Perspective

Pardon the pun, but my garden had me stumped. My husband recently removed a row of large, dead bushes and I was struggling over what to plant in that area instead. There was much to take into consideration, not the least of which is the desire for more back yard privacy. My sister-in-law, who along…

“Signature you”

The mailman who delivers to the downtown, historic shopping district in our area tragically drowned recently. The merchants he used to see every day are all in mourning. “Calvin was part of the family” one of the shop owners said, he’d open the door and always have something funny to say like “HONEY, I’M HOME!”…

Living “off the grid.”

My husband and I just finished our audiobook, Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer. It’s an oldie that was made into a movie (directed by Sean Penn) in 2007. The hubster swears we watched it years ago, all I can say is I either fell asleep (not unusual for me at all) or didn’t like…

This little light of mine..

This past New Year’s Eve, a Maryland lawmaker’s 25 year old son committed suicide. His devastated parents put out a press release that included the last sentence from the note that this young man left behind: “Please look after each other, the animals and the global poor for me. All my love, Tommy.’” I’m no…

Hospitality in the age of Covid

My husband and I had carefully picked out and purchased the wines for our tasting. I had ordered little burlap bags to conceal the bottle’s labels and printed out the forms to make notes about each selection. I was so excited.. and then covid. Our wine tasting was the final social event we cancelled on…

Second Hand Stress

Knew it existed.. didn’t know it had an actual name. Second hand stress is the emotional and physical response we experience because of someone else’s stress and anxiety. A test back in 2009 found that exposing people to pheromones in simple stress sweat could trigger the fear center of their brains even when there was…