Tag: Practical advice

To Donny as you take office: Love, Barry

To Donny as you take office: Love, Barry
For centuries, the outgoing POTUS (president of the United States) writes a letter to the incoming POTUS. This time around is no different, President Barack Obama wrote a letter to President Donald Trump. I am not privy to that letter, so for fun, I’m writing one for them. If I were President Obama, this is... Read more »

8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast

8 questions you should ask prior to booking a room at a bed and breakfast
Last Friday, I left work around noon and headed out of town to spend the weekend writing my novel at a 120 year old Victorian bed and breakfast. I love restored old houses. This one, however, could use some TLC; wood flooring in need of refinishing, threadbare carpets, dilapidated and non-functional windows, peeling ceiling paint,... Read more »

Four recent Facebook posts that prove "Sense" and "Courtesy" are no longer common

Friends, we are losing our humanity; that’s the only thing that can explain why people are losing their common sense and common courtesy. These two concepts – sense and courtesy – used to be very common. Most everybody had both. Most people knew the difference between right and wrong. Most people knew how to treat... Read more »
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Renters - you need insurance

Renters - you need insurance
Lately, I’ve seen several online funds set up for families who have lost everything in apartment fires. With apparently no renter’s insurance, these families are in a terrible place with limited, or no funds to rebuild their lives. My heart hurts for these families, so I try to help when I can. However, this is... Read more »

The 5 best things a mom can do to minimize stress in her life

The 5 best things a mom can do to minimize stress in her life
Are you a mom? Is your life stressing you out? My life was stressing me out, because I was trying too hard to be “perfect.” <Snort> Yea, right! I’m not a professional, and I don’t play one on television. I’m learning how to minimize the stress in my life, and the items on this list... Read more »

Why my life is filled with joy as I look toward my future

Why my life is filled with joy as I look toward my future
This post is part of a monthly ChicagoNow bloggers event called Blogapalooza. All bloggers are invited to receive a topic at 9pm, write and edit on that topic in one hour, and publish right at 10 pm. Click here to read all the other great posts from tonight. Life is finite. There is nothing we... Read more »
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Genealogy Research: What happened to my great-grandfather?

This is the third post in the series discussing my years of genealogical research. You can find the other posts here in the Genealogy category. What happened to my great-grandfather? This question should really be “What happened to all the men in my mom’s family?” Both of my grandfathers (paternal and maternal) were dead before... Read more »

Genealogy Research: My top 5 challenges doing genealogical research

Genealogy Research: My top 5 challenges doing genealogical research
I know I promised to tell you about my great-grandfather and whether, or not I found him. However, in order to explain how I found him, I needed to write this post about the top 5 challenges I face in my genealogical research. Knowing what these challenges are and anticipating them may save you some... Read more »

Have you seen these sweet boys?

Have you seen these sweet boys?
        It’s been an emotional day for me today. I read my friend’s blog post Stop Using The Phrase “Someone Lost Their Battle With Cancer” and cried. I read the story about a brave little 7-year-old who walked out of the woods after the small plane she was in crashed, killing everyone else on... Read more »
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12 Days of Thanksgiving: My Facebook Thankfulness posts

I’m nearing the conclusion of my 12 Days of Thanksgiving series of blog posts. Over the last several posts, I’ve been sharing my knowledge and experience about hosting Thanksgiving. I hope these posts have been helpful, or at least worthy of an “LOL”. During the month of November, some of my Facebook friends and I... Read more »