Thoughts

Books, Family, Looking Forward

Day 22

Writer’s Log Day 22... Finished the draft of Prayer After Prayer, a new book I’m working on. Handed off to my first editor, AKA my mother. She gets a first look at all my work. Well, most of it. Why? Well, she’s my mother. Do you have a Mom? I mean you must since you… Continue reading Day 22

Be Courageous, Grand Anventure, Looking Forward

Day 21

Today we officially started house hunting. We are a large family of seven in a shoe box house. I am sort of deflated. When we find a house that fits our family it doesn't fit our budget. If it fits the budget the house is always missing something. We have been renting the shoe box… Continue reading Day 21

Be Courageous, Inauguration, Jesus, Land of The Brave, Stand on Truth, Words

Day 20

Mean what you say and say what you mean. Own the words coming out of your mouth. Own your beliefs. None of this...”well... I.....uh...” No, stop that. Don’t give a solid, strong, authoritative, statement or speech then end it with...a lukewarm statement. Just don’t. Everything you said before is lessened now. When a self proclaimed… Continue reading Day 20

Be Radical, Dreams, Thoughts

Day 19

I dream about home and writing when I should be doing other things. Sometimes focusing is difficult. I try not to stifle daydreaming. Some of my best ideas come when my brain is playing. Let your mind wander when you can and let it know that is it not in a box. Tell your mind… Continue reading Day 19

Books, Brendan O'Gara, Lori O'Gara, Necromancer’s Song, Publication

Teaser Tuesday

The Remnants of Eden by Brendan & Lori O’Gara is a fantastical story that takes the reader on a dizzying trip through the modern skepticism of magical things. Here’s an excerpt. “The click of her silver stilettos echoed off the walls but added very little height to her. Jacob was dumbstruck and could not take… Continue reading Teaser Tuesday

Family, Sunday Thoughts, Thankful

Day 18

Long day. Many things to be thankful for. Trying to get ready for sleep and my kids are procrastinating. I know I’ll miss them when they are grown and leave home. I miss their big sister and her children something awful. How do you balance the want for the future and desire for time to… Continue reading Day 18

Believe, God, Jesus, Sunday Thoughts

Day 17

The problem with saying, " I am a Christian." is all Christians are NOT the same. Humanity has twisted the word Christian. There are humble Christians, Holier than you Christians, Sunday Only Christians, Look How Successful I am I give pennies to charity Christians, Arrogant Christians, and Human Loving Christians. I am a Christian. I… Continue reading Day 17

Be Radical, Goals, Truth

Day 16

I heard it said once that only boring people get bored. I thought that was a silly thing to say. Then I gave it some thought and realized that was a true statement. If you are an adventurous person you will not get bored because you will be looking for the next adventure. If you… Continue reading Day 16

Children, Goals, Grand Anventure, Looking Forward

Day 13

Life is a cake walk for some and digging ditches for others. I’ve been at both ends of the line. Today life is amazing, less ditches and more cake. If I could telepathically send all my life experience and common sense to my children and grandchildren that would be great. How do you share experience… Continue reading Day 13

Goals, Looking Forward, Truth

Day 12

Almost two weeks into the new year and I see why people struggle to keep resolutions. I decided this year to make goals not resolutions. One of my big goals is to save an additional $2000 over my regular saving plan. That means no impulse shopping and online buying. Let a sparkling set of dice,… Continue reading Day 12

Day Job, Florida, Hello Monday

Day 11

How’s the weather where you are? It’s dark, misty and gloomy which is rare for Florida. It’s true that the weather affects your mood. When it is raining or gloomy I mostly want to stay in and read. Today it’s soup and books. I’m at the library of course. What is your favorite rainy day… Continue reading Day 11

Sunday Thoughts, Thankful, Truth

Day 10

I have noticed that I could probably wear a different dress or skirt for a month maybe longer and not wear the same one twice. My husband has about 1/4 the amount of pants in comparison. Where as we both have enough shirts, T-shirts, business casual shirts, to wear for about three months without a… Continue reading Day 10

Books, Looking Forward, Thoughts, Words

Day 9

I used to carry a calendar with me everywhere. The year we won’t name made that a useless tool. Appointments were canceled and fun events were skipped. This year I am keeping an old fashioned daily diary. Not a journal where you recorded feelings and woes. More like a captain’s log. Today is _____ and… Continue reading Day 9

Family, Love, Thoughts, Truth

Day 8

Today is a good day. Any day that you can wake up next to someone who loves you is a good day. Make spending the first and last few minutes of every day with your person, the human you can about the most, a priority. All your days will be good days.

