Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Linda's Letters

Saturday, March 21, 2015

One of my most favorite writing assignments was when I wrote the cooking column, "Country Cupboard" for the weekly Pocono Post. Each week it featured a local person who liked to cook, or bake, and willing to share their story along with a few of their favorite recipes for the readers.

Besides meeting some really great people, many of them cooked their favorite dishes for me. Talk about perks of the job! Many of those recipes then became favorites of my own family.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Well, I can check one item off my Bucket List.

Operation Wallpaper Removal has been accomplished.

I have some advice for those of you considering wallpapering a room … DON'T DO IT!

Because sooner or later, you're going to want to take it down.

Back in the early '90s, wallpaper was big. Everyone seemed to have at least one room that was wallpapered. I was envious. So when we put on an addition to the house, one room became my computer room/office. This was my opportunity to let my inner interior designer soar.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I had asked if anyone had any retirement advice or observations to send them to me. I heard from Kathryn Kroboth. She said, "One thing you have to remember is, if you want to do something, do it. If you don't want to do it, don't. Go out and enjoy yourself with, or without, the other half. (Sometimes it's better without.)" She added a smiley face with that last part.

Sandy Borger said that it's very important to have a "Date Night." She and her husband, Gene, have "Date Night" every Friday night, without fail. She swears it's what keeps them "young and in love."

Saturday, February 7, 2015

It's my second week of my retirement. OMG! What have I done? I am soooooooooo bored!


Sorry. Couldn't help myself. I also can't wipe the stupid grin off my face, which seems to have become a permanent condition.

I wish I could say I've accomplished a lot already but the truth is, I don't think I've got the hang of this yet.

I start out with good intentions.

Like putting away all my office stuff. Monday morning I made piles on the dining room table to go through.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

My dearest Times News readers, there are going to be some really big changes in Linda's World. That's because I am officially a new member of a big club called Retirement. Yesterday was my last working day at the Times News.

I have been extremely blessed to work for the Pencor Services Inc. corporation for 23 years. Thank you, Pencor!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Well kids, it's that time of year again. The calendar says I'm going to be a year older this Tuesday.

As an adult, my birthday has always been my excuse for self-indulgence. You know ... to do exactly what I want to do.

One year, I went to the movies by myself. Nobody wanted to see "Titanic" so I went to a matinee alone, ate my popcorn without having to share the top with all the butter on it, and when I cried my eyes out, no one laughed at me.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Great White Hunter lies in wait. Ensconced inside his camouflage pop-up blind, wearing camouflage from head to toe, he attempts to blend in with his environment.

He hears his prey stealthily approaching. He prepares to take it down. It enters within range.

Suddenly the area bursts into light!

The Great White Hunter yells, "Turn out those lights! I'm hunting here!" And then he begins to laugh maniacally like the devil himself.

Here's what really happened ...

The Great White Hunter's wife comes home from work one day. Everything in the house is dark.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

I'm a sucker for those Family Channel movies, especially the Christmas ones.

I watched "Holiday in Handcuffs," starring Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez. (Isn't he just the cutest thing with those deep dimples?)

Melissa's character, Trudie, makes an observation that really resonated with me. She says, "There may not be such a thing as a perfect job, a perfect life or a perfect family, but there is such a thing as a perfect moment."

I so totally agree.

In a perfect life, I would be thin, rich and living on a beachfront cottage somewhere tropical.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dec. 25 has come and gone. The gifts have been opened. The cookies are just crumbs. Perhaps the lights on the Christmas tree shine less merrily than they did a week ago. But hopefully all the warm feelings and our dreams of peace and goodwill toward our fellow man will remain with us all the year.

I received a gift from my good friend Cindy that made my heart ache, filled me with appreciation of great music and left me with renewed determination to follow through on the "peace and goodwill to my fellow man" thing.

She gave me a CD titled "Beautiful Life" by Jimmy Greene.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

(This is a fictional short story from my collection. Hope you enjoy.)

"There is no Santa Claus!" 9-year-old Jan yells in Emily's face.

"Is too!" her little sister shouts back.

"Look, you little brat. I just found a bunch of presents in Mom and Dad's closet. Go look if you don't believe me."

So Emily does. And there on the closet floor are several gaily wrapped presents, some marked with Jan's name and others with her name. At 7 years old, her heart breaks in a million pieces.