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“One thing for sure,” a reader mentioned the other day, “most of your columns are centered on your own ‘back when’ memories.” An easy counter is that just as many pieces are written about … more
I hope I’m not alone in this, but I find that my husband is very difficult to buy presents for. The occasion doesn’t really matter, be it birthday, anniversary or Christmas. It isn’t that I don’t know him. We’ve been married nearly 28 years and we’ve been together for 30 if you count the two years we dated before the wedding. It isn’t that he’s all that picky, either. He simply gets what he wants for himself when he sees it, assuming we can afford it. more
When asked which season I like best, I find myself confused about my answer. I tend to say that winter is my favorite season but the truth is there are things I love about every season. In the summer, I can enjoy a much more relaxed pace. I am not driven by a schedule that requires me to be anywhere at any particular time. I can sleep late, spend my days with my children, read or watch movies, veg out in front of the television with my kids, or if necessary, catch up on all the projects I did not have time for during the school year. I can stay up late, go get ice cream cones or snow cones, take naps and go on a quick trip with my family if the budget allows. In short, I like the lazy days of summer because I can be lazy! more
Aunt Maude smirks often, corrects gently and forgives daily. Oh, she also looks the other way regularly to avoid getting the “shakes.” She has attained the same age as my 105-year-old Uncle Mort, and has pretty much figured out how to maintain peace and harmony in their home nestled down in the thicket. Enduring 85 years of marriage to a man who is said to have been made AFTER God broke the mold warrants the admiration of everyone who knows this couple. more
Columns often “just happen”--devoid of both rhyme and reason. Such is the case as this 16th year of weekly “whims” begins. For several days, I’ve thought frequently of circles, some from … more
As a kid, my mom worked for a dentist. She was a chairside assistant. I remember always having plenty of new toothbrushes at home because when the office ordered in bulk, the staff would order for … more
Every mother is different, yet most of us love our mothers. My mom worked full-time, yet made certain I could pursue my interests. She may not have been at every softball, volleyball or … more
My younger self never gave much thought to getting old. While I have certainly grown older, I don’t usually consider myself to be “old.” Most days being older, not quite old, doesn’t bother me. I have many life experiences, the memories of which I wouldn’t trade just to be young again. Some of those memories include my wedding, the births of my children, a trip with my middle child to Costa Rica and a more recent mission trip to Mexico with my husband. more
In the spring of 2011, I discovered the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. At the time, it felt like every single woman I knew was reading it. One of my best friends began a book club at her house for some friends to get together and discuss the book weekly. I joined in because I love to read and I love my friend. However, more
Rarely do guests at funerals “buy” officiants’ claims that we “gather together to celebrate the life of ____.” You fill in the blank. We’ve all “been there, heard that.” Most are prone to think of funerals as marking ends rather than beginnings. Usually, grief engulfs us, dragging us far below the state of joy we’d prefer. Our spirits don’t seem to be on wings of eagles, soaring across sun-splashed skies. more
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