Be Radical, God, Land of The Brave, Truth

Day 7

I am so very sad today. Not because of who is my President. I alone can’t control that. I am not even sad about the crazy behavior at the US capitol. We, Americans have been known as rebel rousers since the beginning. Even with our reputation of anachronism, we are Americans first. I have always… Continue reading Day 7

Question Everything, Thoughts, Truth

Day 6

Woke up feeling irritated and grumpy. I have been trying to shake off the negativity all day. My normal sunny and happy disposition is a bit cloudy. I can feel it in my bones and hear it in my voice. Finally decided to have a picnic lunch. Getting some fresh air might help improve my… Continue reading Day 6

Be Radical, Day Job, Thoughts, Truth

Day 5

I became a librarian nine years ago. I have been at my current job for exactly five years to the day. I was in management for years in a job I hated. The stress was literally physically and mentally killing me. So I simply put my health and happiness first. I quit my 64k a… Continue reading Day 5

Be Radical, Day Job, Hello Monday, Truth

Day 4

Today I’m at work. Well, I love what I do so is it really work? I’m around books all day. The worst part of my job is my commute. Life is much better if you are doing something that you enjoy during the day. Wasting days in a miserable relationship or job will make the… Continue reading Day 4

Family, Grand Anventure, Sunday Thoughts, The O'Gara Clan

Day 3

Today we took a mini road trip. We looked at potential towns for relocation. We like our little rental house. Emphasis on the little. One of our 2021 goals is to create an O'Gara Clan estate. Fingers crossed and prayers said. Hopefully this is our year. Our requirements for a new home are: Enough square… Continue reading Day 3

Grand Anventure, Thoughts, Truth, Words

Day 2

Laundry and tea. Turmeric Bliss tea to be exact. Dirty laundry is a private matter altogether. No one wants to see your dirty underwear or socks. I do not understand why people take to social media to air all their dirty laundry. Not just when they have a disagreement with some other human but when… Continue reading Day 2

Grand Anventure, Looking Forward, Thoughts

Day 1

I don’t like cooking. Baking I find enjoyable. Today I cooked a huge meal. On the menu: Glazed ham with cherries and pineapple, turnips, mac & cheese, cornbread, potato salad and blackeyed peas. White cake with fluffy white frosting. I have always said cooking is an art and baking is a science. Baking is all… Continue reading Day 1

Announcement, Be Radical, Family, Love, Thoughts, Truth

Today is My mother’s Birthday

My mom Pammy has a birthday today. I know better than to tell you how old she is. Instead, show my mommy some birthday love by taking a look at her art and giving her page a like! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I love you all around and back around!

Be Radical, Believe, Focused Simplicity, Question Everything, Thoughts, Truth

Last Post of the Year….

This will be post 365. Next post will be 1 January 2021....here is my profound statement for the new year. It’s not an original idea, I edited it, still it is worthy of the last post of the year. Practice the pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause.… Continue reading Last Post of the Year….

Be Radical, Grand Anventure, Hello Monday, Looking Forward, Truth

Resolutions?

I’ve always thought resolutions at the New Year was a sure way to fail. Maybe if I call them goals or benchmarks instead? What do you think?

Announcement, Be Radical, Florida, Grand Anventure, Looking Forward, Question Everything, Sunday Thoughts, Trust, Truth

Here Comes a New Begining

Walk in to 2021 with a clear plan. Do not carry with you any resentment or pain of the past. If you owe me, forget it, we're square. I never loan, only give and don't expect a repayment. If you wronged me, I forgave you already. If you're angry with me, I've let it go.… Continue reading Here Comes a New Begining

Be Radical, Focused Simplicity, Thoughts, Trust, Truth

Protect your Heart

Some people don’t deserve your thoughts. If someone hurt you the best revenge is forgetting them. Do not give them the privilege of space in your head.

Be Radical, Question Everything, Trust, Truth

David was Scared

Goliath was terrifying. David was scared and he fought anyway. Even when you are afraid, fight for what’s right and defend love. When you are scared fight harder.

Be Radical, Focused Simplicity, Question Everything, Thoughts, Trust, Truth

As the End Draws Near

I know that 2020 for some people was a crap year. The virus, financial struggles, storms and other woes impacted many many lives. A lot of humans will be happy to see 2020 leave and a shiny New Year come rolling in. I get it, I really do. The thing is, for me and my… Continue reading As the End Draws Near

Christmas, God, Love

Christmas is about Love…

Christmas is about love. God's love for us. A mother's love for her child. Our love for each other. "If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?"

Be Radical, Christmas, Focused Simplicity, Thoughts, Truth

Christmas is Not

Christmas is not about gifts. It is about the kindness that prompts someone to give to others. Be kind and not only at Christmas time.

Believe, Christmas, Devotion, God, Love, Sunday Thoughts, Thoughts, Trust, Truth

Mary Did You Know?

Mary knew that she was the vessel of the Holy one. The angel Gabriel told her. Did she know that her son would preform miracles? Did she know he would heal the sick and comfort the broken? Did she know he would suffer and give his life for humanity? I believe she did not know… Continue reading Mary Did You Know?

