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Honoring Our Father–Our Own Personal SuperHero

It’s that time!! We want to honor your SuperHero–your father!  Remember when he was the tallest, biggest, smartest man in the world?  He could leap tall buildings with a single bound–my dad didn’t even have to jump. He took care of you, he protected you and was always so proud of you. He was your Super Hero.

Father’s Day is coming up, so let’s honor our fathers.  Please email a photo of your dad to us by June 14, 2015 so that we can honor your SuperHero.  You can email us your photo at:  thisisyourbestyear@gmail.com. Please make sure to identify everyone in the photo.

Help us put your dad in the picture.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

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TEDxSMUWomen 2015–Talking And Listening

TED  Heather Hankamer, DirectorSouthern Methodist University, plus TED Talk, plus outstanding women equals an outstanding day–it is TEDxSMUWomen 2015.  This day is a local, self-organized event that brings people together to share in a TED-like experience with both live presentations along with simulcast.  The SMU event was presented by the Dallas Women’s Foundation.  The director of TEDxSMU is Ms. Heather Hankamer who is very passionate about inspiring the next generation of thinkers and leaders.

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The day started with the live presentations which were given by women from all walks of life and varied professions.  There was Ms. Michelle Adams who talked on being true to self which is something that seems to be hard for women to do. She told the audience of her journey.

TEDxSMUWOMEN Jasmin RohmanThere was Ms. Jasmin Rohman who then gave her approach to career success.  I was particularly interested in this presentation when I heard her talk of networking which is one of the things I tell my students.  I am constantly telling them that “you never know who you are going to meet–be prepared”.

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It was amazing that I just started to follow Ms. Lisa Fey of “Atta Girl” LLC, and she was one of the presenters.  She talked on the power of persistence, and how one phone call changed her life.

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Ms. Ann Ransom talked on the importance of legacy.  This is so important because we are always thinking of what we should have asked or said to someone when we remember them–how we wish we knew more about them now that they are no longer here.

SMUDuring the break we ran into the mistress of ceremony, *Dr. Rochelle Carr and another young lady, professional  speaker/writer, Ms.Shanterra McBride, and the conversation soon turned to East Texas among other things.  It seems everyone in Texas knows someone from East Texas, and it’s always a good way to start a conversation. It was an awesome event that bought together women and men to listen and learn valuable information.

I always remember that my mom would say “If you just sit there and be quiet, you might just learn something”, and at TEXxSMUWomen 2015 we all learned something.

*Dr. Rochelle Carr, the mistress of ceremony has a TEDxSMU presentation that is absolutely wonderful, and most women of a certain age can identify with it.  Sit back and enjoy.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Memorial Day–We Will Never Forget

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Let’s Move And #GimmeFive With First Lady Michelle Obama

The First Lady shows us part of her fitness routine.  As a woman of a certain age, she is amazing!! Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Let’s Move!

Let’s Move And Try An Adventure

groupon 2It’s about to be summer, and we all wish for the same thing–we want to do something that we’ve never done before.  We want to try something new.  Well, just do it.

Cost is always a factor in what we do, and sometimes as women of a certain age, we may be on a fixed income.  There are ways that can cut the cost in just about a half or more.  Try some of the deals you find online with such sites as Groupon, Living Social. Amazon Local and more.Living Social

I absolutely love these sites, especially for trying things that I have never done, or things that I know that I only need a certain number of visits to accomplish.  They have everything from food, to hotel stays, to exercise and more.

amazon 1My girlfriends and I have gone Segway touring for half the regular cost.  We’ve gone ziplining.  I even had one for horse back riding.  I like Groupon because if something happens, and the service is cancelled for some reason, they credit your account.

While on a trip to Chicago, I did a Segway tour with another couple who told me that what they paid for two people I had paid for one person to do the tour.  They informed me that when they scheduled a trip, they always checked with these (Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Local) sites to see if there was a deal they could use.  So I have begun to do this also.  It’s really simple–when you book your trip, you then go to the site of your choice to see if there is anything that strikes your interest such as a restaurant that you would like to visit or a museum and such.  You then call to make sure you can get the reservation, then you get your deal–it saves you money, and  you can now do more on your trip.

I’ve gone to day spas, restaurants, tours, museums and more while on trips.  While at home, I’ve taken Sushi making classes, done  wine tasting, yoga, salt therapy,  kickboxing, massages and even gotten my house cleaned. My girlfriends want to go kayaking, but so far I am not the one, but who knows.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.   Try something different–try an adventure!

May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

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Are you at risk for a stroke?  Take the quiz at the link below and find out. 

http://strokequizapp.heart.org/

Learn to spot the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/WarningSigns/Stroke-Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms_UCM_308528_SubHomePage.jsp

To find out more about strokes–the prevention, symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one suffers a stroke.  Go to the American Heart Association/the American Stroke Association at:

http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/AmericanStrokeMonth/American-Stroke-Month_UCM_459942_SubHomePage.jsp

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

Inspiring–Hats Off To Mothers–Easter Seals of North Texas

Hats Off6Hats Off1As a non-hat wearer, it was a challenge to find a hat, and then find something that would kind of go with it to wear to the Easter Seals of North Texas annual “Hats Off To Mothers Luncheon”.  It was well worth the effort.  There are a variety of community organizations that honor women, and use the funds received to assist in their causes.  I can truly say that the Easter Seals of North Texas  is one of the best to attend.

