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A Matter of Temperment

By on Sep 28, 2016 in Politicians, Politics | 0 comments

The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is now behind us. It occurs to me that the millions of Americans who watched the debate did so with the thought in mind that one of these two persons will no doubt become the new leader of our country. We watched and tried to predict who might better represent us and improve our personal circumstance. We saw Hillary prepared, composed and unflappable, answering questions appropriately and respectfully observing the rules of the debate. Conversely, Donald was unprepared, bombastic and extremely rude. He shouted over Hillary during her time to speak and once again took a cheap shot at a woman. Then I think of the world beyond our borders. I try to imagine how people in other countries feel watching the debate. To them, the next American president is not just the leader of the United States. He or she is the leader of...

Thoughts on Fall

By on Sep 25, 2016 in Autumn, Holidays, Musings | 0 comments

Summer is technically behind us which makes me kind of sad. I love going barefoot, wearing light clothing, swimming, cooking out, and doing all the summery things that summer brings. The arrival of fall harbingers stuff that I don’t find particularly appealing- like sweaters, rain and the approach of the holidays. I am weird, I know. Everyone loves the holidays, right? Well, I really don’t. Thanksgiving is not so bad because we come together as a family and share a meal. But that meal is a lot of work and I find it stressful to get everything ready at the same time and at the right temperature. I prefer our summer get-togethers where the food is casual and the outdoors is the appropriate venue. Christmas is a problem for me because I think the emphasis on gift giving is just wrong. I really would prefer to buy for the little ones only and use the rest of the money to...

An Unusual Election

By on Aug 8, 2016 in Politics | 0 comments

Gary and I were driving through our neighborhood yesterday when he commented that he saw only one campaign sign in any of the yards we passed. It happened to be for Hillary Clinton, which is not surprising as we live in an area populated largely by baby boomers and older residents. But the absence of political signs this close to an election speaks volumes to where America is regarding the candidates. Nobody really wants to put it out there for their neighbors to see that they support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Everyone seems more comfortable bashing Donald or Hillary along party lines. It makes me sad that our country does not have a presidential hopeful of whom we can be proud. It makes me sad that our political system is so broken that we have arrived at such a...

CarlsBAD!

By on Jul 23, 2016 in Illness, Vacation | 0 comments

Just over one year ago, I retired with heady plans for rest, relaxation and travel! The rest and relaxation were immediate, and very, very satisfying. Travel, apart from one family reunion, was put off for awhile, but Gary and I did take our first trip with friends, a golf outing to Riudoso, NM, via Carlsbad, last week. It started out well. We headed west, stopping for breakfast at the Smoke Stack, in Thurber, Texas. (Population, 5) From there we drove to Carlsbad and spent the afternoon exploring the caverns. We spent the night at a motel in Carlsbad and at about two a.m., I wakened with a scratchy throat and dull awareness that I was coming down with something not good. The next day, we shopped and had lunch in Cloudcroft then proceeded to our condo in Ruidoso. My malaise became markedly worse as the day progressed, to the point where once we got to the condo, I headed to bed with...

Shame On You, Dan Patrick – A Rant

By on Jul 9, 2016 in Musings, Politicians, Politics | 0 comments

Once again I am compelled to wax political. In the wake of the recent police shootings in Dallas, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick thought the appropriate response was to blame the peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters for the violence. He went on to call them ‘hypocrites’ for running when the shots rang out. I did not like Dan Patrick’s platform when he ran for office, and I did not vote for him. I really did not like him calling for the resignation of the FWISD superintendent, Kent Scribner, over the district’s policy regarding transgender bathroom accommodations. But I loathe this insensitive, bigoted man after what he said about the Dallas shootings. He does not represent me, and I am certain he does not represent the views and attitudes of most Texans. I, for one, think the people of Texas should call for his resignation. He clearly lacks good judgement, he...

A Wonderful Passing

By on Jul 7, 2016 in Aging, Musings | 0 comments

I meet with a group of seniors every week to work on writing the stories of our lives down to be passed on to our families. One of the gentlemen in our group ended his weekly essay with the memory of how well his wife had died. That interested me because my mother also died well. She and I had been extremely close, and many years before she died I asked her to try to tell me, when the time came, what she was experiencing. She made no guarantees, but promised to try. When inevitably that awful time did arrive, I was grief stricken to know I would soon lose her. To be honest, I had forgotten about the promise, but she apparently had not. Mother was home and on hospice for a week before she died, and my siblings and I were all with her. Each day, I could tell she was a little less in this realm and a little more in the next. She conversed with us less frequently and seemed preoccupied...

Lucy’s Back!

By on Jul 3, 2016 in Aging, Funny, Marriage | 0 comments

This post appeared in my original blog back in 2011. It is a bit long, but I love it so much that I decided to reprint it here: I recall with disdain the first time I colored my hair. Being unfamiliar with the various products available, I pored over every shade of brown that Walmart offered, looking for the one that would best match my natural hair color – dark brown. I desperately wanted to cover the gray, but didn’t want the change in my hair color to be blatantly obvious to friends, family and co-workers. I finally settled on a L’oreal product with a picture on the front that looked like a pretty fair match. I applied it that day and was dismayed to find the color was too intense – much darker than my natural color. When Gary got home, he looked at me and his eyebrows shot up, but to his credit, he didn’t say anything right at first. “I know. It’s awful isn’t it?” “No,” he...

Independence Day

By on Jul 3, 2016 in Fourth of July, Holidays, Musings | 0 comments

The Fourth of July is traditionally a day when flag waving, sparkler wielding revelers down scads of hotdogs, hamburgers, and baked beans along with coleslaw, potato salad and gallons of beer and lemonade. Once darkness descends, the fireworks start and a myriad of “oohs” and “aahs” accompany the glittering explosions in the sky. This is how America celebrates her independence, and I have always loved this particular holiday. This year is especially meaningful to me as I celebrate the first anniversary of my retirement. What a wonderful year it has been. I wake up at the crack of eight, free to do pretty much as I please each day. Now, that’s what I call an Independence...