Perspective is Everything: Consider Changing Viewpoints

Me: That’s a perfect ledge to put all his house plants on! Husband: [scowling] Oooh, nooo, I wouldn’t want plants in my face all the time. We’d been helping our son Jesse move into his new place, and I was admiring a sun- drenched ledge in the kitchen. THERE WAS A...

Defrosting Blogging Brain Freeze: Getting Unstuck

Could it be I’ve come down with a case of BBF, Blogging Brain Freeze? Or maybe wisdom has its own timeline. As life gets more complicated, I spend more and more time trying to make every single part of my life simpler. These thoughts are running through my head as I...

Escaping Reality: A Mental Health Must

They say a writer should write about what she knows. And today, what I know is a home project gone long. I was drowning in the constant bad news of the day so I came up with a plan: distract myself with a project: a facelift for the bathroom. Mind you, there’s nothing...

The Olympics Inspires Fitness

Every two years I get pumped up to pump iron. Every two years I get jazzed by watching the best of the best in the stunning display of athletes at the Olympics. And it always winds up with the same old phrase running through my head, “You sit too much. You are a...

“Emerging from the Heartache of Loss” and Pandemic Relief

A reminder never hurts. People have lost so much during the pandemic over the past two years that I feel the need to talk about my book again, Emerging from the Heartache of Loss. People have lost their jobs, their health, social contact, and the freedom to come and...

New Year’s Resolutions Change How Your Life is Going!

Life gets pretty boring if every day is the same. Setting new goals every January re-invigorates me and gives me something new to think about. Even though COVID has us jumping through hoops, we can at least try to improve the way things are going. I know others...

Thinking: The Most Important Work You Do

This old quote from Warren Buffett has me thinking lately, and I mean double-duty thinking! “I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and...

Downsizing: Culling the Closet One Inch at a Time

I’ve donated bushels of clothes over the years, but this time was different. My latest dent in downsizing took me instead to the women’s consignment shop downtown, Re•volve. You wouldn’t think one would need an appointment for this, much less wait two weeks for it,...

That Special Gift of Time: Service vs. Presents

It took him an hour to process all my knives to a perfect edge. I could tell he was enjoying every stroke of every knife that passed through his precision sharpener. Notice the glass of wine in the corner! Best of all, I know my son’s gift of time was lovingly given....

Kite Sparks Sagging Creativity

Wake up, lazy brain! Is anyone in there? My life, along with my brain, has slowed to a crawl so I’ve taken steps to kick my self in the butt! It might be a fanciful idea, but this kite is going to help my creativity take flight! That part of my brain is sorely...

Heat Relief: The Cooling Sight of Bubbles

If you can’t get in the water, watch someone who can. Seeing these underwater images brought instant heat relief! My son Jesse finally caught his apartment pool empty last week and headed down with his Go Pro. “Empty” is mandatory since great shots mean no ripples...

The Heat & Me: Take to the Water When You’re Hot!

I didn’t do well. Time stopped for us during the heat wave last week as the oven-like temperatures rose higher and higher every day. Minute by minute in my mind! My husband and I couldn’t really think straight because we had only one thing on our minds — behold my own...

Update: Fox Family on the Move!

“I’d like to be a fly on the wall when THAT happens!” It’s a wish I’ve had many times over the years when curiosity got the better of me. And now I am that fly as I watch our fox family after dark. Photos in daylight provide the best pics, but it’s fascinating to see...

The Night Life: Foxes are Back!!!

I feel quite like David Attenborough as I watch four tiny fox kits struggle their way from under our shed at 4:30 am. A gray fox couple has once again chosen our property to raise their family and we’re thrilled to catch it on our new trail cam. My son Jesse gave us...

COVID Vaccination Day!

My mom held my hand as we walked along the sidewalk. The four of us looked like many other families in the neighborhood, all hurrying along to the same place — to get vaccinated against the horror of the times, polio. A snippet of that memory came back last week after...

Pillow Talk: The Darkside

Injury by pillow. One might think this impossible, and yet… Oh, I’ve seen dangerous pillows before — the ones that are being pressed into someone’s face — but this is not the danger I speak of. No, I’m talking about the potential danger of scrunching. As I do many...

