Friday, September 19, 2014


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Feeling dog-tired one recent Sunday evening, I shut down my computer and was just about to change into my jammies and crawl into bed when the phone began to ring.

Typically when the phone rings at that time of night, it isn't for a good reason.

My heart started to beat rapidly and I hesitated before picking up the receiver.

I checked the caller ID and answered it when I realized it was a dear friend of mine.

Immediately I could tell that she was upset and that something was very, very wrong.

She proceeded to tell me that her child had overdosed - again.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Dear Logan,

Today marks the one year anniversary that you came into this world; and it has been the most joyful, exhausting, scariest, funniest, fulfilling year of our lives.

We're so glad God handpicked you to come and bless us with your life. You are perfect in every way possible, and we are so thankful for this opportunity to call you our son.

We love you, our beautiful little blond-haired, blue-eyed boy, a perfect blend of our love.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I'm what is called an avid reader. In addition to reading fiction for enjoyment, I like to read to gain information, especially health-related articles and those that give me financial information.

For at least a decade, I've subscribed to the Motley Fool for easy-to-read financial information. Today's article was headlined: "Warren Buffet's advice on how to get rich."

That's one I didn't read. I have no interest in reading it because I don't need to get rich.

I am rich.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

About a week or so after writing the column on my diabetes, I received an email from our lifestyle editor that there was a piece of mail for me that was delivered to the Times News.

I was a little nervous at first, automatically going the negative route and thinking it was some sort of hate mail stemming from another previous story, but being the type of person who loves surprises, I couldn't wait to see what was waiting for me.

When I retrieved the item from Karen, I immediately opened it to find a handwritten card along with some other smaller, informational items.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Once in a while I listen to CAT Country, 96.1 FM, on the way to work. This morning Becca challenged us with a brain teaser: "What building has the most stories?"

My mushy morning brain immediately pulled out the Empire State Building. OK, I know it's no longer the tallest building in the world, but that's what popped up first.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hollywood has lost another legend with the death of the perennial Mickey Rooney. Rooney, born Joseph Yule Jr., began his 93-year career almost literally from birth. He was born into vaudeville during the heyday of live entertainment to parents Joseph and Nellie Yule and made his first appearance on stage at 14 months, when he crawled out during a show wearing a harmonica around his neck, according to his autobiography. Three months later he was wearing a tailored tuxedo and was part of the show. He remained in show business up until his death.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, Harry came home happier than a fishworm who escaped the tin can.

"Look what I got!" he called out in glee.

I had to contain myself from leaping for joy at the sight of him holding a piece of paper. But hey, I'm game. I took the bait.

"What, Dear Heart? What do you have?" I asked in wifely interest. OK. Maybe I didn't show that much wifely interest.

"I got my lifetime fishing license!" He could barely keep from dancing around the kitchen island.

I left cleaning a dirty toilet bowl for this?

"I take it this is a pretty big deal?"

Saturday, April 5, 2014

I read a story the other day that I felt was worth sharing.

A gentleman suffering from type 2 diabetes recently went to a Brooklyn movie theater to view "Divergent."

Unable to eat any of the high fat and high calorie snacks offered by the theater, the man chose to bring in a small container of strawberries to munch on while he enjoyed the film.

He paid a whopping $12 for his ticket and was then told that he had to throw away his strawberries.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Brisk walking is my favorite form of exercise.

It probably doesn't use all of the required muscle groups to constitute a total workout. But walking and antique highwheel riding are the only modes of exercise I enjoy.

The best form of exercise, I figure, is the one you like to do. That's the one you'll stay with.

But I tend to have an open mind. So I once tried joining a gym.

Unless you're a jock or ex-jock, joining a gym can be quite an experience, especially for those of us semi-elderly.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

For the longest time, I was a cellphone holdout, especially in the early days. I just did not see the point of carrying around a phone. After all, when we are in a car driving, why in the world would we want to be distracted by phone calls. And yet today, people talk to each other via cellphone, hopefully using hands-free Bluetooth devices, daily while driving, walking or doing some other task. I had a Bluetooth device for a while, but I just could not get used to the earpiece, and today I could not tell you where it is.