Monday, August 21, 2017

Warmest Regards

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Decades ago, I loved to watch the TV show, "Mission Impossible."

On occasion, I still use the opening line: "Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is (fill in the blank.)

OK, in this, the start of a new year, I'm doing it again. I'm giving you a mission.

Yes, you.

If you choose to accept it, you can change the world, one small corner at a time.

I need you.

Your friends and family need you.

Your community needs you.

Your country needs you.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

My daughter used a strange word to describe Christmas decorations in Florida.

"It's almost obscene to see Christmas decorations in this heat," she says.

"It's like trying to celebrate Christmas in the summer."

While the rest of the country flocks to Florida at this time of year because of our balmy weather, my daughter insists it can't be Christmas when it feels like a heat wave here.

She thinks it's not Christmas without snow – or at least cold weather.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

OK, here's a confession that I'm not afraid to admit: I need a man.

Oh, stop snickering. It's not what you think.

Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband. I admire him for countless reasons.

Only one of the million reasons is because he's a man who can do everything.

I am so in awe of any man who picks up a hammer and screwdriver and makes magic.

If a kitchen drawer breaks and they no longer manufacture the broken part, David just sighs and goes about making one on his own.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Never say never.

When I read about people standing in line for hours and hours just to be the first ones in a store to scoop up bargains, I always say I would never do that.

I shake my head when I hear about people camping outside a store in the middle of the night so they can be first inside. The prospect of some "hot deals" is enough to change sane people into puppets willing to do the dance merchants dictate.

There is nothing I need or want badly enough to camp outside overnight or to stand in line for hours then push and shove my way inside.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

For decades, reaching for any part of the American dream almost guaranteed a better living standard than the previous generation.

For those willing to work hard and gain the needed education or training, the reward was usually having more than your parents did.

Those days might be over.

At least by anecdotal evidence, many kids today are having a hard time matching what their parents had.

A job that would last?

Not as easy to come by as in previous generations.

A guaranteed pension plan?

Gone with the wind.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

First, they ruined Christmas.

They turned one of the most sacred days of the year into one long shopping trip, replacing meaning with materialism.

Now, they're ruining Thanksgiving.

You probably saw the same headlines I did this week.

"Thanksgiving fades out" read The Associated Press story that detailed how many are forsaking a traditional dinner for an earlier start on Black Friday.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

When it comes to the brave new world called retirement, there are more tricky issues than whether you'll have enough money.

While money woes could cause considerable problems if you're not prepared, how you spend your time could be another landmine.

No matter how long couples are married, they might not be prepared for retirement where, for perhaps the first time, a couple is together 24/7.

According to US News and World Reports, couples could have 20 years of retirement time together.

Many aren't prepared for all that togetherness.

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.