Loss: Compounded by the Holidays

I won’t be popular with this thought, but Christmas is celebrated with such fervor that sometimes the season feels more like a job to me instead of the pleasure it’s supposed to be. The pressure to “celebrate” comes from the assault early on of goodies, lights, music,...

Sleep, Oh Precious Sleep: The Ultimate Comforter

Why, oh why, does anyone resist their bed? How on earth can they resist the lure of such comfort at the end of the day? It’s so puzzling when someone tells me they don’t want to waste the time. WHAT? Don’t they know how important it is? All I have to do is...

Halloween: Grab Fun When You Can!

October’s Moment is here, Halloween. Even though it’s early, here’s a little something I found to entertain the neighbors throughout the month. I’m remembering past celebrations and all the ghoulish high jinx we sprang on the neighbors. A giant stuffed spider rigged...

Thank You for Your Passion, Greta Thunberg

I’ve got Greta on my mind. I haven’t been able to think of anything else since I watched Greta Thunberg’s passionate speech about global warming at the United Nations this week. I’m inspired by her passion, her eloquence, her lack of BS and political correctness. In...

Relief from Persistent Bad News: Carrot Art

Just picture its simplicity. A little carrot doing its own thing and nary a mole in sight! I keep this simple little image from my garden in front of me as a reminder to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n and c-a-l-m d-o-w-n. No matter how bad the latest news is, even the tiniest bit of...

Mass Shootings: What is left to say?

I have nothing to say. The sadness I feel after the latest mass shootings this week is profound, and the corner of my brain that stores words of wisdom and relief is empty. That my own government merely stands by with “thoughts and prayers” is criminal, and I am...

Downside of Social Media: Anonymity Gives Us Courage

“People were rude and judgmental, not providing respectful discussion or criticism. I was going to clean up the comments but people were too rude and it was better to just wipe it from the earth.” This reply came from the administrator of a Facebook group when I asked...

Fun Overpowers Fear: Driving Into Surgery

Imagine seeing your young, scared child driving himself down the hall to surgery? What a brilliant idea. Hospitals are getting wise. At Doctors Medical Center in Modesto CA small children have the choice of riding a gurney to the operating room or driving a mini car....

Tradition of Fireworks vs Common Sense

He was crawling around the roof doing a homeowner’s favorite job — cleaning out gutters — when he spotted it. Surprise surprise, THERE’S A HOLE IN MY ROOF THE SIZE OF A BASKETBALL!!! Withered remains of a Bottle Rocket were nearby the rim of charred shingles. This was...

Loss: When Good Neighbors Move

My neighbors have up and moved. I tried my best to convince them they’d never find neighbors like us again… and yet they persisted. We moved into this neighborhood 5 years ago, and the warmth of this couple has radiated across the street ever since. Oh, the borrowing...