Burgeoning adulthood

My experiences with young adults has been varied and interesting.  Many with whom I work are lively and enthusiastic.  A few are slugs.  We work together well, and some of the things I have observed are encouraging.  Others, not so much. I don’t think that young college students really anticipate the cost of their education.[…]

Working out the kinks

Last year, I joined the local gym hoping to gain some flexibility in my increasingly tighter joints and muscles and perhaps lose some weight in my ever widening surface areas.  I am pleased to say that I have gone to the gym faithfully three to four times a week, even taking on a trainer.  My[…]

Spring Season! Opening Day!

The season has arrived.  Fans anticipate Opening Day of baseball with great hopes for their local teams. Here in the Philadelphia area, we have great expectations for the Phillies, but it’s still early yet, and though the team has made some games very interesting, we shall wait to see what happens. Only in Philadephia! One[…]

Teaching children to cross the street.

When I was a little girl, I learned early to look both ways before crossing the street. One of my earliest memories is crossing a street in Elizabeth, NJ on my way to kindergarten. I was five years old. If I recall correctly, I had to cross at least two intersections before reaching the school[…]

What to do with Millennials.

Millennials are perplexing. Many of us struggle to understand their apparent lack of work ethic, the constant attachment to social media, the lack of motivation, etc. Recently, I read an article by Noreena Hertz in which she discusses some of the perplexities of understanding youth today, commonly referred to as Millennials. It’s easy to perceive[…]

Commercials!

When I was a kid, we had no television.  My parents did not approve of television, and in some ways, they were probably right.  In the 1960s and 70s, they thought that TV was a bastion of evil.  However, my grandparents, God bless them had television.  When we went to visit once a month, we[…]

Family memories

Christmas time is such a wonderful time of year. We muse on the joy of the season as we listen to the jingling songs, gaze at the sparkling lights and shining decorations, smell the aroma of baking cookies, taste the flavors of seasonal vegetables and meats, and feel the heat from Yule logs roaring in[…]

Solo road trips

In the last few months, I have had reasons to take two trips by myself. Both of these trips relate to study that I am doing for my master’s thesis on Edward Taylor, a colonial poet.  I will tell you about one of them. Shortly after my husband died, I planned to make a trip[…]

Halloween. Kid-friendly?

How much do I dislike Halloween? Let me count the ways. Halloween evolved from a Celtic ritual to a Catholic holiday to what we have now. “Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating” (History.com). Halloween does not strike me as a “secular” holiday. It strikes me[…]

A Tribute to a Life Well-lived.

One week ago, I watched my sons carry the casket of their oldest brother from the church to the grave side. After one year of suffering, my son died, leaving behind him a wife of ten years and three small children. How does this happen? Why does this happen? We may never know, but we[…]