Friday, August 18, 2017

Warmest Regards

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I'm still hearing from readers sending their responses to my question of what life lessons are worth passing on.

One response is so thought provoking and well written that I want to print it in its entirety. This is what Kathy wrote:

"I am a little slow in replying to your column but better late than never. Being a wife, mom and nurse for over 35 years, I have learned many lessons that I would like to share.

1. Appreciate what you have right in front of you because in a second everything changes and things never go back to the way they were.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


Some music is so hauntingly beautiful that once you hear it, the tune stays in your mind forever.

For me, that's the way it is with Pachelbel's Canon in D, one of my very favorite pieces of classical music.

No matter how many times I hear it, I'm moved by the music.

That's not the case with a lot of music I initially enjoy. I bought Jackie Evancho's first major classical album and liked it so much I played it repeatedly. I put the CD in my car and played it on every long trip.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

It's called a "Granny Scam."

That's where a grandmother receives a phone call of distress from someone who pretends to be her grandchild.

While the details of the call might differ, the end result is the same: Granny is asked to send money SAP to help her grandchild get out of a jam.

When I read those stories – and there have been many of them in newspapers and online my first thought is: Who could be dumb enough to fall for scams like that?

Well the haughty can get humbled in a hurry.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sometimes we meet people for the first time and we think we have known them forever.

Something clicks. There is a strong chemistry and almost instant bonding.

That's how it felt when I met a beautiful woman named Lisa at a church conference. There was plenty of time at night to sit around and talk and get to know each other.

It didn't take long for the two of us to know that although our personal circumstances were quite different, in many ways we were kindred souls.

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.