Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Kindness Goes a long way


My son, Joseph, Joey. I remember his birth well since it was an emergency C-Section. I was concerned because he was 2 months early and the doctor had stated weeks earlier that he would die in the womb. Joey has autism and doesn't talk, but every moment is precious. I miss him whenever I am not with him. He is so loving and active. He has such joy when we run over to the playground and he climbs and hangs on the equipment. We love to watch movies together.. he lets me know when he wants to watch Nemo!! I just wanted you to be able to share the joy of each day with Joey and I.


My daughter Rachel is 11 years old. It is easy to remember..the day before Valentine's day. Rachel is a bundle of energy. She can run like the wind, gracefully rock climb, and ride her bike up steep hills. She is also learning to express herself, maintains a desire to learn new things (she is very adept with learning verses from the Bible), and is very social. There are times when she is very sweet and loving with her brother, Joey, who has autism. I am grateful how she deals with her frustrations, because I hope to share with her what I think is most important, character. Happy birthday, Rachel.

Ranger Creed

‎"Never shall I fail my comrades. I will always keep myself mentally alert, physically strong and morally straight and I will shoulder more than my share of the task whatever it may be, one-hundred-percent and then some." Ranger Creed


I hope to continue with Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) even after I retire. These days, a lot of people could use some first aid to prevent the hurts of life building up to something worse.


About four years ago my cousin Lyn Masnor passed away. The same day my grandchild, Grace, was born. That softened a devasting blow because when Lyn passed away, a bright light became dark. I can't get over her loss but thankfully, her memory lives on. So I continue to be interested in genealogy and the new friends and relatives I discover. Lyn was always so happy when I shared stories about my new friends. Lyn would have had at least 5000 friends on Facebook. I am honored to have the Facebook friends that I have, in a way each one of my friends reminds me of Lyn.

Judicial Activism

Q: "How do you define the term "judicial activism," and is it ever proper for a federal appellate judge to consider his or her personal preference as to the outcome of a case (other than the preference to decide the case correctly in accordance with the law) in deciding how to rule?"

A: "Judicial activism could mean many things, but primarily it is the substitution of the court's view for the policymaker's view, in cases where the decision properly should rest with the policymaker, or substituting the court's view for what the Constitution says, where a constitutional provision is at stake. A judge should not consider his or her personal preference as to outcome, any more than an umpire should call balls and strikes based on which team is his or her favorite."

attributed to Judge Jerry Smith by Texoma from a 2003 interview