JSTETSER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JSTETSER JSTETSER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ No Worries! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918894 Today is a great day to focus on what we CAN do, rather than worry about what we cannot do. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1939741833.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Photo of Alpine Aleleas on Mt. Washington. They bloom in late June through July. <BR> Photo by John Stetser Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:22:57 EST Consider the birds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918304 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1076239537.jpg"> <BR> Consider the birds of the air. <BR> They don't work hard for their food, <BR> But God feeds them every day. <BR> <BR> Don't worry about a thing. <BR> Everything will be all right. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:28:23 EST If it's going to be, it's up to ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917770 If I want to eat right, <BR> I better shop right and cook right. <BR> <BR> If my body is going to change, <BR> I better get up and exercise. <BR> Maybe I need to visit Spark every day for inspiration. <BR> <BR> Yes, it's going to be. <BR> I take responsibility for my eating and my exercising. <BR> Look out world, I'm going to change for the better! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1151843758.jpg"> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:30:19 EST Sticks and Stones (new version) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917317 Sticks and stones may break my bones, <BR> But words can also hurt me. <BR> Sticks and stones break only skin, <BR> While words are ghosts that haunt me. <BR> <BR> Slant and curved the words-swords fall <BR> To pierce and stick inside me, <BR> bats and bricks may ache through bones, <BR> But words can mortify me. <BR> <BR> Pain from words has left its scar <BR> On mind and heart that's tender. <BR> Cuts and bruises now have healed, <BR> It's words that I remember. <BR> <BR> Byrne, Brenda... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:09:16 EST Finding Fault With Finding Fault http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916771 The other day while helping a family member move, I listened as she complained about the way that her husband was working. Clearly, she was exhausted, and NOT in a good mood. I don't think that she realized that her attitude was making the job tougher for everyone around her. <BR> I started wondering to myself: "Why do people find fault? Here is what I came up with: <BR> 1. They are dissatisfied with their situation. To that I say-CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE! <BR> 2. They want life to be ... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 05:52:15 EST What You Do Every Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916192 You are what you do. Make sure that you choose right. <BR> get up and make a good choice, <BR> and another <BR> and another <BR> and another! <BR> Fill your day with good choices! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171810012.jpg"> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:48:50 EST Caring for others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915563 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62897633.jpg"> <BR> Thank you, friends, for your help yesterday. <BR> I learned a valuable lesson in trying to help my son and his family. <BR> The best care that I can give right now is the same care that I give my garden. Let it grow! Sometimes the best care that I can give is to love, and listen and Skype. I will buy some new toys too. <BR> More than that can quickly become meddling. Right now, it's time to sit back and let the garden... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:34:47 EST Sparkers, I need your help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914973 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1965374856.jpg"> <BR> My favorite little grand child is about to go through a tough time. <BR> Her Daddy, a third year medical student, is preparing to audition for a residency as a surgeon. <BR> She has never been away from her Daddy for more than a day. <BR> I wrote her a little book called <BR> 'Daddy will be Home Soon" <BR> BUT I don't know what else I can do to help. <BR> I live in New Hampshire, and their family live in South Ca... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:37:01 EST Moving Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914331 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l809680318.jpg">Today we are moving my Step Daughter and family into their new home. <BR> Lots of work, but we will make it funQ Transitions in general are difficult. <BR> Hopefully, we will get most of the stuff moved before it rains. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 06:16:35 EST How to SPARK the WORLD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913762 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l6176228.jpg"> <BR> Keep learning, <BR> And keep doing. <BR> Never be afraid to change yourself. <BR> That is the way the world is changed. <BR> Make a difference today in someone else's life! Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:52:11 EST No Excuses-Just do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913271 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190725595.jpg"> <BR> Today my vacation begins. I have a good plan of reading my Bible and praying, eating right and getting in some serious exercise. I also have my daughter and family to move from one full house to another, and my Mamma who wants to go out on a shopping trip. I believe that it's God's plan for me to honor HIM, take care of others and myself. <BR> I will make time for God, for me every day, and make time for others. I... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:32:28 EST Live, Love HIKE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912740 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1956134280.jpg"> <BR> School vacation starts after school today. <BR> We will hike, with no dismay. <BR> In sun, snow or rain, <BR> It's a joy-not a pain! <BR> For hiking is my favorite way <BR> to exercise- <BR> It's not work- <BR> It's play! