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Susan Sleggs

Reflective observations to inspire conversation

Stand On ‘Em

Have you ever really thought about how important your feet are to your every day activities and well-being? I’m going to guess you haven’t, unless, one of them hurts. We take so much of our body for granted because we don’t feel its parts individually until something happens to make us take notice. Continue reading “Stand On ‘Em”

Thank a Paratrooper

August 16, 1940, marks the date of the first official Army parachute jump at Ft. Benning, Georgia. The successful jump validated the innovative concept of inserting United States ground combat forces behind a battle line by parachute. These sky soldiers represent some of the most prestigious and effectively trained forces in the United States Army. (courtesy of National Day of calendar) Continue reading “Thank a Paratrooper”

Everyone Relaxes Differently

When I saw the title for this day, my first thought was what about the people who have to go to work; how can they take a whole day to relax? Then I read down the list of relaxation activities and immediately could see what could go wrong with each one because I tend to be a negative nanny when left to my own thoughts. So my exercise today will be to add a personal guarantee to each of the items and pray that’s how they come out for the person doing them.  Continue reading “Everyone Relaxes Differently”

A War with a Beginning and an End

I belong to a Veteran’s Writing Group in my local area. The group welcomes veterans plus their family and friends. I go as an ex-wife of an Air Force member and a staunch supporter of all veterans. There are nine of us that attend regularly. The effects of war, and the rationale of it, or lack-thereof, are common threads in our memoir writing.  Continue reading “A War with a Beginning and an End”

Campfire Necessity

S’mores used to be made around a campfire or bonfire in the back yard if you lived in the country. They were, and still are, a staple as an evening snack at Boy and Girl Scout, church, and 4-H camps. But times change, city homes now have movable fire pits in the yard and S’mores can be enjoyed anywhere. Once when my children were small we toasted marshmallows over a candle and enjoyed  S’mores at the kitchen table. Continue reading “Campfire Necessity”

Be a Book Worm

So many things come to mind when I see the title for this National Day, I don’t know where to start. I have always liked books and reading, but if I don’t like a book, I don’t finish it. Back in my youth The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries were top picks. Also books about animals, but I don’t remember a title. There weren’t books about zombies on every shelf like there are now, or different bookshelves for young adult and tweens. My grandson’s required summer reading for sixth grade is a “chapter book” titled, Hatchet. I need to ask him what the story is about. Continue reading “Be a Book Worm”

Be Happy

For most people happiness happens naturally. I can look out my window and marvel at the colors of the flowers, enjoy dewdrops glistening on leaves, and know it’s going to be a sunny warm day in western New York. I can hear my cat purring in the chair next to me and watch the chipmunks outside running around on our wood pile. Both things make me smile. I sometimes think about the reality of how a human body works and the solar system keeps moving. These miracles we take for granted give me reason to be happy. Continue reading “Be Happy”

The picture for today makes me laugh. Check out the looks on the people’s faces on the right hand side. They seem to be astonished the people on the left are in their underwear. Since I was a little kid I have wondered why it’s wrong to be seen in your underwear when it usually covers more than a bathing suit does. Now imagine the people on the left to be in bright-colored bathing suits and you’ll understand what I mean. Sometimes bathing suits are even skimpier. Oh well. Continue reading

Cold, No Salt

How do you eat your watermelon? There has been quite a lot of discussion on the morning radio show I listen to about whether to eat watermelon with or without salt. Personally I prefer mine cold, no salt. I don’t understand why so many people like to cover the naturally good flavors of so many things by adding salt (like caramels). Continue reading “Cold, No Salt”

Waiting for Dinner

What does waiting for dinner have to do with National Color Book Day? This past weekend we enjoyed my husband’s annual family reunion. We converge on the hometown most of the cousins were raised in, fill some of the local cash registers, and spend a day at Stony Brook State Park. Saturday is picnic day which includes time for a walk in the park gorge. It’s a pretty place full of memories for all of us. The annual get-together has been going on over 60 years. Continue reading “Waiting for Dinner”

Give the Gift of Life

National Minority Donor Awareness Week was created to increase awareness of the need, especially among minorities, for more organ, eye and tissue donors.  It is also a time to honor minorities who have donated and to encourage others to register as donors. Continue reading “Give the Gift of Life”

Healthy In and Out

This is the first ever National Avocado Day. I’ll share what the National Day of Calendar tells us so you can get an idea of how one of these national days is “born”.

Model Meals founded National Avocado Day at the peak of California avocado season, on July 31. Model Meals is a meal delivery service established in 2015 by Camille May and professional curve model Danika Brysha. The company works with local organic growers and farmers to create whole food-focused menus, encouraging sustainable agriculture and healthy eating. Whole30 approved, gluten-free and Paleo-friendly, a huge part of the Model Meals lifestyle is avocados, whether that’s in a dish or to have on the go. Danika and Camille famously carry “purse avocados” for a midday dose of healthy fat and vitamins. Model Meals is even gearing up to launch a service specifically for avocado delivery called AvocaGO. Obviously passionate about this superfood, Model Meals wanted to celebrate it to the fullest, and the idea to create its own holiday was born. Continue reading “Healthy In and Out”

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