Culture, Humor, Living, Poetry

Jumping the Cactus

No matter how often I've seen it, this 2017 Progressive Insurance commercial always makes me laugh. I'm reminded what the commercial says about human nature. More to the point, it demonstrates the human propensity to ignore the old adage:  speak less, listen hard. When someone mentions taking the kids to soccer practice and you're willing… Continue reading Jumping the Cactus

Brave New World, Culture, Fairy Tales, Fiction, Humor, Music, Poetry

Lyin’ Eyes

Written in 1975 by Don Henley and Glenn Frey of the Eagles, the song Lyin' Eyes was nominated for Record of the Year. In concerts following the song's release, Henley and Frey shared that the song originated when they witnessed a curious encounter in an LA bar. They imagined the scene as an illicit love affair between the man and woman; soon… Continue reading Lyin’ Eyes

Brave New World, Culture, Fiction, Humor, Living, Television

Fiction As Resume Enhancements

In my first job at the ripe old age of sixteen, I didn't need a résumé. All I had to do was fill out an application, have an interview with the personnel manager and they hired me! Those were the good ole days when one's personal presentation generally meant more than a résumé ... so… Continue reading Fiction As Resume Enhancements

Family, Genealogy, History, Humor, Living, Mothering, Poetry

Eye For An Eye, Log For A Log

From the time of childhood, we're admonished not to point fingers at others. Whether it's because "it's rude to point" (as my mother often told me) or because a child is trying to shift blame for a misbehavior, pointing one's finger remains a transgression that's generally frowned upon ... even though it's a tactic used almost everyday… Continue reading Eye For An Eye, Log For A Log

Fairy Tales, Fiction, Films, Food & Recipes, Genealogy, History, Humor, Movies

How Much Wood Can A Groundhog Chuck?

Since as early as the 1840s, Groundhog Day has been observed in parts of Pennsylvania. In places like Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the observation has become a highly-celebrated tradition, thanks in large part to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, which hosts a series of events throughout the weekend. One of the best things to ever happen to Groundhog… Continue reading How Much Wood Can A Groundhog Chuck?

Culture, Education, Humor, Poetry

Set a Spell

It's easy to talk about how great education was a generation ago. People do it all the time, and they don't even have to offer but maybe one or two anecdotes to "prove" what they see as the abysmal condition of education today. Now I'm not going to knock today's education (nor am I going to… Continue reading Set a Spell

Family, Humor, Living, Mothering, Poetry

Breakout

My dear mother was released from the hospital yesterday afternoon. (I posted about her recent hospital stay here.) During her time in stir (as it were), she was poked and prodded and put through the usual battery of tests. Considering her recent 88th birthday, hospital staff operate with the standard presumption that she's lost her wits,… Continue reading Breakout

Education, Family, Humor, Living, Poetry, Writing

Hole Cloth

If you recognize the object pictured below, you probably hail from an older era or your hobby is related in some way to hand-crafts or antiques. This unique little object is a stunning example of an early 20th century darning egg. I love unusual objects like this one, and I must confess my amazement that this extraordinary example of bygone… Continue reading Hole Cloth

Arkansas, Culture, Family, Happiness, Hope, Humor, Living

Bucking the System

The innocence of youth is always refreshing to observe. Back in June, I posted about my grandson's perspective when he discovered a cache of coins on the bathroom counter. He was instantly convinced the coins belonged to him and he expressed the belief it was his "lucky day." The incident was amusing and reminds me… Continue reading Bucking the System

Blogging, Books, Books I Might Have Written, Fiction, Humor, Writing

Penitent Sister

After yesterday's post, I laughed and laughed because that was a fun post to write! I told my Beloved, I don't care if anybody else enjoys the post, I had fun writing it! But suddenly, in the midst of my laughter, it occurred to me the joke actually might end up being on me! There's sort of… Continue reading Penitent Sister