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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
On Being a Hoarder (09/29/14)
I've been reading articles about cluttering and ways to remedy the malady. Some of us are hoarders and don't even know it. We've surrounded our homes with stuff we've accumulated over the years. A lot of the stuff was given to us as gifts and they have sentimental value. We don't want, and don't, part with it. So it accumulates on shelves, in corners, in cardboard boxes or overflowing baskets...
Neckties and Earrings (09/18/14)
We are gluttons for punishment. Fashion year after fashion year, we subject our bodies to fashions that should have stayed in the store. Some are hazardous to our health. Men's neckties, for instance. Humorist Lewis Grizzard said that men who wear neckties all the time tend to be high strung and nervous because they've got this piece of cloth tied tightly around their necks. ...
Do You Have Brain Fog? (09/11/14)
Do you suffer from brain fog? Do you sometimes try to bring something to mind but just can't do it. For example, the name of a friend or acquaintance. You stand there blank, trying to bring up a name that you certainly should know. It's embarrassing, to say the least...
The Ice Bucket Challenge (09/04/14)
Ice water is "soaking" the nation. It's all part of the ALS ice bucket challenge to raise money for research and bring awareness to Lou Gehrig's disease. ALS is another name for amyotropic lateral sclerosis, a disease with no known cure. Baseball player Lou Gehrig revealed his diagnosis in 1939. The New York Yankees baseball great died of the disease at age 37 in 1941...
Humor In All Situations (08/28/14)
They say humor can be found in any circumstance, whether it is illness, financial or marital woes, old age, proverty. Perhaps that's true. At least certain people seem to look at things through rose-colored glasses. Linda Ellerbee said that a few weeks after her breast cancer surgery, she went out to play catch with her golden retriever. ...
Six Months at a Red Light (08/21/14)
I just got through reading my junk mail......no greeting cards......just junk mail. A study by Priority Management Corporation of Pittsburg finds that the average American, during a lifetime, spends eight months opening junk mail. This month I noticed that many Americans, especially women, are standing in long lines at checkouts during the Christmas rush. The study indicates that we spend an average of five years waiting in lines and six months sitting at red lights...
Does Worry Ever End? (08/14/14)
Do we ever stop worrying about our children? That's a question asked by parents all through life. I think the answer is no. Although my children are adults, I still worry about them. But the question here is a different kind. Do children ever stop worrying about their parents?...
Babies and Young Mothers (08/07/14)
This morning I watched a mother of three small children corralling her brood as she tried to load some stuff into her car. They blocked her way, pell mell, as they tried to see what she was doing. It didn't faze her as she moved them from place to place, out of her way...
Those Golden Rule Days (07/31/14)
August is just around the corner. Hard to believe, isn't it? Mothers are shopping for school supplies and clothing for their youngsters and teachers are getting ready to assemble their classrooms for the first day of school. It takes a lot of preparation before parents and teachers gather for Open House...
Try A Laughter Pill (07/24/14)
There were four of us seated at a round table at the nutrition center, eating lunch. In all, there were close to 50 seniors sitting at tables situated around the large center. There was the noise of muted conversations, the clatter of utensils, and shuffling chairs...
No More Electronics, Please! (07/16/14)
I'm drowning in electronics. A couple of months ago I bought a new computer with Microsoft 8.1. The 8.1 software was so frustrating that my blood pressure skyrocketed. While trying to learn the software, I put my computer to sleep for the night. Yes, you can turn the computer off or you can let it sleep...
Chicken Soup for the Soul (07/10/14)
I was introduced to my first Chicken Soup book about 20 years ago. It was titled Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul. The Soul book came at just the right time. I was battling Stage III ovarian cancer and I needed all the encouragement I could get. I was also getting a helping hand through my family, friends and church...
A Marriage Expert (07/03/14)
I was married for 35 years so that makes me an expert on marriage. In my lifetime, I've seen what I consider good marriages and not so good. At first, young marrieds are so enamored with each other, they see no faults. Time passes, and differences begin to surface...
Be Silly For a Change (06/26/14)
I read about this bear at a zoo. She had enough room to pace around, but her cage was not that big, only about ten feet square. At first she seemed unhappy, restricted. But she was well fed, and after a while she just got used to not being able to go beyond her allotted space. ...
