Saturday, November 28, 2015

Warmest Regards

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I was excited last night because a very dear friend of mine was giving a talk at a church organization.

The last time she gave a talk, I was in the hospital so I had to miss it. I told my husband I would camp on the church steps if I had to because it meant a lot to me to be there this time.

"I didn't realize you knew her that well. She doesn't live around here. How do you know her?" he asked.

When I told him I met Lisa at a church seminar, he wanted to know how long I knew her. "It can't be that long because you just started going to those retreats," he commented.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

I don't like when I read articles that tell us all the negative things that affect us as we get older.

I'm a positive person and I insist on staying that way, thank you very much.

But one day last week just about did me in. It's hard to stay positive when nature and circumstances conspire against you.

For weeks, my daughters and I have looked forward to my trip to New Jersey where I will be my granddaughter's Confirmation sponsor.

In addition to that big event, my daughters and I planned to spend a day at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

I used to be smart.

Now I know nothing.

So help me out here.

Perhaps you can tell me the answers to some of the stuff I don't know.

Often, when I turn on my computer, there is a story about Kendra Wilkinson. How did she get "famous" in the first place? I vaguely remember something about a reality show, but she came across as rather dumb. Must be another reason for her fame. Anyone?

OK, here's a big one. I don't get this country's fascination with the Kardashian family. They just don't go away.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I am very protective of my happy disposition. I'm careful about the books I read and the movies I see. And while I am an avid newspaper reader, there are parts I avoid such as certain political columns that depress me by telling me about things out of my control.

I do read all the how-to- columns as well as all the financial columns because I like to keep learning. But one financial column I normally like had me silently screaming in frustration.

Someone wrote to columnist Malcolm Berko complaining that the government won't help him with his financial problems.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


A while back Robert Fulghum wrote a little essay that packed a big wallop round the world. He called it, "All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten."

Some of what he wrote:

"All I really know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school."

These are a few of the things he says he learned in kindergarten that are still words to live by:

Share everything.

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Ahhh, I miss the good old days when I ate whatever I wanted instead of what is supposedly good for me.

The older I get, the more concerned I am about healthy living. I look around at all the infirmities that set in as we age and get determined to do what is in my power to stay healthy.

I try not to pop pills for medical issues. Instead, I first try lifestyle changes to stay healthy.

It's been a long-held belief of mine that people go to a doctor wanting a pill that will make them better.

Saturday, February 7, 2015


A while back in a writer's guild workshop we were asked to write down words we thought are beautiful.

The workshop leader didn't want us to list words where the meaning was beautiful. It's the word itself the sound of the word on which we were to concentrate.

We were given 10 minutes to list our "beautiful" words. At the end of that time, I didn't have any words I truly thought were beautiful only because of the sound.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My friend Lou Sportelli has a knack for meaningful quotes that stay with me.

For instance, one meaningful quote that has stood the test of time with me is this one.

"We are the same person today as we were yesterday except for two things the books we read and the people we meet."

Since Dr. Sportelli is a great reader of self-help books, (and he so generously passes them along to others), I'm not sure if that quote originated with him or if he is quoting one of his favorite authors.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

When I was shopping for a new car, I narrowed my choice down to two cars. That part was easy. Then I had to decide what model I wanted.

The salesman asked the right question: What is important to you in a car?

My answer was safety. I wanted every safety feature I could afford. The new cars have much more safety features than the 10-year-old car I am replacing.

Lane-change warnings, a rear-view camera for when I'm backing up and a camera for an expanded camera-view during turns are welcome safety additions in my new car.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

To celebrate the new year, my husband and I went to a dance party with friends.

As the 12 of us sat around the table, I asked the typical question of the day: Did you make any new year's resolutions?

Not a single person did, except my husband and me. Our friends said they learned long ago not to make resolutions because they break them all too soon.

"I don't want to be disappointed in myself, so I don't make a resolution I won't keep," said one friend.

They wanted to know what resolutions I made.