Gaining Perspective on Memorial Day, America, and Friends Who Died Young

I’ve been very lax on posting to my blog in the last couple of months. I’ve been traveling, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, to see relatives. I’ve been busy with volunteer activities, family things, life in general. No particularly good excuses, just haven’t posted. But I’ve been following a discussion on a Facebook page the past few... Read more »

And That's the Day Everything Changed

Everybody has days in their lives that remain so firmly in mind that it’s like rewinding a movie or video every time you think about it. For me, this particular day is that day; the day everything changed. It started out like any other day. I went to work about 9:00, bringing my son along... Read more »

Life Skills Learned From a 2-Year Old

I finally reached one of the best milestones in life a couple of years ago, and I now have a 2-year old grandson. Everyone knows you can’t get to grandchildren without having kids of your own, and we also know that none of us has the time to appreciate all the special little achievements that... Read more »

How to De-Stress and Enjoy Life More (or Enjoy More Life!)

I started to read an article about a start-up tech company this morning, because I like to be informed. But it didn’t take more than a couple of sentences and I was totally lost and had no idea what the company was supposed to do or how it was supposed to do it. And then... Read more »

6 New Things I Learned in 2014

I like to think that I am NOT an old dog, and that I am still capable of learning new tricks. Learning new things about the world is one of the ways that  people stay young or young at heart. So I thought about some new things I learned this year. Nothing real earth-shattering, but... Read more »

I'm Still Living My Favorite Childhood Memories

The Blogapalooza challenge for December asks us to write about our favorite childhood memories.  For me, that always revolves around one place – the family cabin in Northern Wisconsin. My dad bought this cabin in 1959 after we had spent several summers at a resort next door. It was just a little hunting shack with... Read more »

A Lesson From Paramount Theatre's Mary Poppins

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I attended a matinee of Mary Poppins at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora, with my daughter, her two step-daughters, her mother-in-law and her sister-in-law. It was a fun “Girls Afternoon Out”. While everyone thoroughly enjoyed the excellent performance, I was surprised to discover that I was seeing Mary Poppins in a... Read more »

Lack of Respect Seems to Be Epidemic

It’s already started. The post-election nastiness.  All the people whose candidate did not win start trashing the people, sometimes their friends, whose candidates did win. My Facebook feed was full of it yesterday. The people who tried to dial it back got trashed too! Of course, there was PRE-election nastiness as everyone saw on those... Read more »

Who Needs New England Colors When You Have Coral Woods?

Start down the trail here. Watch for the roots in the path!
I heard on the radio the other day that the New England states were expecting bumper crops of tourists coming to see the fall colors. But why travel 1000 miles if you have vistas just as beautiful so close to home? Last week Tim and I took a hike in Coral Woods, one of the... Read more »

7 Lessons For Entrepreneurs From Hot Doug's

Last Friday was the last day for Hot Doug’s, a hot dog restaurant in Chicago. For those of you who  have been in a blue fog for the last few days or don’t reside in the Chicago area, Doug Sohn closed the hot dog restaurant that he started about 13 years ago on October 3.... Read more »