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Saturday, November 30, 2013

As I write this week's column the list of schools that have canceled or are operating on a two-hour delay are scrolling across the bottom of the TV screen.

A light dusting covers the ground and there is a mixture of rain, sleet and freezing rain slated for later in the day.

Winter begins.

Unofficially of course, but with the frigid temperatures and chilly precipitation, it's here.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Being of a certain age, I'm having what is considered normal memory lapses. While my doctor assures me, these instances are not considered a warning for dementia, I worry about my mind.

I've spent many a moment wandering through my house looking for my glasses.

To counter the "missing keys" problem, I've learned to put my keys at the same place.

I've given up trying to remember names of acquaintances and have learned to admit defeat and ask them their names.

I haven't missed any appointments since I put everything into my phone.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

When: Sometime in November 1621.

Where: Plymouth, Massachusetts

The following might have been a conversation between some of the people at the first Thanksgiving.

"Honey, I'm home. Guess who's coming to dinner?"

"William Brewster, wipe your feet before you come into this house. I just spent the whole morning raking this dirt floor."

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I have to say, I truly love a good, homemade Thanksgiving meal.

I will take it a step further and say I am particularly fond of my own cooking and look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday every year.

Last year, I was fortunate to have been able to spend the holiday in Mexico.

Unfortunately, the Mexican chefs at our resort were not well versed in how a traditional Thanksgiving meal should be prepared.

While I enjoyed the turkey for the most part, there was no gravy and the mashed potatoes were lacking.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

By its very nature, Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for what it is we have.

For many of us, that means our family, friends, home, job, and other things that bring us joy and excitement.

That especially rings true this time of year, with the holiday season in full gear and all the fuss that goes into it.

With so many things to be thankful for, it's easy for us to overlook perhaps the most important element of all: Our health.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tuesday night my daughter and my wife wanted to see the rocket launch from Virginia and being that it was only the second opportunity we had to witness a launch as well as needing a break from home renovations, I decided to go with them. Like most men and boys, I have always loved flying things and I owe that interest to my dad.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

First, they ruined Christmas.

They turned one of the most sacred days of the year into one long shopping trip, replacing meaning with materialism.

Now, they're ruining Thanksgiving.

You probably saw the same headlines I did this week.

"Thanksgiving fades out" read The Associated Press story that detailed how many are forsaking a traditional dinner for an earlier start on Black Friday.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

My grandparents had one of those combination television/record player sets when I was growing up. I spent as much time in their house as I did in my own so as a little kid, I had the run of the place. I'd glue myself to the floor in front of their television, watching some of my favorite shows like Inky Dinky, every western I could find and anything on the Disneyland show.

I loved Davy Crockett with Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen. Didn't every kid in America have a coonskin hat?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

When it comes to the brave new world called retirement, there are more tricky issues than whether you'll have enough money.

While money woes could cause considerable problems if you're not prepared, how you spend your time could be another landmine.

No matter how long couples are married, they might not be prepared for retirement where, for perhaps the first time, a couple is together 24/7.

According to US News and World Reports, couples could have 20 years of retirement time together.

Many aren't prepared for all that togetherness.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

If there is one thing I have learned since I have started writing this column, it is to be more observant of the world around me.

Things that I would have never noticed before, now stand out to me and because of this, I have had many experiences and opportunities that I would have otherwise missed out on had I continued on, lost in my own little world.

I have also learned the importance of allowing myself to deviate from my schedule from time to time in order to let things play out naturally.

This past week, I had an unexpected visit from my daughter and granddaughter.