It's Psychological

Always late. That’s me.I was born two weeks late and have been late for everything since. My mother made the age-old statement numerous times, “There’s no doubt about it – you’ll be late for your own funeral!” My tardiness drove her crazy. She was the opposite. Very scheduled. Never late. My eldest daughter is just like her....more

My First Thanksgiving Turkey Was Picture-Perfect

On Thanksgiving, my memory transports me to my childhood home and the aroma of roasting turkey, sage dressing, candied yams, pumpkin pies and yeast rolls; the busyness of my mother in a warm kitchen; the gathering of family members laughing and enjoying each other's company; and my father's visible delight with the entire event....more

Remembering Sadie

                      When a friend phoned to tell me that her little dog was very ill and the vet had suggested she have her put down before the suffering gets any worse, I offered my sympathies and told her she shouldn’t wait too long or she’d surely regret it, as I once did....more

All Changes Aren't Good

The first time I saw Debbie, I thought she was a little girl. She was short – less than five feet tall – with carrot-colored hair, the bluest eyes I’d ever seen and a wonderful smile. She seemed nervous. I suppose that’s normal when a guy takes a girl home to meet his Mom for the first time....more

An Orphan Boy for Christmas

Recently, I was visited by The Ghost of Christmas Past just as surely as was Ebenezer Scrooge in the well-known Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol.  While preparing for the most important holiday of the year, I began thinking of former celebrations – all the way back to my childhood. As a little girl, Christmas couldn’t have been more wonderful. An only child, I was doted on by my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles....more

Putting My Life On Hold

              It was a sunny March morning.  I stood beside the hospital bed where my mother lay complaining. “You’re very lucky, you know,” I said.            “You call this lucky?” She said.  Breaking a hip is no fun!  Try it sometime and see how you like it!”...more

Poor Old Clyde


The Loneliest Times

One of our lifelong friends passed away recently, leaving a wife he was married to for more than sixty years. They had no children. Sadly, this wonderful lady is now all alone. When this happens, friends and relatives are usually very attentive at first – sending cards; bringing food; stopping by to talk; checking to see if the survivor needs anything and phoning often. It seems that this might go on indefinitely. But, although these people mean well, they have jobs and families and obligations....more
 @HomeRearedChef   Thank you, Virginia!  My parents were married 45 years when my father died!  ...more

Let It Soak In

As soon as I opened my eyes this morning, I knew it wasn’t going to be a day of accomplishment. It was raining kittens and puppies and didn’t seem inclined to let up any time soon. At one time, gloomy days depressed me and I’d sleep to escape, but with a little help, I adopted a new attitude and now I spend days like this writing or reading or “just being.”...more
 @pegylu I thought of you today when I took a nap with my kids.  I'm getting enough sleep, but ...more

That's Scary - Part Two

Day  Six: Lest anyone think I’m reporting only on ditzy blonde female nurses, I'd like to make it clear that today; my scary story is about a male nurse.   He arrived on the scene early this morning and introduced himself to my son as, Joe, his nurse for the day. He proceeded to make conversation about being a Vietnam veteran who wondered why he became a nurse considering the horrendous things he saw in the war....more
 @alienbody It was a terrible time, but he's at home now recuperating.  I'm grateful it's over.  ...more