And the livin' is easy

Driving home from work for lunch I noticed a billboard for the county 4-H fair.  How can it be that time already?  How can summer be almost over when it just began?  Is it a phenomenon of aging that time seems to move faster and faster?When I was a child, we could not wait for school to be out.  When I was very small, the end of school meant the opening of Lancaster’s Pool, our neighborhood swimming hole.  School dismissed before Memorial Day, and mornings and evenings were still cool as days soon heated up....more

Tips for Going Back to Work After a Long Hiatus

Five years ago, my Fortune 500 company "retired" me along with half its sales force.  While I had a brief period of employment in a lower-level position, I did a variety of other things. I helped my father take care of my dying mother, I volunteered at church and for a rehabilitation facility, and I took contract writing jobs.  From the age of 23 until  I lost my job, I had worked consistently in high-pressure, high-activity marketing jobs, and this five-year period was completely different.  And frankly, delightful....more
Thank you for sharing these great tips! I am going back to full time work in 3 weeks, after a ...more

"All the time you have, is all the time you have"

Imagine if someone gave you a five-year block  and said, “You can do whatever you want.” What would you do?I’m moving into a new phase of my life, having completed five years during which I did whatever I wanted to do, including running my own consulting business, community volunteering, and the occasional mid-afternoon nap. Next week I start a new full-time job with a wonderful health provider.Five years ago, I could not have imagined what I’ve enjoyed....more

Why I'm the Keeper of the Family Pictures

 By default, I’m the keeper of family junk that nobody else wants—boxes of  Kodak Brownie snapshots from my grandparent’s 1938 driving trip to Colorado, 35 mm slides of my brother and I everywhere from Yellowstone to Cape Cod, hundreds of photos of our own child, and stacks of fading portraits from different generations....more

Puppy Bowl, Kitten Bowl and Other Big Game Alternatives

Sunday is the big game, and many Americans are excited about the players, the game, Peyton Manning, buffalo wings, chili con queso, the frigid weather, and the commercials.  Show of hands here? Am I the only person in the world who could give a rat’s patootie about the NFL Super Bowl game? I speak blasphemously, but the only thing I care less about than the NFL is college football.  (There’s a backstory here that involves years of Big Ten rivalries, cold weather, insane over-the-top fans, but I’ll leave that for another day.) ...more

Why Kids Should Eat in Restaurants, Just Maybe Not Alinea

Alinea chef Grant Achatz stirred up a lot of controversy, with his tweet about a crying baby. Do you think babies should be at a Michelin-starred restaurant?...more
There are some very good points below, but some of these points I have to wonder.  Who said the ...more

Would You Let Your Child Get Elective Plastic Surgery? I Would!

Given the financial means and the opportunity, would you allow your bullied teen to have plastic surgery to correct a problem? Several teens bullied because of looks were the focus of NBC News stories recently. Dateline spotlighted four teens who sought plastic surgery to repair problems with various facial features. ...more
I should have added this before, but trans surgery should have been included under" medically ...more

You call this a blizzard?

          Despite all the attention southwestern Indiana received on the Weather Channel, my slice of the Hoosier state did not get what I call a blizzard Christmas week.          Thirty miles to the west of there was a State of Emergency and a small town just across the Wabash River in southern Illinois boasted a record 18” of snow....more

Why Esquire's choice of Pope Francis as best-dressed gives your husband hope

Much to the shock -- and possible dismay -- of fashion editors everywhere, last week Esquire named Pope Francis as "Best Dressed Man of 2013."Max Berlinger in Esquire's Style section noted "Pope Francis' sartorial decisions have subtly signaled a new era (and for many, renewed hope) for the Catholic Church."...more

My Obsession with the Titanic took me to Northern Ireland

 I’ve been obsessed with the Titanic since I was a child and saw “A Night to Remember” in reruns. A White Star Line poster hangs in my living room. And I’ve visited many exhibits, read every book or article.  Obsession with disasters might not be the healthiest habit, but I know millions of people join me in fascination with the great ship’s journey....more