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New Blog – New Dream Realized

I’m so blessed beyond that I’m really a bit emotional today. Why?

It has been my dream always to create something special for and because of children. Anyone that knows me knows that I am extremely passionate about the safety and welfare of our children. I believe that we are a community of villages, and like Secretary of State of the USA , Ms Clinton reminded us that it takes an entire village to raise a chil., We need to become a village here at WordPress Blogs so that missing children and adult’s details are spread across the Internet.

The blogging community is a village. As a village we strive to take care of our children, to keep them safe and harbored from storms.

Another blogging friend and I have both seen the promise of great empowerment with blogs, the people we reach out and touch through blogging. We put our minds together and have created a new blog that will help empower our village. The reality of the power of a blog is what struck us both. And how could we better use that power for children’s sake. With deep concern and prior postings about missing children on both our blogs we saw the dream. We saw the power of the people. You.

You Bloggers have an incredible power at your fingertips, and with your computer. Reblogging posts of lost/missing children and adults that you find posted here has the potential of being seen by thousands. In those thousands there may be the one person who spots the face of one of our missing kids and reports it. Strangers bringing missing children home. What  a novel idea.

My wish today is that you take some time to check out cobbie69’s and mine new blog called “Bring Them Home!

 Like the title says we are in the business of trying to spread the word about missing people, and how to keep our families safe.

Check it out now right here:


Just a small self-serving note: I want to thank Gerry for all his passion, hard work, and committment to helping me make this blog and this dream a reality.

Thank you my good friend! ~ Lady Tj

Credit for all Graphics. Gerry from Gerry’s Space.



Mom Leaves Baby In Sweltering Car, Goes Shopping

There are some things in this world that cause me to shake my head over and over. Over and over , time again.  This is one of those times. The news story below is one of those reasons I shake my head over and over when I hear repeated stories. Taken from the AOL News feed  I receive on my browser; my senses as a human being, a mom, a grandmom, are all assaulted AGAIN with this kind of news. Unfortunately this news article never mentioned where or what part of the USA that this took place in.                                                               

I don’t mean to be judgemental but… Come “on People!

Temperatures reached an estimated 140 degrees inside the vehicle

A 25-year-old mother was taken into police custody after authorities found her 4-month-old baby alone in a sweltering car.

According to ABC News, the mother pulled up to a Toda Moda clothing store, rolled up the windows and casually went inside to do some shopping. Meanwhile, the baby girl sat in the vehicle as temperatures inside rose to 140 degrees.

Fortunately, a mall employee saw the baby and called authorities. An officer quickly arrived on scene and helped yank the window down and pull the baby out. The baby was motionless and the rescuers thought they may have lost her. The officer tried reviving child for several minutes.

When the mother finally came out of the clothing store, she found her baby near death and police officers all over the scene. According to a witness at the scene, the mother did not start crying until she was put in handcuffs.

The baby was taken to a local hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.”

(See ABC News video at link below. Sorry folks this Baroness has not quite figured out how to insert  video any other way.)


I don’t believe that anyone is that dumb or uninformed about hot cars. I instead believe that this comes from either a place of laziness or selfishness. Or both. This baby’s life was endangered because of these two things?

Seriously, I’m quite disgusted.

Thanks so much for  the quick thinking of the first responders and with great gratitude for God.

Know These Rules Kids!

Hello my blogging friends – this is just for you: My friend and brother blogger and I have created a campaign of posting missing children alerts on our blogs to bring awareness to the children’s stories and most importantly their faces. Some of you may have seen some posts all ready.  The idea is to get their photos out to more people around this world. How can that hurt? So my friend at  http://cobbies69.wordpress.com/ and I had hoped that our readers would also pick up on the idea, and also post the alert information on their own blog, and their readers do the same and on and on.

Can you imagine how many people we can put these children’s faces in front of with such little effort on our part? I have a feeling that what I expected from you all was not fair, when I look back and see that I did nothing to explain or request you all  into thinking about joining us. All any would of us  have to do is  click on “REBLOG” This is a purpose, a way that we can put the Reblogging to work for the good. What do you think? I have this image of an alert that will go from my blog to yours, from yours to your blogging friends who will also join us and reblog the alert again on their post, and on and on… 

Think about it being a Random Act of Kindness.  I hope you’ll join us. 

