Burning of the Smallest Church in America
Posted on November 28th, 2015 @ 10:33 pm

Smallest Church in America

“Smallest Church in America” destroyed in suspicious fire

I got the news instantaneously. I had one friend post it on her Facebook page the same time another friend shared it with me on my Facebook page.  I am in shock.  It saddens me.  I love this place.

Back in 2008, I was going through some tough times. I felt lost and alone.  Now, I had friends, but I felt like my life was in a tailspin.  One day, I woke up, got out of bed, and I was staying a at friend’s house that night before, got in my car and left.  I got a shirt at Target and got on the road.  I had my camera with me and I was in search of peace.  It was that day I realized a trip in the car will calm me down.  I realized I love exploring new places.

One of the places I ended up was the Smallest Church in America.  It brought me some peace.  It was small.  It presented an intimate setting with my thoughts and prayers.  It was so uplifting to see so many prayers left by visitors around the world.

To read that at the moment, they suspect arson, well, that makes me upset.  I also know that I must leave the justice in God’s hands.  However, I know people in the Coastal Empire will not stand for this.  The building and the material things may be gone, but NEVER the memories and love behind the church.  Evil will NOT conquer it. It will be rebuilt.  By God, I will visit the new one.  I know that the neighboring church is already working on helping rebuilt it.

Here are some photos of trinkets I took in the church while visiting. I have more photos, but not all are posted online:

Smallest Church in America

Smallest Church in America

In the Smallest Church
Such beautiful stained glass.

Matthew 5:14
A simple piece of paper with Scripture, but it’s the heart behind it.



Note for the fallen
A prayer left for his fellow brothers and sisters in arms that have fallen.


Smallest Church in America
A lovely quilt.

Sad to know such love is gone, but it will return.

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I Forgot How Tedious Christmas Cards Are
Posted on November 28th, 2015 @ 8:18 pm

In this day an age, does anyone appreciate Christmas cards?

I didn’t send any last year because I was depressed and also, busy in my life.  This year, I’m sending them off, again.  I am nowhere finished.  Of the 28 I have prepared so far, I will probably get 9 back in return.  However, I don’t send them for the return card, but for the enjoyment of others.

3 of the cards are being sent to 3 sisters so each can have a card.  They are little kids, but I know they will want some mail.

Another one is being sent to a family that helped me in a time of need.  She told me she didn’t send cards due to the amount of work needed and just not being able to do it.  However, I send it them so I let them know I don’t forget them.

Yet, I feel like the art of mailing them is being lost.  Maybe one day, a generation of people will wonder why we sent paper cards to people.  They’ll be thinking we are weird.


Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted on November 26th, 2015 @ 8:00 am

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all my American friends a happy one. Also, happy birthday to my Grandmother! She would have been 92 today. Must have some cake in her honor.

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The Scrubbing of History – When Will It Stop?
Posted on November 22nd, 2015 @ 5:07 pm

So this past week, I heard about Princeton University agreeing to weigh the possibility to erasing Woodrow Wilson’s name from the campus. Why?  Because he was a racist asshole.  However, let’s not forget he was also a US President.

I knew something like this would be the next step after they called to get rid of the CSA Battle Flag.   Again, I content that history is ugly. We ALL have horrible things in our past. I can’t help but wonder what the next thing to be denounced.

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“To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart.”
Posted on November 21st, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

I am in love with this song. When I read it was a love letter to a younger version of herself, I think I teared up a bit. I thought back to my time capsule from earlier this year. When I went through the time capsule, I wrote a response to a letter I wrote myself all those years ago.  A portion of the letter:

You see, I can’t help it. I am crying for you. I read your dreams and see I still have many of them 20 years later. I wonder what the hell happened to me. I had relationships that didn’t last.

However, in positive news, I do own a house. I do make nice money for myself. I got to meet Richard Marx, your favorite. I’ve been able to travel and see places you never would have thought about. I’ve flown. I’ve been on a cruise.

