Memories: What date was that?

“Fiddlesticks,” and “Shit-fire.” These were a couple of common phrases I remember my great-grandmother, who I called Grandma Scanlon, repeating often.  Some readers may recall she was the first to label me a ragamuffin that I wrote about here. Memory is a complex neurological topic, yet simple enough that we all experience them.  Errors in memory are equally complex and scientists spend their careers researching … Continue reading Memories: What date was that?

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

How do you get it started?

Put the key in the ignition. Turn the key and the engine roars, or purrs,  to life. I’ve been driving for almost four decades and have started different vehicles thousands of times.  Sometimes they don’t start and that usually means a trip to the repair shop. But our Ford Escape has a glitch with its ignition switch that we haven’t gotten around to fixing yet. … Continue reading How do you get it started?

Cars, warning lights and Christmas . . . Part 2

Last week I shared how my car’s oil light kept annoyingly beeping, warning me of impending danger and I asked for your thoughts.  As expected, many were surprised that I was still driving the car. “They don’t call them idiot lights for nothing,” one friend wrote. Point taken. As I wrote that post, I was actually thinking of the holiday season.  Weird, huh? Maybe not. … Continue reading Cars, warning lights and Christmas . . . Part 2

Cars, warning lights and Christmas…Part 1

When you look at this picture what thought or thoughts immediately comes to mind? STOP the car!! Why is she still driving? What is wrong with her car? Why is she taking pictures while driving. . . and. . .at night!?!? Any and all of those may have been your thoughts. I will try to answer some of them. I drive the car even though … Continue reading Cars, warning lights and Christmas…Part 1

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

Fascinated

 On the way home tonight, I was fascinated by the moon.  So much so that I had to stop the car and take a few pictures.  I’d like to share.  Isn’t God amazing?  When I look up into the night skies and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you have made—  I cannot understand how you can bother with mere puny … Continue reading Fascinated

Who are you striving to please?

“Who do I listen to when it comes to doing a good job?”  That thought is what got me into this to begin with.  That’s one of the countless thoughts I have when thinking of feedback and/or evaluations.  Who do you listen to when it comes to criticism? My former teaching career was dominated by feedback and evaluations…from day one.  Teachers were told that it was the … Continue reading Who are you striving to please?