Thursday, July 31, 2014

Education & Family

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.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

My mother - Virginia Mandracia Wells - lived her life on two Broadways - one in Manhattan, NYC, and one in Jim Thorpe, PA (AKA Mauch Chunk, PA).

Mom always wanted to be a dancer. When she was a young child, she would make up her own dances and entertain the family. She loved watching movies that showed singing and dancing.

Growing up in the small PA town of Mauch Chunk, Mom didn't have the opportunity to take dance lessons. Her family struggled financially and didn't have any extra money to satisfy the whim of their middle child.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Life can be wonderful and exciting. It can also be boring and dull. But, even boring and dull days can be very comforting.

Some folks laugh at senior citizens who follow a set routine. The young'uns chuckle at the "early bird specials" in restaurants. They chortle at the "early-to-bed, early-to-rise" sleep habits. They poke fun at the shuffleboard games, the low-impact exercises, and the bathroom habits of their elderly relatives.