The Fast Friendships of Youth

If you’re lucky, and I certainly feel I was, your childhood may have been spent running through yards, riding bikes down the street, jumping on the playground, or maybe thrilling to the latest episode of your favorite cartoon, all alongside a friend or two. Those playground days seem so simple when we look back. YouContinue reading “The Fast Friendships of Youth”

Life is What Happens to You While You’re Busy Making Plans

It was a Friday evening toward the end of summer. The sun was not quite setting, but was on its way there shortly, the sky a pinkish hue dotted with scattered cotton balls of clouds. I decided that if there was a chance to get the lawn mowed before a weekend of forecasted rain, thisContinue reading Life is What Happens to You While You’re Busy Making Plans

Yo-Ho! Sending Christmas cards!

If you got the reference in that title – congratulations, you lived through the 1980s and are more than likely to ache when you get out of bed in the morning. “The Twelve Pains of Christmas” is a song from the 1988 humorous Christmas album Twisted Christmas by Bob Rivers and is the song fromContinue reading “Yo-Ho! Sending Christmas cards!”

The Sunday of Summer

With a quick flip, the calendar recently turned to yet another month. The Norman Rockwell painting of “Magician” (or sometimes referred to as “Card Tricks”) accompanying the outgoing month of July on our kitchen wall calendar, gave way to this month’s “Dreamboats” – two young women look longingly at movie star photos.  And, like theContinue reading “The Sunday of Summer”

A Girl and Her Dog

What would you do if you suddenly found yourself with super powers?  It’s the question a middle school girl named Lacey finds herself facing when she and her dog stumble across a pair of costumes that do just that, imbuing both kid and canine with powers beyond those of mere mortals.  It’s Lacey & Lily!Continue reading “A Girl and Her Dog”

The future is now, but what about when it wasn’t?

Like so many others attempting to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and really just anyone whether we know them or not, safe amid the current pandemic, our family has been at home and self-isolating. Yes, irritability has been high when you’re all together in one house for such an extended period of time. It canContinue reading “The future is now, but what about when it wasn’t?”

Before and After

About a week or ago, I got an email that caught me by surprise – there was an update to my blog! I was immediately puzzled because I had not recalled scheduling anything, but I opened up the email and there it was…a blog post about always feeling like there’s not enough time in theContinue reading “Before and After”

No, you don’t.

There’s a philosophy/mindset out there being shared across the internet that’s really unhealthy, something that irritates me to no end right now, as people try their best to keep life going amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Oh, there’s different variations on it, but they pretty much hit the same notes. They go something like: If youContinue reading “No, you don’t.”

How I Met Your Mother

Sit down, kids, and I’ll tell you a story. One of the greatest things I ever did was to take a low point in my life and esteem and turn it into motivation to focus on time for myself, and getting back in touch with things I enjoyed. I was in my late 20s, single,Continue reading “How I Met Your Mother”

Fifty Years of Sunny Days

Can you tell me how to get…how to get to Sesame Street? I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in this world who can’t tell you where on dial (okay, even if there are no dials anymore) to find that famous neighborhood where sunny days sweep the clouds away. I personally have a hardContinue reading “Fifty Years of Sunny Days”