I am also adding something I hope you’ll find helpful and with a great purpose for you to take away today; I am adding these important and priceless tips for summer and your kids. Even as grandparents we can learn a lot from these tips. I’ve posted them on our fridge next to the “Pocket Perspectives” @ http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/ I’ve chosen to print and post for the amazing affirmations value I find they give me.Her posts lift my days – I encourage you to have a looksee.

Our grandson is here for the month and though he is 13 he is still not too old to adhere to and use these tips  below when he leaves our sight.  So he is reminded of them every time he opens that fridge door.

And teen boys open and close the fridge door a lot during summer days.

Enjoy Your Safe & Peaceful Summer

Know the Rules®…Summer Safety Tips to Teach Children

  1. Always CHECK FIRST with your parents, guardians, or the trusted adult in charge before you go anywhere or do anything. Be sure to CHECK IN regularly with your parents, guardians, or a trusted adult when you’re not with them.
  2. Always TAKE A FRIEND with you when playing or going anywhere. It’s safer and more fun.
  3. Be aware of people who offer you treats or gifts. Never accept anything from anyone without your parents’ or guardians’ permission.
  4. Stay SAFER when you’re home alone by keeping the doors and windows locked; not opening the door for or talking to anyone who comes to the home unless the person is a trusted family friend or relative, you feel comfortable being alone with that person, and the visit has been preapproved by your parents or guardians; and never telling anyone who calls that you’re home alone. If your parent or guardian cannot be reached, have a neighbor or other trusted adult you are able to call if you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused or there’s an emergency.
  5. Always TAKE A FRIEND with you when using a public restroom.
  6. Always TAKE A FRIEND with you when going to malls, movies, parks, or entertainment centers. And always CHECK FIRST with your parents or guardians to make sure it’s OK.
  7. Identify the safest place to go or person to ask for help in reuniting you with your parents or guardians if you become lost. Safe helpers could be a uniformed law-enforcement or security officer, store salesperson with a nametag, person with a nametag who is working at the information booth, or mother with children. Never search for your parents or guardians on your own, and never go with anyone who is trying to reunite you with them.
  8. Be careful when you play outside. Stay away from pools, canals, and other bodies of water unless you are with a trusted adult. Don’t play near busy streets or deserted areas, and never take shortcuts.
  9. Leave clothes or items displaying your name at home and don’t be confused just because a person you don’t know calls out your name.
  10. Say NO if anyone you don’t know or a person who makes you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused offers you a ride. CHECK FIRST with your parents or guardians before taking a ride from anyone.
  11. Be careful playing outside as it gets dark. Sometimes it is difficult for people driving to see you. Wear reflectors and protective clothing if your parents or guardians say you may play outside after dark.
  12. Say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making you feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. TRUST YOUR FEELINGS, and be sure to TELL a trusted adult if anything happens to make you feel this way. And it’s never too late to tell a trusted adult what happened.

Have a safe and fun summer!

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Update On Missing Iowa Cousins

Authorities searching for two missing Iowa cousins have information that leads them to believe both girls are still alive, an FBI spokeswoman said Saturday.

FBI spokeswoman Sandy Breault said authorities “feel strongly” that 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins have not been killed. She refused to say what led authorities to that conclusion, but urged anyone with information about their disappearance to contact law enforcement.

“We believe these girls are alive, and we are not discouraged by the passage of time since their disappearance,” Breault said. “We are urging anyone with information to come forward. Any information, as insignificant as it may seem, could be vital to this investigation.”

The announcement came a day after authorities finished searching Meyers Lake in the northeast Iowa town of Evansdale, which is near a path where the girls’ bikes were found. The girls vanished July 13.

They now say they believe the girls were abducted, but that searching and draining part of lake was part of a thorough investigation. “We have to cover everything,” Breault told The Associated Press after Saturday’s news conference. “If there’s even a chance (the girls were in the lake), we have to make sure.”

The lake is close to Interstate 380, just outside of Waterloo, which is about 120 miles northeast of Des Moines.

Breault said investigators are interviewing multiple “persons of interest” in the case, whom she declined to identify. She said authorities are still receiving tips on the case, mostly from within the area.

Authorities have said they are watching Lyric’s father, Daniel Morrisey, although they have not named him as a suspect.

Morrisey, 36, has a long criminal history and has stopped cooperating with police. Breault said the lack of cooperation from some family members has hindered the investigation.

“Unfortunately, in this case, law enforcement has not received total cooperation from all families and close friends,” Breault said. “It’s important to note that a majority of the family has cooperated 100 percent. We feel there’s someone out there that has pertinent information about the girls’ whereabouts, and we’d like to take this opportunity to ask them to come forward.”

