Month: June 2013

  • Time for thank you notes

    The time has come, the time is now. I don’t care what you do, or how, but it’s time to pull out a pen, a computer, a cell phone or an iPad and write a thank you note. I don’t accept excuses. You have time to watch television, time to go to the ball game,…

  • Sam and sophie visit while Henry has surgery

    The piles of paper snips on the dining room table, the counter and the floor underscored the fact that Sophie and Sam had come to visit, first with us then Aunt Sharon, while their baby brother, Henry, had heart surgery. We met my son and his wife for a picnic lunch at a point part-way…

  • Royal visit

    Some moments from our recent trip to England and Scotland made the trip uniquely ours. We went to Kings Cross Train Station early one morning for a train trip into the country. After looking at the boards to figure out which platform to take, I turned around and entered the Twilight Zone. Hundreds of men…

  • England: Royalty

    By JOAN HERSHBERGER For the Sunday News Modern double-decker buses carry tourists to castles built 900 years ago. Inside, guides tell stories of the royal families and life in the palaces of England while outside we pass a small street protest asking for the release of Shaker Aamer, a Saudi Arabian citizen and the last…

  • Beary close encounters

    Traveling together and camping saves young families a lot of money and provides a wealth of wonderful memories, especially when viewed through the rose-colored glasses of time as my husband does when he regales folks with his tales of encounters with bears in the mountains. “My first experience with bears came when we (my father,…

  • Thinking outside the box

    My daughter thinks outside the box so fast that I have to run to keep up with her. She arrived at our house with a couple of wooden wire spools, fabric and cloth appliqués. “We need to appliqué these castles to the fabric, put the old couch pillows on top and staple the fabric over…

  • DIY trouble

    We pride ourselves on our capabilities. We confidently tell other people that they too can be do-it-yourself repairmen for their own households. And then we encounter the human factor as my daughter did the week that her van’s electronic doors refused to obey when she pushed the button to open or close them. As she…