Thursday, May 5, 2016

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

We got in the wrong lane one day last week and ended up at the strawberry fields quite by delightful accident. Last year they didn't have strawberries for sale perhaps because of drought conditions. This year they have strawberries in abundance. I love fresh produce right from the field where it is grown. The fruit delights the tastebuds and the juices fill us with pleasure. We slice them up, add sugar and serve them over vanilla ice cream. Next time we will probably have homemade strawberry shortcake with whipped cream!

Yes! Spring has sprung! The grass grows faster than we can mow it. The flowers bloom and too soon they die away. Their fragrance fills the air. (I miss that. I have dysnosmia, no sense of smell. Oddly on a rare occasion I may catch the briefest scent and it delights me. The rest of the time I smell nothing or even once in awhile I smell something unrecognizable, distorted scent that I cannot identify. It is a benefit at those times when a skunk is closeby, that is not a smell I miss. We don't truly appreciate our senses until we lose them.

So enjoy Spring with all of her gifts and delights for the senses, new mown grass, flowers in bloom, fruits ripe for the picking, the rich colors of every growing thing, and even birdsong. Enjoy them all. Happy Spring!

Monday, August 31, 2015

FALL IS COMING!

Our weather has changed this week from sweltering heat to a pleasant 80's. We are very happy to have had some all too brief rainfall. 

Everyone is looking forward to fall. The occasional smell of   wood smoke from a neighborhood woodstove is accepted as pleasant, unlike the smoke from wildfires. Fall means colorful trees in oranges, yellows, and reds. It is soon followed by falling leaves that blanket the ground and crunch underfoot. There is a crispness to the air. 

Many around here grow their own vegetables and fruit in gardens of all sizes. Some dedicated homemakers can and freeze the harvest from their gardens. They will enjoy the results from now until it is time to plant again. Soon it will be time to put those gardens to bed except for those hardy farmers who will plant fall crops. 

It is time to start thinking of holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is a good time to put the children to work making homemade decorations, or homemade gifts for Christmas. Decorations may be used for many years and be pleasant reminders of past celebrations. Help your children to understand that gift giving should come from the heart not from an ad in the newspaper. Everyone will appreciate the treasure that comes from little hands.

Friday, December 19, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

NEXT WEEK WE WILL CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. AS WE ENJOY THE GIFTS, FOOD, FRIENDS AND CAROLS LET US REMEMBER ALWAYS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE REASON WE ARE CELEBRATING. 

MAKE SURE YOUR CHILDREN HEAR THE STORY OF CHRIST'S BIRTH AND CHRIST'S LIFE OVER AND OVER AS THEY ARE GROWING UP. EXPLAIN WHY HE LIVED, DIED ON THE CROSS, AND LIVES AGAIN.

WHEN YOU ARE TELLING YOUR CHILDREN HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM REMIND THEM HOW MUCH JESUS LOVES THEM AND THAT HE WILL BE WITH THEM ALWAYS. LET THEM KNOW THAT JESUS IS REAL AND NOT JUST A FAIRY TALE.

TELL YOUR CHILDREN THE BIBLE IS GOD'S BOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS FOR OUR LIVES. THE ANSWERS TO LIFE'S PROBLEMS CAN ALL BE FOUND IN THERE. I WISH SOMEONE HAD SHARED THAT WITH ME  WHEN I WAS YOUNG.

LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO LET ANY OPPORTUNITY TO TEACH YOUR KIDS SLIP AWAY. 

GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

READING BENEFITS EVERYONE


Recently my husband and I paid a visit to the local Humane Society. I was quite tickled to see a young woman, a volunteer, sitting in a pen with a small dog on her lap. She was reading a children's book aloud to the dog and he was fascinated. I asked her about it and she told me they read to the dogs because they like the sound of a human voice. By the way, there were two more small dogs in the pen next to that one and they seemed to be enjoying the experience as much as the dog in the young woman's lap.

I remember reading somewhere that there is a program where children are told to read aloud to dogs. The purpose of this is to help the child read without feeling their reading is being judged. This is supposed the build the child's confidence so they will get over the fear of reading out loud in class.

Apparently reading benefits animals and humans alike. I love to read and I love to be read to. I highly recommend it to everyone.

By the way, we adopted a cute little Cheagal (Chihuahua/Beagle) named Bandon. He is well mannered, housebroken, loving and eager to please. I recommend that anyone interested in adopting a pet check with the local Humane Society. I'm very glad we did!

Monday, June 3, 2013

A Happy Reader

This is a picture of Sean Hakes age 5 years. Sean wanted me to know that these two of my books are his absolute favorites. Those are some of my favorite books too.