Sins of Procrastination (06/19/14)
It happens all the time. I jot down the items I want to pick up at the grocery store, then I head out for the store. Once there, I start searching in my purse for the list. I know it's there somewhere because I wrote the list on a yellow piece of paper. I dig around but no luck. The list is nowhere to be found. So I shop by memory and invariably forget an item or two. Let's see; I want bananas, milk, Cascade, apples, coffee, margarine, tomato sauce. What else?...
Thanks A Lot, Dad (06/12/14)
Sunday is Father's Day, a day set aside to honor fathers. It's a day we should thank dad for all he does for us. Many things come to mind. We should thank him for fixing the lawn mower when he'd rather go fishing. ----for entertaining the in-laws when he'd rather take a nap...
I Was A Military Wife (05/29/14)
My husband was a military man who served his country for over 20 years. He served a few months in the National Guard, then enlisted in the United States Air Force. We were a military family. I was a military wife. When he retired from the Air Force, I, too, received a beautiful bound certificate denoting my sacrifices as the wife of a military man. ...
How To Cook On a Stove (05/23/14)
Most modern housewives are proficient in using a microwave oven. That's not what this is about. This is about how a 1940s-1950s homemaker cooked a meal for the family. First, go into your kitchen. Look around until you see a large white object that is about waist high and has knobs and buttons and a door that opens, down...
Bittersweet Graduation (05/15/14)
Graduation is bittersweet for graduates and their families. It's a day they've looked forward to for years. To the graduate, it seemed like countless years before cap and gown day. Now that it's here, the graduate greets it with mixed emotions. He/she is extremely glad he has reached this important milestone. ...
Baxter, The Paraket (05/08/14)
Pets will do almost anything for a treat. You can teach a dog to roll over, sit, spin around, speak, or lie down. Just give the pet a treat after it performs. My dog Chip would do his tricks for a vanilla wafer. I now have a parakeet that responds to me. ...
Cherish the Moments (04/30/14)
"You've got to dance like nobody's watching, and love like it's never going to hurt." I read those words this week and tried to make some sense of them. I've decided it means to live life to the fullest, not to live "someday" or "one of these days."...
Start Digging A Hole (04/23/14)
Advice columnist Jeanne Marie Laskas writes that the best neighborly advice she ever received was when she overdosed at the nursery and came home with a pickup full of zinnias, petunias and pansies. After unloading the truck in hot sun, she felt overwhelmed. It would take days to get those plants in, she said. She almost gave up...
Time for the Easter Parade (04/17/14)
It's time for the Easter parade. When I was a teenager I remember buying an Easter outfit to wear to church on Sunday morning. My dress was a navy blue dotted Swiss with a full-tiered skirt. My new white dress shoes had about a two inch heel. I had white lace gloves to match and a white purse...
Married or Single? (04/10/14)
Married or single, that is the question. I've listened in on conversations that listed the pros and cons. A widowed friend mused aloud this week about which would be best. "I think it might be nice to be married," she said. "It would be comforting to have a husband to watch over me--to take care of me when I'm sick or in need."...
Those Amusing Cats (04/03/14)
Peggy is taking the week off, so enjoy this "Best of Peggy" column from several years back. I don't like cats. Well, that isn't true. I do like cats but I like dogs better. You can talk to a dog and it knows what you're saying. A cat just looks at you and walks away, aloof...
I Was Almost Hacked (03/27/14)
Someone tried to hack me. I never expected it and still wonder how it happened. About a month ago, I received a letter from Regions Card Services informing me that there was suspicious and potentially fraudulent use on my VISA credit card account. The letter wanted me to contact their office because my account had been placed in referral status until they could speak with me. They had attempted to contact me by telephone, they said...
Finding a Pot of Gold (03/20/14)
St. Patrick's Day has come and gone. I didn't find a pot of gold, but then I'm not a leprechaun. What would I do with a pot of gold? I'm not talking about the lottery, but a pot of gold. How much would that be? Five hundred dollars? Five thousand? More?...
Those Wasted Minutes (03/13/14)
I would have more hours in the day were it not for several factors. Like looking for lost things. I spend a lot of time searching for things. Each day when I take my medications, I have to search through an assortment of plastic containers and read the labels...
