Monthly Archives: September 2009

Oprah has a To Do List?

Today I heard Oprah Winfrey utter the words, “I’d like to do that … that’s something I’ve never done.”  It wasn’t so much that she’d never been to a polo match that surprised me, it was that one of the world’s most powerful, wealthy individuals still had stones left unturned.  Wow.  Whodathunk?   In my house and heart there are many lists of Things To Do, long numbered items of tasks, projects or errands to be done and short lists […]

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Encounters of the Elevator Kind

Is there such a thing as elevator etiquette?  I mean, this isn’t the kind of thing I’ve ever seen in an Emily Post guide or mentioned by Miss Manners (although, I might have missed that installation), but having spent a LOT of time on elevators recently, I’ve think that somebody should address the subject.   While the average person probably spends very little time in elevators, I have managed to collect elevator experiences by the handfuls. My son is autistic which means […]

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Birds, Bees and TMI

A long, long time ago my kid watched the film that 5th grade educators called a "Growth Film”, but all the kids called the “Gross Film”.  Reading book after article after essay I nervously studied like an unwilling, unpaid intern for the Kinsey report, preparing for what I knew would surely be a marathon session of questions after school. Not hardly.  There would be no questions my child announced, as all the information the film had provided was perfectly fine.  Thank […]

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Crap happens, be patient.

Having gone through some wickedly rough patches of life recently – and I’m not whining, because I know we’ve ALL been hit hard, this year especially – a beloved friend sent me an inspirational essay that contained a biblical quote that, in a nutshell, tells how life’s difficulties gives patience a chance to grow, making us strong and prepared for anything (James 1:2–4).   I do believe my soul is now outfitted in full riot gear, squinting from left to […]

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Is 50 the new 15?

When I look in the mirror, I see the face of someone who has viewed multiple moons and walked many miles.  The role call of visible proof is met mostly with positive responses:  Gray hairs?  Check.  Crow’s feet?  Check.  Visible signs of weathering motherhood, marriage and life?  Checkedy, check-check.  Gosh, I think if I saw me from across the room, I might say, “Hmm… there’s a well-seasoned, well-rounded individual who might know a thing or two about life.”  In fact, […]

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The FeelGood Story

There are many talents I admire in women around the world, but one that really makes me smile is the ability to knit.  I imagine knitting to be a most peaceful undertaking, as most of the people I’ve watched seem to be transported to a place of serenity by the task.  It is a joy to watch them as their hands move in a gentle sort of ballet of yarn and needles, accompanied by soft rhythmic clicking that marks the passage […]

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Luck be a lady

09/09/09 recently flew off the pages of calendars and it got me to thinking about being superstitious and why some of those age-old traditions won’t go away.  I don’t consider myself to be extremely irrational when it comes to superstition, but I’ll admit there are a few leftover habits from my childhood that I have not been able to kick out of my belief system.  Sitting down with a glass of iced mango, anti-oxidant hoop-de-doo kind of tea this morning […]

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