His mother was kind enough to take his picture with the books and forward it to me.
Thank you, Sean.  I am always glad to hear from a
fan!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month

April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness month!  Some of you may know about Parkinson's Disease from personal experience with a friend or relative living with the disease. Others of you may only know about PD from reading about Michael J. Fox, or reading his books or seeing him interviewed on television.

Like Michael, I too have PD.  PD is a neuro-muscular disease that is progressive and, so far, incurable. My stepfather had PD. He lived with it for years. He had the familiar tremors, and it affected his ability to walk, talk and even swallow.  In addition many PD patients struggle with depression.Toward the end of his life he had dementia. It was a sad thing to see happen to this once strong and healthy man.

After his death my younger brother was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and a few years later I learned that I had PD. When I was diagnosed I sank into a depression that was part physiological and part based on what I anticipated my future would be. As my tremors grew progressively worse I started taking medication to control the tremors and I got help for my depression.

For more information about Parkinson's Disease go to: www.pdf.org/about_pd

We don't yet have all the answers about what causes PD, but there is a lot of research going on to find the cause and, of course, a cure. We need the support of everyone out there! You can learn more at the following sites:
www.michaeljfox.org/
www.pdf.org

Thank you for your interest!
Shari Lyle-Soffe



Thursday, October 11, 2012

IT IS TIME FOR A REVOLUTION!

This morning my husband and I were watching Good Morning America, as we do every morning, when I suddenly decided to check out one of my pet peeves. Between 7:45AM and 7:55AM PST I counted 11 commercials, a segment of the show that was less than one minute long, and then 12 more commercials.  Yes people, less than one minute of programming and 24 commercials in a ten minute period!!! It may have been even more, since they run together it is hard to count them. The greed is unbelievable. We are already paying for this programming because we receive it on satellite so why should we be subjected to this?

This is not an attack on Good Morning America, it is all of television broadcasting. Over time they have added more and more commercials to each program until we are now spending more time viewing commercials than we are viewing the program we tuned in to see. I wonder how many people agree that this is excessive? I am so angry that I am thinking of giving up television viewing entirely. It seems to me we are giving up a lot of time and money to be brainwashed by the advertisers who want us to give up even more of our money..

If we adults are being brainwashed by advertisers what about our children? How many ads are they seeing as they watch children's programming? Are they influencing your children or are you? Unfortunately I think the answer is obvious.

How do we combat this? I am open to suggestions. Do we quit watching television? Do we mute all commercials and leave the room? Do we sign a petition to put an end to this? Do we bombard the stations with letters and emails of complaint? Do we contact the FCC with our complaints? What do you think??? Your opinion is requested.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Guardian Angel Kids - October 2012

Children’s Ezine Guardian Angel Kids: Historical Fiction – October 2012 Issue Welcome to the GAK October 2012 Historical Fiction issue.Historical fiction is a fascinating way of learning about history. Through historical fiction writers intertwine facts with a story line that carries the reader into the past for a journey into a time they have not lived in. Cultures, traditions and human habits often times very different from those of present time making the experience that much more interesting. The GAK staff invites you to transport yourself through time with the every tall and proud Lady Liberty watching over you. Explore the heart pounding travels of Sybil Ludington, Sarah’s fear of the unknown, and a heart wrenching glimpse of one girl’s survival of the Titanic. Learn the facts of historical fiction and how you can teach your young muses about history through activities. Visit the writers and illustrators in the Guardian Angel Kids October 2012 issue and enjoy the alluring poetry, stories, articles and activities, www.guardian-angel-kids.com. Letter from the Publisher: Lynda S. Burch

Featured BookS: First Americans flip book by Kelly BakshiThe Golden Pathway flip book by Donna M. McDine and illustrated by K.C. Snider Children’S poetry, ACTIVITIES, SHORT STORIES, and articleS:“Lady Liberty,” by Tracy Helixon – tall and proud.“Sybil Ludington’s Midnight Run,” by Barbara Bockman – the courageous actions of one young girl.“Sarah’s Journey,” by Patricia Nance and illustrated by Clara Batton Smith – travel excitement and fear of the unknown.“Titanic,” by 12 year old Katherine and illustrated by Nancy Miller – the love of family and the longing for survival.“What is Historical Fiction,” by Sharon Blumberg – immerse yourself in the wonders of historical fiction.“Historical Fiction Activities,” by Kathy Stemke – learn about history through fun activities.Visit Guardian Angel Kid today and www.guardian-angel-kids.com and enjoy a child safe and ad free Ezine. We also invite you to stay connected with Guardian Angel Kids through our Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Guardian-Angel-Kids-Ezine/163785080346247. Please feel free to drop Editor-in-Chief, Donna McDine an email at submissions@guardian-angel-kids.com and let them know what you think of Guardian Angel Kids and what you'd like to see in the future. They aim to please.The Guardian Angel Kids Ezine staff and contributors look forward to your visit. Thank you for your time and interest.



