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One Door Opens
Wednesday, November 06, 2013      2 comments

When one door closes, another door opens, right? That's what I've always heard. Since I retired a few years ago, I've been trying to find those open doors mostly to stay busy and not get in my (also retired) husband's way. To that end, I've... Read more
How to be Sick
Wednesday, October 23, 2013      6 comments

I've been reading How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers by Toni Bernhard. It's one of those books that is a bit difficult to read, especially if one isn’t acquainted with Buddhist practices to beg... Read more
My Bucket is Full Today
Monday, September 30, 2013      4 comments

When you run across one interesting tidbit on the Internet, it often leads you to another (sometimes not so interesting one). Today I found one that's similar to the "Spoon" theory, but much more relevant to me. For the past 3 1/2 years fol... Read more
Something to Ponder
Sunday, April 21, 2013      6 comments

George Carlin's wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin (comedian of the 70s and 80s) could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin: “... Read more
(Not) Too Late -- The Final Chapter
Friday, April 19, 2013      5 comments

“There’s nothing––absolutely nothing––half so much worth doing as messing about in boats.” -- Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in The Willows Our first overnighter from the British Virgin Islands to San Martin helped us build our confidence in our... Read more
Too Late -- Part III
Thursday, April 18, 2013      2 comments

Life is a long lesson in humility. --James M. Barrie And so is sailing. --Judy Banko (aka Englishteach10) Having passed the point of no return, we couldn’t safely turn back to Virgin Gorda, so we continued to San Martin (in my last bl... Read more
Too Late -- Part 2
Wednesday, April 17, 2013      4 comments

The sea finds out everything you did wrong – Frances Stokes (acclaimed oceanic solo sailor) A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind, and our destination was Martinique—a short hop from Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Is... Read more
Too Late -- Part I
Tuesday, April 16, 2013      3 comments

"There comes a point in your life when you know what you must do, but it’s almost too late to do it.” –Marilyn Vos Savant While I don’t remember the context of the quote within the passage I read, these words seemed to be directed at m... Read more
Pride or Prejudice?
Monday, April 15, 2013      1 comments

Recently, I told my friend Laura about my husband wanting me to get a tricycle—an adult three-wheeler. I said NO! I don’t want people staring at me. “Why do you care what people think?” Laura asked incredulously. She’s known me as a self-re... Read more
The Fine Art of Practicing Patience
Thursday, April 11, 2013      2 comments

When I used to visit Fort Lauderdale on business, I regarded the area’s many drawbridges as lovely, quaint, and otherwise a joyous sight to behold. That was then before my bout with viral encephalitis. Since "E" my patience is shorter than... Read more
SWSWSWSW
Wednesday, April 10, 2013      3 comments

In the mid-seventies, my chubby, gruff, cigar-smoking sales manager, Bill, taught me the art of dealing with rejection—a lesson that’s helped me right up until now, and it can help you too. I was one of the first women in Texas, and probab... Read more
Entrepreneurial Spirit: A little free form poem for my friend
Tuesday, April 09, 2013      3 comments

“Go to hell, mister! I’m firing your butt, and your cronies’ butts too. Done what you told me, been a loyal worker, I have. Always clocked in on time and followed your orders. You are one lousy boss, mister. From now on, I’ll run this... Read more
A Job for Peanuts
Monday, April 08, 2013      4 comments

What was the oddest odd job you've ever held? Friends and I were recently reminiscing about some of the jobs we’ve held over our lifetimes. Mostly, the common garden-variety types: serving tables, slinging burgers, mowing lawns, and so forth. ... Read more
In a Heartbeat
Friday, April 05, 2013      2 comments

Words intrigue me. They always have and always will—they’re part of my personhood, and as a writer and former English teacher, I respect them. Words are beautiful even when they carry not-so-pretty meanings and concepts, and they’re wonderful be... Read more
Woman, Thy Name is Vanity
Thursday, April 04, 2013      3 comments

Vanity conjures up negative thoughts for many of us, does it not? As in: “She/he is so vain,” or “Don’t be vain, it’s not becoming,” or, “To be vain is against God’s wishes.” Lately, I’ve begun to take a different attitude toward vanity, especia... Read more

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