Saturday, June 27, 2015

Leaders Speak Out on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling | Christian Activities

While most people assumed the liberal-leaning Supreme Court would make the decision to redefine the institution of marriage to accommodate homosexual couples, it is a decision that caused many leaders to voice their dissent.

Several of the opposing Chief Justices felt their circumvented and reinvented the Constitution in making their ruling and some pointed to the history or diverse cutures where for thousands of years, marriage has been between a man and a woman.

Other leaders felt the ruling unconstitutionally took the decision out of the American people's hands and put more power into the courts.

Read more at:  Leaders Speak Out on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling | Christian Activities

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day 2015

My father and me

 My father would be 105 if he were alive today. Although he has been gone for many year, and I am now a woman of 61, I still miss him very much. If you still have your dad, make peace, make up, and tell him you love him.

Happy Father's Day!

Father's Day Haiku

How everlasting
Are the bonds between fathers
And their little girls.

-- Kathryn Darden

Monday, June 1, 2015

Father's Day Poems

Col. William Allen Darden

For Father's Day, why not give your father the gift of appreciation?

This collection of Father's Day poetry was written in honor of father's everywhere, but most especially, for my own father.

Father's Day Acrostic

Fathers are not appreciated
As much as they should be.
They toil at work and work at home
Hoping to meet out needs,
Each day beings new occasions --
Reasons for appreciation,
Showing thanks for his deeds.

Dad, I wish I could tell you this,
As I sit with m y memories --
You are so very dearly missed.

From: Father's Day Acrostic - a Father's Day Poem

Father's Day Haiku

How everlasting
Are the bonds between fathers
And their little girls.

May 11, 2009

Fathers & Daughters - a Father's Day Haiku Poem 

For Father's Day

For all the times I never told you thank you,
For all the times I ignored what you said,
For all the years I acted so indifferent,
I want to say how much I thank you, Dad.

These are the things I should have often told you,
But usually they were left unsaid;
Now these are words that weigh heavy upon me -
How much I want to say, I love you, Dad.

For all the times you reached and I rebuffed you,
For all the years I scoffed at things you said,
I want to say how much I miss my father,
And how I wish I could tell you now, Dad.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Groupon Earring "Deal" Looks Like False Advertising

 WARNING! Groupon deals may not always be as good as they seem! 

On May 18 a Groupon ad appeared on a Facebook page I was visiting for a pair of 14K Solid Gold French Lock Hoop Earrings at an extreme discount of about 80% off the normal $200 price making the beautiful earrings shown only $24.95. Wow! $200-something earrings for only $24.95??? I couldn't sign up fast enough so I became a Groupon customer on the spot just to get the earrings.

The earrings were 12mm which I assumed was diameter from the picture where the French lock shown was proportionately smaller than the rest of the earring.

When I received the envelope from Groupon, I thought it was empty. I couldn't feel any lump or bump at all. I tore it open expecting to find nothing and shook the empty package just to make sure... and a tiny pair of earrings fell out, about the size of my pinkie fingernail.

Doll-Sized Earrings

Looking at the tiny earrings in my hand, I couldn't help but think the miniature pair would be more suited for a doll than a human so I tried them on a 14" Moxie Teenz doll. They are a perfect fit!  

Perhaps these earrings do measure 12mm from end to end including the lock, but this is not what was shown in the picture.

I brought the original Groupon photo back up on my computer and took a photograph of one of my earrings suspended right next to the original photos for proportion and comparison. See any difference??? Notice how proportionate the lock mechanism is in the original and how it dominates the tiny, itty-bitty earring I got. Look at the diameter of the earring body in comparison to the lock.

Did they take the original photo under a microscope? I had to wonder how they captured the gleaming curves and thickness of the gold without some kind of lens enhancement, but nothing explains why the two earrings look so different except this. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME EARRINGS.

I would have done better skipping the "reduced value" hype and buying these 14 karat gold hoop earrings from Amazon for $25 or $30.