The Hats Off To Mothers Luncheon honors outstanding mother’s in the North Texas area.  These women are community minded, and are all loving mothers.  Each one of the honorees has a story to tell concerning a hat that has a meaning to them personally.

Hats Off2Easter Seals of North Texas is a nonprofit that has for over 75 years in the North Texas area guided, supported and inspired those with disabilities to reach for the stars.  They assist over 4500 people of all abilities with assistance each year.

There were demure hats, and those that seemed to have been worn the week before at the Kentucky Derby. It was a beautiful, fun sight to behold. There was good conversation, entertainment, cocktails and food, but most of all there was information and testimonies that inspired every person in the room.

A powerful testimony was given by Nicole Lasswell who told of the work that Easter Seals of North Texas had done with her son who is autistic.  Her testimony was a mother’s heart felt thanks to those who had assisted her family.

This years honorees were five mothers who are amazing businesswomen, educators and so much more.  A short video Hats Off 7featuring an introduction given by their children presented each honoree.  They were:

  • Jineen Bessire who is the mother of two children.  She is a very active member of several organizations including  Junior League, TCU Frogs for the Cure and the Jewel Charity Ball.  Her children introduced her as an amazing strong woman who had survived breast cancer who works to assist others.
  • Jill Clifton who is the mother of three children.  Jill is the Chief Operating Officer of Cendera Funding.  Her children said that she was the “boss” lady, but also their best friend.
  • Joan Trew is the mother of three children.  She is an iconic figure in Fort Worth and the co-founder of Williams Trew Realty.  Her children talked of her faith.
  • Tonya Veasey is the mother of one son.  She is the president and CEO of OCG PR.  She is the president of the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses’.  Her son introduced her as the mom of the year.
  • Robin Ward is the mother of two daughters.  She is  professor of math and the director for the Curriculum Integration for the Rice University Mathematics Project.  She is also a huge TCU athletics fan.  Her children told the audience a secret, their mom was also a spy.

Hats Off 4Each honoree spoke from their hearts when talking about what this award meant to them.  There was laughter and even a few tears from the honorees and the audience.Hats Off3

You can learn about the amazing things that Easter Seals of North Texas does by going to:  http://www.easterseals.com/northtexas/

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”

HATS OFF TO MOTHERS EVERYWHERE

Honoring Our Mothers

If you were to ask just about anyone to tell who was their first love, most would say it was their mother.  Mother’s were the first faces that we gazed our eyes upon.  They were the first ones that held us close and even sang to us.  When we gave them that first smile, they were the ones that had an even bigger smile.

Over the years they have had many names, mother, mom, mama, madea and so many more.  Have you ever noticed that the biggest defensive lineman when given a chance to say a word always tells his mother hello.  It’s just something about the word “mother”.

Some of you are blessed that your mother is still with you, and some of us know the feeling that they are no longer here with us. This slide show is for all the moms, mothers, mamas, madeas and more.  Each year I run the same article about my mother–Mrs. Ruby Dean Square Cooper.  This year I’ve added some of your mother’s pictures.  I hope you enjoy. There is a surprise for you at the end of the post.  Just click on the link and enjoy!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Everything was done in the kitchen of our home. When were younger, we practiced our reading at the kitchen table. Mama would be cooking, and we would be reading out loud. I still wonder how she knew the words before we did. As we continued our education even college homework would be done at that table.

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When my sister and I did our 4-H projects, the kitchen table became our workshop with everything from sewing machines to podiums. Mama was a leader in our 4-H club so we practiced everything there.

I remember the day we got a new dishwasher. Everyone was excited, even me. I had turned about 12 and thought that making pretend milkshakes in the soapy water was fun. Little did I know that I would forever be the dishwasher in our family. I remember that I would wash and mama would dry while my sister did her homework at the table. If my dad was home from work, he would be watching the Huntley Brinkley report while we did the dishes. My brother got out of washing dishes because mama believed that cleanliness was indeed next to Godliness. I remember the day that he popped me on the behind with the towel that he was drying the dishes with; it was the last time he was allowed to do anything in the kitchen except eat.

The smell of cooking was always prevalent in our kitchen even though both my parents worked full-time as educators. Mama had been a home economics major in college so everything was homemade from potato chips, wonderful cakes and pies and all that was in between.

One of my fondest memories is when my mother became my friend. She drank coffee every morning and some evenings at the kitchen table. I had always drank a milking cup of coffee as a child. One Saturday as she sat at the kitchen table reading the paper, I joined her for what would become “our time”. For the rest of her life, if I was home, I would make coffee and we would talk, sometimes our neighbors Miss Callie and Miss Adell would join us. Over the years to come at that table, we talked about high school graduation, going off to college, the death of daddy, how would she cope, my sister going off to college–mama in the house alone. My husband even asked her for my hand in marriage at the kitchen table. Grandchildren learned what the word “no” really meant at that table.

As I think back over these times, it is amazing that people now have to have libraries, great rooms, offices, etc., to do different activities. Mama did it all at the kitchen table.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms who solve all the problems of today at the kitchen table. Remember, “thisisyourbestyear”. 

Another video for you to enjoy!

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