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Saturday, August 20, 2016

It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while we meet someone and there is instant chemistry and a new friendship blooms.

That was the case for me when I met my new friend Andy. I knew Andy and his wife, Pauline, had an interesting story to share, so I set up an interview, even though I had never met them before.

Andy went for 60 years before he met someone he wanted to marry. It was a good deed on his part that brought Pauline into his life. Andy has a pontoon boat he uses to travel the 26 canals in his community.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

I read a description in a David Baldacci book that describes how I feel this week.

Baldacci’s main character was complaining about feeling ancient. “I’m Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey wondering where the horse and carriage is when the Model T drives up,” she said.

I feel so ancient this week that I should be looking for my own horse and buggy.

It all started with more problems with my TV set. I did what I always do — I called my sweet neighbor Chris to come fix it.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Most parents would do almost anything for their kids. Few of us would quibble with that.

But maybe the real question should be: Do parents do too much for their kids by giving them too much?

I interviewed a fascinating father this week who believes some parents who think they are giving their kids everything are actually holding back on the two things kids need.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A conversation that occurred a long time ago still stays in my head.

At a banquet for one of my professional groups, I sat with a woman I had gotten to know over the years. She usually came with her husband and they appeared to be a great couple.

But Judy’s news was that she had divorced her husband. That happens. She had her 12-year-old son with her, and as we talked it became evident she also wanted her son to divorce his dad.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Some time ago, HGTV had a program showing a husband and wife team building multilevel pressure-treated decks that they said would take anyone just a weekend to do.

To the viewer’s eyes, this couple never made a wrong measurement or a bad cut. Their outcry was, “look at all the money you could save by not hiring a contractor!”

Yeah, right!

The power saws, the miter saws, the router, the work bench alone that they used must have cost over a thousand dollars in addition to the all the wood and hardware necessary for the projects.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

I’m not what they call “crafty.”

I have no interest and no talent to do any craft and am seldom tempted to take any of the classes that abound in our area.

Yet, when I covered an event at a pottery studio and saw what they call a coastal colander bowl, I signed up for a one-day class to make one.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Marilyn is a beautiful woman I’ve just gotten to know.

She isn’t beautiful on the outside. In fact, when you look at her you get the immediate impression she’s a little strange, at least when it comes to appearance. I don’t know how old she is. Somewhere upward of 62, I would guess. Most times she puts her blond hair into pigtails, then tops it with an odd hat of some sort.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

It happened nearly every day.

Somewhere in the high school where I taught, a girl was missing class. She sat in the guidance office crying her eyes out because her boyfriend had found a new love.

The counselor had set up a quiet room with soft music and a candle. She sent the girl there to desensitize and detoxify her emotional pain from the breakup. Depending upon the severity of her inability to cope, follow-up sessions in the quiet room might also have been scheduled.

When I was growing up, “coping” was spelled out in eight simple words.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

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We often hear that life was better “back in the day.”

People say growing up in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s was the best when kids kept their innocence until they were well into their teenage years.

For some, though, the good old days were not so good.

Johnny, the kid next door in my old neighborhood, twitched his head back and forth whenever I talked to him.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

How could she forgive him?

How could a mother forgive the man who kidnapped her 7-year-old daughter and brutalized her in the most savage way?

Last week I shared with readers the unforgettable story of Marietta Jaeger and her daughter, Susie.

Marietta and her family lived through a year of emotional torture after little Susie Jaeger was kidnapped from her tent as she slept next to her sisters at a Montana campground.