Hidden Nuggets Within An Act of Vandalism

“Who left the lid off the peanut butter jar?” “Couldn’t you read my note to turn the oven on?” “I’ve asked you several times to clean up this mess. Can’t you hear? Company arrives in less than an hour.” Does it take the wind out of your…

What’s Next?

In thinking about what the future might hold, I want to  acquaint you with some excellent authors and books, which offer encouraging suggestions if you have aging parents or relatives that are your responsibility, and also provide an early and excellent resource on looking ahead to retirement giving you tested…

Mixing Covid and Temperaments

Several have asked how different temperaments handle Covid-19 Pandemic. Understanding people “who march to a different drummer” is helpful in proving others’ authenticity. First, a brief refresher for those who are acquainted with MBTI and have your profile and information on understanding personalities for the rest. Extrovert-75 % of population -people…

Honing Listening Skills for Aiding Reminiscing

The dictionary defines honing ‘to sharpen’ which points directly to Jim Ward who is known among our family and friends as the knife sharpener.  He carried his tools ready to repair anything and then sharpen every knife. He was always welcome. He is also remembered for his sharpened listening skills…

Hidden Joys of Healthy Reminiscing

I love to get absorbed in a good, long book eager to get to the end but always saddened when the last page is turned. I hate for the story to end.  Life is kind of like that, too. Friends’ stories end as they are released and we advance to…

Dispelling Darkness With Light

“These are dark days”, several have remarked regarding the Covid pandemic. “Everything fun has disappeared”, sighed a friend explaining her plight. “All that’s left, are masked trips and distancing destroying any hope of visiting with friends. Weeding, though permitted is a boring alone-job. I’m cooking but not for…

Reflections of Prayer, Provision and Bonding—Triplets

When I began a personal relationship with the Lord at age fifteen, my older sister, Jane, also new in the faith, became my spiritual coach. She explained the importance of having daily devotions and learning how to pray. She challenged me to pray for something I needed. Since we had…

Little Surprises and Critical Decisions in Texas

Our honeymoon consisted of driving from Chicago to Waco, Texas where Jim would attend Baylor University. We rented an upstairs apartment, but two weeks later traded yard-work for rent at a huge Women’s Club House across town. Getting from the front door to our third-floor bedroom involved a light-switch…

Secret Vacations and Senior Sparkles

Secret Vacations and Senior Sparkles Monday morning when my alarm reminded me it was time to begin the day, I got up, made my bed, walked a few steps then, was overwhelmed with a good idea.  “Declare this a vacation day and go back to bed for an hour”, which…