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HERE WE COME A WASSAILING

December 24 Last week six old friends sacrificed their Poker night. Instead, they went caroling at the homes of several friends. It...

VOLUNTEERS

December 17 Apologies for filling your in-box.  So many of you are volunteers -- our life's blood. This time of...

PS TO PURPOSE

December 14 The word purpose struck a chord. A comment that sums up the feelings of most who responded is...

PURPOSE

December 13 A smart and thoughtful young friend recently asked an interesting question.  ‘You talk a lot about purpose...

GOOD PEOPLE TO THE RESCUE

December 4 Has your car ever broken-down during rush hour, on a very busy road, in a spot where you could not move your vehicle...

WHAT IS TOLERANCE

November 24  The word tolerance has cropped up in several recent conversations. Interesting that in each conversation the word...

OUT OF THE RUT

November 18  Stop the World I want to get off was a catch phrase in the 1960’s. That generation used it to say ‘I...

ARGUMENT OR DISCUSSION

November 8  As a youngster, my father would admonish “You’d argue with Paddy’s pig.” He was right. No...

SELF PITY

October 29 SELF PITY. It would be impossible to count the number of times, growing up, when I was told to ‘be thankful...

A kindness INSTITUTE. Really?

October 21 Have you heard of the Kindness Institute? I do not jest. In 2019 UCLA received a $20Million grant to establish the...

PETTY PEEVES

October 9  Have you ever written down the things that annoy you?  Things that make your blood pressure rise.  Did...

PECKING ORDER

October 4  PECKING ORDER It’s a glorious day.  Birds are flocking around the feeders. Their observance of...

THE GIFT

September 27 A friend visited my home recently. She lingered over favorite treasures and seemed to enjoy listening to their...

YOU ARE A PHILANTHROPIST

September 22 A long-retired friend called last week.  Always a giver.  He’s raising funds for a special second...

JOE SENDS HIS BEST

September 14 JOE SENDS HIS BEST This is a bonus.  Not my usual musings.  It’s a gift from Joe Martin. ...

STRENGH IN NUMBERS

September 12 Around Labor Day my brother and I laughingly recall our first experience organizing a group of youngsters.  We...

LAUGHTER - STILL GOOD MEDICINE

September 6 When was the last time you had a real belly laugh, where your sides hurt, and tears rolled down your face?  You...

FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO

August 29  The last few days I have watched the Paralympics with awe, plus a decided degree of disbelief. How do they do...

OBSERVE WITHOUT JUDGING

August 23  Ken Burns is on my most appreciated and most admired lists. He brings us a glimpse of history without his...

CONVERSATIONS - MEMORIES

August 15    CONVERSATIONS - MEMORIES It’s Sunday morning.  One year ago my Sunday morning would...

KNOW WHEN TO FOLD

August 9 Watching the Olympics with friends has led to some interesting discussions.  Along with breathless wonder at the...

A PS to Interruptions and Reminders

August 1 I intended to include the final paragraph of Tom Brokaw's book.  It is worth a PS delivery.  Here it...

INTERRUPTIONS & REMINDERS

August 1  Friends tell me I am one of those exasperating people who believe if I find someone or something interesting...

WE DIDN'T KNOW WE WERE LEARNING

July 27 Recently, in The Charlotte Ledger, I read an obituary for an obviously much-loved music teacher.  I did not know...

CIVIL IS AS CIVIL DOES

July 17  This morning, as I eagerly headed toward my favorite coffee shop, a young woman dashed ahead of me, through the...

The Magic Word: MAINTENANCE

July 10   During a conversation with friends, recently, we talked about the recurring  tragedies and...

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

June 24 This past month brought lots of graduations, and speeches with well- meaning advice. I read some of the speeches,...

PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE

June 11 It’s odd, isn’t it? Just when we are certain we can handle any challenge that comes our way –...

IMPROVISE ACCORDING TO THE SITUATION

May 21 A Memorial Day Tribute.Until I saw their story on a recent 60 Minutes episode, I had never heard of The Ritchie Boys....

EXCUSES OR REASONS?

May 9 Have you ever listened, really closely, as people rattle on about why they did, or usually why they...

THE CURIOUS GRASSHOPPER

May 5 Have you ever watched a grasshopper? I don’t mean studied it, like a scientist – I mean lazily watched it...