Christmas Traditions

I have tried for at least three days to complete this blog post. When I realized I would not get it done Saturday, I resigned myself to being alright with spending Sunday morning with my pen to paper. That didn’t happy either and I became pretty aggravated. Before feeling like a complete failure, I thought […]

Packing is such a process

Preparation for travel meant engaging in a mental survey of the things I need to take with me beyond the normal toiletry items.  In general, the number of outfits and the weather forecast have dominated my thoughts when packing.  I have also given considerable thought to the question of which shoes match the outfits.  The […]

My need to rekindle relationships with friends & family

About six months ago, I made a decision to work on reconnecting with family and a few old friends.  When I was a child, I planned my own pay dates with my friends without help from my parents.  It wasn’t a complicated process.  It generally involved a call or knock on a door to ask […]

Simply amazed!

After a very long weekend last week, I returned to work and enjoyed many opportunities to share stories about the adventure that included two commencement exercises in less than twenty-four hours.  My children made me proud last week and left me reflecting with amazement about the milestones they accomplished. I was amazed that neither of […]

Mama: a queen fascinated by royal fairytales

The royal wedding of  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, brought back memories of the day Princess Diana married Prince Charles.  My mother loved pomp and circumstance.  Emily Post’s book of etiquette and Robert’s Rules of Order ranked just below the Holy Bible for Mama.  So, any wedding peaked her […]

Confronting my awful medical history

My family medical history really sucks!  There is just no nice way to express my frustration with this gift that keeps on giving. I have written about it previously and my most recent doctor visits influenced my decision to write about my health journey again. Preventative health care was simply something I did when I […]

Christmas Means Life, Love & Laughter

I just realized that my subscribers will receive a notification of my most recent post on Christmas eve. For some reason that idea made me really excited. Those who know me well know that I love to laugh and, in general, it doesn’t take much of an attempt at comedy to get a giggle out […]

Rivalry Week

The week that you consider the rest of the season a warm up for the next game, it might be rivalry week.  Alabamians, in general, have strong opinions about most topics, but are especially opinionated about college football.  There is no professional football team in the state of Alabama and there are only a handful […]

Football & Family Memories

Ever been in the middle of something and think of something else completely unrelated? Today, I thought about my brother and my dad while I enjoyed my version of “College Game Day.” My version kept the noise of a game in the background most of the day as some other activity served as my primary […]

Easter Memories

To say that I have been a little distracted this week would be an understatement.    I spent the week coming to terms with my new normal without my brother and preparing myself, my family, and my staff for my trip to Alabama to pay my respects to him.  Shopping for a few last minute […]