off a chain of horrific terrorist events that brings Jack face to face with a vile terrorist that has thus far escaped the intense scrutiny of the CIA intelligence community.

Various seemingly unrelated events occur that lead Jack and his team around the world looking for clues as to the purpose for the money and the intent of the terrorists. In the midst of terrorist hunting Jack finds a love interest and has to deal with her curiosity about what he actually does for a living. The attraction is strong between these two and it’s a quandary whether or not they can work it out. If I told you any more than this there would be no reason to watch the mini-series, so I’ll stop here.

This movie is now showing on Amazon Prime.

Watch the trailer HERE…

I’m a Tom Clancy fan, so I really liked this mini-series and watched all ten episodes back to back. The twists and turns made it interesting and there was just enough sex, explosions, violence, intrigue, and downright good acting to make it interesting. It never lags and I feel like my readers will enjoy it as much as I did. Till next time remember I’ll be out here watching shows for you and the reviews of only the good ones will continue.

Junior’s Boy


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Let’s Go Somewhere!

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in Magazine Issues

As always if you know someone who needs some encouragement, please SHARE. There is no obligation to buy anything and we don’t have privacy notices, because we don’t share anyone’s information with anyone.

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Posted on June 1, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

This movie is all about sex, inferred sex, not actual sex.

Rating: B+

*Our NEW Rating System: A is excellent, B is good and anything less than that doesn’t get talked about here, because there’s nothing good to say.

Audience:  It’s suitable for adults and mature adolescents.

Jay Wheeler (Scott Speedman) is a handsome playboy capable of wooing the women of Los Angles with his charismatic banter and physical sex appeal. The very first scene shows him putting on his jeans in a sparsely decorated “bachelor” pad. Then cut to the bed and a beautiful young woman is just waking up. He notices her stirring and the first thing he says to her after an inferred night of passion is “would you mind locking the door on your way out?” She sits up in the bed obviously nude, but covered with a top sheet and asks demurely, “so you’re not going to buy me breakfast then?” Without a moment’s thought he says “Naw”, and leaves her there, dejected. I thought to myself, I never did that he must be crazy. I wasn’t too far off.

Jay works in a psychiatric hospital mopping floors as part of his probation. Another reason he works there is because they have a strict door control security system that keeps the thugs working for his bookie out, because Jay is a degenerate gambler who never wins enough to pay off his debts. It seems he likes to bet on the ponies and he can’t pick a winner to save his life.

One day he’s moping the floors in the front lobby when he hears a commotion and sees the doctor in charge of the hospital trying the check in a new patient who’s not real clear on what’s going on. The beautiful nubile waif, (Evan Rachel Wood), Daisy has been picked up by the police and referred to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. She is totally beautiful and when Jay sees her he is intrigued by her physical beauty and her lack of shoes.

Not long after her arrival, Daisy is being examined by a fake doctor (the night shift security guard) and Jay hears her distress. He intervenes on her behalf by knocking out the deviant and calming her fears. As he leaves her room she decides to follow him. He knows that he will be fired for hitting the security guard, so he’s leaving the hospital and Daisy slips out of the security door behind him. She’s standing in the wet parking lot in her night clothes with no shoes or anything else to her name. He tries to get her to go back to the hospital, but in her innocent manner she convinces him to let her tag along with him.

This is where the laughter and adventures begin.

They range from a strip club in Los Angeles to a refined wedding party in the highest social setting of New Orleans. These two unlikely companions learn about disappointment, hardship, trust and finally love. I found this moving to be funny on several different levels with a happy ending.

Junior’s Boy

Watch the trailer HERE…


Evan Rachel Wood
Scott Speedman
Treat Williams
Kate Burton
J. K. Simmons

Now Showing: On Amazon Prime and other digital platforms.

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Justice For All

Posted on May 31, 2018 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

In lieu of reviewing another great gun this month, which we thought would be in bad taste given the current climate… we decided to talk about JUSTICE here instead. The opinions below are our own and they are not meant to offend anyone, but as long as we still have the right to voice our opinions publicly – we will.

We have created a culture that allows “any type of behavior”. We no longer have standards for common decency in our country because no one wants to offend anyone for fear they will be bullied for their opinion.

Common decency is behavior that conforms to accepted standards of morality or respectability.

People don’t talk about hell much anymore, but it exists and perhaps that is part of the problem. We don’t talk about the consequences of our choices and actions. We all make choices and all choices have consequences. If you’re going to demand that something be done to protect our children – demand harsher legislation for the people and children who choose to harm our children.

Insane or not, bullied or not, mistreated as a child or not – if you cause harm to yourself or others – you need to be removed from the general population. Everyone matters, everyone has rights and everyone makes choices that affect the lives of other people. Harming innocent people is wrong and should have consequences sufficient enough to deter others from wanting to suffer the same fate. Crime will not stop until the punishment is sufficient enough to deter the copycats, the people too lazy to do honest work for a living and all of the other people who choose not to live by society’s rules.

I’m not saying we should bring back the chain gangs or treat anyone cruelly, but our prison system is NOT working when people are willing to return there 3 or 4 times for the same crimes. We have given more rights and benefits to the convicted criminal than we have to their victims. The laws protect them more so than the innocent people they harm. Everyone matters and everyone deserves to be treated decently, however we cannot fail to punish by means of separation and removal of certain rights from those who commit crimes.

Law means nothing if it is not supported by punishment sufficient to discourage the crime.

This man/child who chose to harm all of the people in Santa Fe Texas deserves to suffer the consequences of his actions. Right now those consequences are not near severe enough to suit the severity of the crime. This is the change that is needed to lessen the frequency of school shootings and all crimes.

