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Saturday, January 14, 2012

I like the start of each New Year.

I like to think each January gives me a clean slate.

Maybe that means starting over or just putting a patch on a little piece of life that's rough around the edges.

My January introspection could lead me to change the course of some part of my life.

Always, the start of a New Year means doing some fine tuning of my own personal inventory.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Every night it tries to snare me into its traps.

"It" is a well-known villain and I should stay away.

I lock the house and stay on guard, trying not to let myself fall into the trap that turns minds to mush and bodies to replicas of the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

I know it's bad for me. It sucks up my energy and my time. I know I should stay away. I try, but I don't always succeed.

In fact, to be honest, I fail far more times than I succeed.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Many years ago when I was covering a small community for a weekly newspaper it was my responsibility to fill an entire section with community news.

With a town that had a population around 5,000, it wasn't always easy to find enough stories. Maybe that was one reason I noticed every small thing.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

For years I've pondered a mystery that plagues me more as each year passes: Why does time fly by faster when we're older?

Common sense tells us it doesn't. Everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day, regardless of age. But in reality, that doesn't appear to be true.

When I was a kid in Algebra class, the 45-minute period lasted at least a week and a half. I was sure the seconds of the clock never moved and time was frozen in place.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

How much power do we have to determine our own happiness?

That's an interesting question I've been debating with people for quite some time.

Some say happiness is determined by what happens in your life.

I'm among those who believe that's not exactly true. Happiness is determined by how you respond to what happens in your life.

Attitude probably has more to do with happiness than does circumstance.

That point was again driven home to me this week when I visited my friend Fern.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I am in the kitchen happy as a songbird at sunrise as I experiment with a new recipe.

I love cooking and I love creating new dishes. Maybe it's my Italian heritage that makes every meal a celebration of life. Whatever the case, I love everything that has to do with food both making it and eating it.

While I am in the midst of cutting the fresh rosemary from my garden, my husband comes into the kitchen.

"Are you ready to help me with tiling the bathroom?" he asks.

I laugh, thinking he is joking. "I'm serious," he says. "I think we should work together."

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Today, while I shopped in the supermarket where I usually buy my meat, I was overcome with disgust. I could go so far as to call it revulsion.

Boneless chicken had doubled in price from a short while ago. Even ground beef went up $1 a pound.

The cereal aisle produced more sticker shock when I saw the brand I normally buy was close to $5 a box.

I consider myself a smart shopper. I'm a coupon clipper and I don't do all my grocery shopping at just one store. Instead, I read the ads each week and buy the specials at three different stores.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

When was the last time you got to know someone new?

One thing I've always been aware of is that most people tend to stay around those they already know. Whether it's at a party, a business affair, or a social event, we tend to be most comfortable when we are with people we know.

OK, that's understandable. I certainly realize that when people are out socially, they enjoy seeing and talking with their favorite friends in the group.

I'm the same way. I have certain people in every group to which I belong who are my "favorites." I enjoy their company and seek them out.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A long while back, one of the best selling records (remember records?) was "Little Things Mean a Lot."

Decades later, as I savor each day of life, I realize how rewarding life is because of "little things."

It's often the small comforts we take for granted that we miss the most when we don't have them.

Go away on vacation for any length of time and you'll probably start missing the feel of your own bed. A comfortable bed is just one of life's small comforts.

I started thinking about other small comforts that add up to a pleasurable life. These are some of mine.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My heart is aching this week and no matter how much I change activities, I feel dispirited.

I'm hurting for one of my favorite friends. To protect her privacy, I'll call her Fern.

At 71, Fern is losing her house, joining the multitudes of homeowners who can no longer pay their mortgage. Living on social security and savings that have just about disappeared, her money won't stretch enough to pay her ongoing expenses.