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Saturday, August 6, 2011

When my husband and I opted to spend his birthday in St. Augustine, it proved to be an excellent choice.

The oldest settlement in America offered interesting historic tours, the best bed and breakfast I've ever found, and so many activities that we couldn't do them all in our brief three night minivacation.

Our bed and breakfast was directly across from the municipal pier where all the boat rentals and tours are offered. Our first night there, we listened to an exchange between a boat captain and a family that was paying for a private excursion.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

For seven years, I've had an excellent licensed handyman who has kept the roof on my house in good shape.

I've hired him each year to pressure wash it and to give it another coat of the rubberized paint that strengthens the roof.

This year, however, he has so much work that he hired an assistant. Unfortunately, that assistant is grossly overweight (it mattered when he was on the roof) and is still in the learning stage. I didn't know all that until it was too late.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday morning was a delightful time this week.

I sat there reading last Saturday's TIMES NEWS laughing so hard I had tears running down my face. My raucous laughter brought my husband away from his total attention to the Tour de France.

"What's so funny?" he asked. "I have to see what's making you laugh like that."

I told him columnist Linda Koehler wrote about taking ballroom dancing. Linda has a way of putting humor into everything and this time was no exception.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Every once in a while, I read something so profound that I tuck it away in my heart. That's what happened when I was reading a book called "Soul Mates, Honoring the Mysteries of Love and Relationship."

Author Thomas Moore talks about finding soul mates in friends as well as in a marriage partner.

There is much about the book that is worthwhile reading for those who care about understanding and strengthening the special relationship we find with someone we call a soul mate.

This is the part of the book that jumped out at me and implanted itself within me:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Some men find it easy to "power up" to successfully climb the corporate ladder. But when it's time to leave the job and begin retirement, some find it hard to power down.

That aptly applies to my friend, Don. He had a top job with a large corporation but still managed to head some volunteer organizations.

When his corporation offered him a buy out, he knew he had to accept it. But, doers will always be doers and Don is certainly a world-class doer.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

When I was a kid, a nun told our class that after we died, we would be judged on how we spent our time on earth.

Well, while that little kid is all grown up now, she still believes in carefully monitoring how she spends her time. There's a simple reason for that and it has little to do with religious beliefs: time is the most precious thing we have. It represents life itself.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The older we get, the more we are thankful for every single thing – things we once never thought about but now are important.

Here is one small example. For most of my life, I have hated my legs. Even when I was so thin that I could pose as a starving waif, my legs were heavy.

But lately, I find myself feeling really grateful for those legs.

I felt it especially as I was carrying a kayak up a slight hill, having to step carefully over the rough terrain. While I was carrying the kayak, I said a short thank you for legs sturdy enough to do that job.

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.