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Saturday, September 29, 2012

FALLING LEAVES

It is time for leaves to change color from green to yellow, orange, red and then brown. Then they will litter the ground and some will grumble feeling the need to clean them out of rain gutters and rake them into piles. There are those who will be thrilled to jump in those piles and squeal with delight. Children, bless them, love every season in its time.

We had two pygmy goats at one time. We named them Burt and Ernie. They were just kids when we adopted them and they were the most entertaining pets we have ever owned. We almost split our sides laughing at their antics. I mention them now because one of their favorite things was the fallen leaves from our sweet gum trees. The goats loved to eat them like potato chips. You could hear the crunch as they chewed them up. They never seemed to get enough of them. When the leaves were all gone I felt sorry for Burt and Ernie because their supply of snacks was gone until next year.

My husband starts looking forward to fall sometime in June. LOL! Yes, I guess you can tell he is not a big fan of hot weather. Here in Southern Oregon he is finding it still too hot (90's) for his taste even though it is fall. Of course, he will soon be complaining about the cold, or the rain, or the snow. Take your pick. Each season seems to have something to grouse about, but there are plenty of things to enjoy about each and every season in its own time.

Start thinking pumpkins, apple pies, beef stew and hot chili. Home baked bread and baking powder biscuits will warm our insides on a cool fall morning. Approaching holidays will fill our thoughts as we plan family gatherings and Christmas gifts and give much thought to the true meaning of the holiday.  A cozy fire will warm our outsides in the evening as we read a favorite book or sit around the table playing monopoly with the family. It is all a good time.

Happy Fall everyone!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

AUGUST GUARDIAN ANGEL KIDS - FUN WITH MUSIC


MUSIC  MUSIC   MUSIC   MUSIC   MUSIC   MUSIC   MUSIC   MUSIC
Children’s Ezine Guardian Angel Kids: Fun with Music – August 2012 Issue Welcome to the August 2012 issue of Guardian Angel Kids Ezine. We call it GAK because that’s the name of our gecko mascot! This month we celebrate the Fun of Music. The GAK staff can’t think of anything more universal than children enjoying music. They learn to respond and participate to music at a very early age.

As a child, Guardian Angel Publishing and Guardian Angel Kids publisher, Lynda S. Burch, loved to sing in the choir, learned the piano, and taught herself to play the organ. She enjoyed playing in the high school band from 7th grade through senior year of high school. She played the clarinet, soprano clarinet, and alto clarinet. Ms. Burch also sang in the school chorus and smaller groups and competed around the state just like Glee. As an adult Ms. Burch always made up songs and sang them to kids. One day she decided to write and record them instead of just singing them. These songs turned into over a hundred musical children’s books to be played on computers. Ms. Burch’s extended family from around the globe break into song about the weather, fun noodles in the swimming pool, or even a new alphabet song. What fun she has had with these musical books! We hope you develop a love for music as much as Ms. Burch and the GAK staff have.

Letter from the PUBLISHER: Lynda S. Burch


Featured Book: The New Alphabet Song Musical Flip Book by Lynda S. Burch and Photo Art by Lynda S. Burch and MarySue Roberts SPECIAL FEATURE:God Will Take Care of You Music Video – sung by a two year old and his family, the Buctots.Children’S poetry, ACTIVITIES, SHORT STORIES, and articleS:“Jenny’s Song,” poetry by Debra Mayhew – learn how to let your song out. “Canary Choir,” by Carol J. Douglas and illustrated by Lisa Griffin – overcoming obstacles. “A Box with Bellows,” by Juilana M. Jones and illustrated by Clara Batton Smith – mother and daughter bond through the love of the accordion.

“Whale Songs,” by Shari L. Klase – The glory of the ability to sing.“Fabulous Music Activities for Young Children,” by Kathy Stemke – children need to learn the basics of music early in life to develop creative intelligence.“New Teacher Tips on How to Prepare a Lesson Based on a Unit or a Theme,” by Dorit Sasson – lesson planning is a skill which takes focus and organization. Visit Guardian Angel Kid today and www.guardian-angel-kids.com and enjoy a child safe and ad free Ezine. We also invite you to stay connected with Guardian Angel Kids through our Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Guardian-Angel-Kids-Ezine/163785080346247. Please feel free to drop Editor-in-Chief, Donna McDine an email at submissions@guardian-angel-kids.com and let them know what you think of Guardian Angel Kids and what you'd like to see in the future. They aim to please.

The Guardian Angel Kids Ezine staff and contributors look forward to your visit. Thank you for your time and interest.