Friday, July 21, 2017

Warmest Regards

Saturday, May 17, 2014

One of the things I like best about doing newspaper features is that I constantly learn something new.

This week I covered a meeting where the civilian crime prevention specialist in our county talked about ways to protect ourselves against fraud.

We hear a lot these days about identity theft. But before I heard that talk I didn't think it was much of a problem. After all, what are the odds someone will steal our identity?

A lot higher than you think, said Dale Phillips, citing the escalating number of people who fall victim to identity thief and credit card fraud.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Last week, when I joined in a small discussion group, the leader's topic was mothers.

Specifically, we were asked to discuss the kind of mothering we experienced and our reaction to it.

There were only six in our group, and five of the six entered into lively conversation about the kind of mothering they had.

I was the only quiet one. The reason is because it's too painful to think about my mother. I am ashamed of how I didn't give her the reverence and the appreciation she deserved.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Our church pastor is extraordinary with a different way of thinking. He's also good at surprising us.

While some believe in sacrificing for Lent by "giving up" things we especially enjoy, he told us not to do that Lenten activity.

Instead, he told us to "go home, have a glass of wine and really relish it."

If wine wasn't your thing, you can do the same thing with chocolate. The secret, he says, is to slowly savor every bite, thanking God for every little pleasure that comes our way.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

If I'm typing and I accidentally hit the delete key, I don't have to worry. All I have to do to get my work back is to hit the undo button.

Then presto, the work that disappeared will be back again. Nothing is lost.

Wouldn't it be nice if life were like that?

Wouldn't it save so many tears and so much regret if we could sweep away any part of living we didn't like by hitting the "undo" button? Then we could do it again the way we want.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I'm what is called an avid reader. In addition to reading fiction for enjoyment, I like to read to gain information, especially health-related articles and those that give me financial information.

For at least a decade, I've subscribed to the Motley Fool for easy-to-read financial information. Today's article was headlined: "Warren Buffet's advice on how to get rich."

That's one I didn't read. I have no interest in reading it because I don't need to get rich.

I am rich.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Last week a friend of mine asked me to do some publicity for a show the historical society is putting on. All I had to do was interview the couple doing the show. I was told the couple would be presenting a musical production.

Interviewing them proved to be harder than I thought. When we first scheduled the interview, they had to cancel because the husband ended up in the hospital. When we rescheduled, I got there and no one was home. The husband had another medical problem, and his wife had to rush him to the emergency room.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Her name is Karen and she is a certified nursing assistant at a nursing and rehabilitation center.

No matter what situation she encounters or what nasty task she is called upon to do, she maintains her upbeat, cheerful personality.

I'll tell you right now, I think a competent, cheerful CNA is one of our unsung heroes.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I have a good friend who is really into astrology. He has spent decades studying it and is a disciple of using astrology to help shape his life.

Now let me say up front that I consider this friend to be intellectually well grounded and one of the most financially astute people I've ever met. I respect his opinion so much that I tend to seriously consider what he says.

He was nice enough to do an in-depth astrological chart for me. That includes a reading of the planets at the time I was born and an analysis of how that shapes my personality and preferences.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

For seven weeks, I counted the days until March 3.

Every night before I fell asleep, I counted how many days I had left until I could get out of prison.

"Prison," in my case, was using a wheelchair and walker and not being able to bend past my waist. That meant if anything fell on the floor, and it often did, I couldn't even pick it up. Nor could I put on my own socks or bedroom slippers.

This fiercely independent person was reduced to someone who needed a lot of help.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

What is it about a little bird that can bring so much joy to us?

The Audubon Society tells us there are approximately six million people who are serious bird watchers. Many plan their vacations just to be able to spot another species of birds.

Our fascination with birds goes back to the beginning of time.

In ancient Rome, an augur was a priest with an important role. He studied birds to determine the will of the gods.

According to folk wisdom through the ages, birds have been said to have a certain power.