Here’s a thought: “What if…”

A friend of mine in another state is having her 60th birthday party and sent me an e-vite. It’s an important year for all of us turning 60. It’s a sort of road map that says: “Two-thirds of the way done…” There was an excellent deal on air fares and I searched thru, thinking I […]

Who will watch my six now…?

I cannot be quiet and still until I have shared that this world lost two good men this week. Monday, I received word that my brother had died. He was one of my best friends, a man who guarded my six (my back, for those not in the military) from the time I was actually […]

Celebrating Flag Day (June 14) and Father’s Day (June 15)

This is an important weekend for traditionalists. Tomorrow, June 14, is the United States Flag Day. I’ve only missed it once and that was last year. Tomorrow I’ll be out and about by 9:00 a.m. (the reality is I say that, so I’ll leave by 9:15 a.m.). Our little town, Federal Way, Washington always celebrates […]

TAPS ~ God Bless and Keep You, Fallen One

Throughout today, TAPS will play across cemeteries in honored memory of our fallen husbands, fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, aunts and uncles, grandfathers, great-grandfathers – calling back through time to the United States Civil War. It is played every night on United States military bases signaling end of day. I am incapable of sitting during the […]

Memorial Day: Memories and a heartfelt Thank You to all Servicemen and women

I will never forget the comment an Israeli made to me about our Memorial Day. “In Israel, on the day we honor our dead, at a certain time, everything and everyone comes to a stop. All traffic just stops and people bow their head in memory of their dead. Here you have three day sales.” […]

Praying for a Friend

One of my best readers and commentors is Bill Hamilton of Dealing with COPD. He was concerned yesterday about maybe getting pneumonia and said he would call and/or see his doctor today. On his site, he has posted an update that he has been hospitalized for an exacerbation, which is a serious word in COPD, […]

Winter Solstice Eve 2013

Yes, I am posting a lot today, but I could not let this day pass without acknowledgement of Winter Solstice Eve. I knew I’d written about it last year here, and read it again with some bemusement at the changes wrought since then. Tonight’s celebration almost got away from me. Whoa, Nellie! Slow down, HuntMode, […]

Saint Nicholas Day ~ My Chosen Saint

Today, December 6, is the Feast of Saint Nicholas. When I was 12 and preparing for my Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church, I chose St. Nicholas as my personal Saint. I distinctly remember why I chose the name: I liked it. Nicola. Long before it became so popular again, I thought it rang beautifully […]

Balance – Starting the Day

We all find ways to keep on an even keel, mine began in my 20’s with affirmations that I did for 15 minutes in the a.m. and p.m. and then evolved over the years into a variety of ways that bring me peace and balance. Most important and without being funny, it begins with a […]