Be Radical, Focused Simplicity, Question Everything, Thoughts, Trust, Truth

This is Happy

This is happy me. I like happy me. I have been happy me off and on in my life, however I have been consistently happy for almost five years now. My secret to happiness is this, live simply, make love your filter for what you do, and do not entertain negativity even for a second.… Continue reading This is Happy

Be Radical, Question Everything, Thoughts, Trust, Truth

A Bright future

Every year I decide on a theme for my work and a goal for my life. 2019 it was simplify. 2020 was focus. Now is the time to think about what you want to accomplish next year and work toward that goal. Ask yourself some of the questions I’m asking myself. What is important in… Continue reading A Bright future

Be Radical, Christmas, Focused Simplicity, Thoughts, Truth, Words

I ❤️ Mail

I love real mail. Paper and stamps and cards and words... It takes time to mail a real letter. Few humans take the time to send cards or letters. Even at Christmas time there is an overwhelming feeling that sending cards is not a priority anymore. It is truly a dying art. I wonder if… Continue reading I ❤️ Mail

Be Radical, Believe, British, Florida, Focused Simplicity, Texas, Thoughts, Truth

Where Are you From?

I am from everywhere and no where. I spent a quarter of my life in Texas, a quarter of my life in England and half of my life in Florida. I also consider myself fairly well traveled. When someone asks me where I am from mostly I say Florida since it feels most like home.… Continue reading Where Are you From?

Be Radical, Focused Simplicity, Thoughts, Truth

Fair to Middling

I’m doing alright. How about you? Sometimes you just have to look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, “How you doing?”

Believe, Devotion, Focused Simplicity, God, Love, Thoughts, Truth

To my Jewish Friends

I pray with you. Your God and mine is the same Blessed Adonai, Ruler of the universe. May the lesson of the candles resonate with us all. May God bless you and yours.

Believe, Focused Simplicity, God, Love, Thoughts, Truth

You’re Just Not

If you think you have ruined God’s plan for your life, trust in this. You, amazing beautiful human, are not that powerful. You just aren’t.

Be Radical, Family, Focused Simplicity, Hello Monday, Love, Question Everything, Thoughts, Truth

Health is more than Flesh and Blood.

It’s not only imperative to teach our children healthy lifestyles for the protection of their bodies but also to protect their hearts and preserve their souls. At the core of all we teach our young, love must be the foundation and truth of all lessons.

Be Radical, Family, Focused Simplicity, Sunday Thoughts, Thoughts, Truth

Protect What You love

If you value something you keep it safe. You know where it is at all times. If you have jewelery you keep it in an actual safe. If you have a dog or a cat you microchip your pet and keep it safe in a fence or home. What I don't understand is when humans… Continue reading Protect What You love

Family, Focused Simplicity, Question Everything, Thoughts, Truth

Time Flew

Where does the time go? The world keeps rotating and we keep living. One day we look up and recognize nothing. Yet, we were here when it all happened. Change happens most often in small starts and stops. Don’t blink.

Be Radical, Focused Simplicity, Thoughts, Trust, Truth

Do what is right

It is often difficult to do the right thing. Do it anyway. Even if there are tears and pain. Always do the best right thing.

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Hello December

We love sending and receiving Christmas cards. Please use the “Contact Us” link above or click the picture below to give us your address. The O’Gara Clan will send you a card in the mail. Yes, with real paper, a stamp, love, and holiday cheer! Like sending cards too? Here’s our address! The O’Garas PO… Continue reading Hello December

Be Radical, Focused Simplicity, Hello Monday, Thoughts, Truth

Stress

I am usually very good at dealing with stress. Today, not so much. I had to stop and remind myself who I am, what is important to me and what my dreams are. Putting those three things in my mind settled my soul.

Focused Simplicity, Thoughts, Truth

Rain

Today is raining. I like rain. Is is refreshing and soothing. Even the raging storm can rejuvenate nature after it passes. Life is like a rain storm. Calm, chaotic, renewing and growth all in its own time . Enjoy the rain and the peace that follows.

Focused Simplicity, Love, Thoughts, Truth

Love is…

Love is being there for your person even when you want to do something else. Love is giving respect to your person. Love is liking your person when they do not like themselves. Love is all the polite things you do for strangers, but doing them because you want to not because they are polite… Continue reading Love is…

Be Radical, Focused Simplicity, Thoughts, Truth

Because it’s Friday

Today I’m wearing a tiara. Why? It’s Friday. Did I leave the house with it on? Yes. Sure, maybe people see an adult woman with a tiara and think she’s crazy. I really don’t care what they think. It makes me happy. We need to let our children see us be ourselves. Uninhibited and relaxed.… Continue reading Because it’s Friday

Be Radical, Goals, Looking Forward, Truth

Day 15

Halfway through January and people are still whining about last year. In the words of the famous snow princess, let it go. There is nothing a human can do about last year. Unless you have a time machine, leave last year alone. Stop picking it back up. Don’t look backwards, you are not going that… Continue reading Day 15

Believe, Books, Grand Anventure

Day 14

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I look at all the authors floating through my newsfeeds and say, “I am lost in a sea of headshots and book covers.” What makes me special? All these storytellers and word spinners think they are special too. We are all correct and terribly wrong in the same moment.… Continue reading Day 14