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Saturday, December 22, 2012


With Christmas approaching, I was in the mood for some of my favorite carols as I drove to an appointment in the next town.

During that trip, which lasted two hours, do you know how many Christmas carols I heard?

Only two. And I'm not sure they count because they were instrumentals without words.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

For the birthdays of my friends Jeanne and Linda, I decided to take them to see the play, "Our Town."

Of all the plays I've ever seen, it's the one that sticks in my mind decade after decade.

Before the play, I told Jeanne and Linda at first the play might seem simplistic. But I assured them it had the most profound message.

As they watched the play, I'm sure my dear friends were wondering why the heck I took them to see something so depressing.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Help. I'm falling into the trap again – the yearly trap that turns a sensible person into someone who abandons reason and buys superfluous things.

It's called Christmas shopping.

At first, my husband and I laughed at the gadgets vying for our attention in department stores. The colorful stand-up hot dog maker, for instance, looks like a toaster but was specifically designed only to hold two hot dogs and buns.

"One would have to make a lot of hot dogs to make that worthwhile," we commented.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Everyone wants to have the kind of family holiday that lingers as a warm memory long after the gathering is over.

I just came away from a Thanksgiving celebration that will long remain in my heart as a special family time.

Thanksgiving was always "my holiday." It was my time to host my extended family and I reveled in every bit of the holiday. I loved making the biggest turkey I could find and cooking for a crowd.

Most of all, I loved the feeling of love and warmth I felt as we all gathered around our Thanksgiving table.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

It is often said happiness springs from being satisfied with the choices we've made and the paths we've chosen in life.

I'm now reading an interesting book that claims the roads we take in life are vitally important but are not the only factor that influences how happy we are in life.

The road not taken also influences happiness, experts claim.

In a way, it's the same thing but I think I know what the author is trying to say.

Experts believe the most important decision we make in life is our choice of a spouse. I agree.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sometimes, if I'm lucky, I can finish a column in about 1- hours. Sometimes it takes several hours.

And sometimes, for columns such as this one, it takes a full year.

My Thanksgiving column takes that long to write because I continue to write a little bit of it in my heart almost every day.

My most used prayer is only three words: Thank you, God. I probably say it at least a few times a day, followed by the specific reasons why I am most grateful.

When I see a blue sky and feel the warmth of the sun, I say thank you.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

When I was dating David, I was immensely impressed when I opened his kitchen drawers. I never saw a utensil drawer so neat.

Each kitchen utensil was evenly spaced in neat rows.

I told everyone he had to be the neatest guy on the face of this earth because every nook and cranny in his home was so clean and uncluttered.

When we got married and I moved into his home, I discovered why his home is uncluttered.

David is a minimalist. I discovered to what degree that is true when I tried to cook in his kitchen.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Last Friday was one of those days when my heart was overflowing with joy and thanksgiving. I didn't think I could get any happier.

But then I opened my email and rejoiced even more. There was a surprise email from my old friend Rob.

How appropriate that his email arrived on Make A Difference Day. Rob has always made a difference for so many people, especially my late husband, Andy.

After Andy died, I wanted his ham radio equipment to go where Andy would want it. So I gave it to two fellows who made a difference for Andy, both Rob and my young friend, Dylan.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

When a full course of antibiotics and prescription cough medicine didn't relieve my symptoms of a "bad bug" I trudged back to the doctors.

This time, he gave me a much stronger antibiotic. When I told him I had a nine-day headache that won't go away no matter what I take for it, he sent me for x-rays of my sinuses.

I never was bothered by a sinus problem and never even gave any thought to what they were. So I went to the place of learning many of us use the Internet.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

When I went to see my friend Allen at the shop he manages, he had a wide grin and an announcement: "11 more months," he said gleefully.

Eleven more months until he can retire.

Eleven more months until he can live the life he's been longing for.

Like so many people, he's anxiously counting the days until he can retire.