Y2K and Today: Some Belated Thoughts for the New Year

Y2K and Today: Some Belated Thoughts for the New Year
The start of the new millennium was so frightening it had a special name: Y2K (Year 2000). In 1982, Prince’s song 1999 reflected worries of a nuclear apocalypse back then, as the cold war with Russia led many to believe the world would end by the turn of the century. Instead of being depressed, Prince... Read more »

Why I Love My Computer but Hate Technology

Why I Love My Computer but Hate Technology
On Sunday, I cried in the Apple Store. I’m sure I was not the first or last person reduced to tears there, and, in my defense, I was still sick from a trifecta of bronchitis, asthma, and a sinus infection. I had also just learned that, after a week in the computer hospital, my beloved... Read more »

When the Dog Dies

When the Dog Dies
Yesterday, I had to pick up my granddaughter from middle school so she could say goodbye to her beloved dog Penny. Driving to the vet with her sobbing next to me broke my heart, but I knew she had to have a chance to tell Penny how much she loved her and stroke her soft... Read more »
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A Purpose in Life: My Tribute to The One Who Left

A Purpose in Life: My Tribute to The One Who Left
The last of my father’s four siblings, his younger sister Shirley/Sara, died last month in Israel. Since she moved there with her husband Benny in 1947, I didn’t really know her other than on her sporadic visits to the States and on my two visits to Israel. She was a family myth, the one who... Read more »

The Dress and Family Ties

The Dress and Family Ties
I just gifted my great niece with one of the flower girl dresses my granddaughters had worn for another niece’s wedding several years ago. I had kept the dresses because the tulle skirts made them too fancy for other occasions and my granddaughters outgrew both the dresses and dressing up shortly after the wedding. What... Read more »

Why I Didn’t Love the Movie Widows

Why I Didn’t Love the Movie Widows
The critics raved about Widows, the newest film by British director Steve McQueen. McQueen won an Academy Award and many other accolades for 12 Years a Slave, a film I really liked. So, I was primed to enjoy Widows. After all, it received a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 4-star reviews from many critics.... Read more »
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What Happened in Vegas Stays Around for Black Friday

What Happened in Vegas Stays Around for Black Friday
Just checked Las Vegas off my bucket list. My husband and I met our cousins/dear friends there last week to celebrate our mutual 50th anniversaries. While we had a great time, I couldn’t help seeing Vegas as a microcosm of our country these days. The Trump tower looms over every view of the strip, demanding... Read more »

E-Learning at Home and Why it’s a Fail

E-Learning at Home and Why it’s a Fail
My grandkids who live in another state had an e-learning day last week when their school was closed for staff in-service. I guess this counts as a learning day. It was also a trial for doing the same thing on snow closing days, thus avoiding having to make these days up at the end of... Read more »

Facebook, Stop Telling Me to Boost my Posts

Facebook, Stop Telling Me to Boost my Posts
Here’s what Facebook tells me about many of my posts on my “business” page Still Advocating: “Boost your post to get more likes, comments and shares. People are boosting posts similar to your post Halloween has become so commer… to reach more people. Try boosting yours for $6 to get more likes, comments and shares... Read more »
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The Halloween Grinch Strikes Again

The Halloween Grinch Strikes Again
The average family will spend $185.50 this year on Halloween. Within that $185.50 figure, 41% ($76.05) of the expenditure will be for candy, 36% is allocated to costumes ($66.78), and decorations will consume 23% ($42.67). When did Halloween evolve into such a huge deal? I have a hard time remembering much about Halloween from my... Read more »