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5 days ago 8 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Yesterday my son hit the send button for the last time. That is, he applied to the last college on his list. We had a little party.     Now we are in the waiting game as the schools make their decisions over the next few weeks and months. A nerve-wracking time but actually kind of freeing.     At this moment, as a high school senior he has done everything that he could possibly do – hard work, extracurriculars, recommendations, great essays, college visits, and on and o...
12 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I read an announcement yesterday that my gym decided to remove cable news from the viewing choices. The theory is that the news stations contain negative content, contrary to a healthy way of life. Those are not my words. Simply, I object. Cable news is often my draw at the gym. I switch back and forth between stations, taking in contrary interpretations of current events, but multi-tasking as I wind my way through my workout. It is good for burning calories. There is...
19 days ago 12 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  I know it’s winter, but until recently it hadn’t really felt that way. I wasn’t even wearing my real winter coat.     But the last week or so in the Northeast has been brutal. So cold that the heating system in the house has to work extra hard to just take the chill out of the air. So cold that the heavy socks come out for sleeping. And so cold that you can see your breath almost as you are walking out the door.     I don’t enjoy this kind of bitter cold -- particular...
26 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  You may recall that late last summer I blogged about an incident in our town. Our high school had been vandalized in the middle of the night. It was not just any night. It was a particular night when rising seniors at the high school party around the town getting ready to start their last year at the high school. This is not the proudest moment for our town. I would much rather be talking to you about the accomplishments of these seniors as they get within an inch of gradua...
33 days ago 10 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  AIM went away this week. I admit to being among the last few using this old style means of communication. But, I really liked it. It was such a nice quick way of communicating.     We are exploring different alternatives (anyone have any opinions about SKYPE messaging?) but AIM was part of my work day for so many years, that I think I am having an adjustment issue.     I am sure whatever new program we settle on will amply replace that feeling of connectivity that I had...
47 days ago 5 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  With full disclosure, I’m not the biggest Disney fan. But, last week we were in Orlando for a concert because my son was performing. How could we be in Orlando and not visit Disney? Bill indulged me but insisted that he was not setting foot into Magic Kingdom.     So we spent the day at Epcot. Have you been?     I have to say that the day was much more enjoyable than I had anticipated. Disney has mastered theme park efficiency. The rides were fun and walking, and eating...
54 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  We were standing with two suitcases in the corner of the ballroom. They weren’t our suitcases, they were my son’s. Our job was to keep them company until he had checked in to the All National Music Conference at which point we would say our goodbyes until the concert three days later. [More on that experience in another blog]     The ballroom was literally swarming with high school students, hundreds of them. Nearby to where we were guarding suitcases, a young woman was ...
75 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Jaclyn was gathering some family videos and photos for a project she is doing at school. In strolling down video memory lane, we stumbled across a snippet of Bill filming the kids dancing to Thriller. They were probably 10 and 6 years old at the time. The first voice is Jaclyn's saying -- "mom's going to be so mad that she isn't here for this." And then the kids proceed to perform a dance that Jaclyn had clearly choreographed and taught her brother. It was a kind of s...
89 days ago 6 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  As we are all out there happily networking, we meet so many new people.  That is part of the fun, and the challenge.  The idea is to try to remember as many names as possible as you meet new friends in your travels. We have all been there.  You show up to an event and someone comes across the room with their hand out and your name on their lips. You are scrambling in your head to try to remember where you have met this person before. But calling someone by their name, to me...
103 days ago 7 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:
  Bill and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary in Puerto Rico. We stayed at a beautiful hotel in San Juan, ate well, visited quaint neighborhoods, and enjoyed meeting local people. We even climbed around a fort or two. Hurricane Maria washed that all away. I think about the people we met on the beach and at the hotel and whether they still have homes to live in, or even food and water to sustain them through this nightmare. All of the news reports confirm t...
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