A judge on Thursday granted a prosecution request to place Morrissey in a pretrial supervision program of the Iowa Department of Corrections while he faces September trials in two separate drug cases that could land him in prison for decades.

The change means Morrissey, who has been free on bond, will be supervised by parole officers who will make sure he shows up in court and does not violate the terms of his release.

Morrissey’s wife, Misty Cook-Morrissey, 34, pleaded guilty in 2003 in federal court to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, court documents show. She also has theft and alcohol violations in state court and is on supervised release after her probation was revoked in September because of drug and excessive alcohol use and failure to comply with drug tests.

In nearby Waterloo on Saturday, about 165 people participated in a 3-mile run/walk to benefit the girls’ families, the Waterloo Courier reported. The Collinses, who have kept a low profile during the last week, were in attendance.

Contributed from Huff Post CRIME [Huffington Post] July 22, 2012

Footnote by the Baroness: I am a solid watcher of missing children news, getting update,s and Amber Alerts. The fact that the authorities also believe that these girls are still alive and are stating so is the most hopeful bit of news I’ve yet to see in cases such as these. Please do not dismiss their little faces from your eyes, and please DO burn their images into your mind so that every other child does not look-alike. Be come aware for these little girl’s sakes. ~ Please keep them and their families in your thoughts, prayers and positive energy. We can move mountains with our faith>  ~ BB

Missing Cousins in Iowa~ Bring Them Home Please!


The newest information can be found here: http://www.hlntv.com/video/2012/07/19/aunt-missing-iowa-girls-theyre-not-lake?hpt=hln10_2

Background story from HLN News:

The aunt of two missing Iowa girls said Thursday that she does not believe the father of one of the girls was involved in their disappearance.

“He knew absolutely nothing about this,” Tammy Brousseau said of Daniel Morrissey on HLN’s Nancy Grace. Morrissey’s 10-year-old daughter, Lyric Cook, and his eight-year-old niece, Elizabeth Collins, have been missing for nearly a week.

The cousins were last seen by their grandmother in Evansdale, Iowa, on Friday morning when they left to go for a bike ride and never returned. The girls’ bikes were found a few miles away near Meyers Lake later that afternoon, along with a purse and cell phone belonging to one of them.

Morrissey told KCCI that he feels like he has been treated like a suspect during his interviews with police. Investigators have not named any suspects in the case and have not said there is clear evidence of foul play.

“It made me feel like, yes, they were looking at me like a suspect,” Morrissey reportedly said. “But as far as what I know, I’m not—I know the truth. I know I’m telling the truth.”

Brousseau acknowledged that Morrissey has a long criminal history, which court records show includes several drug charges and an arrest last year for domestic assault, but she said his past is irrelevant. Lyric’s mother, Misty Cook-Morrissey, also has a criminal record that includes a 2004 conviction on federal drug charges.

“Would Dan ever do something like this? Harm his children? Absolutely not. He’s cooperated 100 percent with the police,” Brousseau told HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell Wednesday.

According to Brousseau, Morrissey was several miles away—at his mother’s home in Waterloo with one of his sons—on Friday afternoon when Lyric and Elizabeth went missing and he did not have a car. Morrissey told HLN Thursday that he has taken a polygraph test but he does not know the results.

As FBI dive teams prepared to search Meyers Lake, Brousseau said again Thursday that the family does not believe the girls are in the water.“The shoes would have been found on the shore” if they had tried to swim, she said.

Authorities had been draining Meyers Lake since Monday, but officials told HLN they have halted that effort in order to allow divers and searchers with side-scan and 360-degree sonar to examine the deeper parts of the lake. An FBI spokeswoman said that search is expected to take place on Thursday or Friday.

Brousseau said the girls could have been kidnapped from the side of the lake, and she urged their abductor to bring them back safely.

“Whoever has them, please let them go,” she said. “We need our girls back…We love you, Lyric and Elizabeth, if you can see this, we’re here, we’re waiting. Please see in your heart whoever has them, return our kids home.”

Thank you HLNTV.com for the background story and photo. We are keeping these two girl’s and their family’s in our thoughts and prayers. Lets help bring them home ~

Share Your World Week #30

This weeks SYW (Share Your World) entry was posted late with my blessings. Although Cee had no way of knowing that by being behind (per Cee) she was giving me the great gift of time. Our 13-year-old grand son T* arrived this weekend for a month’s visit and as I was rather taken with this handsome young man, he ended up being our entire weekend!

