Lilly’s Logic

My granddaughter Lilly’s fine hair is often tangled. I used to comb out her tangles with a fine-toothed comb. (See the light blue comb in the photo above.) No matter how gently I combed, Lilly pulled away even when her hair was not tangled. Finally, I decided the comb’s teeth were too sharp for her … More Lilly’s Logic

Soul Strain

My two-year-old grandson was very proud he could carry his own backpack. He strutted around with a big grin on his face every time he walked to the car. On a recent visit, he stayed overnight with us at our hotel. The next morning, I was in a hurry. I gathered all his things and … More Soul Strain

ASK!

Two and a half years ago our neighbors were transferred to another state for a job that would last approximately two years. They sold their house and said their goodbyes. Fast forward to fall 2020. One day I saw her walking in front of their old house. “Is that you, Cece?” I asked. “What are … More ASK!

Merry Christmas 2020

I love the photo above. It represents much of the beauty and stillness I associate with the best of Christmas. For me, stillness often equals peace. As for beauty, is there anything more beautiful than a snowy landscape? Judging by the Christmas cards I’ve received over the years, I’m not the only who likes a … More Merry Christmas 2020

Christmas Plans Change

Every family has favorite Christmas traditions. One of our favorites is when the entire family gathers at our house to celebrate. When adult children marry, another layer of complexity is added to family traditions. It’s important to consider everyone in the planning. We usually compare schedules to come up with the best day for everyone. … More Christmas Plans Change

Flowers for the Fallen

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date that will live in infamy…” President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in his speech after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The anniversary of the attack is today. Remember and honor those who served. My friend, Karan Klassen visited the memorial site of the USS Arizona in Hawaii. Her photo with the … More Flowers for the Fallen

Trials & Tribulations of KDP

Given the current publishing market trends, many writers pursue self-publishing through Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). I recently joined their ranks via my book: Grandma Brain, Hope and Humor for the hopelessly addlepated minds of grandparents, parents, and other childcare givers. Before I began my journey I sought insight from others who had already traveled … More Trials & Tribulations of KDP

Prepare for Thanksgiving

While you’re preparing your grocery list for Thanksgiving give some thought to relationships. There’s more to the day than food and football.               Consider relieving the things that stress you out.                         We’ve all had enough stress this year. One of my friends complained about a previous Thanksgiving. “We went to my husband’s family. The … More Prepare for Thanksgiving