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Many thanks Colonel Chappell #American Red Cross

4 Jul

Many thanks Colonel Chappell

American Red Cross Disaster Newsroom

This story is written by Red Cross volunteer in Public Affairs Allen Crabtree.


Colonel Patricia Chappell treasures the years she spent in the US Air Force and Department of Defense.  She had a thirty-year career in Health Care and Clinical Services as a Flight Nurse and serving in several senior positions planning and coordinating DOD programs.

“We were a family, my military family, and no matter where I was stationed my family was there,” said Colonel Chappell.  “The other thing we shared was our sense of duty and dedication to our mission.  That was really a common thread that connected my colleagues and I for all the years I served.”

It is that same focus on the mission and sharing with others that attracted Colonel Chappell to volunteer with the American Red Cross.  Now retired from the Air Force, she joined the ranks of Red Cross volunteers in 2004 at…

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#Food for Thought—and I sure hope you’re #hungry!

4 Jul

#Food for Thought—and I sure hope you’re #hungry!

Try something new—you may find it refreshing


When I woke up this morning, my thoughts drifted to the founders of our country instead of hotdogs and fireworks. Those brave people came to a land that was undeveloped and unknown, but they worked together to fight against a controlling force that had only self-interest in mind. I then wondered how our current United States of America would fare against such a controlling force. Is there enough of that independent spirit evident in America today to insure that we remain the land of the free and the home of the brave?

As polarized as our country currently is, there is no guiding force that reaches beyond itself to a place of unity—and unity only comes when two sides of a discussion agree to come together on common ground. Sadly, I don’t see too many people even willing to discuss our problems with an open mind, let alone agree on solutions. We have become so rigid in our own thoughts that there is no room for discussion or agreement.

Could you do something for me today? Could you think outside the box (your box) and hear the other side of a situation—with which you don’t currently agree? If you can say yes to my request, it will renew my spirit of hope that the future America will be better than the current America. People make up our country, not political parties or politicians with self-interest in mind. What is really best for the people?

I learned long ago that meeting others on common ground brought about solutions that neither side of a polarizing situation could have imagined on their own. Two heads are considered better than one because it is self-limiting to think that only your thoughts are the good thoughts.

Celebrate this INDEPENDENCE DAY by acting independently, and thinking for yourself. No one should control your thoughts or direct your actions but you. Remember that the next time you put forth a position in an argument. Is it REALLY your position, or one that has been formulated for you in order to ultimately benefit someone else? Thing long and hard about your decisions, and make them only after you have researched facts, figures and formulations yourself.

Rely on your desire to be reasonable—and you will become more reasonable in your desires.

All my best!

Betty Anne




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The Passing of #AndyGriffith

3 Jul

The Passing of #AndyGriffith

Looking back on a time of innocence

I am saddened to hear of the death of Andy Griffith. Having grown up with him, and then growing older, it makes me reflect on the type of world that existed when Andy was seen on television. It was certainly a much simpler time. No IPads, IPhones or electronic playthings. Merely skipping rocks across a pond could entertain the average child, and bring a sense of peace and happiness. We went fishing as a family, and took rides together in the car to nowhere in particular.

When I look around me I sometimes long for those days. I sense that young children nowadays are missing out on so much, even though their lives are filled with gadgets.

Andy was well-respected and honest, Aunt Bea was revered as the matriarch, and Barney was, well, Barney. We’ve all known a Barney or two in our lives. Back in the day we didn’t bully, ridicule or make fun of those Barneys. We instead chose to go out of our way to boost him or her beyond where he or she thought possible.

Do you miss those times as I do? Or were you born later on, and now find it hard to believe that simpler times ever existed? I come from a family of four children. My mother often said that it was easier with four children than just one or two. She also sometimes said that it would be easier to raise chimpanzees—but she didn’t feel that way very often, thank goodness. We always found something interesting to do, and we had someone to do it with. I observe many young children today that haven’t had that experience, and I tend to feel sorry for them. We had to wait in line for what we got, and it wasn’t always something new—just new to us. We learned patience because we had to wait patiently. There is much to be said for “hand-me-downs” and playing with toys older siblings had already played with, and then grew too old to use. You had a sense of belonging to something bigger and more special than yourself.

