May. 12, 2019

"FAME--IF YOU WIN IT--COMES AND GOES IN A MINUTE..."

THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN ON THE EVE OF MY TRAIN RIDE TO THE MISS AMERICA PAGEANT IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY. MOST OF MY HOMETOWN, PINE BLUFF, ARKANSAS, HAD COME TO THE TRAIN STATION FOR A HUGE "SEND-OFF".

EXECUTIVES FROM THE RAILROAD WERE ALSO THERE TO PRESENT ME WITH GIFTS AND TO...OFFICIALLY... PRESENT ME WITH MY VERY-OWN-PRIVATE RAIL CAR, FULLY-STAFFED, AND READY TO ESCORT ME, FIRST-CLASS, TO THE NATIONAL PAGEANT.

THIS WAS A HUGE MOMENT FOR ME AND FOR MY FATHER, A COTTON BELT LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER WITH A PERFECT RECORD.

BUT, GOOD TIMES SELDOM LAST AND...SOONER RATHER THAN LATER..GOOD TIMES FADE. ALL TOO OFTEN, BAD TIMES MOVE IN AND DAILY LIVING BECOMES A CHALLENGE--AN ONGOING STRUGGLE. WITHOUT WARNING, SOME OF US ARE ABANDONED. SOME OF US LEARN WE NO LONGER HAVE ANY FAMILY AND ARE NOW... ALONE.

"LOVE IS RARE, LIFE IS STRANGE. NOTHING LASTS, PEOPLE CHANGE.' I INVITE YOU TO VISIT 'SIMPLY, SALLY' TO READ MY THOUGHTS FROM ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO. JUST KNOW THAT, THANKS TO STRENGTH-TRAINING, I NO LONGER RELY ON OTHERS FOR MY HAPPINESS. GOD AND I HAVE A GREAT PARTNERSHIP THAT INCLUDES EVERLASTING TRUST AND LOVE.

WRITING IS MY CONSTANT COMPANION AND, EVERY DAY, I SHARE MY FEELINGS AND MY EMOTIONS. BY SPEAKING OUT-LOUD, I'M MOTIVATED TO "LIFT MYSELF UP".

REGARDLESS OF MY SITUATION, I WILL NEVER ALLOW MYSELF TO BE A VICTIM. THERE'S NO ROOM IN MY HEART OR MY LIFE FOR AN ONGOING PITY-PARTY.