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Education & Family

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The other day, I realized that my pile of ironing was still sitting, waiting for me. I used to like ironing. Actually, next to cooking, ironing was my most favorite household task.

Things have changed. Now, when I am faced with a mound of ironing, I am not excited. In the past, I would actually look forward to it. I would get out the ironing board and iron, fill the iron with distilled water, turn it on to heat, and decide which DVD movie I wanted to watch.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The other day, a package arrived for me. It had an unmistakable writing on the front. I knew right away who it was from - my old friend Randy Rabenold. He has a very distinctive style of penmanship that is well-known by all his former co-workers and students.

Randy and I had been colleagues in the Jim Thorpe Area School District for many years. Now we are both retired and finding time for trivial pursuits. Mine involves writing newspaper columns and apparently Randy's involves cutting out my columns and saving them for years.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Every now and then, my husband calls me "Daudie." That was my mother's nickname. Sometimes, I take it as a great compliment. Other times, not so much.

When I get impatient or judgmental, the nickname chafes at my soul. My Mom was a wonderful woman, but she could be extremely impatient and - at times - judgmental. Knowing this about her, I see myself adopting some of her habits.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

It is 3:30 a.m. and I am trying to type a column on the computer keyboard. This used to be an easy task for me. My fingers flew over the letters. Now, they fly like a wounded duck.

Regular readers of this column are asking, "Why aren't you using your new Dragon?" Believe me, I would much rather be talking into the microphone and having my words magically appear on the screen. However, as I said, it's 3:30 a.m. My husband is still asleep. I know that my voice would wake him. Plus, if I don't speak at a normal volume and speed, Dragon has a hard time deciphering my words.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

My husband and I have been on many cruises. Our favorite company is Norwegian Cruise Line. They do the job right.

Last year, we took what we thought was going to be our last cruise. We figured that we had seen a lot and didn't need to go on any more cruises.

But, friends of ours from here in On Top of the World found a great bargain and convinced us to go with them.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

As I walked through the parking lot at the mall, I could not help but notice the great bumper stickers on the rear of many vehicles. Two especially caught my eye.

One bumper sticker was adhered to a family-sized van. The bumper sticker read "Proud parents of honor roll student at ABC elementary school." I have seen many stickers like that and always think how nice it is that parents display their pride in their child's accomplishments.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

According to the Chinese calendar, 2014 will be "The Year of the Horse." However, in the Smith family, 2014 will be "The Year of the Dragon."

We celebrated Christmas Eve at our daughter Jennifer's home in Oviedo, FL. It was a special night, warm and loving. They had cut down a seven-foot tree and decorated it with many of the old ornaments left over from my childhood. We stopped having a tree at our house because we spend the holidays at Jen's, so she inherited boxes of decorations.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

My Dad loved clams. He would enjoy them raw or steamed or even fried. But, as much as he loved them, he said, "Don't eat shellfish during months without an "R" in their name."

So, apparently, May, June, July, and August are not good months to eat clams, oysters, shrimp or mussels.

I wish I had been aware enough to ask Dad "Why?" But, I was young and dumb and didn't really think about what he was saying.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

All I want for Christmas ……

Ÿ A bathing suit that takes 50 pounds off my body.

Ÿ A Dragon device that lets me speak into my computer and have it type what I say.

Ÿ A new breed of Congress folk who will realize our forefathers never intended for the job to be forever.

Ÿ Friends on Facebook who share interesting topics - not their daily routines.

Ÿ The DVD set of "Boardwalk Empire" so that I can research the era during which our Dad lived in Atlantic City. Perhaps that could lead to my finally writing a book? We don't get HBO, so I've never seen the series.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

My family never believed in quitting. When I asked my Mom if I could discontinue piano lessons, she responded "Why do you want to quit?"

I told Mom that it was going to be hard for me to keep up the piano when I had many other activities. After I took the time to list my involvements, she told me that it was my decision. But, she reminded me that "quitting" wasn't a good thing. She did not want me to get into the habit of quitting when something became hard.