Yes, Andy, you will be greatly missed. From Mayberry to Matlock, you portrayed characters that could be respected and emulated. I don’t see that so much anymore in the actors currently working. I miss that.

Rest in Peace, Andy. I will silently hum “Bringing in the Sheaves” one more time, and smile when I think of what you gave to the world. You certainly left the world better than you found it, and I am grateful for your legacy.

All my best!

Betty Anne



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1 Jul

Bungee jumping for old ladies

Now that’s what I’m talking about

I have a few things to share with you that people who have met me personally already know: I can be quite the contradiction. I once jumped out of my car at an intersection to yell at a real “Hell’s Angel” for cutting me off in traffic because my very young children were in the car. In my mind I jumped immediately to the place where one of my children could have been injured, and I was there to protect them. That act of valor (stupidity) on my part, that surely drew confusion from the biker (this lady must be crazy if she’s yelling at me), prompted an apology from him that I will never forget. “Lady, I’m sorry—I’ll never do it again”. He backed away from me sheepishly, and politely got on his bike and waved me ahead of him to make my left turn. He was transformed in just a heart-beat from an imposing threat to a real-life teddy bear. I must warn you: I do not promote the type of behavior I exhibited that day—DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

On the other hand, WHAT A RUSH! I faced the lion and it retreated!

Oh baby! Give me some more of that!

Here’s another side of me: I bungee jumped from a 171 foot tower (17 stories) above a swimming pool when I went to #Las Vegas for my dear niece’s wedding not too long ago. But I will not participate in any activity that poses the threat of breaking one of my nails. Like bowling.

No. There will be absolutely no bowling for me.

Imagine being my Mother! She tells me I was an easy child to raise, until I turned 40! Well, I guess I had a lot of wild activities to catch up on by then. One thing I can tell you: the fear of bungee jumping never entered my mind. I was more fearful that my plane could crash on the way to Vegas and I’d never get the chance to bungee jump.

I had that chance, thank goodness, and I took it with absolute pleasure. My son and niece jumped off of that looming tower before I did (one of them happy to do it, the other one feeling that a personal challenge had been issued). Actually the worst part of the experience was stepping on that hideous scale! Thankfully they measured our weight in kilos, and the number scrawled on my hand was approximately half of what it would have been if measured in pounds.  Funny, I even felt thinner when I read that number!

I moved bravely into the bungee-jumping position with both of my feet hanging off of the platform, balancing on my heels precariously. I was then instructed to wait until the moderator gave me the countdown to fall forward and allow gravity to take me plunging toward the earth. He was going to county to three, and I was going to do it!

Keep in mind that you are the star of your own bungee-jumping video when you push the envelope and take that free fall jump from the tower. And jump I did! I screamed the entire way down… And I Quote—“NOW THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT!” No fear, no doubts, no tears…just yelling at the top of my lungs with more excitement and sheer joy than I had ever experienced in my life.

After hanging like a piece of meat from a butcher’s hook for what seemed like an eternity, I was safely removed from the bungee harness and my feet touched terra firma. I realized when I took my first step that I hadn’t anticipated that bungee jumping could injure me. I knew I could die, but I hadn’t acknowledged in my brain that I could somehow break an ankle! Fortunately I didn’t break any bones, but I did hobble around Las Vegas for the next six days—happy to share my bruised ankle and bungee jumping story with anyone who would listen.

The operator of the bungee company announced to the waiting crowd when I was leaving the building that I had jumped with no fear, and that I demonstrated the ultimate way to bungee jump. My only statement to him was: “I thought you were going to count to 3—but you never did!”

His answer to me was “Lady, you jumped on number 1! I didn’t even make it to number 3!” 

NOW THAT IS THE WAY TO BUNGEE JUMP—and an awesome way to learn to live without holding back! 

All my best!

