Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

January 9 is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. I have always appreciated law enforcement. Just like our military, they risk their own lives to protect their fellow citizens. Often instead of appreciation, they receive scorn and insults from many. However, my respect for law enforcement officers grew after my husband became a deputy constable. Although most of … Read more


O MOST merciful Father, who hast blessed the labours of the husbandman in the returns of the fruits of the earth; We give thee humble and hearty thanks for this thy bounty; beseeching thee to continue thy loving-kindness to us, that our land may still yield her increase, to thy glory and our comfort; through … Read more

Alzheimer’s Awareness and Family Caregivers Month

I have combined two “month” observances in one post, because there has been a close connection between the two in my own life. November is both National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Family Caregivers Month. In the late 1980s, my father started to exhibit occasional memory loss. He drove to town to pick up … Read more

Never Forget 9/11

Eighteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, I was headed out the door for a job interview. My husband, Jack, was driving a school bus. He called me and told me that a plane had crashed into one of the Twin Towers in New York City. I thought it was sad, but I didn’t realize … Read more

Happy Labor Day

Labor Day was created to honor organized labor, but I like to recognize all laborers—union members and non-union members, white collar and blue collar, employees and contractors, paid and unpaid—anyone who works. Entry level workers and professionals, unpaid volunteers and high-paid executives, company staff members and freelance workers—all contribute to benefit society as well as … Read more

Ben Ferguson Awarded Order of Aaron and Hur

The Order of Aaron and Hur is the only award given by the US Army Chaplain Corps to persons who are not part of the Chaplain Corps. Today, as part of the 244th anniversary of the founding of the Chaplain Corps, my friend and client Ben Ferguson was awarded this high honor. Ben was recognized … Read more

Happy Birthday to Jack in Heaven

Today my beloved husband would have turned eighty-six years old. In honor of the occasion, I’m sharing a couple of anecdotes from the book I compiled—Jack Stories: Favorite Memories of Jack Jordan Ammann Jr. A Jack by Any Other Name Jack liked to use his full name: Jack Jordan Ammann Jr. But to his family … Read more