I have dear friends. I know you felt like you lacked that in high school. I have my small circle of friends, many I met in college. I still have friends I made in high school. Yes, you did have friends.

So, you can see how this song brings up those memories.  However, it’s still a powerful song.

And to the me in 2035:  May you finally be happy and have a Master’s Degree!

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Not a chef, that’s for certain. Got Any Advice?
Posted on November 18th, 2015 @ 6:26 pm

Tomato Bisque

Sometimes, I doubt I’m even that great of a cook.

Remember my attempt at biscuits using an Alton Brow recipe? I didn’t think they were that great.

Something I did make that was great was a tomato basil bisque last Friday.  It looked nice and it tasted nice.

I made the attempt to make a cheese sauce today.  Oh it was horrible.  I had more cheese on the pan than in my glop.  Part of it was I didn’t read the directions.  That was stupidity on my part.

My family is like it’s just a learning process.

Again, some people have talents.  At the moment, cooking doesn’t seem like one for me.

Any advice?

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Posted on November 10th, 2015 @ 12:01 am

I watch the world go round and round
And my life goes by at the speed of sound
I walk the night
And I wonder just where I belong, oh

My heart is young, but my soul is old
I’ve never been one to do what I was told
My back to the wall
Is the only place I can feel strong, oh

Heaven only knows what lies before me
Heaven only knows what all my searching is for
All my life I’ve waited for a miracle
But I can’t ask for anything more

At this moment, I feel like I’ve wasted my life.

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A Quick Trip to Portland
Posted on November 9th, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

Portland, OR

Last Monday before last, I get woken up by my sister, Nicki, that my other sister, Beth, won a trip to Portland with radio station Y100.  It was to see and meet Charlie Puth.  At the time, I had no clue who he was, and the getting asked to go to Portland at the last minute, while you are sleeping, can be jolting.  Once I was awake, I realized what had happen.

Beth wanted me to go with her.  She has never flown before and wanted her sibling with the most flying experience.  That would be me.  I made a mad scramble to arrange PTO to go out there with her.

Our only hiccups came from and at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The glide slope was down and there was no way to do a visual approach into town. Until the equipment was fixed, we were stuck on the tarmac in Savannah until they got the go ahead. Then, once we got to Charlotte, there was no gate attendant there. Oh, by the way, our layover for Charlotte to the next destination in our flight plan, Dallas, was 35 minutes. Once we got off the plane, Beth and I hoofed it from Terminal E to Terminal B, only to see our flight had closed. So, we had to go to customer service and hop upon a new flight to Portland. We ended up on a direct to Portland from Charlotte.

Once we got to Portland, we ate at the airport and then took the MAX to the stop nearest our hotel. We got into our room, decompressed, and then went to bed. For us East Cost girls, 10 PM PST is LATE for us.

The next day, we walked around for a bit and met up with my friend, Riika. She lives in Portland. She took us the Portland City Grill to see the city. We also hit up Voodoo Doughnut. I think the shop overwhelmed Beth.

Later that night, we went to the Skype Live Studio and saw Charlie Puth and got a (horrible!) photo with him. Beth was given standing room only tickets, first, but then the distributor realized that she hasn’t given out our true tickets. She starts calling Beth by her true first name. Beth had actually gotten front row seats. Oh, if looks could kill, the baby teenagers would have killed us. Yes, we were older than most of the girls, there. That I couldn’t not help.

As well as I can’t help but go on a tangent. I am at the point in my life that I can honestly say I was old enough to be their mothers. I still feel like a teen at times. Beth was busy asking me if she was the same at their age. I just looked at her and said “Otown.” Even nearly 13-14 years later, she STILL won’t let me get rid of my Nokia phone cover that Dan Miller touched when he talked to her on my phone. Nicki arranged that call, by the way.