Right is right and wrong is still wrong.

When you harm someone there need not be any gray area. It’s wrong. It doesn’t matter whether it’s done by men, women or children by means of guns, DWI or abortion – you have harmed someone and it’s wrong. It doesn’t matter why you did what you did – you can’t justify why your crime is ok. It doesn’t matter if the victim is 30 weeks old, 6 years old, or 41 – you harmed them and it’s wrong. There needs to be consequences. When there are not sufficient consequences – everyone just does whatever they please.

We should be calling for changes in our prison system.

  • Life should mean life without parole.

  • We need to do away with “good time”.

  • Habitual criminals should not be released.

We pay for televisions, wages (if they work at all) and conjugal visits for people who harm innocent people, really? How dumb is that? Our prison system is a multi-million dollar business. Whose dollars do you think they are? We need to stand up for the innocent people who are no longer here to stand up for themselves. And we need to advertise the heck out of it! Harm anyone and you will receive the harshest sentence allowed by law. In the words of Merle Haggard “the joint used to be a bad place to be” and we need to bring that back.

NATIONWIDE prison reform, prayer and people raising decent children are GOOD places to start.

If you would like to do something TODAY – write or call the Governor of your state and ask for stiffer penalties. We have included a SAMPLE letter below that you can use as is, add to or create your own from and you can go to sleep tonight knowing that YOU at least tried to do something to change our society.


Dear Governor,

In light of the latest school shooting, I would like you to consider using your power and connections to encourage the following:

Prison reform.

(Stiffer sentences, eliminating “good time” and parole of habitual offenders.)

And advertisement of the stricter CONSEQUENCES for those who cause harm to others for any reason.


If you’re going to stand up for something – stand up for consequences.


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I Saw What Happened

Posted on May 22, 2018 by in Sunny Side UP

Remember my love endures forever, I have not abandoned you. This is only temporary…the lives you live here.

I know the plans I have for you and they are good plans. You can choose to believe that and you won’t suffer near as much or nearly as long. Or you can choose not to believe me and if that’s your choice, then I can’t help you. I want to help you. I want to ease your suffering, but you have to choose to let me. You have to choose to read what I’ve said and believe it. I can offer you water, but I won’t make you drink it.

Right now you’re thirsty, drink. My words will apply salve to your wounds. My words will make your burdens lighter and heal you. And my words will ease your grief. I hear your prayers and cries and I want to help you. I’ve always wanted to help you. Sometimes things seem to be more than you can bear, but you can bear them and I’ll help you if you let me.

I have put all you need within your reach. Reach out and take what I am offering.

There are people who have my hands to help you. There are people with my funds to assist you. There are people with my heart to love you through this time. I’ve sent you all the help you need to ease your way.

I do love you. Don’t throw that love away when you need it so badly right now.


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This Much I Know… LOVE is Everything

Posted on May 11, 2018 by in Letters to My Children

Love is the right answer to everything, every problem and every question.

We are all looking for love, but it’s not what we think it is. It’s not sex or even attraction – it’s perfection. It’s God in our world. It’s everywhere we look, but it seems ephemeral. It seems like we are constantly reaching for it, trying to hold on to it and it keeps slipping away. We are all grasping after it and yet in reality it never leaves us – we are the ones that move on.

When my eyes are focused on love – all is right in my world.

It doesn’t matter if it’s God, a child, my spouse, some awesome food or just beautiful music… love is amazing! Love is more important than even wisdom. When I lose sight of love I automatically start focusing on fear, my problems, or how I feel, or what I’m going to do, where I’m going to go, all of my plans, etc. and I have lost sight of the most important thing – love. All the knowledge/wisdom in the world (1Corinthians 13:2) makes me nothing without love. And it makes us miserable.

Life will go on just as it always has regardless of what we focus on.

We are not in charge, He is. He said to love. He said it was the most important thing.

He knows what is best for the children He created. You would never leave your child

to fend for themselves. You would tell them what they need to do. He’s no different.

He has told us what to do, we just need to listen.

Lynn Dale



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Mothers are the REAL Love Story…

Posted on May 11, 2018 by in Be GOOD to Yourself

Mothers Nurture …

They care for and encourage their children. Good mothers nurture. If you didn’t have a good one, chances are she didn’t either. However, the Good News is it’s never too late to fix that. You can learn to nurture yourself and that’s what REAL love is… to care for and encourage yourself.

Are you worthy of being loved?

If you were raised in a home with parents who didn’t treat you like you mattered – you entered adulthood feeling like you weren’t worth loving. There was a time not so long ago when female children were not considered as valuable as male children because males could do more valuable work and they were stronger. This created a generation, or several generations of women who did not feel worthy of love because they weren’t loved properly. Most everyone knows now that all of God’s children are of equal value, but it took a long time to get here. All are worthy of being loved.

Loving yourself is not selfishness.

We almost got the whole REAL love picture when we were told to put our own oxygen mask on first in the airplane. We cannot love others if we don’t love ourselves, just like we can’t save them if we don’t save ourselves first. Until we can be kind, care for and encourage ourselves, we can’t REALLY love others. If I am impatient with myself, I will be impatient with you. If I can’t be merciful to me, I won’t show you any either. The bottom line is we can’t give away love we don’t have to give. We have to learn to love ourselves before we can love others, and it’s not selfish at all.

God said to love Him, yourself and others.

Mothers who know how to nurture themselves will nurture their children, and that’s the REAL love story here. We wish all the Moms a very happy Mother’s Day. Now go on and love yourself like God himself told you to!

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