Life Lessons

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

No Notoriety

It’s another morning in America and, likely as not, you are waking up to the early morning news announcing a mass killing in a place previously thought to be safe: a church, a movie theater, a school, a military recruiting site, or a military base.  If you are as old as I am, you may remember the Luby’s Cafeteria shooting in Kileen, TX in 1991. Cer...Read More

A Review: Go Set A Watchman, by Harper Lee (NY: Harper Collins), 2015

It’s done.  I finished the book and neither my worst fears nor my greatest hopes were realized.  This unearthed early work by Nelle Harper Lee, the book that predates her masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird, is not the worst book I’ve ever read nor is it by any means the best.  But never have I read a book with such trepidation about how its very ex...Read More

A Life Event – and The 7 Lessons I Learned

Events in life have a way of humbling us. We all have those incidents that we may have perceived as negative, however, if we appreciate what occurred as a learning experience, we can benefit from it. In January 2009, while skiing in Utah, Adele sustained a severe trauma. The result was a fractured hip that necessitated hip replacement surgery the f...Read More

Dreams

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

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

Did You Really Say, "Far Out, Man?"

I’ve written a lot about men and women who came of age during the Second World War. They’re living history lessons, and I’m not shy about popping the questions. What was the Depression like? Did you know anyone who toiled in make-work jobs provided by the WPA and CCC? At the time of your enlistment in the service, what was the furthest you had been...Read More

The Back Nine

You know … time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of a...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

What Do I Do Now?

In speaking to various groups and consulting with people either in retirement or approaching retirement, one of the common concerns is what does one do in the future? For many of us, our work or family life defines our identity. When work comes to an end or when the children have all grown up and left home, it can leave a void in our lives.  Most p...Read More

C’est La Vie: The Face of Genuine Heroism

I am sure that, on the morning he became a hero, Lassana Bathily simply planned to go about his day, going to work in the stockroom of the kosher market where he was employed.  I am sure that he did not plan on becoming a media sensation because of his innate intelligence and courage.  I am sure he didn’t seek the spotlight or the responsibility fo...Read More

Black and White

This was sent to me by a colleague from my old college days. BLACK AND WHITE TV “Good night and God bless.” Black and  White? (Under age 40? You won’t understand.) You could hardly see for all the snow, Spread the rabbit ears as far as they go. Pull a chair up to the TV set, ‘Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.’ My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eg...Read More

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