“And happily so!”, says his Nana!

As soon as he walked in the door I saw the change, and it was not just that he is taller than his 6 ‘2″ tall Papa. At just 13 years old T* very well could reach his great uncle’s 7 foot height, T* also has had a slow grace finally come into his actions. He no longer moves about like the colt who is just trying to find his legs. He also has a much deeper voice that now matches how tall  he has always been. People mistakes T*”s age because he’s so tall, and complete strangers have been doing so since he was about 10 years old. He holds up his end of a conversation so well that I would let him be included in almost any adult conversation that a group of people were discussing today. O am so proud of him I could bust.

So much changes happen with children in just such a few months. T* was here in March for a week of his spring break. In just 3 short months talks on the phone never spoke of the changes that were happening to him, that he was growing to be such a fine young man does not surprise me. That it happens in such a short time has blown me completely away. It shouldn’t, I have spent time away from my grandchildren enough to know that they grow without me being there with them.  How dare them, eh? I cannot stop them and God knows how  I have tried. 🙂  But that T* has grown so much – so fast  – was a surprise. So many changes all at once (it feels like to me) are remarkable &  extraordinary. He’s my only boy in our family of all girls and he’s my light. Watching him grow and being part of his life has meant that I have been able to be privy to what makes a good man in this world happen.

My busy weekend would never have allowed me the time to write and enjoy SYW questions as I do when I can take my time to answer. I dislike feeling rushed. So from my heart to your’s Cee thank you for this, and I do hope you were able to enjoy our lovely weather and that is why you were felling behind.

Lots on my mind this post, maybe I should turn in to two posts…… But I won’t.

Colorado Fires have been breaking my heart~

I have been thinking about Cee & Chris so much when I watch the news about their beloved Colorado, and now the fires. I do hope that no one they know and love are being affected by the fires. I also pray and hope that my bestie’s children and grand children are safe. Just returning home to the states after a tour in Peru they do not need this either in their lives. But who does? It’s just that this family is dear to me. I was listening to some of the victims who lost their homes and thanked God it was not them. I’ve lit my prayer candle yesterday for all the homeowner’s, their children, and the entire state.. If you can send thoughts, prayers & energy to these people who all seem to know that it was just things they lost.I admire their humbleness.  That they have their lives and the lives of their family members is all that counts.

President Obama has declared the areas as disastrous zones so help from our government is finally coming. If anyone would like to send help to these families who have lost everything you may do so through the link below. It is a link sponsored by CBS News so you should have some sense of credibility if sending monetary donations. These people need everything, especially personal items such as clothing, toiletries, etc..

Here is the CBS link:


I do hope I have not lost you!

Now onto this weeks fun questions.

  • You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?

Me? No way! It’s not my style First I am not much of a party attendee. I’d only go to something like this if it was work related and I had no choice. Never mind for social reasons. 

  • If you were the original designer of one existing corporate logo, which one would you select?

Oh Gosh, something else I find hard to choose. Logo and brand names I really don’t do. I’m not even sure I know of any. That being said; I actually have a pair of prescription eye glasses that the frames are Calvin Klein. Not because of the name were they chosen, but because I love the frames was the reason. I hid the case which  came with them but bears the brand name. I;m not doing anyone’s advertising for them, Thank you…

So my answer will be ….Let’s see…..this is stretching for me.. I’ll say… Levi Strauss Jeans. Nah.. not Calvin!

  • If you could be a student of any university in the world right now, where would you enroll?  irregardless of which university assume they teach what you want to study.

Oxford. I’d love the old vintage ambiance of the campus. I love the history. It would be my fantasy. I’m giggling at irregardless too ( I know you are having a wonderful belly giggle, my bestie.  [private joke so please forgive me] ), must have been written by a Oregonian, eh?

  • If you had to spend one weekend alone in a single public building or institution, which building would you choose?

Yeah!! One I have not had to think one second about! The answer for me would be a Library without a doubt. Bring me food, water, and my pillow  I could exist the rest of my life there. And Happily So!

I hope you enjoyed the Share Your World questions and if you are up for the challenge please join us all each week. We have a blast sharing with one another the questions our author and founder Cee sets out for us each week. The Share Your World (SYW) link is at Cee’s blog: Cee’s Life Photography @ http://ceeslifephotographyblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/share-your-world-week-30/

Thanks so much Cee for another weeks amazingingly fun questions. I was really stumped by a couple questions this week.. Good job on that~

Please, come join the fun!