I noticed her right away. She stood at the end of the table. Her clothes had seen better days, her curly hair was held back with old bows. The checkered dress she wore had been sewn by hand a long time ago. Nothing about her seemed to fit into our times. Continue reading
A parents powerful poem about the high school shooting in Florida.
17 mornings like any other
17 snoozes and then another
17 breakfasts on the go
17 “byes” promising “hello”
17 bodies in sleepy motion
17 minds embracing commotion Continue reading
My husband is a picky eater. He searches for fat around the meat and pushes food, which he thinks might not please him, to the side. “I cannot stand the texture of fat,” he says, and I can see the disgust on his face when he looks at my marbled ribeye. Continue reading
Hiding behind a screen brings out the worst in some. How easy it is these days, to constantly offend and attack people with mean tweets and comments. I am often shocked by the brutality and coldness people can show, with just a few words. Continue reading
I always have great projects in my workroom, but some are just more special than others. It’s either the past, which speaks to me through the pieces, or I fall head over heels in love with customers and their story. Continue reading
I wanted a new processor, a new motherboard, more memory and all the good stuff to finally transport my old desktop into the 21st century. Continue reading
The numbness I feel when I hear about another mass shooting is alarming. Am I becoming cold-hearted, or is it a simple defense mechanism that helps me to avoid the hurt I felt so many times before. Yesterday, more innocent victims have been killed by another coward mass murderer with a gun, he should not have been allowed to have. Continue reading
If you have a Meetup group with a bunch of women over 50+, not all of them are happily married or in a relationship. At a wine tasting last summer, the subject DATING came up and the stories and anecdotes the ladies shared with us, had us roaring with laughter. (Also, it made me hug my husband tight when I came home.) Continue reading
We raced over the frozen lake with a hockey stick in our hands and pretended to be famous players. I wasn’t elegant on the ice, could hardly hold my balance and never figured out where the breaks were. Continue reading
I will not pretend that I understand it all. I am not a politician; I make an honest living like so many of us. I read the news, sadly lots of it doesn’t make any sense. Maybe I am not smart enough to see the bigger picture or perhaps too smart to be fooled easily. Continue reading
I love our kitchen, but it’s rather small, and whenever I feel like I cannot live another day without a dishwasher, I look at the cabinet space I would lose and my desire for another appliance flies out of the window. Continue reading
When we hit middle age, that’s when most of us start reminiscing. We think about the good old times and compare our present life to the past, and our treasured memories make us often believe life was mostly better back then. Continue reading
An 18-month old little boy with Down Syndrome has been named “Spokesbaby” for the year 2018, by the baby food maker Gerber the company said on Wednesday. Continue reading
A hilarious and deeply touching debut novel about a son, the mother who left him as a child, and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to reclaim his own. Continue reading
It started snowing last night. I felt it when I woke up. The darkness outside was brighter, the silence quieter and my soul smiled. Continue reading
In an editorial, SPIEGEL ONLINE’s Washington correspondent Roland Nelles describes how a European views the United States in the age of Trump. Is there still hope, after all? Continue reading
Finally, my computer is back up and running. No more typing with tiny buttons on phone or tablet. Looking at a screen without reading glasses feels so much better.
I reinstalled my old calendar program and today in the morning an anniversary firework popped up. As usual, I would have forgotten, but today is my 4-year quit- anniversary. Smoke-free for 4 years and $8.760 saved, which I just can’t find. Continue reading
I often babysit the neighbor’s kids or they babysit me -however you want to look at it and there is a lot I learned from watching babies, toddlers and yes, even teenagers.
I wondered if I am the only one who looks at it that way. Does not being a parent make me more of a pushover or perhaps more observant? Continue reading
“Keep the windows down and keep the radio turned off,” my Grandmother advised me, and I nodded. I knew the avalanche rules too well. I had been traveling down the mountain roads as a passenger with her and other adults for years. Continue reading
One year of Trump, what is left to say, that hasn’t been said or written on my blog and so many others. One year later I am still upset and in shock about Trump and his supporters, nothing has changed. My willingness to accept him and all the backward changes he and his rich friends are making, is still zero. Continue reading
Today I spent 5 minutes searching under my bed for the socks, that I thought I had to wear when I went to bed last night. I am not really sure how I do it, but I think I pull them off during the night, and then somehow the poor socks fly through the bedroom, and end up at places no sock should be. Continue reading
She is gone. The house is empty; a shiny red realtor’s sign is placed in the yard. She left unnoticed, the neighbors didn’t give her a farewell; no cards or well wishes were exchanged. She lived in this neighborhood for 25 years; everybody knew her, but nobody felt close to her. Continue reading
Oprah Winfrey gave a well-written acceptance speech at the Golden Globe, and the next day some people speculated she might run for President in 2020.
