60 seconds of smiles

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 9:30 a.m.

My best friend said if I smiled for 60 seconds it would be impossible to have a negative thought.

Never a dull moment on the way to work

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 9:31 a.m.

If you have a job in the tri-county area, the odds are good that you commute to work. (Unless your job is being a full-time wife and mother, in which case you don’t commute because YOUR WORK NEVER ENDS.)

The thermostat wars

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:54 a.m.

Marriage counselors say there are two main causes of divorce: Sex and money. I nominate a third: the thermostat wars.

It’s French toast time

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:53 a.m.

We are not projected to receive any ice this week.

One size fits all... Not

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:13 p.m.

I do an inward cringe every time I hear a grocery store or department store sales associate say, “One size fits all.”

Little ol’ list-maker me UPDATED

Monday, February 9, 2015 12:01 a.m.

I make lists. Every single day. Lists for chores, lists for appointments, lists for groceries, lists for goals, lists for errands, lists of places I want to see before I die, and lists of every possible clothing combination in my closets. (Which is how I realized that tube tops don’t go with ANYTHING, but I have eight outfits for a funeral. …

That awkward moment when ...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 10:13 p.m.

There is a reason I’m a recluse.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015 10:14 p.m.

Our dog has cost us more than my college education. Granted, it was in-state tuition 35 years ago, but still.

Red, white and flu

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:34 a.m.

Remember the theme song from the Mary Tyler Moore show, “Love is All Around”? Lately the title could be “Flu is All Around.” It’s hit our families, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Ramblings ...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:33 a.m.

These are things.

I did it

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:16 a.m.

By the time you read this I will have finished my latest novel, “A Faerie’s Tear,” that is due for publication on Feb. 1, and will debut at the Berkeley Reads Tri-County literary celebration “Meet the Authors!” at Dean Hall at Cypress Gardens on Feb. 7.

They’re everywhere!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 10:16 a.m.

Coyotes, like armadillos, are now apparently everywhere. And by “everywhere” I mean near my house.

Toddler fashions in XXL

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:27 a.m.

For as long as I’ve been an adult, I’ve struggled with adult fashion. It’s just not practical.

Grace and tenacity ...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:28 a.m.

Watching someone you love get old is a bit strange. The only thing stranger is watching yourself get old.

A real bedtime story

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 11:29 a.m.

Just when you thought there were no interesting ways to earn a little extra coin to pay off Christmas, NASA steps to the plate and knocks one out of the park.

‘Make my own mayo’ and other goals for the new year

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 11:30 a.m.

Ah, yes, a new year. Here we go. Traditionally, this is the time to set goals that we’ll abandon within three weeks, if pop psychology is to be believed. As my father used to say, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

‘With liberty and justice for all’

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:34 a.m.

If you’re reading this, we’ve made it through another year. Hallelujah!

Fanfare for the Common Man: Here we go again, again, again

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 11:34 a.m.

It’s a New Year.

A Christmas carrot cake to remember

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:14 a.m.

Most folks have a collection of special holiday recipes they pull out every year. I do, too. They’re filed in my mother’s old wooden recipe box, organized from appetizers to dessert. Every Christmas Eve I pull them out, laugh hysterically and hoist another glass of wine.

What type of cheese was that?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 11:18 a.m.

This one is worth repeating because no one believed me the first time.

Some birthday advice ...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:07 a.m.

My birthday was last week, and it’s astonishing that I’ve survived 54 years on this planet relatively unscathed. I say “relatively” because I’ve had my heart broken (by a human) and my skull cracked (by a horse).

Twas the Day After Christmas

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:07 a.m.

Clement Clarke Moore wrote the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in 1822. With the poem being read around the tree this year, here’s my version.

Fanfare for the Common Man: Catching Santa in the act

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 11:51 p.m.

In addition to my rampant ADD, I was an obsessive child.

Black Friday? I don’t get it

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 11:52 p.m.

Deck the halls with boughs of crazy, tra la la la la la la la!

Fanfare for the Common Man: Deconstructing Rudolph

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 11:58 p.m.

Christmas songs have always bothered me.

Fun at the hospital ...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 11:59 p.m.

If you live long enough, you’ll eventually spend more time in hospitals than you’d like to, either as a patient or waiting on a patient. Neither role is a lot of fun.

Fanfare for the Common Man: Songs I hate

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:15 a.m.

There are songs out there that I really hate.

I am thankful for ...

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:16 a.m.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I hope you have much to be grateful for. (Tip: If you have loved ones, shelter and food, you have much to be grateful for.)

You have been warned ...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:14 p.m.

I am hormonal. You have been warned.

Avoiding the wall

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:13 p.m.

By the time many of you read this, I’ll be almost there, winding the clubhouse turn and heading down the home stretch.

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