Observations From A Road Trip Across the Country

Recently, Tim and I made a good old-fashioned road trip from Chicago to Phoenix. Our daughter was expecting a baby any day, we had lots of “stuff” to haul to her, and since we didn’t know exactly when the baby would arrive, it made more sense to drive than to fly. We were gone about... Read more »

Forever Friends: Some of The Best Companions For Life's Journey

It was a very good week! We had four separate visits with Forever Friends! We had dinner with our furniture friends on Sunday. Tuesday, it was lunch with my best friend from high school and her husband, visiting from Florida. Thursday was a visit from my college roommate from Wisconsin, and Saturday was a college... Read more »

Go Now! Advice From a Three Year Old

My grandson just turned 3. Oh what joy to be three again! I could repeatedly run around in circles; from the kitchen, the dining area, through the living room, down the hall and back to the kitchen, and then jump into the arms of a happy grandparent when I was done. Then, laughing, sweating, throwing... Read more »
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Is there such a thing as bias-free language?

Earlier this week, there was an article in the Perspective section of the Chicago Tribune by S.E. Cupp about the University of New Hampshire’s guide to “bias-free language”. Apparently this so-called “guide” was posted on their website as a way to never offend anyone anywhere and reduce all discourse to a few generic terms for... Read more »

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 »
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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 »
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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 »