20141202 – Still Giving Thanks

Last week I shared the first couple of days of our vacation in Alabama with my daughter’s family. Well, it just kept getting better. Full sized trains at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum on Wednesday and family at home day on Thanksgiving Thursday of course with a meal that could have served us three times over (kudos to the ladies who worked so hard to prepare the turkey and all, and I do mean ALL of the trimmings from casseroles to desserts); I know I felt more stuffed than that turkey did. Continue reading

20141126 – Joy Unleashed

(Note: this post was written last Tuesday and Wednesday during a Thanksgiving Week visit with our family in Alabama).

Monday we arrived. After one and a half days of driving more than seven hundred fifty miles in steady rain, wind, road construction and finally a little sunlight, and putting up with a major power outage that left our hotel in the dark for the forty five minutes leading up to the mid-trip continuation of driving drudgery, we arrived, Continue reading

20141118 – A Gift of Time

Have you received a gift of time recently? Have you given one?

I received one this morning when my Tuesdays with Terry buddies showed up at our regular meeting spot despite long drives through blowing snow, cold weather, and wind chills sufficient to close every school in the area including the colleges (they NEVER close). In fact they had just about written me off because a clogging snow blower cost me a lot of time in getting the driveway cleared before I could join them. But the weather didn’t matter, they were there. Continue reading

20141026 – Of Friendships and Happiness, or Mom and Dad Did It!

Friendships born of shared experiences can ebb and flow, but they often last a lifetime. Formed and nurtured around the campfire; refreshed as growing families; and shared in musings and memories under starlit skies behind a tractor on an old hay wagon; they live on and warm the heart. And it was all because our parents thought it might be fun to get several families together for a weekend at the beach when they themselves were just in their early thirties. Yes, Mom and Dad, the First Generation, did it! Continue reading

20140603 – Attitudes and Choices

I guess getting back to writing has not been as easy as I thought it would be. Still so many distractions that make it hard to concentrate and do any serious pondering.

Life, whether you live it inside or outside the sandwich generation, can be overwhelming sometimes, or often, when you have a large to-do list. I’ve talked before about simplifying things around here, and, while we’re making progress, we’re still a long way from living the simple life. I guess simplifying things is, well, complicated! Continue reading

20140513 – Belated Mother’s Day Thoughts

Women in general and mothers in particular are amazing, at least to me. I mean, you pretty much have to be don’t you, to even put up with us jerks, uh, guys, much less coexist in an actual relationship with us? On the other hand, I guess they could be saying about themselves what I say about guys, it all just depends on your perspective. But, I digress; after all, the day was about mothers and the ones I’ve had a close association with are all pretty awesome. Continue reading