Pads of paper are sprinkled around my apartment – on my nightstand, in the kitchen and bathroom, next to the phone and my rocking chair. I’ve gotten to that age where if it isn’t written down, it doesn’t exist. So I pen these little reminders – things to do, grocery lists, . . . and … Continue reading Discovery . . . ?
On Monday a group of girlfriends met at Bonefish Grill to celebrate the 50th birthday of a dear co-worker.Unfortunately, when we called for the dinner reservation, the only seating was on the outdoor patio.Have you ever been in Orlando in the summer? Do you like hot and muggy weather?We expected a miserable time without air … Continue reading Fireworks and Fountains
“The Guns of Will Sonnett” ran two seasons in 1967-69, but I still remember its repeated line. Walter Brennan played the patriarch of a family of fast guns. Will Sonnett was an ex-cavalry scout and gunfighter who roamed the west with his grandson, seeking his wandering son. In numerous adventures, the two displayed their prowess … Continue reading No Brag, Just Fact
What comes to mind when you hear the term, "old maid schoolteacher"? The stereotype female who no man really wanted to marry, so now she is an elderly, probably homely, crotchety spinster who has to support herself? This idea is wrong. My Aunt Bertha was a natural teacher. She had the talent, training and … Continue reading “Old Maid Schoolteacher”
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” Ecclesiastes 1:2 (NIV) “Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player/ That struts and frets his hour upon the stage/ And then is heard no more: it is a tale/ Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.” MacBeth, Act 5, Scene … Continue reading “Meaningless, Meaningless”
The recent revelations about the secret "waiting lists" at Veterans Administration Medical Centers made me wonder about an incident I experienced about a year ago. I called into my local VA clinic to schedule an appointment, and was told that because there was nothing available in the next 30 days, I would have to call … Continue reading Misleading Measures
When Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency was accessing metadata and message content from telecommunications companies concerning private individuals, Germany loudly complained about NSA spying through the use of such material. Now it appears that Germany’s protests were highly hypocritical – they have been doing the same thing. The magazine Der Spiegel … Continue reading Breach of Privacy
The lion was only 10 yards from our vehicle. The driver/guide had no rifle. The truck had no doors or windows. But our guide said not to worry. The lions view these Safari trucks as large animals -- too big to take down and kill. So as long as we respect them and don't get … Continue reading Don’t stray!
In Deuteronomy 5, Moses presents the nation of Israel with the Ten Commandments. He then tells them why they should obey these orders: These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and … Continue reading A Cosmic Killjoy?
Last Wednesday our office took a day for “reset.” Basically, this time was our version of spring housecleaning. My space, at least, desperately needed a make-over. I started from the top and worked my way down. The dust layered thickly on the tops of my bookcases. I threw out trash and re-organized my books, notebooks, … Continue reading Reset