Monthly Archives: January 2015



WOW!!!  FB touches my heart… QUITE often these days.   MOST of my contacts/friends are Christian oriented.  I JUST came across the following post, shared by Zig Ziglar:

“How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great”.- unk #Ziglar

DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!  The photo attached to this GREAT statement showed a loaf of bread being handed from the bright side of a photo depicting a clear blue sky with white, fluffy clouds to a man sitting on the ground holding up a “HUNGRY” sign in the darkened side of the same photo.  “THIS”  was amazing.  Perhaps I will see if my daughter can, somehow, transfer that specific post onto this blog.  Onto this specific post.  DO NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH!!!  I will “SEE” if this is even possible… SOON!!!



P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!





= “THE TWIGHLIGHT ZONE”.  Okay, folks… I am going back in time a bit… to help make the point of this “AMAZING” story.  READY???  HERE WE GO…

I have maintained communication with Pastor Walter West regarding this “JOURNEY” I’m on for quite awhile now.  He referred me to Pastor Mason Reigger at ABC regarding a specific focus in our community here in St. Augustine, FL.  Okay, so I met  with Pastor Mason.  He made additional referrals.  I contacted a few.  Which have lead to a few more…and a few more… and a few more.  I cannot keep up with all of these referrals.  I contact those I feel drawn to… as I am able.

I spoke with Pastor Mason at church a week-or-so ago regarding avenues I have pursued.  He… made another recommendation.  Ken, the clergy… out at the county jail.  “I”… made a mental note of this…“KEN, clergy… county jail”.  “LIFE”… goes on…

At church Sat., 1/3/15, we had the usual “MEET AND GREET” your neighbor prior to Pastor Walter beginning the evening’s sermon.  I shook hands with the fella across the isle from me and then proceeded on to greet others.  I passed that gentleman I shook hands with FIRST and suddenly felt an urge to turn and quickly inquire, “Sir, what’s your name?”.  He said, “KEN”.  I know I looked perplexed as I said, “I thought I knew you, but I guess I don’t.”  He quickly shot back, “I didn’t do it!!!” with both hands held outward and upward as if being stopped by the police.  He then continued with, “I do work out at the jail”.  Hhhmmm… I immediately shot across the isle to grab a business card from my purse and handed it to him stating, “I’m seeking to start a program at the jail” as Pastor West began speaking.  Oopse… I, QUICKLY, sneaked back over to my seat…across the isle.  END OF STORY!!!

UNTIL… I was almost asleep Sun. evening in the van during our drive home from Disney when I suddenly shot up… “KEN!!!”  I think the “KEN” I felt a pull toward at church last night was “THE” Ken that Pastor Mason had mentioned… a week-or-so ago!!!  WHAT!!!???!!!???!!!???  Can “THIS” even be “TRUE”???  I felt a PULL toward a man that I have NEVER met before???  I re-approached him a second time to ask his name, but “KEN,” did NOT ring a bell… UNTIL the next evening when that name, “KEN” bopped me right upside my head… fully arousing me from a half-sleep during our trip home from Disney!!!

Hhhmmm… so, had I been drawn to the right “KEN” at church who works at our county jail???  I do NOT know, folks.  I made a call and spoke with a Pastor “Ken” at the county jail.  “He”… was NOT the same “KEN” I had met at church, however he mentioned that there is, yet… ANOTHER “KEN” who also works in that department.  Another “KEN”… I have not spoken with… YET!!!  DOUBLE Hhhmmm, Hhhmmm…

Stay tuned, folks… THE SAGA CONTINUES!!!




MGO, folks!!!  “I”… am a MESS!!! I get so “LOST” in my mind that the craziest things, often-times, escape my mouth… during times of confusion!!!  Folks, you are NOT gonna believe this!!!  Come along…

“Oopse… I DID IT AGAIN!!!”  Yep, I made a fool of myself in the food-order line at Magic Kingdom on Sun., 1/4/15!!!  It was night-time.  We had left home early, 7:00 a.m. for a 1-day excursion to the Disney park, Magic Kingdom, in Orlando, FL.  “THIS”… was the last weekend of “Christmas” break for the kids from school.

We entered the park around 9:00 a.m. and decided to go, Go, GOOOOO… ALL day.  This was such a fun, Fun, FUN day!!!  We decided to get dinner inside the park (since we were ALL hungry) around 6:00 p.m.-ish with plans to stay and watch the “MAGICAL” fireworks display at 9:00 p.m., ET..  HA!!!  Chris and I got in line to order the food and both kids went to locate a table…

Chase soon returned to inform us that the lines were shorter “OVER THERE”… on the other side of this fast food… place to eat.  Chris and I raced right “OVER THERE” to a shorter line, only to realize that the food choices available at this shorter line were a bit different.  Aaahhhhhh!!!  Danielle and Chris wanted something available back “OVER THERE” at the first line we had entered and exited for the shorter lines…“OVER HERE”!!!  Chase and I, on the other hand, wanted food from “THIS” short line… “RIGHT HERE”!!!  HA!!!  Chris and Danielle went back “OVER THERE” to order their dinners.  Chase and I walked right up to the register, “RIGHT HERE” to order ours.  Now, Chase said he wanted a “Fanta” orange drink with his dinner… which he never, Never, NEVER gets.  “FANTA!!!”

