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Tuesday:) True Heroes: The Two Legged and Four Legged Kind

7 Nov

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.”

~Bob Riley


Sunday afternoon, I had the privilege to attend a salute to Veterans featuring best selling author and true American hero, Jason Morgan. The program was sponsored by the McKinney Public Library, Friends of the Library, the City, Arts Commission, Collin College, Open Door and Open Minds@Collin.

Native Texan, Staff Sergeant, USAF, Jason Morgan, is a moving motivational speaker and author. I’ll admit that a few tears slipped down my cheek while I listened to a story of courage, despair, tragedy, and absolute inspiration.

While listening to Jason Morgan’s journey, I couldn’t help but think of all the trivial problems and complaints that I thought were so devastating over the years. We have all gone through some hard times, but this story made me realize that my life has been a Disney fairy tale in comparison.

Thank you, Jason Morgan, for your service to our country, but most importantly, for you continued inspiration to all who hear your story. I will treasure my autographed book of courage and hope.

Simon & Schuster review:

A Dog Called Hope

A Wounded Warrior and the Service Dog Who Saved Him

By Jason Morgan and Damien Lewis

Lone Survivor meets Marley & Me in this “inspiring and very moving” (Bear Grylls, host of the hit TV show Man vs. Wild) memoir of an extraordinary service dog whose enduring love brought a wounded soldier back to life.

A decade ago, special forces warrior Jason Morgan parachuted into the Central American jungle on an antinarcotics raid. He’d served with the famous Night Stalkers on countless such missions. This one was different. Months later, he regained consciousness in a U.S. military hospital with no memory of how he’d gotten there. The first words he heard were from his surgeon telling him he would never walk again. The determined soldier responded, “Sir, yes, I will.”

After multiple surgeries, unbearable chronic pain, and numerous setbacks, Morgan was finally making progress when his wife left him and their three young sons. He was a single father confined to a wheelchair and tortured by his pain. At this very dark, very low point, Morgan found light: Napal, the black Labrador who would change his life forever.

A Dog Called Hope is the incredible story of a service dog who brought a devastated warrior back from the brink and taught him how to be a true father. It is the story of Napal, who built bridges between his wheelchair-bound battle buddy and the rest of able-bodied humankind. It is the story of Jason, who found life’s true meaning with the help of his faithful companion. Humorous, intensely moving, and uplifting, Jason and Napal’s heartwarming tale will brighten any day and lift every heart.

Wednesday:Words of Wisdom and Bravery

11 Sep

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it. –Thucydides
I spent all morning and early afternoon sorting through more boxes, unpacking and trying to get a little bit more organized. Well, hours later, the bedroom, bathroom, and closets looked messier than before. It’s funny how ten stacked up boxes look messy, but the contents of ten unpacked, strewn about looks like a tornado set down and swirled around all day.

By 4 or 5 o’clock, I’d had enough of that. Time for baking a few brownies and mini cupcakes for Art Club, but most importantly, a bunch to take to a few fire stations tomorrow. I made over 150 mini cupcakes with a little cherry in the middle, and one batch of brownies. I’ll make the frosting later tonight and frost them in the morning so they are fresh. I hate dry frosting…don’t you?

I started baking treats for my local fire stations probably a dozen years ago. I always bake at Christmas, and I love to make those bunny peep cupcakes at Easter for the guys, but sometimes I just feel like baking and sharing for no particular reason. They are always happy to see me, but I’m always thrilled to say thank you and see their sweet smiles.

I’ll have pictures tomorrow. It’s a special day to remember. If you have time, say thank you to a fireman, police officer or soldier tomorrow. They would do anything for us, we can at least say,”Thank you!”

A few smiling faces from the past. Now, you can see why I do this.



These guys are awesome.



And sometimes they’re funny,