November 2011 News, updates, &
pronouncements from Pat Ballard,
the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
Nobody can make you feel inferior
without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
Something to think
The Pilgrims made seven times more
graves than huts.
No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless,
set aside a day of thanksgiving. H.U. Westermayer
As Americans living in this great land of plenty, we've
developed an insatiable, driving desire for "more."
We look around us at all the "stuff" that's just waiting to be had and we
compare what we have with what we don't have and what we want, and the
discontent continues to build to the point that we're so consumed with
wanting that we don't see and appreciate what we have.
I've been as guilty as anyone about this, and I know the feeling of unrest
that can build inside a person. But I remember the day that I became aware
of what I was doing. I was whining to God in "prayer," if you can call it
that. "Why can't I—? Why don't you—? When will you—?" Then I became aware
of how I sounded, and wondered if He was as tired of hearing my voice as I
was of saying the things I was saying.
So at that moment I made myself stop and start thanking Him for what I
had. I went down a long list, and the more I thought of what I was
thankful for, the longer the list grew.
So this Thanksgiving, let's all look inside our hearts and really think of
things that we're thankful for.
If a fellow isn't thankful for what he's got,
he isn't likely to be thankful for what he's going to get. Frank A. Clark
I hope everyone had a good, safe October.
We went to Texas to visit family and friends. It was a safe and
mostly enjoyable trip. There were moments—Okay, moving on.
As you know by now, we've added a new member to our family.
KoKo, the chocolate toy poodle. Did I mention that he was a
furball on speed? Did I mention that I wanted another dog so
that I would be inspired to get up from this computer more often
and get more exercise? Did I mention that we should be careful
of what we wish for? Okay, I thought I had mentioned those
things. They're all still true.
Today is husband Joe's birthday. I'm making his favorite
meal: taco salad, my version. And I bought his favorite ice
cream, Blue Bell. It's made in Texas and only sells in 20
states, I think. It's really rich and good, so for that reason I
only buy it for special occasions. One can't stay out of it when
it's in the house. And I got him pie, since he prefers "birthday
pie" to birthday cake.
I hope those of you in the U.S. have a safe and wonderful
To Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image &
Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances
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Ava Manning has allowed her heart to be broken once. Once is
enough. She never intends to let anyone get close enough to hurt her
again. She just wants to do her job as a lab technician at Cloneall
Drugs, Inc, without any complications in her life.
But after Ava saw some research she
wasn't supposed to, someone wants her dead. And now she has to deal with
the Southern talking, g-dropping, charming LAPD detective Ricky Don
Her life is just beginning to get
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"What we're really talking about
is a wonderful day set aside
on the fourth Thursday of November
when no one diets.
why else would they call it Thanksgiving?
"No One Diets on Thanksgiving"
November 26, 1981
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