Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Saturday, August 16, 2014

As I write this column the world is all aflutter over the "sudden" and "tragic" death of gifted actor and comedian Robin Williams.

Nearly every Facebook post I have seen has been about him and how sad it is.

Stories of his life and subsequent death dominate the media.

While my heart goes out to the family and friends that he has left behind, all of the hoopla makes me shake my head, especially when I read that people who never even met the man are crying and "beside themselves," and here's why: Mr. Williams was an adult man who made a choice to leave this place.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I consider myself to be a decent tipper.

I have held two waitressing jobs in my lifetime and know full well what is involved and what should be expected as a food server.

I also know the poor hourly wage that they are paid.

I don't understand why food servers are exempt from the minimum wage laws since they also spend some of their time making salads, refilling condiment bottles, making coffee, cleaning tables and the restaurant itself, but since they are, I tip.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

You know the song.

It was released in 1979 by Rupert Holmes and was originally titled "Escape."

It became very popular, very quickly; however, people knew it as "The Pina Colada" song.

Mr. Holmes eventually agreed to change the title of it to: Escape (The Pina Colada song).

The song was basically about a guy who had become bored in his marriage and read the personal ads where he saw that a woman was looking for a man who enjoyed the same interests as she.

He responded to the ad and agreed to meet the woman at a bar.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I have a tattoo above my ankle.

It's a teddy bear holding a heart with my husband's name in it.

My husband sports one just like it on his arm with my name in the heart.

We had them done the week after we got married and I was 28 years old at the time.

I don't know what we were thinking.

I guess I was just giddy in love and thought it would be "cute" and he just wanted to make me happy.

While I do not regret getting a tattoo, I do wish I would have thought about it a little more so that I could have picked something different or designed my own.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I ran away from home this week, sort of.

For the first time in nearly 30 years, I took a vacation without a child or a husband (or both) in tow.

It was a fairly last-minute decision and one made out of necessity rather than luxury.

As I've said before, I'm always on the go, often taking on more than I can handle, while at the same time getting a rush from the challenge of it all.

It's worked out pretty well for most of my life, but during the past year, it's really started to take a toll.

My body is falling apart.

My insomnia is worse.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The sun is shining and the birds are chirping at Mauch Chunk Lake as I sit in the parking lot waiting for people to arrive for Good News Camp.

Good News Camp is a faith-based, weeklong summer day camp that gives children the opportunity to learn about Jesus in a fun, outdoor setting.

My teenager volunteered (or rather was volunteered, by me) to assist with the children at camp for the week.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

I got my very first dog when I was in my 30s.

Not because I didn't want one before that, but because it was the first time in my life I was able to do so.

Zosia was part rottie and part shepherd.

She was very good with other people (especially children), but hated other dogs.

When my youngest daughter was an infant, Zosia would sleep under her crib. Should my daughter begin to stir or whimper in the middle of the night, Zosia quickly came into my room to alert me.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Just days before the official start of summer, my daughter reminded me that we needed to make a trip to the mall to purchase a "cute" swimsuit for the summer.

The idea of going to the mall made me cringe.

First there is the one-hour drive to Allentown, which, after a full day at work is most unappealing.

Then there is the large crowd of people which seems to cause me more and more anxiety as each year passes.

However, after some pouting and procrastination, I decided to compromise with her and head on up to the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Last Sunday, (Father's Day) I found myself being a bit cranky and for some reason, not very interested in doing anything special for my husband.

As a father and stepfather to my children, he certainly deserved to enjoy his place of honor for the day; however, I really didn't feel like facilitating or participating in any Father's Day activities.

I knew it had nothing whatsoever to do with him.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

This past Saturday I had the privilege and pleasure of attending a 25th wedding anniversary celebration which included a renewing of the couple's vows.

The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful and relaxing.

The veteran bride and groom beamed just as I imagine they did the first time around.

There was no doubt in my mind that these two were just as in love, if not more so, than they were 25 years ago.