Archives for January 2018

What Purple, The 2018 Color of the Year, Has To Do With The Washington Post and The New York Times Rivalry And A Subliminal Political Message for The Coming Year

The Color Purple has a history in our family before the 1985 outstanding movie with Whoopi Goldberg.  In 1982, our youngest daughter was three.  She always demanded her own way since birth, but at age three she decided she would only wear the color purple.  At the time, she had a few clothing items in […]

The Cause Of and the Cure For “The New Grandma Backache”

Even if you’re not yet a grandma or you’re a grandma of many grandchildren, here is what you need to know about “The New Grandma Backache.” This is not your ordinary, run-of- the- mill, backache. You don’t know it yet, but you have an area specific and circumstance specific backache. All you know is that […]

Best Five Tips for Experiencing Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland

In this past first year of retirement, Grandpa and I traveled several continents and finished those Wonders of the World Lists that are safe to visit, and some not so safe.  We left out only two, which are too dangerous for even us. Having completed our “travel bucket list,” we started on experiencing those places […]

If I Knew I Were Dying, What Would I Want To Talk About Now

Last year, I wrote a blog post titled, “If I Knew I Were Dying, What Would I Want To Talk About Now.”  I had then recently watched, The PBS NewsHour, which presented Hospice Chaplain Carrie Egan, in an “In My Humble Opinion” segment called “Don’t Wait Till Your Dying Words to Say What’s Most Important.”  […]

Best Easy Make Ahead Baked French Toast For Holiday Brunches And Five More Special French Toast Recipes For Grandchildren Visits

One of the most requested breakfasts from our grandchildren is for this Grandma to make french toast, especially on a school day, where Grandma has the time and inclination to make a “fancy” breakfast while parents are too harried.  I learned several years ago to add a small amount of milk to the beaten eggs […]

2018 New Year’s Resolutions Focusing on Feelings That Span A Lifetime Will Bring Us Joy

For New Years 2017, this Grandma wrote “2017 New Year’s Resolutions Focusing on Feelings That Span A Lifetime Will Bring Us Joy.”  When I sat down to write this year’s message, the draft mirrored 2017.  I realized that sharing the 2017 feelings was a most overwhelming task for me, and opened up on memories that […]