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:30:13 EST Grandkids grow so fast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912168 One minute they are newborns so helpless and small <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2067668099.jpg"> <BR> The next minute they're big enough to walk, talk and conquer the world. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l226203481.jpg"> <BR> Little Lina is almost 2, and I miss her so! Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:23:25 EST Bring a SPARK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911585 People are not changed by our opinions, BUT <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l671124548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> our attitude, <BR> our kindness, <BR> our giving, <BR> our ability to live a healthy life, <BR> our happiness <BR> our peace <BR> our joy <BR> can make a big difference. <BR> Whose life will you SPARK today? Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:32:12 EST overthinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910954 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1775460.jpg"> <BR> There are times when I get caught up in anxiety. <BR> Today I will relax, and just enjoy the day. <BR> There is no reason to try to figure everything out. <BR> Some things are just meant to be lived! <BR> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:29:32 EST Hike mountains! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910298 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1448787360.jpg"> <BR> Find a place in this world that bring you joy, and go there. <BR> Go there physically, and go there in your mind when you cannot physically be there. <BR> Happy Monday! Mon, 13 Apr 2015 05:32:51 EST Mistakes are bridges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909745 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l217259226.jpg">"Mistakes are the portals of discovers" James Joyce. Don't let them scare you! Let them take you to a place where you could never get to if you had not made them. <BR> Cross the bridge to a better life! <BR> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:34:38 EST Eating to Please Someone Else http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909232 Yesterday my dear husband cooked dinner, and I appreciate his effort. Somehow, I need to learn to leave his beautiful pasta bowls alone. I have type II diabetes, and must honor myself enough to only eat what is healthful for me. My glucose levels are high this morning, and I only have me to blame. <BR> No one forced me to eat it. Today is a new day to make good food choices. I will do the cooking! <BR> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:19:53 EST Mistakes-don't be afraid to make them! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908672 Mistakes are the portals of discovery. <BR> Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. If you make a mistake, just correct it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l583800649.jpg"> <BR> We never get too upset when our children or grandchildren try and fail. <BR> Why get upset with ourselves? <BR> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:27:33 EST Fresh snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908090 Spring snow looks exactly like the beloved stuff that people dream about at Christmas time. <BR> Somehow, by April, no one wants to see it anymore. <BR> Don't worry friends, <BR> Spring snow can't last long! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1320848422.jpg"> <BR> Hopefully there will be no careless falls. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 05:33:03 EST Change today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907487 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2015206533.jpg"> <BR> What can you change in your life today to make a happier tomorrow? <BR> Drink the 8 glasses of water? <BR> Exercise? <BR> Tell someone that you love them? <BR> Stand with an underdog? <BR> Wed, 8 Apr 2015 05:31:07 EST I got a deal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906837 Recently my husband and I were given the opportunity to negotiate with 2 different businesses: Joann Fabrics, and TDS, our phone, internet, cable company. Here's a photo of the $13 crate that I bought for $7. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l375661906.jpg"> <BR> 1. I went into Joann's to buy some fabric. While there, I saw an unfinished crate with no price on it. I did not want to spend anymore than $8 for the crate. At the register, I asked for the price, and was... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 05:34:34 EST Spring Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906186 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1925029001.jpg"> <BR> The Spring snow is still here, but flowers are blooming in my home, and in my heart! Mon, 6 Apr 2015 05:33:02 EST New Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905671 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l277285975.jpg"> <BR> Today is a new beginning, <BR> Give yourself a brand new start! <BR> Today is a great day <BR> to ask Jesus in your heart! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1937161609.jpg"> <BR> On this beautiful morning, <BR> forgive yourself for the past <BR> And ask Jesus to forgive you too, <BR> All your burdens on Him cast. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l733222722.jpg"> <BR> Every da... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 06:39:06 EST Fresh herbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905145 One of my favorite parts of spring and summer is the fresh herbs from my garden. Having them close at hand is very convenient, and the really fresh herbs at my fingertips taste great! I just snip and sprinkle the fresh chives on my salad or into the dressing. What could be better? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1198731180.jpg"> <BR> While many people grow them from seeds, I prefer to just buy one in the grocery store. My biggest problem is the overwatering. This... