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King Elk

His Royal Majesty, the King of Elk

. My first sighting of the noble elk was around age 11 or 12 when my Dad took me “elk hunting”. (Of course, he wasn’t going to actually shoot one, but carried a rifle, just in case it was needed. You know how crazy it can get out in the woods during hunting season.)
. We had been quietly moving through the wooded area for a few minutes when Daddy placed his hand gently on my shoulder and indicated to be quiet. With almost no movement, he nodded his head to point my attention out through the bushes, and I saw it!
. My heart just about burst out of my chest with excitement when I spotted the most amazing beauty of nature on four legs I’d seen to that point. Frozen in place, I could scarcely breathe as I took in the majestic stance, and the huge rack of antlers of that beautiful creature! He was looking straight toward us, and he somehow sensed he was safe. We stood, looking at each other for what seemed like minutes. In reality, it may have been all of 15 seconds. But that 15 seconds is imprinted, indelibly in my mind.
. He finally broke away from the locked gaze, and bounded away in great, beautiful leaps, to disappear in the distance. I silently prayed protection over that beautiful animal, that he would never be harmed or shot, and end up in someone’s freezer and feasted on.
. It seems like none of the elk I’ve seen since that point could quite measure up to the magnificent sight I saw that day, walking through the woods with my Dad. Because, we saw what I thought amounted to “His Royal Majesty, the King of Elk”. ❤
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Note: We have clusters (herds) of elk between the Olympic Peninsula and Olympia, Washington, but when we are traveling and pass by the places they frequent, It's often difficult to pull over and get photos. And when we have pulled over to photograph them around the Hamma Hamma area, they were mostly lounging (laying down and grazing) along the river and back among the trees. Not the best view for clear photos.


February 1, 2014 Posted by | Family, Nature | , , , | Leave a comment


Our Specially-Abled Daughter

Photo by Sue Charles 2006

. We watched the repeat of yesterday’s Home and Family on Hallmark Channel. We were especially touched by the segment with Emily Colson! I related to the topic, and listened with tears pouring down.
. Our daughter (now 46 yrs.) has Cerebral Palsy, is developmentally delayed, has medically controlled seizures, limited verbal skills, typically very joyful, and sometimes has outbursts of erratic behavior.
. Our family has lived life in a fish bowl. As pastoring a church, involvement in our community and schools, and participating in our Native Community and tribal activities requires a lot of public time, our children have lived under close scrutiny, which adds considerable challenge for a special needs child.
. We’ve had some negative experiences, for example: people trying to run us down with vehicles while crossing at designated crosswalks with our daughter, children throwing rocks and hitting our daughter, and harsh, hurtful comments to us and to our daughter by children, adults, teachers, doctors, and “friends”. Some “friends” counseled us when she was small, to “institutionalize” her, reasoning that she would “be better off”, or that she would damage the development of our younger child if we “kept her”. Others reasoned it would destroy my marriage if I “kept her”, and family members, whose support we sorely needed, pierced our hearts with hateful comments and actions. Our firm reply was, “Are you Crazy?”
. I choose to think of them as sadly disillusioned or ignorant, however self-justified their attempts may have been. But it cut to the core of my heart, and still does when recalling those times.
. Countering, and blurring those negative events, have been such amazing, and miraculous times, I could not list them all, if given months of time to recall and write them down. Some examples…
. One of my daughter’s teachers in high school Special Ed, Mrs. Vogel went around the room, singing to the students, who had from mild to severe disabilities. To this day, my daughter hears or recalls a song, and gets weepy, hands over her face, “Oh Vogel! Vogel sings this. I love Vogel.” Whether “You are my Sunshine”, “You Light up my Life”, “You are the Wind beneath my Wings”, or other uplifting tune, it is special because the caring teacher gave of herself to instill in those young lives that they have Potential, Value, and Purpose. Our close knit family sings and openly expresses our love and value of each other, but I think of the students who may not have had such support, love and acceptance in their home, and how the world was made better for them by the teacher’s caring acts.

