In the spirit of Walden

In the spirit of Walden

Symbols Mean Everything

    When we salute the American flag, either with a military salute or by placing our hands over our hearts, we aren’t paying honor and respect to a piece of red, white and blue cloth but rather for what that cloth stands for. Churches, synagogues and mosques contain various religious symbols and rituals and when we pray to those symbols or participate in the rituals we are honoring what these stand for—not the actual act or physical object.   In light of recent racial tensions, common objects we have had for over a century have taken on new meanings.…

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Peach Cobbler for Breakfast is now available

My long awaited book, Peach Cobbler for Breakfast, surviving a life-altering event, is now available as an e-book at Amazon.com. The paperback version will be ready for purchase around Thanksgiving, just in time for holiday gift-giving. The early response has been very gratifying and exciting. It is my hope that the book will help anyone who is lost and struggling to find his or her way after a great loss either through death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, relocation, etc. After losing seven members of my family in a two year period, including my father and…

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WEST VIRGINIA Is Almost Heaven

West Virginia celebrates 150 years of statehood To stand at the mountaintop in West Virginia it feels as if you could almost reach out your hand and touch the hand of God. It is truly Mother Nature at her finest. That is probably why John Denver declared West Virginia  “Almost Heaven”. West Virginia is in all likelihood one of the most beautiful states you will ever visit with its majestic green mountaintops peeking above a shroud of fog like emerald gemstones around a lady’s silken white shoulders. Much of the state is still undeveloped leaving the mountains standing as a…

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Past Blog Posts

Who will win the Oscars?

    It is time for the Oscars again and I can’t let the time go by without giving my opinions. Sorry I didn’t continue my regular movie reviews this year but I was not able to keep up with the movies with the round of hospitalizations we had throughout the year. However, we were…

Peach Cobbler for Breakfast is now available

My long awaited book, Peach Cobbler for Breakfast, surviving a life-altering event, is now available as an e-book at Amazon.com. The paperback version will be ready for purchase around Thanksgiving, just in time for holiday gift-giving. The early response has been very gratifying and exciting. It is my hope that the book will help anyone…

Peach Cobbler for Breakfast – Introduction and Chapter 1

Peach Cobbler for Breakfast – Surviving a life-altering event. Sheila Moore Thornburg Dobbie lived the experience of loss, came up with a plan for survival and achieved her recovery. Peach Cobbler for Breakfast is a story of love and loss. It is laughter through tears and overcoming fears. It is indescribable grief and pain beyond…

At the Movies

THE OSCARS—and other stuff   If you have not seen a movie recently, then you have missed some excellent entertainment. This past year was one of the best for films in many years or perhaps decades. I did not make my usual Oscar predictions this year because it was impossible to choose from the many…