Pineapples! Grow Your Own!

Pineapples! Grow Your Own!

Years ago, my neighbor noticed my withering fuchsia and neglected Christmas cactus. With shame, I admitted my homicidal history with plants. She said, “Grow pineapples. They thrive on neglect!”  Lacking confidence, I bought the prickly fruit, cut off their tops, and...
Books By My Bed

Books By My Bed

While checking out a dozen titles, the librarian said, “What a variety!” I take pride in my eclectic reading habits.  Library books on top, arranged by due date. Books I own sink to the bottom. Sometimes they take months to finish. But after examining the fresh...
I Love Rocks

I Love Rocks

Maybe it was checking out a landslide in La Tuna Canyon, California that piqued my interest. Or skipping rocks on one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. However it happened, I fell in love with rocks. Through the years, thousands of Florida seashells have...
First World Problems

First World Problems

When my computer crashed and I was beyond frustrated, my son said, “It’s only a First World problem, Mom.” True. This annoyance was minor in the grand scheme of life.  Living in the United States—a land of privilege and opportunity—we have time to focus on...
Hanging Duck

Hanging Duck

I cook and bake a lot. Unless we’re traveling, my husband and I eat every meal at home. When the kids were young, shepherd’s pie, spaghetti, and stir-fried chicken made regular appearances. But I longed to try new recipes. In the early 1980s, I devoured a Julia Child...
Bad Spellers Untie!

Bad Spellers Untie!

I love words. Even so, certain words trip me up every time I need them.  Confession: Throughout my early adult years, I misspelled congratulations—congrad-ulations. When the popular shortened version ‘congrats’ came into use, I had an embarrassing ah-ha moment. ...
I love/loath technology

I love/loath technology

If you’re reading this Reflection, you’ll know I won my latest battle with technology! Now you, my beloved subscriber, will see a photo and a few sentences of my latest Reflection—not just my name in your inbox. BORING! To accomplish this task required several...
Joyful, Grateful, Hopeful

Joyful, Grateful, Hopeful

This past Christmas, our holiday card simply stated, 2020 . . . What a year! What else was there to say? Family and friends were/are still worrying about the spread of the coronavirus and what 2021 might look like. Will they return to the office? Can they make ends...
DIY During Covid

DIY During Covid

The world has become increasingly self-sufficient since the beginning of Covid-19. Those who used their ovens for storage have learned to bake bread. Others dusted off sewing machines to make masks. When household cleaners were absent on the store shelves, people...
An Apple a Day

An Apple a Day

The well-known axiom—’an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ makes striving for good health seem so simple. Don’t we wish! The original quote goes like this—’Eat and apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.’...

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