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Awakenings: Prelude to 4th of July

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Are you already prepping for the Fourth of July celebration? Have you made out a list, done your shopping, invited family and guests over for a BBQ? There is a good chance you answered Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! and yet there is the possibility the most important item was overlooked: the American Flag!  

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

YOU CAN BET, for each passing day that the flag is not waving, especially on a national holiday, someone somewhere is smiling because of its absence. The enemy does not sleep. It is up to us to be Forever Watchful. . .



Awakenings: Ice Cream!

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I scream, you scream…

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” 

Sound familiar? More than likely your answer is, “Yes!” Memories are quickly triggered: the beginning days of summer as a child, teenager, even adult. Do you know the who, what, when, where behind this little nitty? In case your answer is “No,” read the trivia @Awakenings and store it in your memory bank.

MUSIC VIDEO @Awakenings…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Welcome to summertime!  Do you scream for ice cream? What is your favorite flavor?

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A little drowsing cat is the image of perfect bliss! Cat Wisdom 101 by Layla Morgan Wilde


Farewell to Bootsie

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Boots, aka Bootsie (May 30, 2009 – June 21, 2013)

Today I had to say farewell to my precious companion, Bootsie. She was missing for 14 hrs a couple of days ago and when she returned home she was very loving. Normally she would go right to her food bowl completely starved and scoff up a whole can of cat food. This night was different.

I heard her little bell attached to her collar and looked up happily to see her after being gone so long. She walked straight toward me and hopped onto the recliner where I was sitting and gingerly put her head in my lap. That is where she stayed for a couple of hours. When I got up to get ready for bed, she got down and meandered toward the bedroom. I heard her throwing up during the night and thought it was the usual hairball. The morning disclosed her on the bathroom rug where she sometimes loved to nap and I could tell she was really sick.

I immediately dressed and took her to the vet on my way to the hospital to visit my husband. Upon returning home later that afternoon, I stopped by to see how she was doing. She was dehydrated and still had not eaten any food. She was being given fluids to rehydrate her. I petted her and told her how much I missed and loved her but she was not very responsive. Not like her usual self anyway. She meowed but did not purr.

Upon my return home from the hospital today I stopped in for another visit. This was around noon for I had come home early. Never did I envision this would be the last time I would see her. She had to undergo surgery because of the appearance of a mass in her internal organs. There is a lot of complex long medical jargoneze that I cannot repeat, let alone spell. I did decipher that part of her intestines had literally died. It was a very unusual case according to the vet. At least she died peacefully and did not have to endure long time suffering.

Bootsie came to live with us four years ago after being abused and abandoned. She literally decided to live with us.

Hey, did you know
Cats actually choose you?
You don’t choose them
They stay because they want to

You may give one a loving home
No matter the time or season
He may just choose to go away
Without any rhyme or reason

It’s like virtual catnip—
Feline friends may elect to remain
If the home is inviting
Strongly attractive, not too mundane

Here today, gone tomorrow
A sad refrain so often misunderstood
Why did he choose to leave, not stay?
You did everything to make him feel good

It’s not what you did or didn’t do
Cats are finicky needless to say
With a mind and will of their own
The choice is theirs to leave or to stay


Thank you, precious Bootsie, for choosing to stay and bringing such joy into our lives! You will be deeply missed!  

“With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?” —Fernand Mery (Veterinarian and wildlife writer, 1897–1984)


Looking Ahead: 4th of July

As we approach the Fourth of July in celebration of America’s independence, take a look inside Awakenings: Embrace the past, Empower the present, Enrich the future.
Awakenings from Then ’til Now available in paperback or Kindle @ Amazon Author Central:

Awakenings: When Kids Are Heroes

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Each of us was once a kid. . .we possibly connected with a hero. . .we may have even been a hero. Now we may have a kid(s) of our own. . .our hero(s). When Kids are Heroes, each one has the power to change the world!


Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Learn About Featured Heroes…Become a Hero…Nominate a Kid! The future of the world lies in the hearts and hands of our children.

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Awakenings: A Father’s Day Salute

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For many, their Father’s Day celebration will be distanced across our nation, continents and oceans. They face separation, some in the midst of conflict. They await comforting words from loved ones. For those who are serving our country here at home or overseas, I salute you. To those deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world, hopefully next year you will be celebrating at home with your families.

Remember…More than being soldiers, many are also fathers!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

To those who serve near and far, I rejoice in wishing you a Happy Father’s Day!

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’Til the Last Time

Today marks Day 32 of my husband’s hospital confinement. He has been transferred to a long-term facility and is in the CCU ward. My heart aches and there is no way to hold back the tears.

To my wonderful husband of soon to be 29 years (July 10). . .

’Til the Last Time

Seems like yesterday
You held my hand
For the first time

We met while both working for the railroad.

I trembled
You smiled
We kissed

a soft kiss. a tender kiss. a kiss always remembered.

All the while
My hand in yours
Your hand in mine

Throughout the years
Sorrows took their toll
Yet knowing love endures

You trembled
I cried
We kissed

a soft kiss. a tender kiss. a kiss always remembered.

All the while
Your hand in mine
My hand in yours

In all the tomorrows
We’ll hold hands
’Til the last time

We’ll tremble
We’ll smile
We’ll kiss

a soft kiss. a tender kiss. a kiss always remembered.

All the while
My hand in yours
Your hand in mine

Sharla Lee Shults

“Don’t go through life never knowing what it is like to hold anothers hand.”

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Philosophy of Life

Flower1We never get what we want,
We never want what we get,
We never have what we like,
We never like what we have.
And still we live & love.

That’s life…

Flower2The best kind of friends
are the kind you can sit with on a porch swing,
Never say a word,
And walk away feeling like it was
the best conversation you’ve ever had.

It’s true that we don’t know
What we’ve got until it’s gone,
But it’s also true that we don’t know
What we’ve been missing until it arrives.
Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they’ll love you back!
Don’t expect love in return;
Just wait for it to grow in their heart,
But if it doesn’t, be content it grew in yours.
It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone,
An hour to like someone,
And a day to love someone,
But it takes a lifetime to forget someone.
Don’t go for looks; they can deceive.
Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile,
Because it takes only a smile to
Make a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile!
Always put yourself in others’ shoes.
If you feel that it hurts you,
It probably hurts the other person, too.
The happiest of people
Don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
Happiness exists for
Those who cry,
Those who hurt,
Those who have searched,
And those who have tried,
For only they can appreciate the importance of people
Who have touched their lives.
When you were born, you were crying
And everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so that when you die,
You’re the one who is smiling
And everyone around you is crying.
Please share/reblog this message
For those people who mean something to you,
To those who have touched your life in one way or another,
To those who make you smile when you really need it,
To those that make you see the brighter side of things when you are really down,
To those who you want to know that you appreciate their friendship.
And if you don’t, don’t worry,
Nothing bad will happen to you,
You will just miss out on the opportunity
to brighten someone’s life with this message…

The true blessings of life are free. Savor. Share. Smile.

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