So, I turned to Victoria at the cash register and promptly ordered 2  #4’s, 1 diet coke, and 1 “Santa,” please.  :/  Victoria, the cashier… about fell over!!!  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  I caught the error immediately as her face displayed sheer disbelief!!!  “I mean   FANTA, the orange drink,” I retorted!!!  It was too late, folks.  I could NOT recover from “THAT” blunder.  Oh, yeah… Oopse, I made a fool of myself… AGAIN!!!

Victoria was quick witted, and reported…Look lady, “I know we have an alien right over there ( an animated, robot alien that plays keyboard and sings in the children’s  section), but I don’t think Santa’s here!!!”  DOUBLE HA, HA!!!  Poor, POOR Chase.  “Sorry, son.  Oopse… I DID IT AGAIN!!!”


“STUFF”… happens, folks.  I admit that it does NOT take much, AT ALL, to get me…???…???…???… “flustered”( a state of [flighty] agitated confusion).  AT LEAST I HAVE LEARNED TO LAUGH AT MYSELF… which I could NEVER do… years before!!!






Wanting to “HELP” others is a good thing, right???  Why does it have to “HURT” so bad???  OUCH!!!

I am learning, folks… VERY SLOWLY.  Did you know that there are many, Many, MANY people in today’s world who do NOT even realize they need “HELP”???  It’s true!!!  And do you wanna know something else???  NOBODY is gonna accept ANY “HELP,” at all “IF” they don’t even think they need it!!!  BAM!!!  Now, “THIS” is ANOTHER lesson, taken right out of “Common Sense, 101”.  It appears that my mind may have wandered during portions of that lesson.  :/

Oh, but If “I”… could JUST make him “SEE”.  HA!!!   “I”… am “Letting go,” folks and giving it all unto The Lord.  He can handle it.  I CANNOT.



Psalm 33:20;  Psalm 36:2;  Psalm 108:12;



Make just “ONE,” someone “HAPPY”.

Small changes make BIG differences, folks.  WE KNOW THIS ALREADY!!!  DON’T WE???  HA!!!  “THIS”… is so, So, SO simple!!!

Now, ask yourself this… “Self, What can I do to make “JUST” one someone happy TODAY???  I am learning to NOT use my “SELF” as the only “ONE” I seek to make happy, folks…  and “THIS” makes me so, So, SOOOOOO…???…???…??? “HAPPY”!!!  WHAT!!!???!!!???!!!???  Yep, “I”… become “HAPPY” by simply seeking to make “others”… “HAPPY”.

“I”… am learning the huge impact of employing this theory in my very own life!!!  Hhhmmm… have I mentioned that I recently turned “50”???  “50 AND FABULOUS”!!!  (The cookies said so!!!  Remember???  Those b-day cookies from my sisters, baked by my cousin…  Sorry… I just HAD to throw that in there…AGAIN!!!)  ;/


“LIFE… IS DIFFICULT.”  Take the focus off your “SELF” and see how God, magically, focuses on YOU… as you focus on others.  Hhhmmm… “PAY IT FORWARD”…???…???…???  JUST THINKIN’…in black and white… ON YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN…???…???…???

“I”… am OVER-TIRED, folks.  GOODNIGHT.


P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day.



with the receptionist at the Defense Attorney’s Office.  She said to call her, “D”.  “WE”… became FAST FRIENDS!!!  What an AMAZING young woman.  With an AMAZING HEART.  With a focus on… “HELPING”… those in “NEED”.  Hhhmmm…  What else did I learn about her???  “SHE”… is a “HUGGER,” as well!!!  We hugged 2x in less than 30 min.!!!  😉

MGO, folks!!!  I CANNOT MAKE THIS STUFF UP!!!  “YOU”… ARE NOT GONNA BELIEVE IT!!!  I felt our “connection”… IMMEDIATELY, so I quickly handed her a business card.  We spoke for a moment.  I was dressed and ready to go straight to work after leaving the courthouse.  Navy scrubs, American flag shirt, name-tag.  She then realized that she ALREADY knew  “OF” me, INDIRECTLY.  AND… she has already been to visit the site,, with her mother… “MY” co-worker… who is employed as a nurse at MCNRC!!!  SHUT-UP!!! (Now, “THAT”… is meant to be funny, folks)

AMAZING!!!  AMAZING GRACE!!!  Friday, 1/2/15… DAY #2 of the year 2015… COULD NOT HAVE BEEN ANY BETTER!!!

