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Saturday, October 19, 2013

When I watch "House Hunters" on HGTV, I listen as buyers list what they want in a home. A big dining room is usually high on the list.

Often, a couple will say the dining room isn't big enough to seat all their friends or family members. They always make it sound as if they frequently will be feeding crowds.

It sounds romantic to say you're going to entertain a lot with dinners in your lovely dining room. But life gets in the way with all of its demands and time constraints.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I love bookstores and libraries.

I like libraries best because there is no end to the fascinating free offerings. Each week when I go there I walk away with four or five books and some free periodicals. This week, as I browsed through the library, I found some quirky books and magazines. Intrigued by its title, I flipped through the book, "The Art of Over Eating. (I do that far too often.)

But its advice is flaky, at best. "Never weigh yourself with your glasses on," said the author. "That way, you can say you weigh whatever you want."

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Our kayak club meets each Wednesday for a business meeting and dinner, and each Sunday morning for a club paddle.

I've been a member for about five years and I never "make waves."

But what's wrong with offering a suggestion?

Well, that could be construed as "making waves" if the suggestion (gasp!) is to do things differently.

My question for the club was this: Why can't we hold the club paddles on Saturday instead of Sunday? Or, any day of the week other than Sunday.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Here's the best way I can describe my physical fitness level to you.

Boil a piece of spaghetti until it is overdone. Now try to make that piece of spaghetti stand up straight. That limp noodle equates to my current physical condition.

As someone who always has thrived on activity and as one who has been a fitness buff for many years, I'm stunned to find myself in this position.

So, what happened?

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.