Photo by Sue Charles 2006

. My daughter has a special tenderness for little children, and people in general, and has the most magnificent hugs. Add to that her incredible perception of sad, hurting, lonely people. Going to a Care Center or hospital could involve hours because our daughter makes a bee line to the most sad, lonely, hurting people and won’t leave their side until we pry her away. She holds their hand, and says over and over, “It’s okay, I love you, don’t cry!”, as pent up tears roll down their faces.
. Her innocence and compassion have touched many lives. She has even spared lives of some, who we later learned, were ready to “end it all’ before their encounter with “the sweet angel” – referring to our daughter. Whether at a mall, park, store, sidewalk, or community event, when my daughter cuts away from us and pulls her wheelchair over to a person she knows, or has never seen before, we stand in awe as she applies her compassionate touch to that person, telling them, “It’s okay, I love you, don’t cry!”.
. Many people don’t realize that EVERY living being has POTENTIAL, VALUE and PURPOSE on this earth. As parents, friends, or mere observers of specially-abled people, if we look and listen with our hearts, we will know more clearly that they have something special to offer that “normal” people are often too busy, too distracted, or out of sync to put into practice. It is certain, that they make a difference in the world for good and the magnitude of that difference may never be fully known or appreciated.

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Watch The Emily Colson Interview Segment: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/homeandfamily/season2video/EpisodeClips/EmilyColson

January 28, 2014 Posted by | Family | , , | Leave a comment

KEEP Christmas in America

By Sue Charles


Yes, it’s Christmas in America! Excitement fills the air!

But Christmas Trees and Manger Scenes cause tension everywhere.

The Atheists build signs of hate and post them in plain view,

And cause a stir of stress and fear – but this is nothing new.


They use the Christmas season – meant for peace on earth, good will,

And turn it upside down with all their hate and threats, but still

The people keep on singing, as shopping they will go,

Tuning out each hostile voice meant to make the crushing blow


The hate-filled voices of the few don’t mean we all must bow

To their ridiculous demands that say all good must go.

We must not melt in fear and shame when the godless few

Stomp their feet in tantrums, as if they were only Two. 


Throughout the ages many tried to crush Christmas altogether,

But the remnant of truth will always keep God’s work forever.

So, celebrate what’s right and true; and kindness, hope and joy

That’s meant for hearts of young and old, for every girl and boy.


This nation is a light of hope, a beacon far and near.

We must stand tall, and sing, and pray and even shed a tear

For those who seek to destroy us all, our freedoms and our land.

And everyone who sees our flag and covers heart with hand.


We pray a blessing on our people, nation and our land

And keep our hope in God above to watch over as we stand

In courage and in strength, committing ourselves to good

And lend a hand to those less blest, as every person should.


So, when the hateful few shout out their message dark and drear,

Just keep in mind that Christmas is a special time of year

To celebrate the Christ child’s birth, to spread the good word too

That all can have that joy and peace with spiritual renew.


So, sing the carols, tie the bows and light the Christmas tree,

Say “Merry Christmas” in the mall, the neighborhood, and street.

Keep Christmas in America, hear Choirs far and wide,

Proclaim the season’s hope and peace, and joy of Christmas tide.  


~ Sue Charles © 12-08-08


LEARN MORE about the Background and History of the Poem, CLICK HERE.




December 21, 2008 Posted by | Holiday Story, Poems, Special Days | , , | Leave a comment

16 Points for Thought


1. Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

2. A sharp tongue can cut your own throat.

3. If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn’t oversleep.

4. Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

5. The best vitamin for making friends is B1.

6. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

7. The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.

8. One thing you can give and still keep is your word.

9. You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself.

10. If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished.

11. One thing you can’t recycle is time.

12. Ideas won’t work unless you do.

13. Your mind is like a parachute. It functions only when open.

14. The 10 Commandments are not a multiple choice.

15. The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime!

16. It is never too late to become what you might have been.

November 18, 2008 Posted by | General Content | , , , , | 1 Comment

Ann Landers on “Class”

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge.  It’s the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.

~Ann Landers


September 17, 2008 Posted by | Quotable Quotes | , , , , | Leave a comment


Smiling is infectious;
You catch it like the flu.
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.I passed around the corner
And someone saw my grin
When he smiled, I realized
I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
Then realized its worth,
A single smile just like mine
Could travel ’round the earth.

