Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Warmest Regards

Saturday, November 9, 2013

We turn away from every thought of it.

We even go so far as to pretend it doesn't exist. At least we do for as long as we can.

We don't even call it by its real name.

We call it "passing over" or just plain "passing."

But whether its subconscious or not, we try not to say the word died. We try not to think of death.

Until we have to.

Until it sneaks into our life, grabbing someone from us, like a dark monster sucking away anyone who gets too close to the brink.

We know there is such a thing as death.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Bloomberg Wire service ran a recent study which concluded children raised in poverty experience chronic stress in life that can have long-lasting effects.

When I read that, I thought there's another side to that coin: Sometimes childhood deprivation can have a positive effect. It can set us up to have a grateful heart for every single thing we have in life.

Another study a while back concluded a grateful heart is the number one indicator of a happy person. So there's the positive effect I was talking about.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

We often hear about the importance of staying in the present.

Some call it "living the moment."

We're told the happiest people are those who refuse to be chained by the past or worried about the future. Instead, they live today to the fullest, staying in the moment.

When I read advice like this, I nod my head in agreement, thinking it would be foolish to do otherwise.

I like to think I spend my time living in the moment. But that's not quite true.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

When I watch "House Hunters" on HGTV, I listen as buyers list what they want in a home. A big dining room is usually high on the list.

Often, a couple will say the dining room isn't big enough to seat all their friends or family members. They always make it sound as if they frequently will be feeding crowds.

It sounds romantic to say you're going to entertain a lot with dinners in your lovely dining room. But life gets in the way with all of its demands and time constraints.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I love bookstores and libraries.

I like libraries best because there is no end to the fascinating free offerings. Each week when I go there I walk away with four or five books and some free periodicals. This week, as I browsed through the library, I found some quirky books and magazines. Intrigued by its title, I flipped through the book, "The Art of Over Eating. (I do that far too often.)

But its advice is flaky, at best. "Never weigh yourself with your glasses on," said the author. "That way, you can say you weigh whatever you want."

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Our kayak club meets each Wednesday for a business meeting and dinner, and each Sunday morning for a club paddle.

I've been a member for about five years and I never "make waves."

But what's wrong with offering a suggestion?

Well, that could be construed as "making waves" if the suggestion (gasp!) is to do things differently.

My question for the club was this: Why can't we hold the club paddles on Saturday instead of Sunday? Or, any day of the week other than Sunday.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Here's the best way I can describe my physical fitness level to you.

Boil a piece of spaghetti until it is overdone. Now try to make that piece of spaghetti stand up straight. That limp noodle equates to my current physical condition.

As someone who always has thrived on activity and as one who has been a fitness buff for many years, I'm stunned to find myself in this position.

So, what happened?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

I've just carved out one Saturday a month to attend the Suncoast Writer's Guild meetings.

While there are writer's groups all over, the Suncoast Guild has many exceptional members.

I'm happy to oblige when they sometimes ask me to present a writing seminar for them. But I find they teach me as much as I teach them.

I don't have the same aspirations of the other guild members. I don't want to write a book, as most of the other members are doing. I've always loved newspaper writing and I'm content to concentrate on that.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

As we observed national grandparent's day, I used the occasion to interview three older women who are raising their young grandchildren.

In all three cases, the children's father is not in the picture and the mother is unable to raise the child.

The three grandmothers have assumed the role of custodial parent. They are driven by their love for their grandchildren and a desire to give them a loving, stable home.

They made it clear it's often difficult.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

In church last week, the priest gave a sermon on "want versus need."

His main point was that we confuse the two…that we buy and buy what we want, telling ourselves we need it.

He challenged us to stop needless spending and use the money instead to help the many people in the community who don't have enough to eat. He suggested we bring food to a neighboring food pantry, not once, but often.