Houses on the brain

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 10:30 a.m.

You can’t go home again, according to Thomas Wolfe. But you can drive past it on the interstate and wave (according to me.)

Sleep is big business in 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 10:30 a.m.

Sleep is big business.

A commute to remember

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:06 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.)

Say cheese!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:05 a.m.

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

Julie’s thermostat wars

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:56 a.m.

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

Fido, Fluffy and French toast

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:56 a.m.

We are not projected to receive any ice this week.

It’s all in the list

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:03 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. …

One size does NOT fit all

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:03 a.m.

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

Nicky is one of a kind UPDATED

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 10:21 a.m.

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

Awkward moments, anyone?

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 10:22 a.m.

There is a reason I’m a recluse.

Coyotes, armadillos, oh my!

Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:38 a.m.

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

Adventures in writing

Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:40 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.

Does that come in XXL?

Friday, January 16, 2015 2:42 p.m.

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

An example of grace and tenacity

Friday, January 16, 2015 2:41 p.m.

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

New goals for a new year

Saturday, January 10, 2015 11:21 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.”

NASA makes an offer I can refuse

Saturday, January 10, 2015 11:20 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.

It’s that time again, again, again

Monday, January 5, 2015 10:14 a.m.

It’s a New Year.

Some thoughts as we start a new year

Monday, January 5, 2015 10:13 a.m.

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

The Day After, ‘Twas

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:24 p.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.

Some sage advice on my birthday

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:26 p.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).

Catching Santa in the act ...

Sunday, December 14, 2014 11:42 p.m.

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

Black Friday? I just don’t get it

Sunday, December 14, 2014 11:41 p.m.

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

Deconstructing Rudolph ...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:08 a.m.

Christmas songs have always bothered me.

Hospital adventures

Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:07 a.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.

A list for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:10 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.)

I can’t ‘Shake Off’ these songs

Thursday, November 27, 2014 12:09 a.m.

There are songs out there that I really hate.

Is it hot in here?

Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:39 a.m.

I am hormonal. You have been warned.

The write stuff ...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:38 a.m.

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

Don’t be THAT parent! UPDATED

Friday, November 14, 2014 2:47 p.m.

Every day I wake up and ask, “Lord, how can I serve You today?” Sometimes I don’t get a clear answer. (Which is on me, not Him.) Other days, I help at the church food bank, or visit a sick friend. Or, I refrain from giving the stink-eye to a screaming toddler.

A novel concept ...

Friday, November 14, 2014 2:48 p.m.

I’m going to write 50,000 words in 30 days.

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