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In Memory of and Gratitude to a Wonderful Teacher
Wednesday, February 03, 2021      8 comments

This morning, because of a memoir I was reading. I was reminded of a high school teacher who I believed changed my life. She passed away in 2016. I am very grateful that I went back to the school after I graduated and thanked her. My first d... Read more
Erasing a Life?
Sunday, November 03, 2019      14 comments

My father died in May at the age of 89. My stepmother, Vera, who is 87, cannot safely live alone. She forgets to turn off the stove, cannot remember how to work the microwave, forgets to take her medication, things like that. My stepbrother, D... Read more
A Thank You Across Time and Miles
Monday, July 03, 2017      7 comments

More than a decade ago, there was a person in my life who gave me a gift of which I'm not even sure he was aware. He is a Catholic priest who took time to talk with me when I was "in a bad place". Before going home, I'd stop and chat with him.... Read more
Staying Healthy in Winter
Wednesday, July 13, 2016      1 comments

This summer I've been so enjoying the farmers' markets around and have incorporated a lot more fresh fruits and vegetables into my meals. Some evenings, especially when it's hot, I've been eating cottage cheese and peaches or some other fruit. ... Read more
Childlike (Not Childish)
Monday, September 21, 2015      4 comments

On a recent trip, my husband and I walked to a favorite restaurant for lunch. Turns out there was a street fair going on on the street where the restaurant was located. Our table was at the window so we could see the children's area. A lot of... Read more
On the Value of a Friendly Gesture
Wednesday, June 24, 2015      3 comments

This morning I was ten minutes late getting to work due to a traffic backup. I was carrying in a heavy box. The branch overhanging the parking spot I used snagged my hair as I got out of the car. Not my best morning. As I was trudging into ... Read more
Just Venting
Thursday, November 06, 2014      3 comments

My library has an opening for a receptionist and I was asked to be on the interview panel. One of our applicants was very well dressed, a military academy graduate, and clearly bright. So I was shocked to hear her use "friggin' " twice in her ... Read more
On Not Reading the Label
Wednesday, October 29, 2014      3 comments

Yesterday morning my husband mentioned that it had been a while since we had baked potatoes for dinner so I said I'd pick some up on my way home. We put some sour cream, shredded cheese and black beans on top and have a side salad. I decided t... Read more
Feel Like Dancing
Friday, October 24, 2014      5 comments

I just saw a colleague who has an 18-month old daughter and I asked him about her. Ever the proud father, he quickly displayed a video of her dancing around. His wife had put on some music and their daughter giggled and danced around and aroun... Read more
Backslider returns
Friday, September 26, 2014      4 comments

So, I'd been doing OK and then I was doing not good at all, referring to my eating and exercise habits. I was away on vacation with my husband for a couple of weeks. We had a good time but we both realized (me more so than him) that our lack o... Read more
Actually doing some meal preparation and liking it!
Thursday, May 02, 2013      2 comments

Two things coincided this week to have me actually fixing more meals for myself. My spouse has work or another obligation every evening this week. AND I got a CSA share from a local organic market so I have food I normally wouldn't. I looked ... Read more
Heading to a new job
Tuesday, July 10, 2012      5 comments

Next Monday I start a new job and I'm quite excited. It's still in the library field, in collection management. Essentially, I'll be doing purchasing of materials for a public library system - books, music CDs, movies, ebooks, databases, etc. ... Read more
Shaping Up
Tuesday, June 26, 2012      2 comments

That title goes for a lot in my life recently. I used to drink diet soda all day. I'd bring it to work in two-liter bottles and pour it into smaller bottles. I probably went through three 3-liter bottles a week. For about the last month now,... Read more
On Reading
Friday, January 06, 2012      3 comments

A couple of my Spark Friends have posted their "books read" list for 2011. I'll get around to that, too, as I like that idea. But I wanted to pose a question to the readers out there. My former boss said that he thought that people tended to... Read more
Our 43-pound chihuahua
Monday, November 28, 2011      6 comments

OK, so first off, she's not really a chihuahua. My husband and I joke about that because the group that rescued her had her listed as a chihuahua. (In their defense, she WAS really little when they got her!) She was brought from that group t... Read more

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