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Sunday began the first week in May with the official statement by President Obama stating that a U.S. Navy Seal team killed America’s Most Wanted Terrorist.

Thursday was Cinco de Mayo, a celebration honoring Mexico’s independence from Spain and Spain’s partnership with France.

Friday was Kentucky Oaks Day. The Run for Lilies Winner was Plum Pretty; a filly trained by three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert and rode by Preakness winner Martin Garcia. This southern beauty hails from Peachtree Stables located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Saturday was Kentucky Derby Day. The Run for the Roses Winner was Kentucky born Animal Kingdom. More than 160,000 people watched as AK came up from behind and took charge as he headed straight for the finish line in the last stretch. This is jockey John Velazquez’s first Kentucky Derby win, and the first time AK raced on dirt. Well done to both of them.

Sunday is Mother’s Day. Momma Della Mae has been gone a few years now but Mother’s Day is still a time to stop and reflect on her life, her love, and her impact to her family. Momma Della Mae was the first-born daughter in her family and quickly became the family’s matriarch. Her matriarchal nature touched all her relationships. She became Momma Della Mae to neighbors, church members, and friends. Even in the nursing home during her final years, my sister and I would often arrive for a visit to find her counseling, chatting with, or singing with one of the nurses or aides. They loved her so much that they named her Mother of the Year the first year she became a resident there.

Momma Della Mae lived her sermons. She fed everyone she met, listened to all, and shared her faith readily, even with those who came to the door professing another faith. Mother would invite them in and say, “If you listen to my story and you can top it, I’ll listen to yours.” She was always trying to find a way to make things better for others in whatever way her skills and talents would allow her to do. – Not a bad legacy.

What are your memories?



Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

2 thoughts on “A BUSY WEEK

  1. She was like a second Mother to me. I remember Joyce cooking mashed potatoes and pork and beans. I might fix me some of them tonight. Those were the good old days.

  2. I really enjoyed the picture above, especially your bright smile and the beautiful hair style. Dr. Nate

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