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Saturday, September 21, 2013

I've just carved out one Saturday a month to attend the Suncoast Writer's Guild meetings.

While there are writer's groups all over, the Suncoast Guild has many exceptional members.

I'm happy to oblige when they sometimes ask me to present a writing seminar for them. But I find they teach me as much as I teach them.

I don't have the same aspirations of the other guild members. I don't want to write a book, as most of the other members are doing. I've always loved newspaper writing and I'm content to concentrate on that.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

As we observed national grandparent's day, I used the occasion to interview three older women who are raising their young grandchildren.

In all three cases, the children's father is not in the picture and the mother is unable to raise the child.

The three grandmothers have assumed the role of custodial parent. They are driven by their love for their grandchildren and a desire to give them a loving, stable home.

They made it clear it's often difficult.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

In church last week, the priest gave a sermon on "want versus need."

His main point was that we confuse the two…that we buy and buy what we want, telling ourselves we need it.

He challenged us to stop needless spending and use the money instead to help the many people in the community who don't have enough to eat. He suggested we bring food to a neighboring food pantry, not once, but often.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Some people are mere acquaintances. They never climb the social ladder into the realm of friendship.

Perhaps most people fall into that category – either because we never get to know them very well or because there is no common thread to bind us.

Many people are what we call social friends or activity friends. They are the ones we spend time with in pursuit of something mutually enjoyable.

A few turn out to be true friends. They are the ones who are always there for us, just as we are always there for them.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A little over 20 years ago, counselor John Gray wrote a relationship book that took the country by storm.

"Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" sold more than 50 million copies and took on a life of its own in popular culture.

I don't know how many men read the book, but I do know that for at least a decade, it was widely discussed when women got together.

Many women kept telling me: You have to read it. It's an eye opener.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

There's a controversy that's swirling around some school districts around the country regarding physical education classes.

In times of tight budgets and mandatory cut backs, some districts are eliminating physical education.

That's an issue that's generating a lot of heat here in Florida and elsewhere where parental protests and angry letters to the editor are flourishing after some districts had to eliminate phys ed programs.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I'm still hearing from readers sending their responses to my question of what life lessons are worth passing on.

One response is so thought provoking and well written that I want to print it in its entirety. This is what Kathy wrote:

"I am a little slow in replying to your column but better late than never. Being a wife, mom and nurse for over 35 years, I have learned many lessons that I would like to share.

1. Appreciate what you have right in front of you because in a second everything changes and things never go back to the way they were.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

By PATTIE MIHALIK

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Some music is so hauntingly beautiful that once you hear it, the tune stays in your mind forever.

For me, that's the way it is with Pachelbel's Canon in D, one of my very favorite pieces of classical music.

No matter how many times I hear it, I'm moved by the music.

That's not the case with a lot of music I initially enjoy. I bought Jackie Evancho's first major classical album and liked it so much I played it repeatedly. I put the CD in my car and played it on every long trip.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

It's called a "Granny Scam."

That's where a grandmother receives a phone call of distress from someone who pretends to be her grandchild.

While the details of the call might differ, the end result is the same: Granny is asked to send money SAP to help her grandchild get out of a jam.

When I read those stories – and there have been many of them in newspapers and online my first thought is: Who could be dumb enough to fall for scams like that?

Well the haughty can get humbled in a hurry.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sometimes we meet people for the first time and we think we have known them forever.

Something clicks. There is a strong chemistry and almost instant bonding.

That's how it felt when I met a beautiful woman named Lisa at a church conference. There was plenty of time at night to sit around and talk and get to know each other.

It didn't take long for the two of us to know that although our personal circumstances were quite different, in many ways we were kindred souls.