Grandchildren House Guests Vacation

    The Grandkids Are Coming, The Grandkids Are Coming! (Four Years Later)

    April 16, 2017

        One of the rites of winter in Florida is the annual visit of the grandchildren.  Four years ago I commemorated this event with an essay.  Yesterday marked the end of another week that was long on fun, but short on time.  So please forgive me while I repost.  Four years later, some things have changed significantly, while others have not.  Play-Doh and sparkles have been replaced by shopping excursions (this year it  was the quest for the perfect Steve Madden shoes), competitive tennis, and a zealous interest in all sports teams whose names begin with the word “Boston.”  The pool barrier is gathering dust in the garage.  And the current dog doesn’t hide, but jumps right into the fray. Things that have remained the same: the food consumption, the exuberant energy, and the delicious chaos that resonates throughout the house.  And, of course, there’s still the laundry.  So if you’re reading this for the first time and have grandkids, I think you can relate.  If you’ve read it before, maybe, if you’re like me, you won’t remember! Continue Reading

  • Death Marriage Spouse

    If I Should Die Before You……

    Please don’t stop reading.  I promise that, despite the title, what follows is not a downer.  Rather, it’s an observation, a practical consideration, and maybe even a little bit funny. What precipitated my seemingly…

    March 31, 2017
  • Doctors Health Medicine

    Take Only As Directed

    Yesterday was the Ides of March, and that can only mean one thing.  It’s time for the annual rundown of what Big Pharma has been up to during this past year. And the drug…

    March 16, 2017
  • Habits

    Your Space or Mine?

    Question:  What do a lion and a woman walking into her Zumba class have in common? Before you make a phone call to the nearest mental health facility, please read further and allow me…

    February 28, 2017
  • Language Politics

    True Enough

    Kellyanne Conway.   I am in awe of you.  But at the same time, you are an enigma.  I regard you with such a broad spectrum of feelings that I have no idea how I’ll…

    February 5, 2017
  • Fantasy Technology

    The Alexa Quartet

    Have you met Alexa? No? Then let me introduce you.  She’s the offspring begat by Amazon to be your very own personal assistant.  She joins the company of other disembodied  voices  created to be…

    January 15, 2017
  • Holidays Pets

    Unresolved Redux All Over Again

    Good morning and Happy New Year!  I promise not to take up too much of your time today because I know you are eager to get to your appointment at the Blowout Bar, or…

    December 31, 2016
  • Marriage Relationships Spouse

    Becoming the Quibblers

    When I was a young married person, I would sometimes find myself in the company of an older married couple who had been together for a very long time.  And it was impossible not…

    December 1, 2016
  • Politics

    The Elephant Is Still in the Room

    Today is Tuesday, November 15th, one week after the election, and I’m sitting at my computer keyboard trying to be funny and write about anything at all as long as it has nothing to…

    November 15, 2016
  • Friends Politics Relationships

    What Elephant?

    Friendships have a lot in common with a marriage.  You are drawn to another person because, among other reasons, you like the same things, or he\she make you laugh, or because he is able…

    November 1, 2016