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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Every now and then, I hear someone complaining about the hard time they have helping an elderly parent. Some say they resent the time it takes to "run every time help is needed."

Actually, it happens more often than it should.

When it does, I never know if I should hold my tongue or say what I think. Speaking my mind usually wins.

This week, I listened to an acquaintance talk about the demands on her time because of her elderly father. They live a little more than an hour apart and she complains that it takes all day to drive him to a doctor's appointment.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It is another steamy day in the season we here in southwest Florida call Almost Summer.

Summer doesn't sneak in like a timid cat here in our version of Paradise. It pounces early, pushing away spring and bringing the blazing sun that saps energy as quickly as a dog can devour dinner.

I'm feeling like the dog's dinner after working outside in the yard for a few hours. I don't think I have the energy to get dressed and go dancing.

But I have an interview scheduled with two local ballroom dancers who are truly exceptional.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I am among the many who refer to the part of Florida where I live as a "little piece of Paradise."

With its constant sunshine, lush flowers year round, gently swaying Palm trees everywhere and a tropic location that delivers one beautiful day after another, this place is perfect for a nature lover like me.

But just as a beautiful, fragrant rose has its thorns, there are figurative thorns to living here.

Some of my friends think the seasonal threat of hurricanes and ridiculously high insurance premiums are the biggest problems in living here.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The other day at a luncheon with friends, someone asked me about learning to kayak.

"I always wanted to try it," said one woman. "But I'm too old to start now."

She's 62.

I hear that so often. People talk about wanting a particular adventure or change in their life. But they conclude, "It's too late now."

Or, they allow themselves to make excuses rather than reaching out to try something they've been wanting to do.

Simply put, it's easier to stay with the status quo than it is to make a change of any kind.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

When it was time to pack for a mini-vacation with my husband, I found myself getting more and more excited.

I was relishing the thought of the two of us getting away together.

It might sound strange to look forward to a vacation because for retirees, every day is a vacation.

But even when there is no compelling schedule in your everyday life and you can basically design your own day, there is always more freedom when you're away on vacation.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

As I pass the display of Mother's Day cards in the store, I try not to look, not to get caught up in the sadness of not being able to buy a card for my mother.

It's been a bit more than five years since my mother passed away and even longer since I was able to telephone her several times a week.

Yet, even with the passing years, I still find myself wanting to rush to the telephone to call her when I want to share a good piece of news.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My son-in-law is fond of saying there are two kinds of people we encounter: Energy givers and energy drainers.

Some people are so vibrant and so passionate about life. That upbeat attitude is contagious. When we're around someone like that, we, too, find our own mood elevates.

I interviewed a fascinating guy this week whose energy and enthusiasm for life had me smiling.

Ed thrives on being outdoors and studying nature. Passionate about fishing, he takes his boat out every day. He's also an avid kayaker. But he does much more than paddle.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Did you ever go to a big smorgasbord where tons of tempting food is there for your selection?

I enjoy a smorgasbord. With all the possible dishes, I'm sure I can find something I like. Plus, it gives me a chance to try new things I might not order on my own.

Some of my friends refuse to go with me to a smorgasbord because they claim all those tempting offerings cause them to overeat.

I see that same thing in life itself.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April is always a special month for me.

One reason is because it's the month of my birth and I always make my birthday celebration last all month.

April is also special because it's one of rebirth. In Pennsylvania, we start to see trees budding and the start of spring flowers pushing from the earth.

I always loved walking about my yard and neighborhood, alert to the rebirth all around me. It's always a celebration when our world turns green.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

As God continues to shower me with blessings, one of those blessings is my new friend, Fran.

In addition to radiating goodness in everything she does, Fran is a strong, take-charge woman who rises to every challenge, both large and small.

But she wasn't always like that. Seeing the strong, gutsy woman that she is, it's hard to believe she spent 20 years of her life mired in fear and despair.

She has agreed to let me tell her story so that women can believe they can change their lives, no matter how bleak the circumstances.