Another Holiday Cooking Disaster

You already know that we have had several holiday cooking disasters. Last year on Thanksgiving, while Cousin Beverly was visiting, I made the famous (or infamous) Far From Normal cake. My family still refers to that cake which they call twelve layers of pancake or, alternatively thanks to my son, the Coma Cake. Some of my […]

Do You Believe in Magic?

There is something quite magical about memories. They can conjure up beautiful visions of the past and make you believe that you are reliving those special experiences. Whenever I look at one of my favorite photos from the past, with my dear sister Abby and me at Christmas, I look at two innocent little girls, […]

These are a few of my favorite things…

Who can forget Julie Andrews singing this song, ‘These are a few of my favorite things’ in The Sound of Music? When I was teaching, I was asked one year to give the teacher speech at the Eighth Grade Celebration. I decided to make up my own version of this very song and of course […]

Martha Stewart Doesn’t Live Here

Most people wish to select their own home for purchase, or at least to see the home before purchasing or moving into it. But not Mother. When she and Husband Number Three had decided to move from a Los Angeles suburb back to her old stomping grounds in southern Indiana, she asked a “dear friend” […]

Narcissism Is Not A Flower

It seems narcissism is an epidemic in our country. If you are unfamiliar with that term, let me tell you, it is not a flower. So many people do believe it is all about them, which leaves little room for anyone else. nar·cis·sism [nahr-suh-siz-em] noun 1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity. Synonyms: self-centeredness, […]

A Tulip By Any Other Name…

When our dear aunt was born, our grandma’s friend, Dora, was there. She of course had to let everyone know what her favorite name was for the newborn baby, the only girl out of eight children. To say our aunt was special would be an understatement! The boys were kept out of the birthing bedroom […]