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Education & Family

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Those of you who read this column regularly know that I am enamored of little lizards, geckos, anoles, or whatever. Since moving to South Carolina in 1998 and Florida in 2010, we have had quite a few experiences with the little critters.

I recall my first exposure to a gecko. He tried to reside in our mailbox in Pawleys Island, SC. We would open the box to retrieve mail and WHOOPS! - his little head would be peeking out from among the letters.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Every morning, we watch TV as we have our coffee in bed. Most of the time, Fox News Channel is on. We also switch channels to catch the local weather report and check on traffic conditions around Central Florida. In case you're not familiar with Florida highways, the common saying around here is "It will be a nice state if they ever finish it." Road construction is continually ongoing. But, I digress.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jim and I decided to do something different for our Christmas present to each other this year. We don't need any "stuff," and we hadn't had a real vacation since we moved to Florida. So, we gave each other a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia.

We left the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Perhaps we should have thought that over. The traffic was ridiculous. We figured out that everyone was on their way home from Thanksgiving. We grew tired of battling traffic, so we stopped for the night in South Carolina. We found a motel right off I-95, had some dinner and slept for 10 hours.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a control freak. I read the end of books first. I cannot relax in a car driven by anyone else. I suffer through plane rides because the pilot won't let me do the flying. If I don't know the answer to a question, I will search and search until I find it. Perhaps this trait is part of my Taurus astrological sign. Perhaps it's because I was raised by an Italian Catholic mother.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

When I worked as an elementary school principal, we had a lost and found box in front of the office. You would be surprised at some of the items that were discovered in there one sneaker, a book bag with the owner's name carefully imprinted on the outside, stuffed animal earmuffs, and a lunch box that felt full (none of us was brave enough to open it). The lost and found box was a burden to monitor.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Dear Dr. Smith,

My daughter recently got married to her high school sweetheart. My husband and I thought this marriage would be good for both our daughter and her new husband. They seemed to be friends and they both had the same interests. They both have good jobs and lots of close friends.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

There are two things that I really dislike a lot - flying and funerals. This past week, I flew to attend a funeral. My sweet nephew Michael died in Pennsylvania, so I took a plane to be beside my sister and my family as we grieved for him.

The flights up and back to FL were not a problem. The only time I got nervous? Take-offs and landings and when I heard the landing gear go up and down. The noise scared me. My daughter Jennifer patted my white knuckles and said, "Relax, Mom, that's a good sound." The flights themselves were uneventful.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

When I was working, I kept my Rolodex nearby. It contained every phone number I would ever need. It also listed people's children's names, their birthdays, and any other necessary tidbits I might require.

After I retired, I tore apart the Rolodex and put names, phone numbers, and other items into a small, leather address book. We carry that book with us when we travel just in case. It's comforting to know that we can contact our family and friends without having to commit their numbers to memory.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

When I served my Pennsylvania community as the principal of the high school, there were many times when I was asked to give a speech. Once, an organization requested that I speak about the topic "What is Success?" I truly believe that was one of the hardest speeches for me to write. There are as many definitions of 'success' as there are people in this world.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

The grocery store we use the most in our development is Winn-Dixie. We can drive our golf cart there, the prices are reasonable, and the workers are friendly.

I noticed that a great number of employees in the store are elderly. I asked one cashier about that fact. She said, "A lot of us are performing our 'encore' career." That phrase intrigued me. When you think about it, "encore" is a nice way of describing an 'after-retirement' job.