Getting a New Puppy (03/06/14)
It didn't work out. An elderly friend of mine (most of them are elderly or getting close) decided she wanted a dog to keep her company, maybe. She saw an ad for some adorable designer puppies, at a reasonable price. A designer dog isn't a purebred, but a combination of two purebreds, like a Maltese and a Shih tzu...
A Time to Discard (02/27/14)
I have resolved to read more and discard more. Recently I was reading some familiar passages of scripture in Ecclesiastes 3 that begin: There is a time for everything And a season for every activity under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die A time to plant and a time to uproot...
Everyone Is a Painter (02/20/14)
I'm not an artist. I don't know how to paint. But poet Oliver Wendell Holmes contradicts me. He said that life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. Those words popped out at me when I read them this week. Holmes suggests that all my life I've been painting a picture...
Beloved Valentines (02/13/14)
If we are lucky, a special Valentine comes along. Cupid flings an arrow and we become smitten as never before. But there are other kinds of Valentines that touch our lives. Maybe they don't cause the heart to pound, but they exude pure love just the same...
Unforgettable Movie Stars (02/06/14)
During the cold 15 and 20 degree temperatures, I've been staying home, keeping warm. During that time I've watched a lot of Turner Classic Movies, mostly black and white. I've been surprised how many of the stars I have recognized. Their names just popped into my head, both actors and actresses...
Chili Crusted Chicken (01/30/14)
I got a new recipe book in the mail last week. I must say I am a bit disappointed. There are a lot of good tips in it, such as why you need to drink more healthy beverages instead of soft drinks and tea. Water, the book says, is your best choice for keeping your body hydrated. It can even keep your appetite in check...
Life With Feathered Friends (01/23/14)
When I was a little girl I used to visit my grandma Adams who lived near a railroad track and the levee. A couple of doors down from her house was an old brick house with a long wide front porch. I was intrigued by the house for a couple of reasons...
A Sense of Humor (01/15/14)
I like a person with a sense of humor. A study finds that a "sense of humor" is the quality most attractive to women. I agree. On Thursday I made a phone call and dialed a wrong number. I asked if I was speaking to Wal-mart. The (business) man who answered said, "No, but we have a greeter."...
Ditch New Years Resolution Day (01/09/14)
We have rung out the old year and we welcome the new year. It's time to relax and enjoy the start of a bright and promising new year. To many Americans the ball dropping at Times Square in New York City is the beginning of the new year in this country...
Best of Peggy, "Did You Make a Vow?" (01/02/14)
Okay. Here's the deal. I don't make a lot of New Year's resolutions....maybe a couple each year. The first one I made last January, I broke in January. Actually, I have a bad habit. No, not smoking. I've never smoked. I bite my nails. Now that I've said it, maybe I can break it...
Silent Night, Holy Night (12/26/13)
Oh, Holy Night. We picture the eve of Christmas as serene, peaceful, calm. Everyone is cozy and warm, by the glow of the fireplace. Outside the snow is softly filtering, blanketing the countryside with awe and beauty. The air is crisp and cold in this winter wonderland...
Two Wooden Cedar Boxes (12/19/13)
It was a special Christmas, a memorable one. My husband and I decided to spend Christmas in Georgia with our daughter, son-in-law, and our two grandchildren. Our son would stay behind in Arkansas and watch over our country house and an Appaloosa pony, Flicka....
Gifts to Avoid for Christmas (12/12/13)
I'm not advocating that you don't buy any gifts this year. What I'm saying is, there are inappropriate gifts you should not buy. They are "do not buy" gifts. Husbands should not buy a Swiffer for his wife. No matter that the advertisements tout it as the greatest cleaning mop in the history of our nation; it is not what your wife wants to unwrap this Christmas...
Books and Other Ideas (12/05/13)
It's said that Santa is trimming his inventory due to the economy. Many shoppers will be trimming their shopping lists because many are out of jobs, broke this Christmas season. Those who have been naughty might get a bag of coal or nothing at all. Each year I agonize, well, maybe fret is a better word, over what I will buy for my kids and family members. I wander aimlessly around stores seeking something I think they might like...