It appears to be false advertising or bait and switch on the part of Groupon to replace the beautiful $200 earrings advertised in the photo with the tiny pair dominated by the lock mechanism they sold for the "reduced" price of $24.95. The earrings I received were NEVER worth anywhere near $200 as the ad claimed. NOT EVER.

To add insult to injury, I was not able to get the Groupon "Help Wizard" to work to contact Groupon, so I spent 1/2 hour in a chat session with "Jade" who kept telling me to hold on for a couple of minutes while she researched my order. After a wasted 1/2 hour, I got tired of the run around and ended the chat session. I haven't felt this much like a sucker since the Snapple incident!

Groupon, you are going to have to do better than this. Your deal was a rip off and your customer service stinks. Instead of playing with "Banana Bunkers" and selling condoms with holes,  perhaps it is time to focus on quality products and customer service again.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bellevue Sears to close in 2015, headed to liquidation sources say - Examiner

As a former Sears associate, I was so sad to hear from some of my friends who are still employed at the Bellevue store that the announcement was made that the store would be closing soon.

With recent news of the redevelopment plans for the old Bellevue Center mall finally moving forward, and news about the apartment complex and stores like Sprouts Farmers Market confirmed to be a part of the redevelopment project (, it is not unexpected to hear that the Sears Autocenter is closing on June 12 (see "What is going on with the Bellevue mall?"). Now store employees say the Sears anchor store which held on for so many years after the rest of the mall closed is heading to liquidation as the store makes plans to close its doors.

Read the story:  Bellevue Sears to close, headed to liquidation sources say

Friday, May 22, 2015

38th annual Bellevue Picnic packs Red Caboose Park, ends with a bang (photos) - Bellevue Community Examiner

This picnic-festival was a fun neighborhood event last weekend which Jack and I thoroughly enjoyed! More than 60 vendors, candidates, local businesses and food trucks filled Red Caboose Park and the adjoining parking lot of the Bellevue Community Center for the 2015 Bellevue Picnic. Presented by Nashville Christian School, the event featured many other sponsors.

Read more at: 38th annual Bellevue Picnic packs Red Caboose Park, ends with a bang (photos) - Nashville community | Examiner

Monday, April 13, 2015

Skin care group swarms Lexus of Nashville -- Examiner

Tracie Bonds, Natalia Yosco, Leigh Barnes, Kathryn Darden, Marcy Onan at Lexus Cool Springs
This was an exceptionally exciting and fun event at the Lexus dealership in Cool Springs. Almost 100 independent skin care consultants swarmed Lexus of Nashville in Cool Springs on April 11, 2015, to celebrate the achievement of Trudy Copeland who earned her free Lexus recently. Some of the top leaders in the company were on hand to congratulate Copeland and celebrate the milestone with her. And somehow my friend Marcy and I got in a photo with them!

If you would like to find out how you can earn a decent part-time or full-time income in anti-aging skincare, working the hours you want ant the schedule you set, with no inventory, deliveries or returns to handle, let's connect!

Article at: Skin care group swarms Lexus of Nashville

Find out more at: Skincare Examiner

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WannaBeatles rock Gordon Jewish Community Ctr. with Fab Four faves (photos) - Examiner

The WannaBeatles performed at a free concert Weds. March 11 at the Gordon Jewish Community Center in West Nashville in the Bellevue area.

The tribute band played homage to their namesakes with two sets of Beatles hits, with hits from the early 60s followed by their psychedelic...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Winter Storm Thor hammers Bellevue, Tenn. (photos)

Winter Storm Thor has been wreaking havoc across Nashville, dropping several inches of snow in the community of Bellevue again

Temperatures dropped from a balmy 64º on Weds. to the low 20s on Thurs. as sleet, freezing rain, and snow moved into Middle Tennessee. 

As they say, "If you don't like the weather in Nashville, just stick around for a couple of days!"