Friday, July 11, 2014

Education & Family

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.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Let me start out by telling you that I have only given birth to one child. That fact makes me less than an expert in the topic of this column. However, that has never stopped me before, so I will forge ahead. I do, however, have a number of grandchildren who hold the strings to my heart.

My mother had three daughters – Ginny, Judy, and Natalie. To my knowledge, during our childhood we never worried about Mom or Dad loving one of us more than they loved the other two. It never entered our minds that they might have a favorite.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

If you look carefully at the word "control," you will see the same root as is in the word "contrary." In other words, when we attempt to control a situation or a person, we usually have to place ourselves in opposition to something.

Parents know how hard it is to control their children at times. We call it "discipline" because we would like to think we are assisting the kid in becoming a disciple of our way of thought. If discipline doesn't work, we are faced with a control issue of the highest order, and sometimes it can get physical.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Writing a Thanksgiving column should be an easy task. I have much for which I am grateful. However, after writing for almost 20 years, I think I am beginning to repeat myself every November. With a humble heart, I will tell you why I am thankful in 2010.

T – Thanksgiving: My favorite holiday. No need to rush around for presents or fancy decorations. All you need is good food and loved ones by your side.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

When I was a young girl, I used to ask my mother "Why does my sister Judy learn things faster than I do?" I always had to study at the dining room table every night. Math was especially hard for me. Judy seemed to "get it" right away. Mom answered "Each of you is different. You're better in some things than she is, too." Through the years, I learned that mom was right.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

As I sit and type this in our Florida den, I am watching a baby gecko caught between the screen and the window. He hasn't been there long, but I know that he has been there before. Every now and then, he comes to visit me.

Seemingly, there is no exit from his perch. I see no hole in the screen and no crack in the window. However, he must have a special place that allows him to escape from his prison.