Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Baby Boomer Holiday

November 1st, 2005

The Gift of a Journal If you have never taken the time to journal, I\’d like to introduce you to this practice. For many years I read books that suggested I record my thoughts and feelings. Sometimes I was asked to answer a series of questions related to the topic. Do you know what? I never bothered. Why should I do this, I wondered? After all, I reasoned, I knew what the answers would be. Writing would not reveal any secret agenda. It would simply waste my time. How wrong I was! I am going to ask you a series of questions. I invite you to take a few minutes to answer them. I would suggest... Read More

Holiday…Oops…I Mean Hospital Inn Express

November 1st, 2005

When my oldest son became ill, I spent nearly at week at the hospital, night and day. I discovered many things about hospitals that I am inclined to share. First and foremost, repeat after me, “This ain\’t no Holiday Inn™.” The sooner you get use to that idea, the better. Also, there are 397 possible positions of those so called “fold-out” chair-beds. Most of them can be viewed in any Chinese Torture book. Staff nurses think only of the patients. What\’s up with that? Would it kill them to bring me coffee when they first hear me fall out of the chair-bed? A muffin?... Read More

Fact or Opinion?

November 1st, 2005

“You ain\’t going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin\’ a truck.” What if Elvis believed this Grand Ole Opry manager\’s critique after his l954 performance? Or the Beatles listened in 1962 when Decca Recording Company responded, “We don\’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.” What if Rudyard Kipling quit writing when the San Francisco Examiner told him, “I\’m sorry, but you just don\’t know how to use the English language.” Or as a struggling artist, Walt Disney took seriously the words of a prospective... Read More

Giving Thanks

November 1st, 2005

”I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” – Psalm 69:30 From time to time it\’s nice to get away from our daily routine. In autumn, a drive through the mountains to enjoy the spectacular range of color the Lord has created can be restorative. Recently I made such a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee with my family. The weather cooperated with temperatures in the seventies and a slight breeze. Just right. Right? Wrong! It looked as if everyone who goes to Gatlinburg showed up that weekend. You couldn\’t move your car down the main street... Read More

De-Mystifying “Vicky-D\’s”

October 1st, 2005

“My mother expects me to take care of her, even though I have a husband, children, and a job. But she\’s SO grateful when my brother calls once a month!” “When I ask my parents about their health they freak out and shut down!” “All I did was mentioned to my father that I\’d like to help him with the finances and suddenly the conversation took a dark turn. Now he won\’t even speak to me!” “Taking care of the house is overwhelming my mother but she won\’t even talk about getting help or moving.” Sound familiar? Frustrating? If so, you\’re... Read More

The Magic of Differences

October 1st, 2005

Can love succeed based on the differences between two people instead of just what they have in common? Definitely! In fact, the only way we truly feel loved is through the trust we build knowing that our spouse or partner loves us for the real person that we are, distinctly different from them. You see, no matter how much two people have in common — religion, politics, race, financial status, whatever — when they enter into a relationship they soon discover the many ways they are different from one another. Everyone knows that. But most of us don\’t know what to do with the differences.... Read More

From Sandra Dee to Sandra Day: Justice O\’Connor and Women Attorneys

October 1st, 2005

It was almost twenty-five years ago that Sandra Day O\’Connor was appointed as a justice of the United States Supreme Court. In the time since Justice O\’Connor\’s appointment to that august bench, a transformation has occurred – a transformation caused by the ever increasing number, authority and position of women lawyers. Twenty-five years ago female attorneys were such a novelty that they were often mistaken for nonprofessional support staff. Women attorneys dressed like men in boxy suits and bow ties (pant suits were generally considered taboo), and oftentimes tried... Read More

The Name Game

October 1st, 2005

Practically everybody has more than one name or title. I know I sure do. There\’s the one that\’s used when a great need arises, “Mommmm, can I use your car? Mine\’s out of gas. And ah…can I borrow 10 bucks?” After raising teens, I discovered the word “borrow” holds dual meanings. The first means to lend something, while the other is to give it away without expecting any return. Ever. And another name that\’s used is when a gentle reminder seems necessary, “Honey, I know you\’re all grown up now, but hasn\’t your Mother told you time and again... Read More

Living Lives as Large as Our Spirits

October 1st, 2005

…By Prill Boyle Whether you\’re eighteen or eighty, if the answer is no, it\’s not too late to make a change. Demographers estimate that one in twenty baby boomers—the generation born between 1946 and 1964—will live to be a hundred. In other words, today\’s fifty-year old might well have another fifty years ahead of her. During those decades, she could earn multiple degrees, start a new business, or even join the Peace Corps. These late bloomers didn\’t just switch careers; they blossomed into the fullness of themselves. How did they do it? Making a life shift... Read More

Sharpen Your Pencil

October 1st, 2005

…ByJulie Clark Robinson “Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It\’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it\’s when you had everything to do, and you\’ve done it.”  –Margaret Thatcher I realize that I\’m in my 40\’s and that I haven\’t really gone back to school – truly I do. I mean, I don\’t have a shiny new David Cassidy lunchbox or anything. But, come autumn, the feeling in the pit of my stomach is the same as it was when I was a school girl choosing a new outfit, notebook, folders and pencil pouch... Read More