Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead

If you celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday, I hope it was a memorable one, shared with family and friends. Samuel Harris and Luke Thesing, two Seattle plumbers, had a memorable Thanksgiving in 2013. That’s when they stole a valuable cache of vintage wines from a...
Onward

Onward

Life has a way of surprising us. Take the experience of former heavyweight boxer James “Quick” Tillis, who came close to beating Mike Tyson in 1986, when Tyson was in his prime. At one point Tillis, raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, decided to move to Chicago to...

Picky Eaters

Last winter we hung a bird feeder from a hook above our porch. A self-styled Cinderella or Snow White, I loved seeing my little friends each day. In time we had issues. My feathered friends had sloppy eating habits, scattering pecked-at food everywhere. (A quick...
Here’s to Your Health!

Here’s to Your Health!

When my daughters were little, they delighted me with their creations. From multicolored pasta necklaces to ceramics, their projects found a special place in my heart. Even if you don’t have children of your own, I know you can relate to the joy of receiving a...
The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

A nurse popped her head into the doctor’s office and said, “There’s an invisible man in the waiting room.” The doctor replied, “Tell him I can’t see him.” *** Last weekend I walked into a restaurant and said “Hi, is my...
Woe are We

Woe are We

Years ago a friend in Ocala, Florida gave me a book titled Woe is I, written by Patricia T. O’Conner. Martha knew I was writing a book (at that time, Rabbit Trail) and thought I’d be intrigued and amused by an intense look at grammar mistakes people make,...
Weekend Update

Weekend Update

This month I’m sharing thoughts about how we spend our time. Lately I’ve had some new experiences, like attempting (note the use of that verb) to strip wallpaper and putting together a wheelbarrow. Weeding and house painting are on the horizon. If you know...
Shadow and Substance

Shadow and Substance

Earlier this month on St. Patrick’s Day I invited you to visit the Emerald Isle with me. Come with me today to the Judaean Hills near Jerusalem. In 1987 I toured the Holy Land, visiting the usual spots like the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall, and the Church of the...
All Things Irish

All Things Irish

Happy St. Paddy’s Day to you! Who was Saint Patrick, and why do we celebrate today? Neither a canonized saint nor Irish, he was born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, kidnapped at the age of 16 by pirates, and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but...