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Sharing thanks for everything we are

November 15, 2015 As we do every Nov. 11, our nation celebrated Veterans Day last week. It got me to wondering: How do you thank someone for, you know, everything? Hmm and patriotic pause. more »»

Live the dream but try to finish something

November 8, 2015 I had a dream the other night in which I finished a report. That is all. Seriously. more »»

Empty emotional trash bin to be happy

November 1, 2015 One day last week, Kyle called me at work after school with breaking news from the home front: “Mom, I am so sorry but Monnie just … ate … your … favorite … scarf.” Well! Hmpfity hmpf hmpf hmpf. more »»

Rock in relish and other tiny complaints

October 25, 2015 There’s a rock in my relish. I wish I was being brilliantly symbolic or philosophically allegorical. But, yeah, no. Last week there was seriously a rock in my relish, literally. more »»

Consider change for the better

October 18, 2015 Mother Nature’s fine with it. I mean, in most parts of the country and even throughout the entire globe, she exhibits it rather boldly four times a year. more »»

Keep faith, stay strong and watch ‘Dead’

October 11, 2015 I typically reserve this space for the strategic purpose of making folks smile. Those who know me, even in passing, know that I like to make people happy — especially through words. more »»

Love abounds — even trapped in garage

September 20, 2015 I try to be a kind, good person. Honest. Indeed, I’ve got a lot of love in my heart for a great many people, causes and teams, to name a few objects of my affection. more »»

Rules of marriage are simple but tough

September 6, 2015 While most everyone is gathering for the last major outdoor barbecue-fest of the year, hitting the pool at the swim club one final time this season, crossing off those last few... more »»

Alter ego happy to blow off some steam

August 23, 2015 I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele widely referred to as simply “Key and Peele. more »»

Some tip-top lessons from ‘Top Gun’

August 16, 2015 Anyone over a certain age will immediately identify the movie associated with this phrase “I feel the need. The need for spee. more »»

Time marches swiftly on and kids grow up

August 9, 2015 Sometimes, you just turn around and BAM! your little baby niece is 21. This is what happened to Aunt Patty last week. Hard gulp. Ah, my Kelly: the first grandchild on my side of the family. more »»

Grinning through the sadness of surprise

July 26, 2015 I’m dating myself here but remember when the fictional Marine Gomer Pyle used to utter his famous catchphrase? If you’re over 40-something, you just said aloud “Surprise, surprise, surprise!”... more »»

Words of wisdom: Every part of life is the best part

July 12, 2015 It’s taken me the better part of 47 years to realize it but every stage of my life is the best one. No, I’m not saying that I’m happy every single minute of each day in my life. more »»

This Father’s Day, words of wisdom straight from Dad

June 20, 2015 Can it really be the end of June already? My, how time flies. My pop always told me the older I got, the faster it would. He was right about that. more »»

In defense of the so-called ‘oversensitive’ among us

June 14, 2015 You know, my whole life, I’ve been told I’m too sensitive. Hmm. I guess it’s possible. more »»

Memorial Day may be over, but remember every day

May 30, 2015 You know, I was all set to prattle on and on this morning about the Cleveland Cavalier. more »»

Where’s that ray gun to zap your mistakes away?

May 24, 2015 In the breaking news department this morning, this just in: I’m a dork. No, it’s not a genetic mutation — apparently I’ve got one of those, too, but that’s a story for a different day. more »»

When the lights go out, count blessings not bugs

May 17, 2015 April showers bring May cowers. more »»

Motherhood is full of tumbles, balancing and back flips

May 10, 2015 You know, motherhood is a lot like gymnastic. more »»

Happy to have an attitude of gratitude

May 3, 2015 We all know her. At least one someone who always seems to be upbeat, perpetually happy, finds the silver lining in the storm cloud. She’s a regular, old ball of sunshin. more »»



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