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 …

Summertime must be a good time for critter encounters, because I’ve had some interesting ones lately. There was an apparently orphaned, newly hatched bird about the size of a quarter with no nest nearby that my granddaughter found on her back patio. She did some research and made a few calls…

I came across the word glamping the other day and thought it looked interesting, so, being the word nerd that I am, I did a bit of research. Wikipedia says that glamping is a combination of glamour and camping. Well… That’s an oxymoron if ever I’ve heard one! The only camping I’ve done didn’…