Slice and Dice

Summer is a time for vacation. We always went to the beach for our summer family vacation but the trip was over 600 miles long and there was no way to shorten it, regardless of how we sliced and diced it. I was teenager-ish when I went on my first trip to the beach. My…

She Needs to Have a Puppy

My niece, a different one than in the Reba the Mail Lady story, and her husband are expecting their first baby in the Fall.  I wanted to buy a unique handmade baby gift so I went to the seaside market where all the local crafters sold their wares.  Now that I think about it, ‘sold…

Tree-Huggerish

I don’t consider myself to be a tree-hugger in the true sense of the word.  I say that because I believe that saving the child rather than the gorilla was the right thing to do. A true tree-hugger probably saw that differently. On the other hand (yes, there are 4 fingers and a thumb), I…

Blue Betty

Yesterday was a crazy day. I had a lot of things on my to-do list, yet by 11 o’clock in the morning, I realized the list had to wait. Someone special needed and deserved my attention. As I worked on the first item on my list, I learned that someone wanted to buy one of…

I’ll be an Unkies Moncle

My dad owned and operated a gas station-grocery store from the time he returned from the Army to the day he died. Running the business required long hours, which were often spent outdoors pumping gas and cleaning windshields in all kinds of weather, but he never complained.  Instead, he had fun at work and actually,…

Lessons from the Wedding Tippers

Back in the day, it was common for a wedding reception guest list to exceed 500 people. Unlike today, kids of all ages were invited so my sister and I had a lot of fun joining the celebrations. Many of the receptions in our coal-mining region were held in a castle-like building not far from…

I’m a Creeper

Social media is a phenomenon that allows us to see what’s going on in other people’s lives and if we want, to share what’s happening in ours.  The truth is, I’m not a fan of any of it. I spend most of my time trying to avoid meaningless chitchat with people so why would I…