The Parakeet and the President (11/28/13)
Strange how history repeats itself. Fifty years ago my husband and I were in a pet store on Division Street in Blytheville looking at parakeets for sale. I was entertaining buying a parakeet for myself. It was a pretty blue one that took my eye. Suddenly a man entered the store and announced, "The president has been shot."...
Counting Our Beatitudes (11/21/13)
It's time to count our beatitudes. Each Thanksgiving we pause, remembering our blessings. Charles Dickens said, "Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many, not our your past misfortunes, of which all men have some." Yes, we could focus on the bad things, on the fiscal cliff, on high unemployment, on home foreclosures and government failures...
Crafting For Christmas (11/14/13)
Thanksgiving isn't here yet but Christmas is everywhere. We have to start now to get ready for Santa's reindeer ride. With the economy still in a slump, there might be more crafted items this year. How about homemade candles? A couple in Batesville set up a candlemaking shop in their garage and began peddling their wares...
He Was A Vietnam POW (11/07/13)
James Lollar was guest speaker at the Blytheville Air Force Base Vets Group 7th annual reunion held in Blytheville Most of those attending were United States Air Force veterans. They were welcomed by Master of Ceremonies Wally Thomas, also a veteran...
It's All About Beards (10/31/13)
By the time this article hits print, the World Series 2013 will likely be over. But this article isn't about winning or losing. It's about beards. It seems that beards are cropping out all over. Each of the Boston Red Sox players sport beards that are an icon for unity...
Surviving Ovarian Cancer (10/24/13)
Much has been written about breast cancer. But not so much about ovarian cancer. When I was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer in 1994, there weren't many survivors. It was almost a death sentence. I had some symptoms but I didn't know what ovarian cancer symptoms were. I didn't personally know anyone who had ovarian cancer or who had survived...
Wear Something Gaudy (10/17/13)
Did you ever go to your closets and start looking for a certain blouse or sweater to wear, then find something that you forgot you had bought earlier and it still had the price tags on it? And so you wore that item instead of the garment you first looked for?...
A Technological Ignoramus (10/03/13)
There was this guy who took his Weed Eater back to the home-and-garden store to get it fixed. He was asked if he wanted to wait until the job was done. "How long will it take?" he asked. The clerk answered, "A day or two." That made me think about my own experience...
Erma, A Witty Woman (09/26/13)
Erma Bombeck was my favorite humorist. She wrote over a dozen bestsellers and I have half of them. The pages are yellowed and worn because I read them more than once. She was touted one of the greatest humorists America had produced in 50 years. Erma wrote books, magazine articles, and became a syndicated columnist. Also, she was a correspondent on Good Morning, America for 11 years...
Three Little Words: Made Somewhere Else (09/19/13)
I found a bargain the other day. I was so proud. It was a nice pantsuit. The original price was $79 but, of course, I didn't pay that. It had been marked down twice and I was prepared to pay the markdown price of $20. Then as I walked toward the checkout, a lady heading for the door handed me a 30 percent off coupon good for that shopping day only...
Are You a Procrastinator? (09/12/13)
I was almost late for my dental appointment last Wednesday. I think I must have gotten the day confused with Be Late for Something Day which was celebrated last Thursday. If you are among the millions of us who never seem to be on schedule, this is the day for you...
Not Ready For the Trash Heap (09/05/13)
It was a vintage Melmac plate developed in the 40's to 60s. It was round with decorative circles of brown and orange on the outer rim, white in the center. The plate was part of a dinnerware set my husband and I purchased in the early 60's. There were brown cups, saucers, and cereal bowls, too. And, of course, dinner plates...
How to Be Beautufil (08/30/13)
There's no reason why we shouldn't all be beautiful. Every month in dozens of magazines we are told how we can be more beautiful by using certain makeup products, creams, oils, body washes and diets. And how to slim down by wearing certain styles of clothing. ...
The $38,000 Handbag (08/22/13)
We've been reading that Oprah Winfrey was offended by a sales clerk in Switzerland who refused to show a $38,000 handbag to her. At least that's the story going round. It seems Ms. Oprah went into the shop, saw the purse, and asked the clerk to show it to her...
