A Decade of Dreams Coming True

In an article in Time Magazine last week, Andy Serwer labeled the past ten years the "decade of broken dreams." What began with 9/11 and ended with an economic depression will go down in history as "the decade from hell." Serwer lists (in long-winded detail) every justification for this dour name, including his main argument. Most of us, he says, are worse off than we were when the clock struck midnight 10 years ago.Ten years ago... wow....more

Beyond the Bucket List: The F**k- It List

The Bucket List is way beyond the movie; it’s part of the lexicon, part of life—-the things you want to do before you die. Lately it seems as if everyone and his dog has a Bucket List.   Which is great. Up to a point. There’s a place where the Buck(et) Stops. Where the brave and bold move beyond. For me, the moment hit somewhere between thinking about getting a face-lift and getting my affairs in order. Not that I’ve done either one. For baby boomers, the dawn of the new decade could be the perfect time....more

A year in review, or not

A year in review is not something that takes a lot of effort. First, look way back to January 1st with goals or resolutions ready for launch. Then blink and "Voila!" - you are now at the end of the year.I swear, as I get older that is exactly how it is. One minute we are in plan mode, the world is our oyster, the ideas are flowing, we are in control and we have 365 days to get it all done. Somehow, that 365 days folded inward and became 182.5 and that's being generous. In actuality, it probably folded so much it looked like origami....more

2010 My year to get HEALTHY off drugs and overeating...

Okay here we go....I am making 2010 my New Healthy Life. I have a problem with prescription pain meds, and chocolate. I am an obese addict. I weigh 235lbs. and I can't keep a bottle of 120count hydrocodone for more than 6 days. I also can't eat just ONE of anything. I have made many New Years resolutions to lose x amount of pounds by the next year. However because of my weight have become addicted to pain pills for my back, it happened slowly over the last 6 years. This year and for the rest of my life I want to be healthy, weight, drug free, and mind HEALTHY....more

I have a horrible migraine, I am 16 days clean, and 19 months sober today. This is really ...more

Happy New Year or Whatever.

It's 2010. (in Australia. We still have a few more hours of CrapFest '09 here in the You Ess Of Ayyyyyyyy) Hip hip hooray. My New Year SUGGESTIONS: 1. I am going to be way less tolerant of bullshit. 2. Yeah, that's it. That's all I've got. UPDATE: I am adding two suggestions that I have stolen from Finn and Domestic Spaz: ...more

Snap, crackle, pop goes this old house.

I just moved into a house that’s been around long enough (about a hundred years) to acquire its own quirks.  Or maybe the quirks were part of the original construction. This place was once just a single room and small bath. Over the years, owners added on, a room at a time.  We live north of San Francisco and after the quake of 1906, many people fled the city and settled into these small places that were intended to be used just for a few weeks in summer. ...more

I liked your emphasis on sounds. I went from living in a 100-year-old house to a new mobile ...more

Big Change Chronicles: Moving Across Town, Remembering What Home Means

by Agnes KrupI discovered the first grey in my hair on Christmas day – several grey hairs, actually. Grey is not easy to detect in blond, but there they were, unmistakably. They looked quite beautiful (if I may say so myself): my head of straw given a quiet shine of distinction by just a dozen of strategically located individual hairs....more

I just posted about grey hair and then I saw your post. Thanks for the commentary! I ...more

Mennonite Marital Relations

Relations. My husband and I have them. No, not THAT kind of relations (at least I'm not talking about 'em here!) Kinship relations. Mutual relatives. Kissin' cousins.But we're only a "little related." (Is that like being a "little pregnant?") We're only 8th cousins. Once removed. If you're counting. It's complicated enough that we only figured it out with the help of some thick history books and a brilliant geneologist in our congregation.But it's still embarassing. Not exactly the stuff of casual conversation. Unless you're Mennonite....more

I think that Mennonites from Russia eventually became "Mennonite Brethren" and "General ...more