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Searching for a Safe Place – But Where Exactly is That?

February 27, 2013


I start this posting on an uncharacteristicly serious note. It is because my father was lost to Alzheimer’s disease for over a decade before his passing in 1998, that I intentionally spend some part of each day focused on mental exercises. As a result, the “use it or lose it” philosophy has been drilled into my subconscious. […]

A Wandering Mind Follows No Set Path

February 22, 2013


It’s been one of those mindless, unproductive afternoons, staring out my office window, imagining that the snow is all gone from the garden, the waterfall is happily gurgling away, I’ve cleared the office paperwork, and I’m awaiting a dinner invitation to that fancy French bistro in town. (Hey, I can dream, can’t I?!) Although none of […]

Departing is Sweet Sorrow, Delight on Safe Return

February 19, 2013


Ignoring the aggravation of cancelled or late flights and the long lineups that ensue from unplanned airline changes, how do you feel about airports? Over the decades, I have had countless trips to airport Departure and Arrivals gates. (It’s seems that it was part of the fine print along with the marriage vows.) Honestly, I […]

Laundry Day Sing-along

February 14, 2013


Many of my gal friends with retired partners absolutely relish any solo time they can snatch when their spouses are out-of-town, whether that’s a few hours or a couple of days. Apparently, absence, in those cases, doesn’t make the heart fonder, it’s the glue that keeps the union intact. I count myself lucky to have Hubby […]

Too Cool to Drool

January 10, 2013


“I udder all-aaz ol ee ta ‘eep I ‘ott coze … ” (Translation: My mother always told me to keep my mouth closed.) Perhaps it was an embedded threat, but my mother regularly reminded me as I was growing up how horrible my baby teeth were, and how I had to keep up with the brushing or lose my […]

Wishing You a WOOFY New Year

January 2, 2013


Despite the fact that a new year often brings unattainable resolutions, I have set a new goal for the coming year. I am going to make an earnest attempt at becoming a WOOFY, that is a Well Off Older Folk (or Fogy, or Fossil). It is an acronym that is used to describe the ever-increasing demographic of senior […]

The Rudolph Syndrome

December 10, 2012


It seems the Red Hat Society may have some competition at this time of year. If dressing up in purple and red attire and hats wasn’t enough for you older gals, I would like to mention a strange phenomenon called the “Rudolph Syndrome” that shows up around Christmas time and always coincides with the annual luncheon for […]

Raise a Stink – Or not

November 14, 2012


I know that despite some memory problems and achy joints, my parts are intact and my ol’ sniffer is still in fine working order. Hopefully, I’m not resembling a bloodhound in the looks department, but I can smell blue cheese breath at 20 feet away. I can sniff out a poopy diaper a room away. Call it a […]

Boot-Scootin’ My Way to a Humbler Me

October 17, 2012


Every now and then, God likes to present something in my life for His amusement – and to teach me humility.  That’s not to say that I don’t mind a certain amount of challenge in my routine, but I’m not eagerly seeking to look like an idiot either. This week, I accepted an invitation to attend […]

Worrying My Way to a Vacation

September 17, 2012


The art of worrying comes with being a mother and lasts as long as you remain one. When it comes to getting away on a bonafide vacation, not just for a long weekend, it’s all about checklists, post-it notes and reminders – and still something will undoubtedly get missed. I envy people who can plan a vacation […]