Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Advice on Letting Go

Letting go has never been my strong suit. From my childhood, I’ve been a collector:  rocks, feathers, glass bottles, sea shells, trolls. I still have many of these collections in various old cigar boxes and zip lock bags around the house. In many cases, I can’t remember where I discovered these treasures. At the time, […]

Are You a Red Shirt Guy?

I’m such a nerd and even took a quiz to prove it…as if my nerdiness needed validation. Worse yet, I’m a Star Trek nerd. I have faithfully watched Star Trek TOS (“The Original Series), TNG (“The Next Generation”), DS9 (“Deep Space Nine”), Voyager, Enterprise and all 11 movies. (I was prepared to loathe the 2009 cinematic prequel but […]

Karma-lized Onions

A couple of years ago, my son was walking down the halls of his school and found a twenty dollar bill on the floor. Most kids (and probably all adults) would have pocketed it and continued walking. Even though I  think I’ve done a good job teaching my kids right from wrong, sometimes even they […]

Someone Needs a Hug

I’m a big hugger. Just ask my kids or any of my friends and family. And thank goodness they are big huggers, too. After a week like I’ve had, working well into the wee hours of the morning to meet a crazy business deadline, learning of the sudden passing of someone dear, and the usual day-to-day stress, […]

How to Remember That Thing You Forgot

We had yet another winter storm this morning. The skies had opened up during the night and glazed the car, the driveway, and the mounds of already accumulated snow with an icy shell. My feet were slip-sliding on the sloped driveway as I tried to make my way to the car. I just couldn’t get… What is […]

Judging a Book by Its Cover?

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  That’s what “they” say all the time. But the reality is that that is precisely what I do in book stores and libraries. It’s just good marketing: the bold imagery, eye-catching typography. Who would ever pick up a classic novel with an uninspiring, vanilla cover and Times New Roman title? No […]

Do Something, Even If It’s Wrong

“Do something — even if it’s wrong!”  That’s a phrase I’ve often heard my husband utter, frequently directed (under his breath) at people who stop suddenly after disembarking an escalator or moving sidewalk. It applies to people with shopping carts who obliviously block the entire aisle while agonizing over which brand of shampoo to buy. (Oh wait. […]

Who’s Your Daddy? Father Time.

As another year draws to a close, I am painfully aware of the rapid passing of time. Didn’t we just put up the Christmas tree yesterday, not weeks ago? And didn’t I just take my kids to the first day of school? Kindergarten, not high school. The end of the year is always a little bit […]

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas

White Christmas. ‘Tis the season to watch this classic holiday film. So far this year, I’ve watched it four times. It’s our tradition to watch the DVD when we decorate our Christmas tree. The other three times, it was on television, and I just couldn’t help myself.  Maybe it’s the catchy lyrics and tunes that speak to me:  Sisters, Snow, […]

See something. Say something…something nice.

While stopping through several airports recently, I was struck by how many of the usual poster ads had been replaced by the public awarness campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” After the September 11th attack, the New York subways and bus stops were plastered with these signs, but I didn’t realize it was a national […]