Donna Ryan

Good Job

No matter how good a job we do I  wonder  why negative situations take away the joy of the positive.  I am doing my best to not revisit painful times as they serve no point but I suppose because my husband and I are weeks away from our 35th wedding  anniversary we reminisce of all the good times and bad.  We try not to dwell on bad but sadly they e...Read More

Set In My Ways

Due to a sore and swollen foot I was forced to put my workout routine on rest today and my fitness activity tracker was replaced with the television remote control.  While surfing the channels I came upon an old episode of the show, “All In The Family.”    As I type I glance at the scene of Archie screaming at “Meathead” how wrong it is...Read More


Hold fast to dreams, for if the dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly—-Langston Hughes Last August I wrote a post about a dear friend of my Mother who at the age of 97 packed up her home in Queens, New York to move to an assisted living facility in Pennsylvania to be closer to her son and his family.  Out of all the posts I...Read More

A Break Day From Screens

Televisions, laptop, cellphone and my kindle.  I think I spend way too much time looking into them.  Last week I decided to take an entire break from all screens. I waited for Kevin to leave for work on that determined morning and turned off the television, and shut down my telephone and computer.  I actually read inspirational books versus the man...Read More

Deep Cleaning

We spring ahead and the days are once again longer.  I smile as I pull open the blinds on my kitchen window and look out to the backyard and see my flower pots.  Right now they are peeking out from under the melting snow but it will not be long until they are filled with every shade of yellow, pink, orange, purple and red that I can find. Some call...Read More

No Crawling Back Allowed

It is a new day and I wake and listen to the morning news with another brutal weather forecast ahead.  I look at my husband and ask, how can we have a positive day when the first words we hear are gloomy?  I do not know about you but I want to crawl back into bed! I am a believer thoughts for which we begin our day is the marker of how the day will...Read More

There To Understand

“We have too many high sounding words and too few actions to correspond with them”—Abigail Adams The English language has many words that sound the same but are spelled in different ways and with a switch of a few letters give it an entirely different meaning.   Just this afternoon sitting at my computer typing this post I am conc...Read More


While growing up my mothers closet had one powder blue dress with a bow on front.  On her dresser was a tiny jewelry box which contained a set of costume earrings with a matching necklace.  This outfit is remembered as the special occasion attire as she wore it to all of our sacraments, graduations, parties, and family events. It made me sad to thi...Read More


Recently I went to the eye doctor and made the decision while picking out new frames to enter into the world of transition lenses. When I first placed them on I was unsure as to what to expect.  I was excited to see when I walked into the sunshine the lenses immediately went from clear white to dark brown in an instant. Most days I love the new len...Read More

Pulling For The Correct Emotions

He proudly smiled as after years of hard work he is pulling the last coupon out of the loan booklet and the car is his.  A week later he gets the rug pulled out from under him when he is told during the yearly inspection the car has some problems.  He pulls his emotions together and agrees to pay for the necessary repairs in order to pass the inspe...Read More

Recent vs. Late

“The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing, as the best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.” At the age of 97 she sat by her window watching the moving men place the few pieces of life she was able to take on to one truck while the cleaning company filled the second much larger one with possessions that must be discarded. 50 yea...Read More


Most mornings I wake at 4:30 and enjoy my first cup of hot coffee while listening to the news. I take a few minutes to relax and read before turning on my one hour work out show at 6.  Mom rises at 7:30 and that is when the activities of my day begin.  The other morning she asked me why I must wake so early! My hideaway – My Alone Time! Somet...Read More

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