What Kind of Rank Puller are You?

Using the power of your position to make someone do what you want him or her to do sounds terrible, yet it happens all the time. When I was young enough to require parental permission to do things, I would ask my mom if I could do whatever it was I wanted to do.  If…

I’m Not Humpty-Dumpty

My last story about almost falling brought back memories of quite a few times when I actually fell. I made out a little better than a certain nursery rhyme character we’ve all read about, but it wasn’t easy to always be the faller. When I was little-in age, not size-I used to fall quite often….

Let ‘em Doze

I was dozing last evening and something happened that got me thinking… In general, I am not a dozer. I can’t nod off in just any setting, but I know people who can.  They can catch a few winks while having drinks with friends in noisy bar or while watching a college football game in…

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…

Murmuring in the Moment

In your fifties, the nest is a place of transition; those whom you brought into this world are flying out and those who brought you into the world are hovering around it, just in case they need to come in for a landing.  My mother has always been a very independent woman and she deserves…