Granddaughter Violet recently turned 3 years old, as impossible as that seems to me! What a difference a year makes! She has grown four inches taller and four pounds heavier, she will talk the leg off of anyone willing to listen, and she goes way too fast on her scooter, as I found out last …

It is true that our lives can change drastically in the blink of an eye. I experienced that just recently when I attempted to stop 3-year-old Violet from crashing her scooter when she came down a ramp way too fast, in spite of my frantic yelling, “Put the brakes on!” I reached my hands out t…

According to people who study such things, our shopping habits have changed drastically over the last several years. There is much more online shopping being done, leaving many malls and storefronts empty. I was in Altoona recently and noticed that the Sears store there has closed too, as ha…

It will soon be a year since I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and started sleeping with a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) mask on my face at night. To say I had a hard time getting used to it is putting it mildly! After the first three totally sleepless nights, I packed up the ent…

When the New Year rolled around several weeks ago, I did something I usually don’t bother to do anymore: I actually made a New Year’s Resolution. One that hasn’t already been abandoned. I resolved that I was going to pay off my house and have a mortgage burning party before the end of this y…

I recently attended one of the most beautiful funeral services I have ever had the honor to attend. It was for my brother-in-law Romey Secco, and it was a fitting send-off for a person who brought so much joy to countless people through the gift of his singing and guitar playing. He was a se…

Recently I read an article in the newspaper stating that pediatricians recommend things like wooden blocks, puzzles and even empty cardboard boxes as better toys for children than many of the more sophisticated electronic tablets and games that seem to be so popular now. I recently enjoyed a…

Recently my family and I traveled across the country to watch my grandson marry his best friend and the love of his life. They had met in the gym several months earlier where they both lifted weights and worked out. She is a Medic in the Air National Guard and will soon begin studies to be a…

You know how you feel when you’ve discovered a gem of a place and just can’t wait to take some of your friends there to share the experience? Well, that’s how I felt after experiencing the elegance and gentility of a bygone era while enjoying a delicious small plate five course luncheon at t…

Five months ago I wrote about my struggles while trying to get used to using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine every night. At that time, all I could do was try to manage one night at a time and to listen to the advice of other, more experienced CPAP users. They reassured …