Monday, May 22, 2017

Warmest Regards

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Years ago, I always loved the song, "Second Time Around."

But at the same time that I liked listening to Frank Sinatra croon that song, I always hated the lyrics.

I hated what it implied.

Married to Andy, I never wanted a second time around. I just wanted what I had forever, thank you very much.

Life doesn't work that way. We don't always get what we want and I didn't get the forever with Andy that I wanted.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

In a recent column I invited readers to share the life lessons they would pass on to others.

As always, I had some interesting reader responses.

One thing that surprised me is that three different readers talked about life's mistakes.

Robert Krenicky shared his response with this email:

Saturday, June 22, 2013

For my birthday, my husband took me on a kayaking-biking trip to the Withlacoochee River and Trail in central Florida.

Just the name alone would make me want to go. I love those interesting, tongue-twisting Indian names.

Withlacoochee, I'm told, means crooked river.

It's well named because the river did, indeed, twist and turn its way into several Central Florida Towns.

Our first day on the river we were disappointed. It wasn't a beautiful paddle because of too much civilization with housing complexes or cottages along the entire river.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

If I had to sit down and write all the advantages of being retired, I could fill a book with all the joys of retirement.

But there are small disadvantages too, in addition to no paycheck.

One disadvantage is there is no special day of the week.

During my working career, I looked forward to Friday nights. That was always my time to let go of the pressures of the week and sit back and relax with my husband.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

"A trip to the Holy Land," said my friends last year, "is life changing."

I pressed them for details but all they could say was that I had to experience it to understand.

When our church announced another Holy Land trip accompanied by Father Jerry, our charismatic pastor, I immediately signed up.

A spontaneous decision like that isn't typical for me. I agonize over buying a new bedspread or an expensive pair of slacks. But I felt no hesitation in signing up for the trip.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Each time frame seems to give us new buzzwords. It's a word or words that suddenly come into vogue with a new meaning.

Today's buzzword seems to be "mindful."

It's not a new word or even a new practice. But it has taken on a life of its own during the past two years.

It simply means focusing our attention and awareness to a new level of consciousness.

The mindfulness movement has been around for a long time, probably starting with the concept of mindfulness in Buddhist meditation. Clinical psychologists also have used it for decades.

Saturday, May 11, 2013


I am among the hundreds of thousands who were thrilled with the election of the humble man now known as Pope Francis.

From the start, I've been filled with hope and admiration for his nontraditional approach to the papacy. It's always a pleasure and a breath of fresh air to read his messages to the world.

Shortly after being elected, he had some interesting thoughts on old age.

"We are in old age," said the 76-year-old pope. "Old age is the seat of wisdom," he said while speaking slowly.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

It's not fair.

Somebody stole April away from me. Puff – just like that, the entire month disappeared.

I know why people keep saying, "Time flies." It's because it's a truism.

I don't know how the month of April slipped away before I even realized it was here.

I think someone stole it.

Because it's the month of my birth, I've always made April special. It's MY month and I celebrate my birthday all month, spacing out my celebrations with friends.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I interviewed a "new" artist this week because he was selected as the "developing artist of the year."

Howard Spielman gets a kick out of that designation.

"Imagine that," he says with his characteristic sense of humor. "It only took me 70 years to become a 'developing artist.'"

Howard says he's been an artist ever since he could hold a pencil and a paintbrush. He wanted to live his life as an artist but quickly realized he had to do something that would keep a steady paycheck coming in. He worked as an art teacher for 30 years.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

We all know the power of three little words when those words are "I love you."

As the songwriter wrote: "Love changes everything."

Three little words can change lives.

Sometimes, though, three little words have a negative impact on me and, I believe, on the entire country.

Those three grating words are: Made in China.

At first, I refused to buy anything that was labeled made in China. But so many times I'm not aware of it until it's too late.