Be Nice!

A number of years ago—eight, to be exact—we were visiting our daughter and got into a discussion about the upcoming election. I told my daughter that she would make a good president, and suggested jokingly that she consider running. Then, just for fun, I went on to name different departments, agencies, or cabinet positions that members of our family would be suited for. I came up with one for my husband, our kids, and a few other family members—everyone but [...]

By |March 11th, 2024|Accountability, Columns, Family, Making a Difference, Respect, Values|

Double Vision

I’m starting to see double, and I’m not quite sure what to do about it. It’s not a vision problem I’m dealing with, it’s a problem with double-booking myself, and not even realizing it. This has never been much of an issue for me before. Whenever two events I want to attend are taking place on the same day, at the same time, I simply choose one, and put the details on my calendars. I have two—the one on the [...]

By |March 5th, 2024|Accountability, Columns, Organizing|

The Best Advice

“Advice is what you ask for when you know the answer, but wish you didn’t.” I don’t know what philosopher, comedian, or entrepreneur first said that, but I do recall chuckling the first time I read it. And I agree there’s some truth to it. After all, when we’re dealing with complex issues in our lives, or trying to decide on next steps or a course of action, we often find that the answers we were looking for were inside [...]

By |February 18th, 2024|Columns, Health and Well-being, Quotes and Sayings|

The Silent Treatment

Our pastor announced last weekend that he was going to be away for a few days, on a silent retreat. In addition to no talking, there would be no phones, internet, electronics, or communication of any kind. Just—silence. And meditation. And prayer. I know several people who have done silent retreats in the past, some as long as 30 days. The very idea of that amazes me. Even getting past the idea of taking a sabbatical from your regular life [...]

By |February 11th, 2024|Columns, Values|

Only Time Will Tell

I’ve never studied astrophysics or quantum mechanics, but I consider myself fairly knowledgeable on the subject of time travel. After all, plenty of sci-fi books, movies, and television shows have explored and explained multiple means and methods of traveling through time, whether by racing past the speed of light in a powerful spaceship, folding and stepping through the time-space continuum, or hitting the gas pedal in a plutonium-powered DeLorean—or in any number of basement-built time machines. My husband and I [...]

By |January 29th, 2024|Uncategorized|

My Very Favorite Book

Although my college graduation was almost 50 years ago—but who’s counting?—I continue to go back to school on a regular basis. I enjoy attending classes, workshops, and seminars, whether they’re to learn something totally new, to get advanced training, or just for fun. I’ve been in junior college courses, community ed classes, Bible studies, and master-level programs. And now I’ve gone back to kindergarten. It was Pre-K, actually, and I wasn’t exactly enrolled in the class. Instead, I was taking [...]

By |January 19th, 2024|Columns, Writing|