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I finally meet Bennett Fullerton who is 3 months old…

We had a picnic outside- Taco Tuesday! Maddox, Tommy And Bennett.

In November, Tommy told me he wanted a typewriter- he saw one in “Men In Black”- became curious and told me “it will help make me think better because I have to know what I am going to say before I put my words down”. Well when you are that curious and thoughtful- you know we had to find him a typewriter (Hard to find decent typewriter today at a decent price- I got one too so we are now going to be penpals). This is what I got back last night.


I don’t normally (almost never) post political things- but this is more than politics and I am so excited. Sad it took the Supreme Court in 2015 to say Gays could marry and now in 2020- they can work without being fired because they are gay. People should stop hating- after all, Jesus said- “Love thy neighbor”.


Bennett Gray Fullerton arrived at 5:16am on St. Patrick’s Day! 8lbs4oz, 20.5” long. Mom (Rachel) and baby are doing great- Tommy and Maddox love their new brother. Can’t wait to see this little one. (May be awhile as we are all in lock down in Missouri).



Boy #3 will be here March 2020, can’t wait!


President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush were married for 73 years. They are now together in eternity. Rest in Peace.
George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) 🇺🇸









Yesterday was 81 tomorrow…

There is only one thing to say…(but I won’t)


Cooking this today- will let  you know how it turned out…

2 1/2-3 lb pork butt (also known as a pork shoulder)
24 oz. (2 cans) Dr. Pepper
1 medium onion, cut in quarters and then again in half
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dry ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
Barbecue Sauce of choice

Place the chopped onions in the bottom of the slow cooker. Place the pork butt on top of the onions and add the garlic, ground mustard, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the Dr. Pepper on top and cook on high for 4-5 hours (or on low for 8 hours).

Very carefully, because the pork will be hot, remove the meat from the slow cooker and place on a large cutting board. Using two forks, shred the pork by pulling away from each other. The meat should be very tender by this point. Place the shredded pork back into the slow cooker and continue to cook for an additional hour.

Drain the remaining juices and toss the meat and onion mixture in the barbecue sauce of choice. I don’t have an exact amount listed-just add a bit at a time until you get to your desired sauciness!

This was a very fatty piece of meat- I don’t know what the soda added as the meat was very bland. Can’t say I would make this again.


Today is Brenner’s 6th year adoption anniversary.


Kelly spent today with her favorite men.


Finally…got this done today.


I want to buy this. It is in Tonawanda, NY. If I pay, anyone want to pick it up? I’ll worry about getting it to Missouri.


This is what I want it for and this is how I will redo it.


Kris and mom & dad are at the beach enjoying sunshine.

They go back to Matthews Tuesday to meet Ken, Sue and family to enjoy a couple fun filled days. They head back to New York Saturday.

What’s up with you?






Been out of school 11 days- 4 spent at conferences! The summer is flying by.



Cancer fund raising is a big dollar enterprise, Brinker got a a 64 percent raise last year, according to the nonprofit group’s 990 IRS filings Specifically, Brinker made $684,717 in fiscal 2012, a 64 percent jump from her $417,000 salary from April 2010 to March 2011, Hall reports.

Equally interesting is that  the Komen website still shows Brinker as founder and CEO despite thiswidely-reported story of her resignation from the CEO role last year.

When the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced last week that it was canceling half of its 3-Day races next year, the charity blamed the economy. But it also acknowledged that its decision to stop providing funds to Planned Parenthood was a factor.

Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, which evaluates and rates charities, called Brinker’s salary “extremely high.”

“This pay package is way outside the norm,” he said. “It’s about a quarter of a million dollars more than what we see for charities of this size. … This is more than the head of the Red Cross is making for an organization that is one-tenth the size of the Red Cross.”

The American Red Cross had revenue of about $3.4 billion, while Komen’s was about $340 million last year.  Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern makes $500,000, according to the most recent financial documents available for the charity.

Public corporations are designed to make a profit so how much a top executive gets paid ought to be tied to the overall success of the company with the board of directors and shareholders asking whether that is money well spent.  But  nonprofits operate in a different universe. It’s much tougher to measure their effectiveness. After all, what exactly does cancer awareness really mean, and how do high profile campaigns move the nation closer to a cure or behavior changes?

One of the more revealing stories on this issue was published in 2011. I’ve posted an excerpt from it below  The issue is breast cancer but these types of questions can and should be asked about scores of nonprofits involved in everything from education reform to “disease- of-the-month” awareness.

 Yet what many in the breast cancer community are loathe to admit, despite all these lifesaving developments, is that, in fact, we are really no closer to a cure today than we were two decades ago. In 1991, 119 women in the U.S. died of breast cancer every day. Today, that figure is 110 — a victory no one is bragging about. Breast cancer remains the leading cancer killer among women ages 20 to 59; more than 1.4 million new cases are diagnosed annually worldwide.

 Roughly 5 percent, or 70,000, breast cancer patients are diagnosed at a late stage, after the cancer has metastasized — that rate hasn’t budged since 1975, despite all the medical advances and awareness campaigns. For these women, the prognosis remains grim: Only 1 in 5 will survive five years out. Fundamental questions still elude researchers: Why do a third of all women considered cured by their doctors suffer recurrences? Why are breast cancer rates rising in Asia, where they’ve been historically low? Is it even possible to prevent breast cancer, and if so, how?

This should make us all ask tough questions about whether charities are truly fulfilling their mission.