Thank you, Jesus for continuing to Bless me along this, “My Spiritual Life Journey”.  I am so, So, SO excited to follow You in anticipation of what comes next…

The “JOURNEY”… continues…


P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!



I received the letter on Fri. evening, 1/2/15.   I spent a couple hours at the courthouse in the morning.  I worked from 12-6 pm, shopped for groceries and then returned home around 7:30 pm-ish, ET.  My husband, Christopher, immediately handed me a letter from…  “Christopher”… in jail.  WOW!!!  “THIS”… shocked me, folks.  “Christopher”… in jail… had also sent an apology note to my daughter, Danielle.  DOUBLE WOW, WOW!!!

The saga continues…

The prayers continue…  Heavenly Father, I ask that you knock on Christopher’s heart… and I pray that he opens the door, allowing your entrance to work miracles in his young life.  Amen.




At the St. Johns County Courthouse…

I seem to be caught-up in some type of an unexplainable…???…???…??? mystery series…???…???…??? comparable to… “THE TWILIGHT ZONE”!!!  Aaahhhhhh!!!  THAT’S IT, folks!!!  JILL’S WORLD = THE TWILIGHT ZONE!!!

I have been trying to write a post regarding Friday’s calendar of events, 1/2/15.  I keep running into brain…???…???…???… blockades.  I, simply, DO NOT know how to take you through that day.  “IT”… was AMAZING.  My first stop???  The St. Johns County Prosecuting attorney’s office where I met with Steve Croskey regarding…???…???…???… Hhhmmm… I had NO IDEA what I was doing there!  :/  WHAT???!!!???!!!???!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME???  I… AM NOT KIDDING, FOLKS.  I had called the office a few days ago to simply speak with this prosecuting attorney, Steve Croskey on the phone, when the receptionist promptly stated that she could schedule a meeting for Fri., 1/2/15.  I, initially, said… “NO,” but then agreed.

I arrived 30 minutes early as I was NOT certain where his office was located.  I began looking in the general area of the county courthouse.  BAM!!!  I had begun my search in the appropriate area.  I am getting to know that whole general area pretty good these days.

To enter the building, I had to remove ALL items from my person to be sent through the detection/scanner booth thingy… and then I proceeded to walk through the body scanner machine beyond which I assumed “THE POSITION” to be…???…???…???… “wanded” along my being with this stick-like…wand thingy by “SECURITY”.  (Those fellas are getting to know me pretty well these days!!!)  😉  I was then directed RIGHT NEXT DOOR to the prosecuting attorney’s office!!!  DOUBLE BAM, BAM!!!  I had arrived a bit early, but that was okay.  I do NOT like to be LATE!!!

Both hands were shaking and my heart was racing as I sat “waiting”… in the waiting room.  Aaahhhhhh!!!  “I”… was nervous!!!  And I guess I probably SHOULD HAVE BEEN… NERVOUS considering that I wasn’t REAL SURE why I was  even there.  I had a few questions for him… that I could have asked on the phone.  THAT’S IT!!!  BUT… here I find myself sitting in the waiting room… waiting to…???…???…??? ask him what???  A few questions regarding Christopher’s next court appearance???  “I”… was not sure what I wanted, AT ALL!!!  :/  Think.  Think.  Think.  Pray.  Pray.  Pray…

I know I had left court on 12/23/14…???…???…???… CONFUSED about what had happened.  WHAT???  Yep, “I” left court that day CONFUSED and uncertain as to what had even been decided!!!  But wait… “I”… WAS THERE, wasn’t I???  Or was I???  Maybe I was NOT “FULLY” there.  Oh yeah, I remember what happened.  I had vacated the courtroom to speak with the couple interested in “HELPING” Christopher, so I had NOT been aware that a sentence had been rendered by Judge Tinlin that day, 12/23/14.  I just learned of “IT” today, 1/2/15.   “IT IS… WHAT IT IS,” folks.

Christopher remains in jail, but will soon begin a work release program in another division of the county jail system.  “Housing”  is “STILL” the problem.  He has nowhere to go.

After meeting with the prosecuting attorney, Steve Croskey, I headed straight down to the Assistant Defense atorney’s office, Ms. Shavonne McCants.  She was not in the office today due to the holiday, but I will be speaking with her soon.  Hhhmmm… I seem to be gravitating toward program development within our county court/jail system(s).  Stay tuned…

AGAIN… I left our county courthouse feeling as though everyone involved with this case is, genuinely, seeking to “HELP” Christopher.  This has been a fine display of individuals working “TOGETHER” as a “TEAM” with the sole purpose of seeking to “HELP” Christopher SURVIVE “LIFE”.   I will continue praying for this young man… DAILY.  Please add him to your prayer list, as well.    Thanks.  And… GO TEAM!!!

