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Linda's Letters

Saturday, February 7, 2015

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

NOT!

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.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Well, here it is. Only 12 more days until Christmas.

I'm almost bald from pulling my hair out. I still have shopping to do, cookies to bake, gifts to wrap and gifts to paint.

But, 'tis the season to be jolly, so I try to think of things to turn my frowns upside down.

I chuckle every time I think of Harry putting up the outside decorations this year.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas time. It is a wonderful, magical, spiritual season.

We are encouraged to find ways to help brighten and lighten other people's lives in the gifts we give and the deeds we do.

A couple of weeks ago I told you a few amazing stories of how Operation Christmas Child affects lives and the mysterious way God has of answering prayers.

I've got another one for you this week that is closer to home. Be sure to have a tissue or two nearby. It leaves no doubt in my mind that little miracles happen all the time.

I'll call this story "The Christmas Shoes."

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Stress. We've all experienced it. Life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations and demands. Our jobs, marriage, children and bills all contribute to stress. Now add the holiday season to that list.

Whew! I'm really stressed now!

How many times do we hear procrastinators (me included) say, "I work best under pressure." But when constantly running in stress mode, our mind and body pay the price. It can cause depression, mood swings, eating problems and physical ailments.