Back to the show, we have front row. This concert was live on Skype. Riika, and Gennie, my good friend in Savannah I met Riika through, are watching it. They are messaging me during this show, wishing they could be there. Yes, they can see our heads. Great! At least it was just our heads. Other all, it was a short, fun show. When we finally met Charlie, The first thing he asks us is if we are sisters. The kids wasn’t the only one that could tell. The flight attendant on the CLT-PDX flight gave me the answer to a question my sister asked her. I know she felt bad, but I was cool with it. Charlie, however, even asked with we were twins, which upset Beth a wee bit.

In other observations, the kid, Brady, from Live 95.5, was had an enjoyable conversation with us. All the other teens were anxious for him to talk and hang out with him, but he talked to us a bit for of all things, Waffle House. Being a Southern boy himself, he was missing them in Portland. You do get used to them and IHOP just can’t compete at times.

Beth didn’t like the smell of Portland. To her, it seems like wherever we walked, smelled of pee and crap. She called Port-A-Potty by the time we left.

I finally got to visit Texas, if even for a 2 hour delay in DFW. We enjoyed some Cousins BBQ pulled pork. Beth didn’t want any at first, but we ended up splitting the sandwich. She also liked the Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen in PDX. I wish I had a chance to have tried Brunch Box, but I didn’t see the sandwich came with egg, so I gave it to Beth. She was in Breakfast Heaven with their food.

Over all, I do want to return to Portland one more time. I want to take in the things I couldn’t do in the 1.5 days we were there.

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Updated Travel Map
Posted on November 8th, 2015 @ 12:16 am

Still working on my photos from my trip. Going to Eastern to Pacific time and back in 2 days is quite a bit.

Here’s an updated travel map of states I’ve visited, for now:

Shawn’s visiting map 2015
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So, we had an election in Savannah yesterday.
Posted on November 4th, 2015 @ 7:48 am

Time to rant about politics before I leave on a trip.  More about that when I get home from it.

In the mayoral race, we’re going to have to have a runoff.  No candidate got the required majority.  We have incumbent Edna Jackson going against Eddie DeLoach.  Part of me hopes that the 2,676 that voted for Murray Silver will vote for for DeLoach.  Clearly, both factions want change. Jackson is probably a nice person; she came across that way at a dinner I attended that she spoke at, but she’s been in city politics so long.  We need fresh blood.  People that are on the outside and see what a real problem this city is in.

Actually, the interesting thing about DeLoach is he showed up at my house last week campaigning.  It wasn’t one of his supporters, but really him.  I didn’t get to meet him, since I was on a work call, but my father was at my house and greeted Mr. DeLoach at the door. It was shocking, but it was nice to see that he remembered that my neighborhood IS in the city limits. That stuff make a difference.

Sadly, parts of Savannah couldn’t or didn’t see that we need new blood.  The 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th districts all kept their aldermen. I don’t mind Van Johnson of the 4 of them. Again, I think fresh blood is needed, but he’s not as bad as other aldermen come across as being. The 5th is the one that makes sad.  Everyone in town knows that district needs help and yet, they kept what they still have.  I thought the opponent had great ideas. I don’t see the 5th improving anytime, soon.

As for my district, the 6th, well, our problem is we had multiple people running.  However, our guy is just a creepy dude. He gave me the creeps the one time I saw him at a restaurant years ago.  And the stories I’ve heard about this guy! Oh my!

However, the 2nd and 4th districts wanted change.  The 2nd is headed for a runoff, but dang, look at those numbers, they want her gone!  The 4th, however, did get a new person in office.  Good for them!

Oh, and our election wasn’t without controversy.  Someone was passing out flyers at the door of a precinct for 3 HOURS before he was caught. No telling what was going on at other precincts.

Basically, over all, I want a united Savannah where we are doing everything to remove crime.  A Savannah where we feel safe again.  I’m tired of the same old, same old.  It’s disgusting when you hear on the news that another person was murder, hear the address, and go that’s just a normal way of life.  It shouldn’t be that way!  Every murder should have us outraged.

We couldn’t clean the entire house yesterday, but hopefully the new blood this time is a start.

And now off to get ready for my trip.

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