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.’...
Play-Doh!

Play-Doh!

September 16th is National Play-Doh Day. Play-Doh was first manufactured in the 1930’s as a wallpaper cleaner. When heating with sooty coal was replaced with natural gas, and then vinyl-based wallpaper came on the scene, Play-Doh was re-marketed as a craft product....
Bringing Bangkok Home

Bringing Bangkok Home

Today I should be in Thailand. Last year, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in Bangkok. We immediately booked flights and hotel reservations, eager to return this year. Covid-19, Korean Air, and Delta cancelled our flights. I started reading a book...
Joy to the World

Joy to the World

On the internet, I heard someone say, “Covid-19 robbed me of joy.” They were not sick and didn’t know anyone who was infected. They were upset about the closure of their favorite restaurant.  If the coronavirus truly robs joy, then political uncertainty, racial...
Going Solo

Going Solo

The term going solo has a ring of adventure to it. Roald Dahl’s autobiography tells of his days as a fighter pilot during WWII. Schlossbergturm or Castle Hill Tower (I made it to the top!) In 2008, I journeyed solo to Northern Germany. I stayed with...

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