Real Women, Real Lives, Real Stories

As part of the #WomensLives campaign, I've been reading stories about women the world over and the challenges they face. I have been touched by those stories. The more I think about it, the more I realize that many real women of my acquaintance have also accomplished great things. We are real women and we have stories to share. I will be interviewing women for a series of articles about the way women have overcome challenges in their lives to be successful.  ...more

The 1965 Value of a Housewife

In doing some research for a history project I ran across a newspaper article from February 1965. The headline read: The Value of Housewife. "Oh my, I know where this is going!" I thought. So I read it and got a good chuckle ... in 1965 dollars a housewife was worth $159.34 per week. That's figuring only her top 12 roles and 99.6 hours of work. The Breakdown: Job                              Hours  Rate   Value...more
Federal minimum wage in 1965 was $1.25 (info obtained at the Department of Labor "minimum wage ...more

Live and Share Your Story

As women, we have many roles to play. We have many stories to tell. Our stories matter. I know women who have survived miscarriages, life threatening illness, divorce, career collapse and tragic loss of their homes. I know women who have celebrated births, graduations, anniversaries, promotions, marriages and the arrival of grandchilren. No matter our tragedies or our triumphs, the stories of those times matter. Our lives are the fabric woven from those times and those stories....more

Winter Weekends

What to do on a winter weekend?If I were wealthy and had means, I would escape to either a ski lodge or a tropical beach.As it is, I'm at home in Ohio, because my means are limited.So, how to fill up the time on a cold, snowy, winter weekend dat?1. Make Soup - a pot of warm, bubbly, hearty soup is a great way to pass some time. There's a certain amount of pleasure derived from chopping vegetables into half inch bits....more

Warm your belly with fruit cobbler

Cold weather makes me want to bake things. I preheat the oven and start looking for ingredients in the cupboard and refrigerator that I can turn into something yummy.This week, I discovered some apples and pears that looked like they wanted to cozy up with some biscuits.The result was this wonderful Winter Fruit Cobbler!...more

Looking Forward to 2014!

I know it's not New Year's Eve yet. I know I'm a little bit early according to popular practice, but I'm starting to think about New Year's Resolutions and Planning 2014.Why? Because I'm a list maker, a working mother, a blogger, a business woman, a planner, a worrier, a doer and a thinker.  I know some of those don't fit with the rest, but it's who I am.I begin thinking about New Year's Resolutions, because I'm looking at my calendar and trying to plan the next week and month of menus, blog posts, appointments and commitments....more

Thanksgiving Dinner Stress

I have fallen into the horrible "Holiday Stress Trap".I've worked hard to avoid it for years, mostly successfully, I might add.This year, however, the Holiday Season has approached and somehow, back handed me with a pile of stress. I imagine there are factors that most of you will agree contribute to the stress, naturally and normally....more

Garlic Lime Chicken Recipe

Sometimes I get tired of eating the same old things, week after week. Do you feel the same way?...more

Morning Disrupted

Saturday mornings in the summer are a special time.The ones that begin slowly are a treat. The deck is damp from overnight rain showers.The sun has peeked over top the tree line at the back of the property.A low mist fogs the neighbor’s garden.Water droplets give a gray appearance to the green carpet of the lawn.A hot cup of coffee and low conversation is how we start our day.Watching the steam rise from the garage roof as it warms in the sun.Listening to the squirrels chatter between the maple trees....more

Joy in Little Things: Throwing in the Towel

After the first use of the new towels, I was hesitant to claim a worthwhile investment. I just wasn’t sure that they did a good job. Why? Because I hadn’t rubbed my skin rough with old cotton fibers. I had run a smooth, soft, caressing towel over my skin and the water disappeared....more
New towels.  Let me just rest in that luxury for a second.  Next thing you know I'll be dreaming ...more