Ending on a Sour Note

I know I’m a little late coming to the sourdough party. Bread-baking got really popular during the pandemic, when most of us were locked down and looking for things to do at home. Banana bread and sourdough bread seemed to be at the top of the list. I never got into bread-baking then, although I really like sourdough bread. I remember one time – long ago, during a vacation in San Francisco – buying a packet of sourdough starter from [...]

By |August 8th, 2022|Columns, Health and Well-being|

Canceled Communication

“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” There are many times in my life when that quote, by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, has rung true, both literally and figuratively – such as when I had breast cancer, followed by severe heart damage from chemotherapy. And when my kids were teenagers. It happened again recently, when my email address went bananas. The first I knew of a problem was when I got a phone call from a friend who said she [...]

By |July 31st, 2022|Columns|

The Travelers Return

We’re back home now after almost a month on the road. The first trip was to visit our daughter in California. Then, after a few days at home – just enough time to unpack, do laundry, repack, and celebrate the 4th of July – we headed back out again to visit our son, daughter-in-law, and grandkids in Minnesota. It goes without saying that we had a wonderful time visiting with family, and I could write a dozen posts just on [...]

By |July 17th, 2022|Columns, Family, Holidays, Travel|

Time for Summer Vacation

I’m taking the next three weeks off from writing – other than the journal I’ll be keeping during some traveling and exploring I’ll be doing over the next few weeks. You’ll hear about some of it when I return and settle down again in July. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying the summer. Please stay safe, cool, and well-hydrated in this dangerously hot weather we’ve been having. Have a wonderful Father’s Day, 4th of July, and anything else [...]

By |June 17th, 2022|Columns, Health and Well-being, Holidays|

The Age of Dinosaurs

Our son was seven years old when Jurassic Park – the first one – came out in 1993. Like many seven-year-old boys – and girls, too, probably – he was fascinated by anything to do with dinosaurs, and of course wanted to go see the movie. We weren’t sure that was a good idea, so my husband and I decided to see the movie ourselves first, and then decide if it was okay for our son to see it. I [...]

By |June 14th, 2022|Columns, Family, Uncategorized|

A minor inconvenience

We’ve been having some plumbing problems in our house that my husband was not able to fix, so it was time to call a plumber. Our appointment was for this morning, and since the water would be shut off for at least a few hours while he was working, we had some prep work to do. I got up a bit earlier than usual to make sure I was showered and dressed before he showed up. I had an early [...]

By |June 6th, 2022|Columns|