Laughter Softens the Onslaught of Bad News

  I begin April 1 like any other workday, at my desk waiting for inspiration. I reach for the light and… someone’s staring back. My husband is apparently sitting quietly in the next room, waiting, because as soon as he hears laughter, a voice yells, “April...

Stay-at-Home #2: Time to Notice the Little Things

I’m acutely aware of babbling these days. Not the soothing babbling brook kind, but the sound of my own voice — droning on and on and on. As people hunker down in their own cocoons under Stay-at-Home orders, the growing silence has made me aware of my own voice more...

Adapting to Stay-Home Orders: Home Sweet Home

Witness our Happy Tree, my husband’s brilliant idea to amuse all the children coming out of the woodwork in our neighborhood. He stapled a collection of stuffed heads and masks to the street side of this huge fir out front and we can watch as the little ones point and...

“Stay Home!”: Slowing Down Because of Free Time

Excuse me as I desperately search for an upside — any silver lining will do — to the collective fears swirling around the globe. As I look at my April calendar on the wall, it comes to me: a mandate to stay home means a mandatory slowdown for most of us. Without all...

Bad Hair Day: The Importance of Hair On Trial

I thought long and hard, “What can I blog about that would help lighten our collective moods?” Laughter always helps me forget my troubles, if only for a minute or two. To that end, I hereby lay my dignity on the line with my own bad hair day. The weight of worry...

Coronavirus: Use 1915 Remedies, If You Dare!

The panic that’s been set off by the Coronavirus drew me back, once again, to the 100-year-old advice I have sitting on my very own book shelf. A Physician in the House, “written in plain language” by J. H. Greer, M. D. 1915. I’ve been thinking: what did my grandma do...

Emotions on Display: Tears for all Occasions

I watched and wept in awe at the sight of my newborns for the very first time. I sobbed with relief when THAT call came to publish my first book. I’ve wept with despair when my government let me down. I cried with pride when, turns out, I was right after all. An...

Free at Last: Purging Makes Room for New Ideas

This is what I call freedom! The last of my purging was done this week, so my brain has plenty of room now to grab new ideas floating by. The weight of all that stuff is off my back at last. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine feeling such satisfaction from an...

Positive Perspective: Repelling the Dark Side!

“Ignorance is bliss,” is something my mom said more than once. I used to laugh whenever she referred to this old saying, thinking how could anyone NOT want to know what was going on around them? My curiosity would be killing me! Well, I’m not laughing now. Information...

On Being a Homebody: What’s Wrong With Home?

“Beam me up, Scotty!” “The Transporter Bay is ready, Captain.” Until these notions become household words — or until I make it through Apparition class at Hogwarts— I’ll remain the homebody that I am, spending my time and resources fluffing my own little stationary...