Hunting For the Lost (08/15/13)
I believe there is a direct correlation between losing things and getting old. I say that from experience. Last week I lost the meter that measures my blood sugar. I've looked high and low. I believe I took it with me when I was out of town for six days. But when I got home, I didn't have it...
Unique Celebration Days (08/08/13)
Mutt's Day was July 31. By definition, a mutt is a mixed breed or halfbreed. It is not a pure breed, but it is nevertheless invaluable to its owner. A mutt brings as much joy and loyalty as a purebred. It is man's best friend. No, mutts don't strut in a pompous way around an arena, and they don't (usually) win blue ribbons...
My Valued Opinion (08/01/13)
(Peggy was a little under the weather this week, so we feature a "Best of Peggy") Suddenly I'm a wise old owl. Everybody wants my opinion about the Gulf Oil Spill, and Mel Gibson's alleged abuse of his wife, and whether jail or the sober house would be best for convicted Lindsay Lohan. And a host of other subjects making headlines...
Those Expensive Pets (07/25/13)
Last year pet owners spent more than 50 billion dollars on their animals. Imagine that.......50 billion dollars. That is a steadily increasing amount, partly because there are more products for owners to spend money on. My dog Chip never had luxuries. ...
Shoveling the Closets (07/18/13)
I think I've made a serious mistake. Last week I decided it was time to clean out my closets. They were beyond overrun. They resembled a landfill. First, I sorted through some of the plastic containers. They were supposed to have winter clothes in some containers and summer clothes in others. But somehow they got mixed. Sleeveless blouses were tucked in among winter sweaters, etc...
Where's The Duct Tape? (07/11/13)
I start to do something then wind up doing something else. Like this morning. One of the posts on my white poster bed got wobbly and leaned. It wouldn't stay upright. And I couldn't get it to screw back into the grooves. So I decided to fix it somehow...
The Old Homeplace (07/03/13)
I wonder how we managed. There were six of us living in a two bedroom house. My mom said the house was completed in January 1937 or 1939. She couldn't remember the exact date. I can remember feeling extremely proud of that new house. It had one bath, no shower...
A Little Known Disaster (06/27/13)
One is never too old to learn. I'm proof of that. Recently while talking with a new friend, I was asked if I'd ever heard of a steamboat disaster that surpassed the disaster of the Titanic. It happened near Memphis, Tenn. during the Civil War, he said...
A Way With Words (06/20/13)
I like words. Some people just have a way with words. My in-laws used to use some colloquialisms that I'd never heard. One of them would say her hair felt like a "stump full of granddaddies." My dad would say he was worn to a frazzle. My sister and brothers thought mom had "eyes in the back of her head" because she always seemed to know what they were doing, good or bad...
A Gaggle of Friends (06/13/13)
We categorize our friends, not really meaning to. There are those friends we socialize with or work with at the office. We have church friends, military friends, or a favorite sister or family member who is also a close friend. We have a best friend who shares our deepest concerns and sticks closer than a brother. We laugh together, cry together, and share late night phone calls...
Basement Treasures (06/06/13)
You know how it is when you hear a certain song of long ago and it brings back memories of a person, time or place? That's how it was when I was searching for some things in my basement recently. I kept uncovering items that triggered my memory. Such as a now tattered quilt given to me and my husband by my mother-in-law for a wedding gift. ...
Balloons Kindle Memories (05/31/13)
Yesterday I saw some balloons floating in the breeze. It reminded me of mama and her best friend. I remember the day we told mama the sad news. She lowered her head, clasped her hands together, and cried. Her dearest friend had died in her sleep. That afternoon as I listened, mama talked about her friend and the good times they shared...
Our Instant Society (05/23/13)
We are an impatient people. We want everything right now; no waiting. We want new glasses in an hour and same day dentures. Pregnancy tests tell women instantly that they are or aren't expecting. There are tests that tell the sex of the unborn. No more waiting until delivery...
My, How Times Have Changed (05/16/13)
Where I come from, there's breakfast, dinner and supper, not lunch and dinner. The dinner meal is at noon and the supper meal is around 6 p.m. or it was until I quit cooking supper. Now it's called eating out or junk food time.. Time brings many changes, not only in the way we label things...
