Archive for April, 2011

New Facebook Page


The social media can be overwhelming to me, but my friends are helping me along. There is a new Facebook Page for my book, and you can LIKE IT!

What does that mean exactly?

Right now 3 people like it, so if you hurry, you could be one of the ORIGINAL  “like-ers”. Wouldn’t that be fun? There would be 4 if I liked myself, but that feels kind of self-serving. Is there a Facebook-Book-of-Manners I can follow? Also I would like vocabulary lessons..wall, post, status?

I’m not going to check it everyday to see how many people like it,  because that could put a damper on my naturally upbeat personality.

However, if you ever have a question you want to ask me, this would be a GREAT place to do it. Just send me a message on the Facebook page, and then I’ll post you an answer… is that the right word?  Maybe your question is the one that millions (up beat AND tends to exaggerate) are wondering…so ask away!

Find me on Facebook at… Simple Truths with Mary Flo Ridley…we have just set it up, so I hope it works!

And I hope you like it.

Here is the link:!/pages/Simple-Truths-with-Mary-Flo-Ridley/210505225634085

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The Kappa Key

I’m a Kappa…

pledged at SMU in  January of 1973, and loved the whole experience!

Pledging, being a Kappa Picker, Prank Chairman, Rush Chairman, Prez, and then Field Secretary. My mother, her sisters, and my sister are Kappas. One of my daughters is a Kappa, and (thank goodness, to stop the monotony), the other daughter is a Tri Delt.

Some of my best Kappa friends are a generation older than I am, and I am richer by far for having these women in my life. I owe a great deal to the ones who challenged me as a young collegiate to think about life after college,  and what is important about relationships. Warmest thanks go to Claire Roberts, Jan McIlhenny, and Elizabeth Mills. These women were my Kappa advisors (oh so many years ago), who advised me about MORE than Rush Rules or Chapter Council.  They were excellent wives, mothers, and friends….please add hilarious to their list of attributes.

This spring, Kappa’s magazine, The Key, has given a review of my book!

The Key is the first college women’s fraternity magazine published continuously since 1882. (Not that I remember that factoid from pledge tests…I just saw it on their website!)

If you want to view the current issue of  The Key you can go to their website at: and just click on The Key, then current issue.

If you read the article and are interested in my resources go to

If you are a Kappa that I haven’t kept up with…CALL ME, or let’s catch up on Facebook.

If  we were Pickers together, then close your eyes and remember the cornball playing the spoons, or the saw, or the washboard… yep, that was ME!

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More Foundation Thoughts

For a few weeks I’ve been walking by the new house being built in our neighborhood, and I see a lot of progress! I also see a lot of things that remind me of parenting.

The men who originally laid the foundation are now pulling off the wooden forms…that means the foundation is set, and can stand on its own. Notice discarded wooden forms.

Deep inside of these concrete foundations are two things: strong iron rods, and many small stones.

Apparently the ingredients for a firm foundation are

#1 seemingly small things

#2 clearly strong things

#3 holding on until it’s time to let go.

When we look back, we see that indeed it was a mountain of seemingly incidental conversations, events,  and actions, and a few iron rods of certainties, held up by the form of ever-present parents, friends, and the church.

And in time the cement is set.

We hope and pray and instruct and guide, and mess up, and try again. We have plans, but they usually get changed…

Thankfully the unchanging love of God never lets go. When we need to pull away,  the Lord will hold them up. And when they build their lives upon His firm foundation, the house will stand.

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