Best Friends Forever

Life is very complicated these days. Everybody knows that. Between jobs, kids activities, family obligations, and so much more, most of us barely get the simple things accomplished each day. We remember to eat when our stomach growls and the laundry needs to be done because we run out of underwear, but a lot of... Read more »

Fix Obamacare So It Works For All of Us

There was a great article in the Tribune Perspective section on Friday, March 14 by Lizzy Smith. It’s the first time I have seen a sensible headline about Obamacare. The headline was Fix Obamacare, don’t repeal it. Lizzy is a blogger and freelancer who writes at   Her article told her story from a... Read more »

Shirley Temple Inspired Two Generations of Girls With Her Talent

I just got back from visiting my Mom in Florida. It was a good visit.  We talked about lots of things, past and present, and the subject of Shirley Temple’s recent death came up. Mom and Shirley were contemporaries, born in the same month, a couple of years apart.  Mom had a Shirley Temple doll, a... Read more »

Why I gave myself permission to NOT watch the Olympics

I’m going to be an old curmudgeon and tell you why I’m not going to watch the Olympics and not feel bad about it. Other years I felt guilty when I didn’t want to sit through four hours a night watching overblown commentary, like it was somehow un-American. But not this time! I’m going to just say NO!... Read more »

"A Fine Balance" Undoes Me

ChicagoNow is having their fifth Blogapalooza tonight. Bloggers are invited to spend one hour writing and posting a blog on a topic chosen by the community managers of the blog. The topic tonight is to write about a character or a scene in a book or movie that affected you in some way. What a perfect... Read more »

Final Battle for One of the Greatest Generation

I recently returned from visiting my mother and stepfather in Florida. My stepfather, Carl, had a stroke about a year ago, and has been in the nursing home ever since. And while his body is not functioning as he would like, and he has trouble completing his thoughts verbally,  his mind is not impaired. It... Read more »

Giving Thanks or Thanksgiving?

Not sure if I think there’s a difference between Giving Thanks and Thanksgiving, but some people seem to think so. At any rate, today I am thinking about the things I treasure, enjoy or just plain like a lot in my life and Giving Thanks for them. Giving Thanks is something we don’t do often... Read more »

What Do You Want On Your Tombstone?

No I’m not asking you about pizza! It’s a little more serious than a pizza slogan! A group of us were talking about life and the subject of obituaries came up. Pat had asked her father to write an obit with information he would want people to know. He did so, but she didn’t see... Read more »

Where Are You When You're Needed?

Sometimes you are just in the right place at exactly the right time. It may not seem like it in the moment, but later on, you realize that someone needed you and you were there. About 25 years ago, my husband and I were new business owners. Our furniture store was in a small town... Read more »

Dave Robicheaux and the Meaning of Life

I have always loved to read. Since I was a little girl, reading has been a favorite pastime, for both learning and enjoyment. I read everything that came my way from the Wheaties box on the breakfast table, to the Bobbsey Twins, and Nancy Drew mysteries – over and over again. So I guess it’s... Read more »