So if you feel a smile begin,
Don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick
And get the world infected!

June 10, 2008 Posted by | General Content | | Leave a comment

Quote on Courage

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.”  Albert Einstein

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January 25, 2008 Posted by | Quotable Quotes, Words for life | , | 1 Comment

What Christmas is About

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Pa never had much compassion for the lazy or those who squandered their means and then never had enough for the necessities.  But for those who were genuinely in need, his heart was as big as all outdoors. It was from him that I learned the greatest joy in life comes from giving, not from receiving.  

It was Christmas Eve 1881. I was fifteen years old and feeling like the world had caved in on me because there just hadn’t been enough money to buy me the rifle that I’d wanted for Christmas. We did the chores early that night for some reason. I just figured Pa wanted a little extra time so we could read in the Bible.After supper was over I took my boots off and stretched out in front of the fireplace and waited for Pa to get down the old Bible.  

I was still feeling sorry for myself and, to be honest, I wasn’t in much of a mood to read Scriptures. But Pa didn’t get the Bible; instead he bundled up again and went outside. I couldn’t figure it out because we had already done all the chores. I didn’t worry about it long though; I was too busy wallowing in self-pity.  Soon Pa came back in.  It was a cold clear night out and there was ice in his beard. “Come on, Matt,” he said. “Bundle up good, it’s cold out tonight.” I was really upset then. Not only wasn’t I getting the rifle for Christmas, now Pa was dragging me out in the cold, and for no earthly reason that I could see.

We’d already done all the chores, and I couldn’t think of anything else that needed doing, especially not on a night like this. But I knew Pa was not very patient at one dragging one’s feet when he’d told them to do something, so I got up and put my boots back on and got my cap, coat, and mittens. Ma gave me a mysterious smile as I opened the door to leave the house. Something was up, but I didn’t know what. ………..

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story… 


December 23, 2007 Posted by | Events, Holiday Story, Inspiring | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


“People say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why I recommend it daily.” ~Zig Ziglar

October 2, 2007 Posted by | General Content | Leave a comment

30 Angel Steps

Wishing abundant blessings for the holiday season and the coming year!

I want to share a website with you. It is a delightfully energized musical, animated page that a friend / client and her friend produced called “30 Angel Steps to Prosperity“. Be sure to save the URL. 

You will find that a daily visit to this page is a great way to get back that healthy, positive perspective that sometimes gets squished out of the day by the cares of life.    

Click Here for 30 Angel Steps to Posperity



December 23, 2006 Posted by | Holiday greetings, Inspiring | , , , , , | Leave a comment


“Don’t be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.”

-John Keats

July 17, 2006 Posted by | Featured Quotes, Inspiring | Leave a comment


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It is always time for Blessings.

 CLICK HERE to view the MAY YOU BE BLESSED movie.

It will bring peace to your soul and hope to your heart.

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July 14, 2006 Posted by | Inspiring | 1 Comment

Cost Of Raising Children – Rewards listed as well.


The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up $160,140! That doesn’t even touch college tuition.

For those with kids, that figure leads to wild fantasies about all the money we could have banked if not for (insert your child’s name here).

For others, that number might confirm the decision to remain childless. But $160,140 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month, or $171.08 a week.

That’s a mere $24.44 a day! Just over a dollar an hour. 

What do your get for your $160,140? 

• Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
• Glimpses of God every day.
• Giggles under the covers every night.
• More love than your heart can hold.
• Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
• Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
• A hand to hold, usually covered with jam.
• A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sandcastles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.
• Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

Read the entire text … CLICK HERE.

Enjoy your children (and grandchildren), and never, ever wish things were different, even for a moment! Treasure each second, for you will discover that they are more precious than diamonds!

 Photo by Sue Charles 2006 Photo by Sue Charles 2006 Photo by Ben Charles 2006 



July 9, 2006 Posted by | Family, Words for life | , , , , | 1 Comment


Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.

Ruth E. Renkel

June 15, 2006 Posted by | Words for life | Leave a comment

How to Know Everything


“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.” ~Winnie-the-Pooh, Fictional bear created by A.A.Milne

May 24, 2006 Posted by | Humor | Leave a comment