Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward

I have a sign in my office that says, “Good morning, this is God. I will be handling all your problems today. I will not need your help, so have a good day.” Many times, I wake up in the night and scenes from past disappointments and decisions run through my mind. I...
Reunion Plans

Reunion Plans

Okay, our 2020 Christmas reunion is coming up and everyone had suggestions as to where we should go this time. A cruise, the Florida Cays, Midwest, Baja, etc. Everyone had an opinion, but objected that some ideas were too far, too costly, etc. Then we received news...
Family Reunions

Family Reunions

A friend of mine, visiting from out of state, came for a family reunion. Her husband died many years ago and this was his family. They had urged her to come and said they looked forward to seeing her. The actual event was not what she expected. After the initial...
Getting a Dog

Getting a Dog

When I had to put Chessie, my canine companion, down after 14 years, it was a sad day. I wondered if I would get another dog. With traveling out of town, I put the matter off, but now that my roommate has moved, the house is quiet and my thoughts turn to the prospect...
Balancing the Checkbook

Balancing the Checkbook

There are people out there, like my late husband, who just draw a line at the balance the bank is showing and move on. Other people, like me, have to balance every single month. This is a carry-over from the days when I was a single mom with three kids and little...
Thrift Shop Junkie

Thrift Shop Junkie

Every so often I substitute for one of the volunteers at the Discovery Shop, the thrift shop for the American Cancer Society.  It is laid out like a boutique. Spots, tears, and missing buttons consign a garment to the bin for another thrift shop that picks up from us...