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Saturday, September 11, 2010

As I pull the weeds from my new landscaping, I find myself thinking that marriage is a lot like gardening.

A gardener chooses the best plants, puts in a good foundation and carefully does everything right to create a beautiful garden.

But no matter how beautiful the landscaping is, weeds will overtake and ruin a garden unless you work to keep them out.

I often think the care and feeding of a marriage requires the same diligence. A truly blissful marriage doesn't run on autopilot. It takes a conscious effort to keep a marriage strong.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

A close friend responded to my last column on "customs of an ancient civilization" by saying it sounded a bit sarcastic.

She agreed with my premise that the use of credit cards has changed our lifestyles and has driven many into debt. But she said the column "lacked my usual warmth."

When I wrote the article, I was feeling frustration, not sarcasm. I still am.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

When a longtime friend from my old hometown contacts me after a lapse of a few years, he wants to know how I am enjoying life in southwest Florida.

The telephone conversation is going well until I mention I'm lucky I heard the phone ring because I was outside cleaning my swimming pool.

"Swimming pool?" he queries in astonishment." You have your own swimming pool? You must be rich," he asserts.

I remind him I am living in hot and humid Florida where backyard swimming pools are as common as rain spouting in Pennsylvania.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Once upon a time in this vast land of ours, there were many tribes all over the country with strange customs.

Although there were wonderful, well-built things in all the stores, men and women waited a long time before they gave in to the urge to buy something. Meanwhile, they did a lot of what they called "window shopping." They looked, maybe they yearned, but they didn't buy.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

What is the most amazing invention of the century?

My husband answers that often-asked question with this joke:

When a fellow was asked to name the most amazing invention, he surprised others by answering: "The thermos."

"What's so amazing about a thermos?" he was asked.

"Well, if you put hot stuff in it, it stays hot. If you put cold stuff in it, it stays cold," he said.

"What's so amazing about that?" asked his companion.

"Well, how does it know?" the man said.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I'm lucky.

Or maybe it's just my computer that's "lucky".

Last week, for instance, someone who writes with very bad English wanted to send me the million dollars that for some unexplained reason is sitting unclaimed in a foreign bank account with my name on it. All I have to do is send him money for his expenses.

Then, this week, I was notified that because of my "lucky" email, I have won $1,750,000 GBP from a Honda International promotion. I have no idea what GBP means and I'll never find out because I never respond to email like that.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A friend of mine has two very generous adult daughters. For my friend's milestone birthday, her daughters told her they would give her anything she wanted.

"All I want," she said, "is to spend time with you."

No, they told her, this is your special birthday and we want to give you something really special.

The daughters are both married and no longer live near their parents. My friend laments that they only get together for weddings and funerals. "And lately, it's been far more funerals than weddings," she said.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

It was supposed to be a simple shopping trip.

I only needed two simple items.

I'm repeating the word simple because of one reason: "Simple" is hard to find in this complex world.

All I wanted was a simple pedometer and an alarm clock. I didn't want all the available bells and whistles or all the things technology can offer.

I just wanted a pedometer that measured my walking distance, nothing more. I rejected the one with a built in memory and the ability to recall all my walking trips. I turned down all the models that offered 11 different functions.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

When I was kid, my parents stressed to me that it was important to pick your friends wisely because whom you surround yourself with has a great influence over your life.

I've always found that to be true. My friends teach me a lot about life. Lately, some have taught me not to be leery of aging because every stage of life has its own sweet rewards.

Let me introduce you to two extraordinary octogenarians, Harry, who just turned 80, and Tom, who will soon be 82.

Harry celebrated his 80th birthday on May 14 by going on a 100-mile bike ride with his wife, Sue.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Some take a vacation to see the world.

Some go seeking new adventures.

Others just want to get away and do nothing but relax.

Then there are people like my friends Martha and Hugh who put an altruistic twist to the meaning of "vacation."

My friends schedule at least one "give back" vacation each year.

It's hard to think of their give back trips as a vacation because the work they do is hard manual labor. It wouldn't be far-fetched to compare their arduous labors to that of working on a chain gang.