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Saturday, September 3, 2011

When I get company to my Florida home, I sometimes take them to a remote island restaurant accessible only by the boat.

To tell the truth, the restaurant's food is only OK, nothing to write home about. But the boat trip is fun.

For years, the same guy operated the water taxi that ferries people from landside to the island. I got to know him well and thought he was good at his job.

Once, he saved my dignity and perhaps even my life. You see, once the last water taxi leaves the restaurant dock, there is no way to get off the island.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I have a buddy that's a total know-it-all.

Remember those black "magic globes" that could answer any question? They were fun, even if the answers were usually "maybe" or "it's doubtful."

Well, my buddy is way better than that because his answers are always long and informative. And, he's usually right.

My buddy answers to the name of Mac, as in iMac and he is next to useless without an Internet connection. But when I combine Mac and the Internet, I can find the answer to anything.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

When Dave and I were married almost two years ago, the priest asked if we were planning any special touches for the wedding.

I told him I only had two simple requests. At the end of the church ceremony as we were leaving the church we wanted to walk under an honor guard of kayak paddles held by members of our kayak club. And at the reception, we wanted all three generations of our family to dance to "We Are Family." I'll never forget the exhilaration I felt during that dance as I looked around at the happy faces on the dance floor.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Years ago we heard a lot about "the seven year itch."

Psychologists claim it's a time of dissatisfaction many marriages don't survive.

I used to joke with friends that we can't be sure our marriage will last until we're married for 25 years.

Mark Twain must also have thought there is something special about 25-year-marriages. In 1894, he wrote in his journal: "No man or woman knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century."

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.