A Computer Cautionary Tale

I’ve just returned to planet earth from the Never-Neverland I’ve been living in for the past few weeks. Also known as “computer problems.” You’ve probably spent some time there on occasion, too. Some problems are merely annoying or frustrating, like computers that start getting sluggish, or screens that freeze up during a video session. Others are more alarming, like malware that slips by your anti-virus protection and can do serious damage to your computer or the information you have stored [...]

By |March 28th, 2023|Columns|

Can you read this?

“Up until third grade, you’re learning to read. After third grade, you’re reading to learn.” I heard this statement for the first time last week, from the Executive Director of an organization that works with the entire family to help children succeed in life and fulfill their God-given purpose. I was at the facility to discuss a program that several members of my Toastmasters Club did for the staff a few years ago, and that we’ve been asked to do [...]

By |March 14th, 2023|Columns, Quotes and Sayings, Success, Toastmasters, Values, Writing|

Choosing a Favorite

“So—Which place that you visited was your favorite?” I was expecting – and dreading – that question once my husband and I returned from our vacation in Italy. The only accurate and appropriate answer I could give would be the cliché response: “That’s like asking me which child is my favorite,” especially if my children numbered more than a dozen, instead of just two. I was planning to go on a pilgrimage to Italy with my church a number of [...]

By |March 3rd, 2023|Achieving Dreams and Goals, Columns, Travel, Values|

What’s on Your Bucket List?

In my blog post last week, I mentioned thinking about bucket list items. This week, I’m out exploring and experiencing one of them. So I don’t have anything to post this week, but I will when I return. In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend. And if you haven’t done so lately, why don’t you take some time to think about some of the activities and adventures that are on your bucket list? Or add some new ones. Then get [...]

By |February 17th, 2023|Columns|

A Happy Anniversary

We just passed the one-year anniversary of my husband’s heart attack. It’s not something we went out to celebrate, but we did take notice and reflect. In some ways, it feels like it’s been much longer than a year, but in other ways, it feels more like, “One year? Already?” In many ways, he’s back to how he was before having a heart attack. In other ways, it’s changed both our lives. After his surgery, his doctors warned him it [...]

By |February 11th, 2023|Columns, Faith, Family, Health and Well-being, Travel|

Coming out of the closet

I have to admit that every so often, while writing a column or blog post, I worry that the topic I’m writing about is so ordinary and mundane that everyone reading it will be bored to tears, and quit reading halfway through – or sooner. Not only that, but I wonder if at the same time, I’m exposing all my faults and flaws, and showing how ordinary, mundane, and disorganized my life can be. Invariably, however, those posts end up [...]

By |February 6th, 2023|Columns, Organizing|