Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Well, here it is, days before Thanksgiving. I know people say it all the time. I seem to say it every year, but WHERE DID THE YEAR GO? Christmas is NEXT MONTH, and next month is less than two weeks away. It's scary, how fast the days are going by. Almost as scary as the economy and the increasing lack of values in our country. I worry about what the world will be like when my grandkids grow up. Will anyone even remember the difference between right and wrong? Or even care?

Sorry, I was going to talk about the things I'm grateful for, and there are many:

My family, my friends, my puppy, my home, my car, this beautiful country we are blessed to live in, my good health and the health of my loved ones, the talent God has blessed me with and the people I've met because of it, hot running water, flush toilets, washers and dryers and dishwashers and microwaves, my computer, my new keyboard, movies and books and the freedom to worship as I please.

I hope you will join me this Thanksgiving in praying for our country. America needs our prayers as never before.

May God bless you and your loved ones this holiday season.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Month Before Christmas

Twas the month before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things..*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a ' Holiday '.*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
* At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton !*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*
* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
not Happy Holiday !*