Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

Way back in high school I remember taking an aptitude test to help determine my direction in life. Among other things it got wrong was saying that I have a strength in Math and possible career paths could include mathematician or scientist. It is quite amazing that...

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Creating a Rewarding Life

Creating a Rewarding Life

This is the picture of tranquility: relaxing on a comfortable couch, with a beautiful and adoring dog lounging on a chair nearby, while taking in a gorgeous view. I’m relaxing just thinking about it. This is the “reward” – what I get for putting up with what gets me...

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Writing This Chapter

Writing This Chapter

I’ve always loved books. Some of my earliest memories are of being read to, either on someone’s lap, or by Captain Kangaroo, as I sat transfixed, too close to the black and white TV screen. What drew me in were the stories, the pictures and the characters. Especially...

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Nothing Is As It Should Be

Nothing Is As It Should Be

“When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!”  - From Alice in Wonderland “I cannot count on anything to be a certain way,” said my friend Susan, during one of our bi-monthly conversations....

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How Getting Stuck in the Snow Can Help You Now

How Getting Stuck in the Snow Can Help You Now

I learned to drive in Michigan. And if you learn to drive in Michigan, you sure better learn how to drive in the winter. If you find yourself stuck – and you will – there are a few different ways to deal with it: Wait it out until Spring – or until someone comes to...

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Dads, Dogs and #BlackLivesMatter

Dads, Dogs and #BlackLivesMatter

If you want to experience unconditional love, get a dog. There is no better living example of this quality than seeing a dog, who has just been ignored or reprimanded or worse, coming back with its tail wagging, as if to say “I’m sorry, all is forgiven, I just love...

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Speaking the Language

Speaking the Language

My father-in-law, Dick, was diagnosed with Lewy body Dementia late in his life. It’s a horrible condition akin to having Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s at the same time. My mother-in-law was doing the lion’s share of taking care of him and REALLY needed a break, so we...

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It’s Hard to Be A Chameleon in a Quarantine

It’s Hard to Be A Chameleon in a Quarantine

For most of my life I have been able to “fit in”. In fact, I became so adept at it, that more than once I have been asked directions in a city I was visiting for the first time. I can pick up mannerisms and accents easily. When speaking with someone, I can pick up...

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