Month: January 2015

  • You’re only as old as you look, and if you smoke you look older

    As if we needed any more proof to encourage us to avoid the destructiveness of smoking, a friend on Facebook just linked me to a website comparing identical twins: One twin smoked for a number of years, and the other did not. No need to read the identifying legend underneath … just observe the facial…

  • Reluctantly starting the day

    It was one of those days. My then young son reluctantly answered my call to rise and shine. “I don’t feel good,” he whined from his cozy covering of blankets. Looking at the clock I told him, “Get up and move around anyway. And we’ll see.” He rolled out of bed and collapsed in a…

  • Life as a three-year-old

    Strangers mistake the curly-topped blondes as twins. Caroline, 5, will always be petite; average sized Daisy, 3, shares her clothes, watches her big sister and follows her lead, including being the puppy on the leash when Caroline found a string and needed a pretend pet. In December Daisy did not know as many words to…

  • 75 years, then and now

    Tomorrow my husband turns 75. That’s about five years past the age he once said he would retire. In his 30s, he said he would work until he was at least 70. Then he turned 62 and his company closed its doors. A year of looking for similar work and he decided the time had…

  • Resolved to train

    An excerpt written by my nephew’s wife on her family blog caught my attention – in particular her description of her two-year-old’s successful absorption of the technique for potty training in less than a day. Her description followed the method I used decades ago with my own children. Perhaps it offers a few ideas for…