Egg Art and Kitchen Bondage

I discovered egg blowing in 1982. When I read about it, I couldn’t believe that the glutinous mass inside could fit through such a tiny opening. Until… I made the required holes on each end of an egg and blew, really really hard. It worked! I was proud. My dad was an...

The Art and Elegance of the Bathtub. An Acquired Skill?

In an effort to lift my mood and yours, I bring to you a snippet of a recent family conversation. My son, the wit, entertained us all by starting the following thread after he tried to relax in the bathtub. It had been one tough week at work. Characters: son Jesse,...

My Ukulele: Musing on Pandemic Options

When I was 11, my grandpa gave me a ukulele for Christmas. And I’ve been thinking more about that uke lately. When the Covid pandemic shut down my beloved dancing, I thought the pause would be brief but… I WAS WRONG! Ballroom has been my hobby, my social outlet, and...

Election Relief: Hope Really Does Spring Eternal

The relief wasn’t what I expected. That Trump got the boot was exhilarating, for sure, but the thrill I’d looked forward to was dulled by the unpredictability of a Pit Bull that’s been cornered. A child is still in the White House, and who knows what havoc he’ll...

Voting 2020: A Date to Remember

Imagine looking forward to voting like you would a date on Saturday night. Imagine going to a party where everyone gets to cast their ballots together. This is how they do it in Australia. Meanwhile in the U.S.– with more at stake than ever this year —...

Feeling the Loss: Dancing Kept the Joy Alive!

no big deal: Dance class is cancelled this week. BIG DEAL: Seven months without a twirl. In March the mandate for distancing seemed temporary, but that temporary is turning into a growing sense of loss. Little did I know that my biggest passion would slip away. I...

“Character” More Than Getting Tough

My Billy announced at breakfast this morning, “I’ve decided I’m going to get an A+ in character!” And I believe him! To him character means getting tough. He’s going to power through this cancer and stroke in good condition because “I’ve got things to do.” It’s in...

Worry: Bad… Calm: Good

In the time it took to dial 9-1-1, it was over. In less than a minute, garbled speech from only one side of his mouth vanished and we wondered, “Wait, did something just happen here?” “I’m fine”, he said. “I’m fine.” It took some cajoling — and me staying calm...

Brush Fire and Essential Workers!

It was my first time ever calling 911. I already know I turn into jelly when emergencies crop up but, surprisingly, I felt calm as I reached for the phone. Even remembered my own address and phone number when the dispatcher asked! Our backyard borders a field of dry...

Reboot to a Positive Mindset: Give Yourself 5 Min/Day.

Surely everyone has 5 minutes to spare! And if you use them first thing in the morning, you can nudge yourself into a more positive mindset for the day. This way of starting out gets you away from dwelling all the time on what’s wrong. Before you start the busyness of...

Pandemic Time on my Hands!

My name is Carol and I am an addict. Isn’t that’s what it’s called when you’re struggling to pass Level 37 and you say to yourself, “I’m sure I can do better next time.”? Then you repeat the phrase after every attempt until an hour rolls by, then 90 minutes, then… The...

A Fox at the Backdoor: Rest for a Tired Brain

It all started with a blur, “Was that the neighbor’s cat?” Something about this blur was different, though. Was it darker? Longer? Yeah, probably a cat. Next day: “Wait, what? Is that a fox?” We spent the next week scrambling for our phones, but not fast enough as she...

Loss of Freedom Brings Rewards: s-l-o-w is good!

What I learned by staying at home: I’ve been a spoiled brat most of my life, doing whatever I felt like doing whenever I felt like to doing it. My new habit is to ask myself, “Do I need that?” Do I need it, NOW?” Mostly the answer’s been “No!” and I like this trend!...

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...

New Year: Looking Forward to 20/20 Vision in 2020!

Today begins a very special new year. Ahead is a unique opportunity to re-adjust the vision of my life to 20/20 — in 2020. Much contemplation will be in order as I put together my list of New Year’s Resolutions! I’m energized and inspired every January 1 because...

Gifts from the Heart: Creative Gifting at it’s Finest!

Oh, how lucky can a person be? I’m surrounded by creative souls that keep my sense of awe alive. I have a tiny family — four in all — but both my husband and two children have wonderfully creative spirits. Oh, I know I’m creative with words, but it’s just not as...

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....