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 06:15:03 EST Love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5904588 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l244620504.jpg"> <BR> Our God given job on Earth is to love others. <BR> What the world needs now is love, sweet love. <BR> That's the only thing that there's just too little of. <BR> <BR> Be kind to yourself. <BR> Be kind to others today! <BR> Fri, 3 Apr 2015 05:31:10 EST Put on a happy face! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903989 This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1197578028.jpg"> <BR> Remember to smile today. It brightens everyone's outlook. <BR> Just one little smile can set the day on a good path. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 05:34:52 EST The winds of Adversity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903327 Don't be afraid of the wind. Adjust your sails and keep moving! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1415693217.jpg"> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 05:30:36 EST Complimented for Being Wrong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902714 The other day, I attended a training on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a green beetle native to Asia and Eastern Russia. It has been in the US since 2002, and is a destructive, invasive species. An emerald ash borer infestation is highly destructive to ash trees from Minnesota to the East Coast, including New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The EAB beetle has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees. It lives in firewood. Move firewood and people spread the destruction when they move the firewoo... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:32:02 EST Who are you listening to? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902083 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l820677181.jpg"> <BR> Today, as you look at your responsibilities, <BR> consider your health as a true responsibility. <BR> When that voice inside says: <BR> "You are too busy to go for your run/walk/gym!" <BR> Just ignore it. <BR> Get out there and move! Mon, 30 Mar 2015 05:29:55 EST Sparking my Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901517 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l816286782.jpg"> <BR> Yes, there is still snow on my favorite mountain, but that does not keep me from making my plans to hike to the summit. Snow might bring some difficulty, but difficulty is just opportunity in disguise. <BR> I am looking forward to more mountain hikes very soon. <BR> I can get my exercise on the road for now! <BR> The photo is of Mount Monadnock with Spring snow. Monadnock is the most hiked mountain in the world. Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:38:20 EST A satisfying Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900995 Today is a beautiful day! I took the time to clean my house during the week, so today I can get out! While I won't get to climb a mountain, I will travel into Concord, NH to get the taxes done, and do some shopping. <BR> I will also get a good walk in on the streets of the city. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891066170.jpg"> <BR> Maybe I won't be seeing flowers, but it is Spring in New Hampshire. I know... we are expecting snow. Ha! Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:48:26 EST No longer the same! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900426 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528347851.jpg"> <BR> Today take a moment and realize just how far you have come! <BR> Honor yourself today, and take another step forward to a new you! <BR> Don't you dare slip back to the old ways! <BR> The best is yet to come! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:23:31 EST Sewing for Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899840 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l517610700.jpg">Every season brings a new reason for me to sew. <BR> I found an easy way to make a nice little play dress from a tee shirt. <BR> Here's Lina's new dress! <BR> I have to hunt for the photo, but should post it soon. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:31:03 EST Whose heart are you holding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899195 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1725701267.jpg">Last week, my son Matty, a third year medical student, called to tell me about an amazing experience he had. While on his surgery rotation, he was part of a team of doctors who did an esophageal surgery on a man. This man had cancer of the esophagus, and the team needed to take part of the intestines to recreate the esophagus. <BR> In the midst of this 12-hour surgery, Mathew was given the responsibility of holding the be... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:24:17 EST The Last of Choice Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5898575 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1737407890.jpg">Asking questions like: <BR> “I like the way that you asked that question. It shows that you have put a lot of thought into it. I learned something from the question.” In the democracy of education, we learn from one another. All members are valued and supported. The sharing of ideas is part of the process of getting things done. It is about “we” the class. There is no “I”. <BR> Knowing what motivates stud... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:20:10 EST More choice words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897911 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2007614342.jpg">Choice words can build a sense of agency in the child. Those powerful words help a child understand that they have the power to develop strategies to solve hard problems that keep them caught in the struggle of trying to explain themselves in writing. It helps them to learn how to answer the “Why?” questions. “Developing in children a sense of agency is not an educational frill or some mushy-headed liberal idea. Chi... