Renee Weatherbee

Renee's Ramblings


INTRODUCTION:  This section is dedicated to my personal ramblings – it can be about anything, from a favorite product or service, to an opinion I feel strongly about, to a personal essay, to an attempt at adding humor to my otherwise boring day.  Whatever posted here will be highly personal and is my feeble attempt at exposing myself to the world as a writer, something that doesn't come easy for me.  I welcome any comments from anyone who takes the time to read my ramblings and will respond back to you (unless you are being overly offensive, in which case, I’ll just ignore you.)  I don’t know if you’d consider this a blog – blogs are written by people who have a particular expertise in some subject – I have no expertise in anything.  Thus, my ramblings…

Any products or services mentioned here are my own personal opinion.  I am not currently being reimbursed or endorsed by any company for mention of their product or service (however, it’s not out of the question for this starving artist writer – oh, that’s right – I’m not starving, I’m living off my husband’s income).  Any personal essays or opinions on this site are my own and I am fortunate to live in a country where I have the right to write about anything I so choose.  You have a right to read it, or not.  Thanks for visiting and I hope you come back often!

Posted:  September 28, 2012


Heaven's Canvas

  Beyond winding curves hidden from sight there exists

Indescribable, surreal, unmatched breathtaking beauty

Defying all logic, boggling the mind, stretching imagination

Lifting us up, renewing and refreshing our sagging spirits

Feeding the soul, creating mouth-watering experiences

Bold orange awakening palette to desires for juicy tangerine

Crisp crimson reds reminicent of polished apple peels

Tantelizing lime springing forth rememberences of wet and cool

Summer drinks, parasols floating atop, ice clinking as we gulp,

Yellows so luminescent that they spark memories of lazy days

Under a blazing hot sun, scorching sand burning bare skin

Gazing up toward a tree lined horizon, gleaming greens

The past forgotten, the present perfect, the future bright

Heaven's canvas laid out before our eyes, awe-inspiring

Gratitude eminating from our being toward our Creator.


Photos taken Spearfish Canyon, Sept. 2012  


Posted:  September 14, 2012

Future Officer and a Gentleman

My fifteen year old grandson, Baine Towers, made an announcement about a year ago that he wanted to join Civil Air Patrol (CAP).  I’m proud to say my grandson has become an active member who takes his membership to heart.   Al and I were honored to be able to help sponsor him with paying his tuition to CAP camp, called the Joint Dakota Cadet Leadership Encampment.  We see it as money well spent. 

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of interviewing Baine about his experience and what he’s learned in the program.  In July, he attended the camp where he spent ten days learning about leadership, aerospace education, how to shine shoes, the proper way to make a bed, how to take orders, how to take being drilled or yelled at, and what it feels like to ride in a helicopter among other valuable skills.  A helicopter ride nurtured his desire to one day learn to ski dive, but the thing he loves best about CAP is that he is learning the basics of piloting a plane and has been allowed to take control several times already, a major highlight and benefit to being in the organization.   

He belongs to the Brookings CAP along with approximately sixteen other young men and women.  I asked him what were the personal benefits to him.  “I like wearing a uniform and doing things like crowd control at parades and stuff.  Being in CAP is helping me reach my goals.  I’m learning about leadership and respect.  I’m getting into better physical shape.  I’m learning how to address the commanding officers.  I’m very committed to CAP, because it’s helping me to find my purpose.”  He said it is to become an officer and pilot in the United States Air Force one day. 

When asked if he would recommend CAP to others he said, “I highly recommend it as long as you are committed to the program.  I’ve learned a lot and made some lifelong, loyal friends there.”

Baine says he’s looking forward to working on a CAP fundraiser called “Wreathes Around the World” where they will raise money to purchase wreathes to place on Veterans graves on Veterans Day as a way of honoring them.  Other cool things he got to do recently was assist with CAP recruitment and to assist with Bingo calling one night. 

I know he’s already a gentleman, at least around me.  I have no doubt he’ll become an officer one day and I will be able to say, “That’s my grandson, an officer and a gentleman!”  And when they pin those wings on him, we’re all going to be crying, his mom and step-dad, Al and I and the rest of his proud family!

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