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Saturday, February 26, 2011

The phone rang and my good friend was on the other end. She said, "Are you ready for a visit from me? I'm flying from PA to FL." My response was quick and heartfelt – "Yeah! Great!" She said, "It will be good to just sit and talk." I knew what she meant. True friends don't need to tour the countryside or fill every minute with activity during a visit. The best times with a friend involve sitting together and talking – perhaps over coffee or a glass of wine.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

When I was a little girl, my younger sister Judy used to copy a lot of my actions. She thought it was cool to be like her big sister. Our mother always laughed and said "Monkey see, monkey do." That saying can be best explained if you stand outside and look up at the sky. I'll bet that the next person who walks by will also look up at the sky. We human beings are a curious lot.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

There was steam coming out of the top of my head this week. I learned that someone wants to change some of the wording in Mark Twain's classic novel "Huckleberry Finn."

Now, that book has been around for a very long time and millions of readers have enjoyed the story. Why in heaven would someone decide that in 2011 there needed to be a change in the book?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

There's an old song called "Second Hand Rose" by Hanley and Clark. It was made popular in this century by Barbra Streisand. The lyrics bemoan the fact that the singer doesn't ever get anything new. Even her boyfriend – Jake the plumber – has been married before.

Once, at a show in the Mauch Chunk Opera House, I dressed up as a homeless woman, walked through the audience sweeping the floor, and climbed up on stage to sing 'Second Hand Rose." Even my good friends in the audience didn't know who it was until I started to sing.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dear Dr. Smith,

I have been reading your column for a long time and never thought I would have a need to write to you. My family is pretty normal and my children are grown up, so I have a fairly evenly balanced life.

However, something has happened that is making me very nervous and I thought I would ask your opinion.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

As 2011 begins, it behooves us (don't you love that word?) to examine our lives. A new year gives us another chance to live well. We have an art piece in our guest bathroom that says, "Live a good life." When I brought it home and hung it, my husband asked, "What's the definition of a 'good' life?" That's not easy to answer, since everyone has a different idea. As usual, my intrepid attitude impels me to try an answer.

A new year gives us the opportunity to evaluate our existence – to check on our progress toward living a 'good' life.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Have you ever heard of Mensa? The word Mensa is Latin for "table" because the organization was founded as a round-table society. In other words, Mensa is a gathering of equals. Equal how? Well, you must have an IQ that is scored in the upper two percent of the general population. In layman's terms, that means that you must score better than 98 people out of 100 on an IQ test.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

When I was a little girl, our holidays were very special. My Aunt Madaline and Uncle Tony used to arrive the night before the holiday and bring great presents – a turkey for Thanksgiving, boxes of presents for Christmas, champagne for New Year's Eve, and even fireworks for the 4th of July.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

S Santa, dear, please bring us ….

E Enough light rain to help my new lime tree grow

A A business card for my Handy Manny husband to give to neighbors

S Some cold weather (Not much – remember the lime tree) for Christmas Eve

O Outstanding holiday gatherings with loved ones

N New Christmas CD's by Josh Groban and Susan BoyleS Special greetings from old friends

G Good food – including our daughter's fantastic kiffles

R Really fun times at water aerobics and pickle ball

E Extra energy to play on the floor with grandson Colton, the dynamo

Saturday, December 11, 2010

When I write, I try hard to entertain the reader. Sometimes I succeed without even knowing it. For instance, after my column "Masks" was published, I received a ton of emails. Everyone wanted me to know that the Beatles sang "Eleanor Rigby," not Simon and Garfunkel.

Believe me when I tell you that I knew that. I used the song in my English teaching and clearly recall the cover of the album I used. It was definitely the Beatles.