Thursday, May 5, 2016

Warmest Regards

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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

One new year's resolution we should all make and keep is to make an estate plan that will save money, time and tears for our heirs when we are gone.

It's not easy to do, as I've been finding out.

For the past few months I've been attending estate-planning seminars. I learned some worthwhile nuggets at each one. I always walk away with more questions that need answers, but I have vowed to avoid as many mistakes as I can.

As promised, I'm sharing some of what I learned with you.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

I just started getting serious about making plans for my funeral.

I have to admit it feels a bit weird to do it, to say the least.

What's even stranger is the good feeling I had when I hung up from talking with the funeral director in my Pennsylvania hometown of Shamokin.

I'm still a long way from completing plans for my final exit because living in one state and planning to be buried in another presents its own set of complications.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Like Martin Luther King, I, too, have a dream.

My dream is about "church." Not just my church. Every church.

I have a dream that church simply won't be a building with a collection of people sitting next to each other for a service.

In my dream, church is a place where there are no strangers. People will want to know each other.

I have a dream that in every church, people will greet each other with more than smiles. Genuine caring will be there along with that smile.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


The question of the month surely must be: What do you want for Christmas?

I know it's the big question with my family each year.

When my daughters were younger I thrived on surprises. Seeing the look on their faces when I managed to hit a home run in gift selection was priceless.

But through the years I noticed some of those looks of appreciation were fake. I watched the girls open clothing I knew they would never wear, rewarding the gift giver with their ahhhhs!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I have an acquaintance with a husband named Grouchy.

No one knows his real name because she never calls him anything except Grouchy and she doesn't mean that as a term of endearment.

While she is outgoing and friendly, she always has to go places alone because Grouchy dislikes people and won't go anywhere, she claims.

When a couple from their church was having a party, the host issued a personal invitation to Grouchy.

"I really want you to come," he said.

"Why?" asked a doubtful Grouchy.

"Because I would like to get to know you better," he said.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

I've always believed there is no such thing as "too old."

Life is an attitude, and my attitude is every age is a good one. Plus, I'm a bit surprised to find that the older I get, the happier I am with life.

I was always sure I wasn't going to ever let the phrase "too old" apply to me.

I cringe when I hear people say they want to try something new but they are "too old."

"Too old" is a state of mind, one best avoided.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The other day when I was browsing in our library I found what looked like a fascinating book.

"The Sacredness of the Present Moment" has a beautifully written introduction and I thought the book might have some sage advice about keeping our thoughts on the present moment.

It's not as easy as you think it is.

For at least the past year or two, I have been making a conscious effort to "stay in the moment" rather than letting my mind drift.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


During the Thanksgiving season, the emphasis is on saying thank you for all our immense blessings.

I've always tried to make the prayer before our Thanksgiving meal more meaningful. And I've always failed.

We tried the go-around the table bit and have each person name one thing for which they are grateful. It got repetitive because most of us said we were most grateful for our family.