AMAZING!!!  1/2/15 was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!  I encountered so many amazing individuals on the day’s journey to the St. Johns County Courthouse.  Please stay tuned, folks.  There WILL be more to come… regarding this story…


P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!



Song by Miley Cyrus.  MGO, folks.  “THIS” is “IT”.  The song I listen to for motivation.  It helps me to keep moving.  To keep “climbing” toward my dream of, somehow, “HELPING”.

I had wanted to download this song so that folks could actually  listen to it via a link at this site,, however,  I was NOT able to determine the legality of establishing such a thing.   ( Pppsssttt… and I do NOT want to break the law.  “I”… am a rule/law follower… MOST OF THE TIME!!!)  😉  Therefore, I have chosen to go ahead and, at least, provide the lyrics to this very special song that has motivated me to “TRY” and make a difference…


I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming, but
There’s a voice inside my head saying
You’ll never reach it
Every step I’m takin’
Every move I make
Feels lost with no direction,
My faith is shakin’
But I, I gotta keep tryin’
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down, but
No, I’m not breaking
I may not know it, but
These are the moments that
I’m gonna remember most, yeah
Just gotta keep goin’
And I, I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on, ’cause

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waitin’ on the other side
It’s the climb

There’s always gonna be another mountain… repeat chorus

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Keep on movin’
Keep climbin’
Keep the faith baby
It’s all about, it’s all about the climb
Keep the faith, keep your faith
whoa, whoa,


MGO, folks.  “THAT” is the song that gives me “chills” and keeps me moving forward on THIS, “MY SPIRITUAL LIFE JOURNEY”.








MGO!!!  It is now 11:53 am, ET.  1/1/15.  DOUBLE MGO, MGO!!!  I awoke in the wee hours of this morning, between 3-4:00 am to a recurrent thought… “MEETING PEOPLE WHERE THEY’RE AT,” which became the previous post, published between 5-6:00 am this morning, 1/1/15.

“MUSIC… CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS” came to mind as I was recently lying in bed “thinking”… while arousing for “THIS”… the second time TODAY… 1/1/15.  I am feeling a need to blog… AGAIN!!!   😉


I can remember many years ago, living on George St. in a place called Fayette, Ohio.  A one (1) stop-light town… surrounded by country… “FARMING” country.  I ALWAYS “looked-up” to my oldest sister, Laura.  “SHE”… was amazing.  Still is.  Now, Laura listened to the BEST music… and “HER” style… became “MY” style…

My FIRST (1st) encounter with the “DEEPNESS of MUSIC,” getting myself “LOST” in that place called “JILL’S WORLD” involved Barry Manilow’s,  “Even Now” and “This One’s For You”… back in the mid-late 70’s.  MGO!!!  My first, significant, boyfriend…  Tony.  Those songs still touch my heart today… 30+ years later.  Memories are ALL that are left.  No pictures.  No “things”… to remind me.  NOTHING.  Those memories will remain in my heart, head and soul for a lifetime.  And onward into Eternity…

My next significant encounter with the “DEEPNESS of MUSIC” came between the ages of 21-28-ish.  Just prior to my car accident in 1986, continuing until I tried to leave my past behind while setting out on my current :  “JOURNEY”… looking for life…looking for my “LOST” self which has since become:  “MY SPIRITUAL LIFE JOURNEY”.  The most influential songs of that time included songs by John Cougar Mellancamp, Peter Frampton, Huey Lewis & The News…esp., “I’m So Happy To Be Stuck With You”.  There were many, Many, MANY songs that “MOVED ME” back in those days.  All of them were attached to the significant man in my life at “THAT” time… CURTIS GUY STUCK.

OUCH.  My heart aches, folks.  STILL… AFTER ALL THESE YEARS.  Please refer back to the previous posts: “Just Another Day…”-7/9/14; “Why”-7/10/14; and “Why, Part II”-7/10/14.  May you R.I.P., Curtis.

And today???  The “DEEPNESS OF MUSIC” also attaches itself to my husband, my soul-mate, my earthly rock, Christopher Allen.  Significant songs, including only two (2)of the handful, are Whitney Houston’s, “I Will Always Love You” and Justin Timberlake’s, “Mirrors”.  

“The Climb,” however, by Miley Cyrus is my GO-TO song.  For strength.  For Faith. For motivation that fuels my determination to continue moving forward on this, MY “Climb”.  Seeking to move mountains.  “HOPING”… to, somehow, make a difference…


P.H.P., folks.  People Helping People.

Give the BEST of yourself for “JUST” today… “EVERY” day!!!