Turning into one of ‘those’ people 

His coat is short, black and white and smooth to the touch.  He stands tall and walks proudly. His eyes are kind and gentle like he’s lived a thousand lives.  He wears a smile most of the time and wants my attention all of the time.  When he talks, I am spellbound to listen, for I know it must be important. He drives me crazy with … Continue reading Turning into one of ‘those’ people 

Facebook friends: Are they real?

I can be friends with you outside of Facebook.  Perhaps, it may be better for our friendship that way.   I have a long list of people that have requested to be my friend on Facebook.  I used to automatically click “accept” and go on.  Not anymore.  Now I carefully weigh the consequences. As a reporter, it was extremely beneficial to be connected with as … Continue reading Facebook friends: Are they real?

Getting there: thankfully

When Kermit sang “Getting there is half the fun,” he was not singing about traveling by plane.  At least, it sure isn’t fun for me.  In March, my husband and I took a trip of a lifetime to the Holy Land, specifically Israel and Jordan.   I must confess I went reluctantly.  The 12-hour flight over the Atlantic was one of the main reasons.  Add … Continue reading Getting there: thankfully

Three P’s of puppy training

“I’m not going through that again,” I stated emphatically.  “No more puppies.” My heart had been broken with the too-short time we had with Cooper.  In case you missed it, you can read about it here. Two weeks after my declaration, Rocky arrived at our house.  This beagle puppy was just as adorable as Cooper and everyone was instantly in love.  Again. The family was … Continue reading Three P’s of puppy training

Be thankful for dirt

My dirty dishes are once again piled up on the counter and in the sink.  I washed them yesterday, why do I have to do it again? Bits of leftover mashed potatoes, grilled chicken, and uneaten green beans lay on my plates.  Oh, there’s also a couple of bowls with dried on oatmeal stuck to them.  Not to mention the used utensils and the multiple cups and … Continue reading Be thankful for dirt

Should the church be called a hospital?

I’ve often heard the church described as a “hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.”  What does that mean? Most people get that metaphor from Jesus when He said to the Pharisees, who were upset with Him for eating with unsavory types like tax collectors and sinners: It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to … Continue reading Should the church be called a hospital?

The good, the bad and the ugly…all in one week

  “How exciting!” “That is so cool!” “I bet that is fun!” This is how most strangers and some friends react when they learn that I am a reporter.  I was a teacher for years and no one EVER had that reaction when I told them what I did for a living.   Initially, I was swept away by the romanticism of the job, even … Continue reading The good, the bad and the ugly…all in one week

My socks don’t match

My socks don’t match.  Today I wore two different gray ones.  Sometimes I just get crazy and wear a purple one and a brown one.   Unless I’m wearing shorts, I really don’t care.   I’m sure some scientist or researcher somewhere has done a study to see how much time people spend looking for the “other” sock.  I estimate I spent at least 2-3 minutes … Continue reading My socks don’t match