The Cost

Before you break out the barbecue or grab your baseball glove this Memorial Day, take a moment to consider what’s behind this “most solemn of American holidays” – and the cost. Like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUZHTE1jMXg A lot of people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. They are not the same. While those who died are also remembered, … Continue reading The Cost

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The Race: A Mother’s Day Story

Mother's Day isn't a happy occasion for everyone. For some, "Mother's Day" is bittersweet. *** *** "You don’t have to get up this early" she smiled as I stumbled out of my bedroom. "I can drive myself. You go back to sleep." It was four o’clock in the morning. Saturday morning. The night before Mom … Continue reading The Race: A Mother’s Day Story

A Treat for MOM!

Looking for some place unique, peaceful, and absolutely lovely to take mom today? Show Mom how special she is by taking her to a special place: the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. Picturesque, historic, and scented wonderfully by blooming lilacs, these gardens are as relaxing and serene as they are beautiful. I never knew there were … Continue reading A Treat for MOM!

Holding Hands: What I’ve Learned in 36 Years of Marriage

Snuggle Bunny and I celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Where did the time go? More importantly, in an era when a double nano-second constitutes a “long-term relationship,” how did we make it thirty-six years (and still going strong)? First off, we’re waaay too young to be that old. Second, it hasn’t always been easy. … Continue reading Holding Hands: What I’ve Learned in 36 Years of Marriage

PALM SUNDAY & One of the Most Powerful Scenes in All Cinema

One of the greatest films of all time, Ben Hur, includes one of the most powerful scenes in all cinema. The dialogue is brief to the point of nearly non-existent. But the message  comes through loud and clear. This brief clip seems appropriate for Palm Sunday and the start of Holy Week. From Ben Hur, … Continue reading PALM SUNDAY & One of the Most Powerful Scenes in All Cinema

How to Say ‘I Love You’

Ladies, what does your “ideal” Valentine’s Day look like? A romantic candlelight dinner? A fine bouquet of roses and a box of Ghirardelli’s? A quiet walk on the beach at sunset (if you live some place warm)? It’s easy to get our expectations up around February 14. Used to be, a card and a box … Continue reading How to Say ‘I Love You’

Milk Cartons & New Year’s Resolutions

A brand new year is just around the corner and with it, the usual raft of New Year resolutions. Here’s what I think about that: Whenever I feel the urge to float a bunch of New Year resolutions down the river, I lie down until the feeling goes away. Indeed, one of the perks of … Continue reading Milk Cartons & New Year’s Resolutions

De-Decorating Made Merry

There's  no other way to say it: taking down the Christmas tree is a downer. De-decorating signals the end of the holidays  And with it, all the razzle-dazzle, fun, excitement and anticipation of the season comes to a screeching halt. It's kind of sad. A little wistful. A downer. I hate taking down the Christmas … Continue reading De-Decorating Made Merry