Trapped in Wait Mode?

Trapped in Wait Mode?

Waiting is not something most of us relish. Do you ever feel trapped in wait mode? Delays reek of intrusion on our jam-packed schedules. We bristle! Waiting drags us into slow-down mode. We grit our teeth! Postponements steer us outside our precisely timed worlds into...
Dads and Their Shoes

Dads and Their Shoes

Father’s Day makes me think of Dads and their shoes. Well, not every dad, but it does make you wonder about Jerry Seinfeld’s papa. Did the elder Seinfeld own 500 pairs of white sneakers like his famous son? Did the father of former Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos,...
Teaching This Old Dog New Tricks

Teaching This Old Dog New Tricks

They say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. But “they” are wrong. You could say I’m a bit older dog and I am actually learning from dogs. How about you on life’s learning curve? How are you when it comes to receiving advice and...
Looking for Better Times

Looking for Better Times

You and I sometimes find ourselves looking for better times. We do wander in our wish-things-were-better thoughts, even if we are hesitant to admit it to ourselves or others. Just look at this day for a moment. Did you fill up your gas tank and nearly faint at the...

Everyday Heroes Among Us 

Some define a hero as a person admired for tremendous achievements or noble qualities or someone who saved the day. Others of us consider a hero someone modeling strength, ability or courage by just living out life—whether someone notices or not. As Memorial Day...
When God Wears Holy High-Tops

When God Wears Holy High-Tops

As kids, my brothers and I played with a metal replica of a Greyhound® bus. I think my mom purchased it on one of our many bus rides to Minneapolis to see her family. I loved that little blue and gray toy and its movable rubber wheels. Little did I know that one day I...
Mother’s Day: Finding Your Song

Mother’s Day: Finding Your Song

“Those who wish to sing always find a song.” The Swedes knocked it out of the park with this wise proverb. I think this photo I ran across recently proves the Swedish truism. Pictured at an evening outdoor birthday party with me are Anne (far left) and birthday gal,...

What If . . . ?

What if? What if is a common question that drifts through our minds. And sometimes get stuck there. What if I lived in the 1800s? What if I chose to marry him? What if I majored in English instead of journalism? Fifteen years ago this spring, I sat in a coffee shop...
Ish. Ish. Ish.

Ish. Ish. Ish.

Ish. Ish. Ish. Just where did we come up with this three-letter suffix that we seem to add to most any word? I’ll be there at 9-ish. She was feeling sluggish. He was kind of standoffish. Today I heard a youthful retail store clerk tell a customer ahead of me, “I’m...
Pointing in the Right Direction

Pointing in the Right Direction

There’s something freeing about your life pointing in the right direction. You know, when your goals and aspirations are coming out ahead of your everyday challenges and draining stressors. Pointing the right direction reminds me of this family classic photo when I...