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:36:02 EST Choice Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897356 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l387269586.jpg">Choice words: How our language affects children’s learning by Peter H. Johnston <BR> It is important to learn the language of influence in order to create a productive classroom. These words help to build emotionally and relationally healthy learning communities. Rather than saying “Good job!” I ask “How did you figure that out?’ <BR> I have learned how to notice and name the action or event. “You are becomin... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 06:42:20 EST Four Simple Questions to always ask at Dr Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896851 Yesterday I visited my new doctor, and she commented on how much she liked my sheet that I gave her. Doctors (as well as most people in general) can read much faster than I can talk. By giving them a sheet with the information that I want her to have, nothing is left out, and she has more time to consider my options before answering. <BR> 1. What brought me in here today? <BR> 2. What complicates this situation? <BR> 3.What have I already tone to help/what medications am I currently using... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 07:11:19 EST Embracing the Storm! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896267 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1829902094.jpg"> <BR> Today I go to the Dr. To find out what is going on in my body. <BR> Whatever it is, god will give me the strength to handle it. <BR> TGIF Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:17:12 EST good Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895675 We all need good plans to follow to. <BR> Patience and persevenance are key to reaching goals. <BR> Stay strong, and keep your eyes on the prize! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l719653954.jpg"> Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:37:11 EST Take Action! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895023 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427643728.jpg"> <BR> Today is the day that I look at my dreams and take a few steps closer to them with my actions. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:34:54 EST A day at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894378 I have not taken a sick day in 2 years, and today will be my day! I have not given myself a break to build up my body in a while. I am looking forward to a day of rest, reading and pampering! <BR> I have a cold, and am looking for your favorite home remedies. Please let me know what you do to build your body back up when the cold hits. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122300766.jpg"> <BR> I will hike again soon! Maybe I will get outside for a short walk. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 04:51:39 EST optimism! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893727 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595348761.jpg"> <BR> Today look for what is good in your life and in this world. <BR> Have an awesome day! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:36:09 EST Face your Fear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893162 "Are you paralyzed with fear? That's a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it." -- Steven Pressfield, writer <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l703896771.jpg"> <BR> I have realized that with all that I wrote in "Disrespect", I prefer to be the happy teacher rather than the person who has to lay d... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 06:18:23 EST Disrespect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892628 Yesterday was a tough one. I have a few students who can be very disrespectful when they don't get their way. They tend to ruin the fun of other kids with their demanding attitude. It is really a shame that I find myself changing activities of the well behaved because of two students who cannot get along and follow the rules. These two girls (sisters) are mainly disrespectful towards me and each other when they do not get their way. They are also disrespectful towards any student who opp... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 05:43:56 EST Sparky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892074 We have a very special pet, and his name is Sparky. <BR> He is 26 years old now, and is still going strong. <BR> When I think of Spark People, I think of my Sparky. <BR> He just keeps on going. <BR> What a great little box turtle. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l228279257.jpg"> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:31:36 EST Ready or not... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5891524 It's that time of the day... <BR> Time to head out the door and face my challenges. <BR> Work time. <BR> Prep time is over- <BR> I just have to choose how I will live out the day. <BR> I choose to be happy <BR> I choose to eat good food. <BR> I choose to exercise. <BR> I choose to be my best. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l993201205.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ready or not- <BR> Here I come! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 05:34:37 EST Because I'm happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890883 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l475600718.jpg"> <BR> Every day at least one child will ask me <BR> "why did you do that?' <BR> Perhaps it was singing a silly song or laughing or smiling. <BR> I like to tell them this: <BR> "I did it because I'm happy." <BR> Many people do not realize that joy is great motivation. <BR> What do you do just because you're happy? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:37:42 EST Vote women, vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890269 Vote women, vote! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1149738158.jpg"> <BR> Today women take the right to vote as a given. Many years ago, voting women were very unusual! My grandmother Harriet Paige Bullard voted at the New Salem, MA Town meeting with her best friend Beatrice Faye Hunting on February 5, 1917. This was considered a bit scandalous since women did not have the national right to vote until June 4, 1919. In 1917, the town of New Salem, Massachusetts allowe... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:33:48 EST