Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Mary Beth, A Lesson In Living

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on December 4, 2012 ][ In Uncategorized ]



Sometimes you are lucky enough in this life to meet someone who profoundly influences the way you live, think and love.  Mary Beth was one of those rare people who understood the true meaning of life.  While the rest of us search aimlessly, Mary Beth quietly pointed the way.  Mary Beth died yesterday at age 43 from a cruel cancer that could not take her spirit, kill her love for others or rob her of dignity.  To the very end, Mary Beth lived the life she wanted and laughed in the face of death.


I did not meet Mary Beth until shortly before her diagnosis three years ago.  I can not say I knew her intimately but I grew to treasure the brief moments we had together.  Always kind, always putting others ahead of her own needs, always ready to laugh, always there for her two children no matter what, never selfish, facing each day bravely and with determination: this is how I think of Mary Beth.


I can think of no better way to honor my friend than to follow her example as best I can.  First, I vow to finally get that colonoscopy I’ve stubbornly refused to consider; that would make her very happy.  Next, I will try to live each day to the fullest, without complaining about the hundreds of little things we all gripe about every day.  Every day was precious to Mary Beth and she endured suffering beyond my imagination without complaint.  Last I will love those around me a little more, a bit deeper and appreciate them for who they are.  They truly might not be here tomorrow.


Even if you did not know Mary Beth, I hope you can learn from her example.  Live the life you’ve been given and don’t let it slip away.  Laugh often.  Embrace each day, rainy or sunny.  Smile.  Help others.  Take care of your precious health.  Love someone.

Upadated on December 4, 2012

2 Responses to “Mary Beth, A Lesson In Living”

  1. Jennifer Moore says:

    It is not going to be easy saying goodbye to a dear. So I simply will say I love you and will always remember your caring and love for others. I will see you again.

  2. Renee Harmon says:

    So well put, Lisa. She spoke so highly of you and your children. She valued the examples in parenting she gained from you (even without you knowing it) & shared them with me.
    Words escape me at times like this; thank you for penning your thoughts!

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