Betty Anne



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Time to take a #SCOTUS deep breath!

28 Jun

Does it even make sense to blog today? 

Sometimes bloggers have to know when to save their messages for another day…

I’m a dedicated blogger, but I certainly know that anything I have to say today will get only get lost in the sauce.

These are the only words of wisdom I choose to share on this busy news day:

  • Take control of your own life, for you know best what makes you happy
  • Be responsible for your own action–you are a role model for the people in your life
  • Touch one person’s life in a positive way today–yours may be the only smile they’ll see

If you follow these suggestions regularly, your life will be over-whelmed with hope and contentment!

All my best!

Betty Anne



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Childhood dreams can come true

27 Jun

Think back to your childhood. You day-dreamed all the time when you were young.

What were your dreams? Who did you expect to become? What did you hope to accomplish?

Childhood represents a time when you were fearless, hopeful and confident. You didn’t know you could fail. And even if you did, it didn’t stop you from trying. All you needed to do was adjust your approach–whether it was perfecting a skateboard trick, playing a musical solo or finding out how high you could jump. You just kept on dreaming!

It’s time to look back at those dreams and breathe life into them. That’s what I did. I gathered what I had learned, took that dream box off the top shelf of my mind, dusted it off, and made it come true. That is what SUNSET DREAM BOOKS is all about. Find out more at www.sunsetdreambooks.com. I’d love to connect with you and find out what dreams you hold deep inside.

Reach today for that most important dream you carefully tucked away – and get ready to do some CPR. You can breathe life into it again. Realizing your dream will challenge others to do the same.

All my best!

Betty Anne


Do your elderly parents have trouble paying their bills?

19 Jun

Do your elderly parents have trouble paying their bills?

It’s undoubtedly a tough question to ask them. Your parents have  guided you through times, and they developed a rapport with each one of their children based on respect. At this time in their lives, most retirees find it difficult to make ends meet. Commonly, their generation would not ask for help to tackle this type of problem. They may consider meeting obligations in a timely manner as a measure of their self-worth. Possibly one of your parents has passed on, leaving the other with just one income to pay the bills. What is common now compared to even ten years ago, your parents may have gotten divorced from each other and are each facing their own budget issues. One income definitely is harder to stretch to the end of the month than two.

Let’s face it. The cost of everything has gone up and your parents probably live on fixed incomes. Even if there is no mortgage on their home, the real estate taxes are much more than they planned. If they rent an apartment, the costs the landlord incurs are also on the rise. Ultimately, those costs are passed on to each of the tenants. There is no easy fix to the financial problems that the elderly face.

The difficulty in determining whether or not your parents are in financial trouble is the mindset they share–their problems are no one else’s business. Yes, I know you are their son or daughter, but sharing financial information with others is foreign to the way they were raised. They might even continue to put on a happy face, even buying lavish gifts for the grandkids, when they truly don’t even have grocery money. Often their credit card balances are high, or even maxed out, because they charge their purchases at the grocery store. Sadly, it isn’t unusual for the elderly to suffer in silence because they are afraid to talk about the topic of money.

One way you can approach the subject is to bring up the difficulties your own family has encountered in making ends meet. Choose the right time to do this, and make sure that the discussion is held in a private setting. You may find that once the door has been opened to an honest discussion their situation might be much worse than you expected.

Take a breath, give them a hug and work together toward the solution. They already feel bad enough about their predicament. What they really need is reassurance and hope.

If you find that there is just too much debt to overcome at their income level, obtain my book: BANKRUPTCY FROM A TO Z: THE PATH TO FINANCIAL HOPE AND FREEDOM for yourself. Read through the book so you can begin to understand how they feel, and educate yourself about the financial and legal terminology. This will enable you to guide them in the right direction. Difficult situations are overcome more easily when you work together as a team.

No blame—no guilt—no judgment. Become the captain of their ship so that you and your loved ones are able to navigate the rough waters ahead. It may make for some rocky times, but if handled correctly they will ultimately love you for it.

All my best!

Betty Anne



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