Among our Biggest Worries – Paying the Bills

High on almost everyone’s list of worries is how to pay our bills. It doesn’t seem to matter what our annual income is. We all have monthly bills for a few items that could be considered “nice but not needed” and we all have many more monthly bills that are pretty … Read more…

Do We Really Need Difficult People in Our Lives?

The world is full of difficult people, so much so that an Amazon search will bring up 139,538 results just from typing “difficult people” as a search in the Books category. That’s as of right this second. By tomorrow, that count will probably be something entirely different. “Difficult” is probably … Read more…

Downsizing — Not for the Faint-Hearted

There’s something about downsizing that really makes you wonder how you ever accumulated so much junk! Americans, especially, are known for their voracious consumer appetite for stuff, for wanting the latest of everything. Of course, most of us had plenty of help in that department. We didn’t buy or inherit … Read more…

What Do We Love Enough?

People will fight for and about a range of concerns, especially things they love. This includes family, freedom, their country or their monarch, their religion, even a cause they deem worthy or vital. We Love Our Families Any self-respecting husband or wife will fight for their spouse’s life, honor, well-being, … Read more…

Thank You, Dear Ancestor

Thank you, dear Ancestor, from the bottom of my heart. You won’t be surprised, but you launched my career as a writer! You gave me the genetics for it, and then I sought education on the finer points of writing, including deliberate rule-breaking. Yet until recently I didn’t realize what … Read more…

Sometimes We Just Have to be Assertive

The older we get, the more assertive we have to be, though like everything else, it can be easier said than done. No one likes being treated like a doormat but if you once let people get away with it, they will continue their master-slave relationship with you, no matter … Read more…

When Children Are Not Little Angels

A loving young (or older) mother can have a child with behavioral problems from the get-go. Some babies are born cooing and calm, all sweetness and affection, but others come out yelling and never seem to stop. Sometimes, if the irritability is related to digestive problems, they may well scream … Read more…

Got to Get Out of This Place?

It wasn’t just the famous American 1960s songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil who felt those sentiments, that driving need to get out of whatever limitations they were in at the time. We’ve all been there! When it isn’t the four walls crowding in on us, it can be our … Read more…

A Mile in Her Shoes? Maybe a block…

Don’t you just love it when other people criticize you for not accomplishing everything they think you should be doing every day? And then they try to pile on even more projects, so you won’t have idle hands for the devil to put to use. Are we ever guilty of … Read more…

Who is Your Family?

Scenario Watching Friday’s news reports as the tributes rolled in upon the death (at age 91) of Stan Chambers, legendary newsman at KTLA television. Mr. Chambers was there at the beginning of television in 1947 and continued working at KTLA until his retirement in 2010. Now the most popular morning news station … Read more…