When I was in the 7th grade, a male classmate gave me a pair of earrings for Christmas. We called him Smiley, but I think his real name was Leonard. Until that time, no boy had given me a gift…except for Richard Nichols and he pulled my name in a gift exchange in French class.… Read More


Give love at Christmastime are lyrics from a popular Christmas song. Generally the holidays are a happy and festive time of year filled with gift-giving, food, and fellowship. That’s the stuff great memories are made of! For some people the holiday season has lost its luster! Whether due to death of a significant friend or… Read More


As a child of about five, I talked to my grandmother daily. We discussed the food we ate for breakfast and my favorite cartoons. We lived in the same three-story apartment building. My dad’s younger sister and her family lived on the top floor. We lived in the middle, and Grandma lived in the lower… Read More


Dating is a way to learn things about another person, but more importantly…to learn things about yourself! I learned valuable lessons about myself from every relationship…the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here are a few excerpts from my experiences. Paul and I met in the summer…when romance was in the air! We had similar… Read More


I recently heard the phrase, “It doesn’t matter what people call you. What matters is what you choose to answer to.” Those words started me reflecting on my life and the negative names that people have called me over the years that shaped my personality. In elementary school I was the teacher’s pet. Strangely, I… Read More


Today I walked a different path…again. On my previous morning walks on the new path, my marker was the boardwalk. Once I reached that, I turned around and walked back to the parking lot. The boardwalk appeared to have a decline, which meant walking its incline upon my return. It looked too steep for my… Read More


Today on my walk I went down a different path. I wasn’t sure what was down there, but it peaked my curiosity. For three months I went to a park near my home and walked the same trail. The park has five miles of trails, but I carved out my regular journey that took me… Read More


This is a repost of an Easter blog from 2013. I have written other Easter blogs, but this one continues to be my favorite because it’s about gratitude. Enjoy! In elementary school my brother and I walked home to eat lunch. Our mom had our food prepared when we arrived so that we could eat,… Read More


My Aunt Earlene told me that I would always be in the middle. She was not referring to me being the middle child, because I’m not. Leaning my head to the side like a confused puppy, I asked what she meant. She replied: You are smarter than some people. Some people are smarter than you.… Read More


This is a repost from a blog that I wrote in 2010. Some of the TV programs may be outdated, but the message at the end remains the same. A product of the 60s, I got my views on family life from the family TV shows of that era… Leave It to Beaver, Father Knows… Read More