Finding value at Montgomery Ward

When I was a kid I had a recurring fantasy of wanting to live in the department store Montgomery Ward.  I thought it would be ideal.  Hanging out in the furniture department watching the big color TV’s would be great.  There would be all different living rooms and comfy couches and chairs from which to choose. I liked the kitchens with the refrigerators with double panel … Continue reading Finding value at Montgomery Ward

Sense of smell often triggers memories

Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel. – Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935) We’ve long known that smell can trigger memories from yesteryear and with it strong emotion, because, well because we’ve experienced it. The brain research is relatively young. And of course it is confirming what we already know. The brain responds stronger, … Continue reading Sense of smell often triggers memories

A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

I am jittery. I know why. I am going back to work tomorrow after a five-day Thanksgiving holiday and I am less organized than I was on Wednesday. I usually have my Christmas tree up by now and all the gifts wrapped in color-coded fashion for my two granddaughters, tucked with care under the tree.  This year there is none of that. I have not wrapped one gift. … Continue reading A Charlie Brown Christmas Tree

Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year.  The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple. –J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I love, love, love the change of season from summer to fall.  It sneaks up on me every year. It’s so hot in Atlanta, but in September it starts to cool down oh so subtly.  Then one … Continue reading Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox

White Picket Fence

I grew up in a house with a white picket fence.  It was a literal white picket fence but was as much of a figurative white picket fence as there could be too. I grew up in the 60’s with a working dad, a stay-at-home mom, and four kids in an all American neighborhood where the families supported each other and the kids played together in each … Continue reading White Picket Fence

Every Single Girl

The title is “36 Things Every Single Girl Must Do Before She Settles Down.” I was single for way longer than I’ve been married so these types of articles often catch my eye. I thought, “Hmmm. I wonder how many of the 36 I actually did before settling down?” Well, I found out that some of things don’t sound that appealing and wouldn’t have been … Continue reading Every Single Girl

My Christopher Robin

I’ve always loved the story of Christopher Robin and Pooh.  It’s a sweet tale of two friends who must separate and how they stayed close forever after.   I can relate to it because I have moved often enough throughout my life, mostly for my education and my career and each time I have had to leave friends behind.  Likewise, I have had friends who’ve moved away … Continue reading My Christopher Robin