Memories of Mama (05/09/13)
Mothers are so important. I can't imagine what life would have been like without my mother. We called her mama. Mama was always there. When my brothers and sister and I got home from school, she was there waiting. Her life was wrapped around her children. When we were at play in the yard, mama would stand in the doorway and keep a watchful eye...
Hope For Cancer Victims (05/02/13)
Saturday morning there will be many Clay County cancer survivors wearing purple tee shirts that bear the words I AM HOPE. They will be walking in the annual Relay for Life survivor's walk as part of the American Cancer Society's awareness campaign. The event will take place at the Piggott Community Center beginning at 10 a.m...
Searching For Honesty (04/25/13)
I used to be naive. When I was young, I trusted everyone. Then I grew older. I was blindsided by a couple of people I trusted. I think I began to change after that. I became disillusioned. I didn't believe everything that came out of a person's mouth...
Music Soothes the Soul (04/18/13)
It is said that music soothes the soul. I certainly believe that music plays an important role throughout life. As a child, my first recollection of music is hearing my mother sing lullabies as she cradled a sleeping baby. Later I heard her singing as she went about her daily chores. While she swept the floors or cooked a meal, she would be singing some country song popular at the time. She loved Ernest Tubb, the Texas Troubadour, and Roy Acuff songs...
The Quest For Gold (04/11/13)
I'm in the process of reading about the gold rush days in 1849 in California territory. The book is titled Seeds of Hope by Kristiana Gregory.. No, it isn't boring because it is told through the eyes of a fourteen year old girl, Susanna, who keeps a diary of her daily life in a gold mining camp. She has a sister, Clara, who is sixteen...
The Serenity of Birds (04/03/13)
Sometimes I like it quiet. When the din of the surroundings overpowers me, I want to close my ears and drown out the noise. In restaurants and stores we hear the ringing and dinging of cell phones. In places where televisions are for sale, all the sets flash in unison as they cry, "Buy me, buy me."...
The Parakeet Rode a Motorcycle (03/28/13)
Once upon a time I had a parakeet that could slam dunk. In his cage there was a tiny plastic Donald Duck that he learned to play with. He just loved that toy. If I removed the toy while cleaning the cage, the parakeet would run up and down his perch, screaming to high heaven until I returned his toy...
Do You Remember When? (03/21/13)
What do children do for fun these days? When I was a little girl I used to play hopscotch with my lfriends, On the concrete sidewalk in front of the house, I would draw the hopscotch with chalk. We used a flat piece of glass for a marker but you could use a bottle top or a stone....
The Man Gene (03/14/13)
Did you ever hear of the man gene? Supposedly it's the gene that causes man to act as he does. It's unlike the woman gene Of course there are anatomical differences. A man has broader shoulders and is usually taller than a woman A man's skull is almost always thicker and stronger than a woman's. In other words, he's thick headed...
Help, I'm Smothering (03/07/13)
I'm smothering in housework. Not that I do it, but it's there, stalking, unattended in every room. I hate to tell you, but I just today stored my Christmas stuff. Oh, I had it boxed but I hadn't taken it to the root cellar where it languishes all year. (Yes, my old house has a root cellar)...
The World is a Rough Room (02/28/13)
Billy Crystal said this week that the world is a rough room. Some days I feel that is true. I think as a person gets older, he begins to face the real world. Illness strikes, infirmities surface and life gets harder. Just last week, a friend had pneumonia and was rushed to the hospital...
Beloved Valentines (02/21/13)
If we are lucky, a special valentine comes along. Cupid flings an arrow and we become smitten as never before. But there are other kinds of valentines that touch our lives. Maybe they don't cause the heart to pound, but they radiate pure love just the same...
I Love You Emails (02/14/13)
My daughter and I email each other a lot. She lives in a nearby town so we often email our goodnights. We give a capsule message about our activites of the day. Then we end the emails with "I love you." Somewhere along the line the "I love you" message endings became a battle of wits...
How About Some Alligator Stew? (02/07/13)
This isn't to scare anybody but last April I saw a news report that said there were alligators in Kennett, Mo. I know we usually think of alligators a lot further south than that. In fact, I saw several gators while on a guided swamp tour in Mississippi a few years ago...
