The Agony of The Pretty Girl

The Agony of The Pretty Girl

I have been reading recommendations that say it is not appropriate to compliment little girls on how pretty they are. I do it all the time. “Oh, you are so pretty.” We don’t say that to young boys. We might say they are cute, but we mean cute as children are...

The Time My Life Changed

The Time My Life Changed

(The picture above: Graduation from Western State University College of Law in Irvine, California. To my left is my son-in-law Doug Vavrick and to my right is my daughter Kathleen Quirk.) Funny, sometimes we experience what would be life-changing events, and we know...

So It’s New Year’s Eve – Must Say Something Meaningful

So It’s New Year’s Eve – Must Say Something Meaningful

How many New Year’s Eves has it been? I remember the year I said that I had no expectations of anything happening in the coming year. Funny, before the year was over, I was married. The one and only marriage I have ever had. While that may be a subject of future...

What’s In A Name?

What’s In A Name?

I recently took a group tour abroad with what we politely call “mature” people. Most were couples, and something that stood out as unusual for such a group was that most women had different names than their husbands. I commented to one of the women that I found this...

Funny Girl

Funny Girl

(Yes, these are words to a song) FunnyDid you hear thatFunnyYeah, the guy said honey,You’re a funny girlThat’s me; I just keep themIn stitches doubled in halfAnd though I may be all wrong for the guyI’m good for a laughI guess it’s not funnyLife is far from sunnyWhen...

Rituals

Rituals

We all have rituals. Some around events, holidays, and rites of passage. When do we find we must create new traditions?  I recall years ago when I picked up my grandson from daycare. We had regular “gramma dates.” He is, at this time, four years or so. He tells...

What to Do When Your Life Sucks

What to Do When Your Life Sucks

Do you ever have days when your life sucks? I don’t mean significant momentous tragic events like a health problem, serious relationship issues, or, God forbid, a car collision or other disaster. No, I mean just one of those days where you have what we may call the...

Solo Travel

Solo Travel

I hate it. Always have. I feel like the naïve young woman who got on a train and traveled solo across the country from Spokane, Washington, to Dallas, Texas. I had to navigate changing trains, ordering meals, and getting my luggage. But there was my handsome fiancé at...

The Oldest Person in The Room

The Oldest Person in The Room

How did it happen? It wasn’t always so. The Air Force Officer was with his young wife (that would be me). The pretty new teacher. Once, an organization needed to nominate someone for “Man of The Year,” and I was selected because the nominee had to be under 35. I was...

What I Hoped to See

What I Hoped to See

I have a concert ticket. What is it I hope to see? I feel that I have seen all the concerts on my bucket list. One of my earliest was one I didn’t know was a big deal until much later in life. I wish I had paid more attention. I was in a tiny jazz club in Seattle. The...

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

I didn’t really lose it. It was just put away for a long time. I don’t know when I found it again or what made me even look for it. After all, I had more exciting necklaces to wear, and the simple little gold pendant was not meeting my fashion sense at the time. Now...

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