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Education & Family

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lately, I have been noticing that my memory isn't what it used to be. I decided to consult the symptom checker on Web MD.

There are many possible reasons for memory loss. One BIG one is old age. Yes, I am getting older. But, I didn't want to blame my almost-73 years for my brain lapses. So, I investigated some other possible culprits.

Seems to me that I have MCI - mild cognitive impairment. Now, that's an ailment that encapsulates my symptoms.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an a**hole.

3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

We were doing some grocery shopping at our neighborhood Winn-Dixie when I saw them. There, on a plant shelf beside some typical greenery, stood the most gorgeous flower I had ever seen.

I picked one up and studied the tag. They were variegated orchids - indigo blue. The tag also told a tale about how delicate they were and how much care it would take to keep one healthy.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My Mom hated big bridges. She held her breath until the car hit the other side. Sometimes she even took long detours so that she wouldn't have to cross a bridge.

Until the day she died, she always said the same thing when we crossed a bridge - "I hope the engineer that built this got an "A" in school."

Actually, I understand that opinion very well. I feel the same way - not only about bridge engineers, but also doctors and teachers.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Now that we live in Florida and are only 90 minutes from our daughter's home, we get to watch our grandkids play sports.

Kiele (16) plays volleyball and soccer for her high school and also plays on a soccer club team. Conor (10) plays soccer and is also quite the tennis player. Colton (4) will most likely start playing tee-ball this spring.

Going to their games and sitting on hard bleachers brings back memories. When daughter Jennifer was young, I used to sit and watch her do gymnastics, play basketball and softball, and run cross country.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I have been so tired of hearing about the "fiscal cliff." All the TV talking heads made it seem as though the world was going to end if the politicians didn't fix our country's money problems.

Most cliffs aren't that dramatic. You can get great views if you walk to the edge of a cliff. Having been raised in a town nicknamed "The Switzerland of America," I had a lot of chances to look down from high spots. The world looks mighty beautiful from the edge of a cliff.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Why don't you do an experiment? Ask someone to tell you the name of his hero. Most children will answer by giving you a supernatural creature - such as Batman or Superman. Still others will name a professional athlete.

Some younger children might name one of the Power Rangers or even Barney the purple dinosaur. Perhaps an adult will say "My Dad" or "My Mom." Those are excellent, touching answers.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Ebenezer Scrooge did not have a happy life. He was rich with money, but was poor in many other ways. He had a lonely existence and couldn't feel joy.

When Scrooge's nephew Bob Cratchit wishes him a "Merry Christmas," Scrooge responds, "Christmas is just another day." He spouts "Bah humbug!" to anyone who shows the holiday spirit.

All of Ebenezer's days seemed the same to him - work, eat, sleep, and be grouchy. He bemoans buying presents, complains about decorations, hates carol singing, and shuns family gatherings.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It doesn't seem possible that I have been writing an annual Christmas column for 17 years. That's the same amount of years I have been retired, too. Time surely passes quickly.

My 2012 Christmas list is as follows…..I wish Santa would give me…..

*Peace in my entire family.

*A Presidential election that only lasts for two weeks.

*A new Jack Reacher book every month. And, while I'm on the subject - someone other than Tom Cruise to play the role in the movie.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

It doesn't seem possible that I have been writing an annual Christmas column for 17 years. That's the same amount of years I have been retired, too. Time surely passes quickly.

My 2012 Christmas list is as follows…..I wish Santa would give me…..

*Peace in my entire family.

*A Presidential election that only lasts for two weeks.

*A new Jack Reacher book every month. And, while I'm on the subject - someone other than Tom Cruise to play the role in the movie.