Are you fricking kidding me? There goes one of my New Years resolutions. What is wrong with this nation? She is a talk show host, an actress, a business woman. She is as much a politician as the current reality TV star, who occupies the White House right now.
Our obsession with celebrities is frightening. HELP ME Stephen!
Goodness what is next?
“Dear designer of questionable intent,
Please, send me a photo of yourself wearing the knitted pants that you designed. It’s not that I don’t believe that there is anyone out there thin enough to wear horizontally stripped trousers knitted from chunky wool, it’s just that I would like to know whether you are deliberately cruel or whether you are the ONE woman these would look really great on.”
“Advice for New Knitters Continue reading
For the first time in many years, I have a New Years resolutions -well, not just one, actually I have a few. Nothing dramatic, just little things I wish to change to improve myself. Continue reading
What a history this show has. The list of distinguished hosts includes names like Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira. Even Matt Lauer, who got fired for sexual misconduct in November, could be named as a good journalist in his early years. Yes, there was a time when good journalism was part of the show. Continue reading
It was the month after Christmas and all through the house
nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d taste,
at the holiday parties had gone to my waist. Continue reading
Cleaning fairy #3 was a Russian lady, who came from a country which belonged to Russia in the past and now they don’t speak Russian anymore -turned out she didn’t speak much English either. Needless to say, we had some communication problems. She knocked on my door and introduced herself as HOUSECLEANING, what made me feel like a guest in a luxury hotel. “You show me chemicals,” she demanded, and the way she talked to me scared me a bit. Continue reading
When I was a newlywed and a young student I cleaned offices late in the evening. I remember my first interview very well. The owner was hesitant toward my age. He thought I would lack experience, but gave me a try when I told him about the women who had trained me to SEE DIRT. Continue reading
I finally realized the cleaning fairy will never stop by our home and I am left with all there is to do. I am getting older, the house is not getting smaller, and it seems I am constantly running behind. I feel like I spend all of my precious free time cleaning and scrubbing the house, and I am tired of it. Continue reading
I always wanted to go there, but never found the time. This year I visited the Chinese Lantern Festival with my Meetup group and we all had a good time. It’s like stepping into a new world. Continue reading
There was a time in our lives when we didn’t have too much money. To be honest, we didn’t have any and hardly made it. We were forced to start all over new, and so we moved with our dogs and everything an SUV could hold across the country. It was a move we couldn’t afford, many things were left behind. Continue reading
Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender and race neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious faith of your choice, or worldly practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or earthly traditions at all. Continue reading
“We have this old chair in the barn,” he started the conversation, and with that, he had my full attention. We talked on the phone for a while, we emailed back and forth, and then we finally met. Continue reading
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) from using a list of seven words and phrases. These words are: Continue reading
The suffering of people, how hard it is to watch. A report of the starving children in Jemen, just a few days before Thanksgiving rattled me, a few days later our table was overflowing with food. Continue reading
The following is not a try to find excuses, and it’s not meant to downplay women’s accusations. It’s just my view of the world, and I apologize in advance for being thought-provoking. Continue reading
The amount of wrapping paper that many people use and then throw away around Christmas time is mindblowing. Rolls of glittery paper are being cut up, trashcans are overflowing at the 25th of December, even though it’s so easy to find environmental friendly ideas. Continue reading
A pianist who casually started playing on a piano outside Forsyth Music Shop on Deansgate, Manchester earlier this month. It’s not clear whether he’s busking for money, or just having a jam, but he wows passers-by with an incredible medley of tunes ranging from rave classic Insomnia by Faithless to Dr. Dre’s g-funk banger Still D.R.E. Continue reading