Mothers Day -2014

Mothers’ Day is really Grandmother’s Day. A time for all women to rejoice in their achievements and reflect on their choices. A day to show respect for the role women play in society and the impact they have on the many lives around them.
Grandmothers are:

  • – the key to a decent life
  • – the backbone of society
  • – the stalwarts of decency and respect
  • – the social consciousness of the world.

Tribal cultures around the world have always honored and respected their elders and inappropriate behavior was rebuked by Grandmothers. Mother’s were too busy doing the chores and tending to fathers to have time to discipline. Multi-generational households were the norm and privacy was rare, even in the bathroom. Grandmothers spent their days caring and sharing and Mother’s learned their job as the future generation of Grandmothers by watching their mothers.  We don’t have those environments in today’s world.  So many mothers have no role models, no help and no mentor.

It’s a huge responsibility to be a mother and if you’re a single parent, even more so. You have chosen to take responsibility for raising the next generation of leaders. Those individuals that will grow to be “in charge” and shape the future of our countries. And most of all, to be the next generation of Grandmothers – the guardians of our values, the keeper of our hearts, and the protectors of our customs.

Mother’s Day was created in 1914, to honor those that spent every waking moment caring, sharing and educating their offspring. 100 years later, Grandmothers are still the most important factor in our society. So to my Mother I thank you for your care and love. But to my daughters I send my love and respect for the fine jobs you have done raising the next generation of leaders. May your days as Grandmothers be enjoyable ones.


Garfield County School District, UT – Usage Fees run amuck!!!

When school districts forget about people and become just another government agency they need reminders like this.  I wrote this at the request of Jason Porter.  I hope it helps.
Garfield County School District
cc:  Business Administrator:
cc:  School Board Rep:
I salute you in your efforts to standardize the building rental policy and procedures in an attempt to obtain fairness and equality.  That works in urban districts where the environments are equal.  It does not work in districts with isolated communities.
Small rural districts have unique challenges because of limited resources, volunteers and funding.  This requires partnerships with cities, businesses, and volunteers.  Escalante has always stepped up to those challenges.
When Fire Station #1 was built in Town Center Park it displaced the “ball park”.  The school district partnered with the volunteers and allowed unused and undeveloped property to be developed for the purpose of a “ball park” for the bantom league.  There was, to my knowledge, no discussion about fees, etc.,  it was a community effort.  When Potato Valley Lions Club donated $750 for materials to build the dugouts, there was no discussion of usage fees.  When the business community donated  time and equipment to level the field, install fencing, and grade an access road, there was no mention of fees.  And when efforts by members of various organizations helped the district lay water pipe for irrigation water, they didn’t ask to get paid.
I believe you need to revisit your decision regarding the excessive, on-going fees that are being proposed for use of the “community field”.  Liability insurance needs to be provided by those using the field, but in good faith the school board needs, in my opinion, to recognize the hundreds of dollars of in-kind work and other funds and allow use of the field by the bantom program for a set amount of time without additional fees.  It should not be forever, but it should be fair.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Jana Hassett,
Past President – Potato Valley Lions Club
Escalante Business Owner

The Strength to Take Criticism

I haven’t posted any reviews lately because I’ve been Beta Reading for a variety of authors.  What fun and how talented these women are.  And I think the most impressive part is their willingness to accept comments on their efforts.

I do believe writing a book is like raising a child, at least the first time out.  They grow inside you until you deliver the product to your own world.  Then you spend the next period of time developing them to greet the outside world.

And then the criticism begins – too big, too little, not focused, confusing storyline, etc.  You hate to think your child is less than perfect, but those that ask for feedback are the champions.  Their work improves and they write better.  As parents we get help from family, friends and physicians and we product healthier children.

And when the product is done and out on its own we have all those wonderful memories.  For the Author, you start another story.  For the parent, you can either start again with grandchildren or maybe write a story.  Either way, the process begins again.  Be proud of your success and unafraid to ask for comments.  I get better books to read and the world gets better people.

I’ll have a couple of reviews for you in the next month.  Until then – – –