Views On Television (01/31/13)
On the table next to my recliner are books I am reading or intend to read, also a coaster for my coffee cup, and a TV guide. Those essentials needed when I watch television--too much television. What I needed to resolve in 2013 was to watch less television. There's no need for all that dribble that I tune into...
Not Too Late for Resolutions (01/24/13)
I can't believe 2013 is here. It's time to make and break resolutions. I can't remember the last one I made or if I kept it. It probably had to do with striving to be a better person. I know it's hard to break old habits. Smokers can attest to that...
A Time To Throw Away (01/17/13)
Resolutions are now full steam ahead. I have resolved to read more and discard more. Recently I was reading some familiar passages of scripture in Ecclesiastes 3 that begin: There is a time for everything And a season for every activity under heaven:...
Beginning the New Year with Super Glue (01/10/13)
I started out New Year's Eve by supergluing my fingers together. It took about two days to remove all the glue. I was doing a stupid thing anyway. I knocked one of my Christmas ornaments onto the floor and broke it. It was a shiny stagecoach, expensive for a tree ornament. What broke was a delicate wheel on the stagecoach so I decided to repair it. I gathered the broken pieces and headed for my Super Glue, alias Krazy Glue...
New Year's Reflections (01/03/13)
I'm thinking of a little third grader. When asked what she wanted for Christmas, she said she wanted snow. She just wanted snow. No amount of coaxing could get her to name anything else. "I just want snow for Christmas," she would repeat. Well, she must be happy now...
Waiting for a Miracle (12/27/12)
"In seven seconds, share this message with seven people and you will receive a miracle tomorrow." Anyone who has a personal computer will likely receive messages like the above one. There are promises being made everyday with directions to forward a certain email to others, usually seven, 10 or 12 people. If you do, then good things are bound to come to you., the email says...
How About a Hen House? (12/19/12)
Have you narrowed your Christmas buying list down to those who are difficult to buy for; those who have everything? I have some last minute ideas for you. The ideas come right out of the Neiman Marcus 2012 holiday catalog. First off, the items are pricey, opulent even...
Christmas Is Almost Here (12/13/12)
Each year beginning right after Thanksgiving, I get nervous about Christmas. My girlfriend, Gay, has already bought her Christmas gifts and has them wrapped by mid December. Not me. I'm the sort of person who worries all month long because I don't know what to buy. Every year it's the same old story...
Cursive or Computer? (12/05/12)
Will cursive writing go the way of the dodo bird? Is it going to be a lost art or an outmoded way of communication? It looks that way. Cursive writing is slowly losing ground in elementary school curricula as technology invades the classroom. It is no longer high priority in many schools. There's now keyboarding, spellcheck, texting and emails...
A New Way of Eating (11/29/12)
Seems like everywhere you turn, there's a plan for losing weight. This week I have received over a dozen unsolicitated emails telling me to log onto sites that will tell me how well-known stars have lost weight and how I can too. I don't know how they got my email address but it is bugging me, to no end...
Counting Our Beatitudes (11/21/12)
It's time to count our beatitudes. Each Thanksgiving we pause, remembering our blessings. Yes, we could focus on the bad things, on the fiscal cliff, on high unemployment, on home foreclosures or Hurricane Sandy which has devastated homes and businesses, leaving people without power or heat in freezing temperatures...
A Message to God (11/15/12)
Are you listening, God? I've been talking to you for several days now. I need you to listen. I'm stressed and I need your help. I need you to hold my hand. I'm not like your servant Job. I don't have his patience. I'm a worrier and I know you don't like that...
It's All Over But the Shouting (11/08/12)
Hallelujah, the election is over. I was beginning to feel like little four year old Abigael Evans from Fort Collins, Colo. She was on Youtube one week ago sobbing that she was "tired of 'Bronco Bama' and Mitt Romney." Tears ran down her cheeks as she cried after listening to an NPR segment on the election...
Our Disposable Society (11/01/12)
We live in a throw-a-way society. Once upon a time my husband would take screwdriver in hand and fix a broken toaster or a lawn mower that quit mowing. Or sundry other broken things, like a window fan or a leaky faucet or a weedeater. He did the same thing with our television sets and our vehicles. ...
Housecleaning Tips (10/24/12)
I've been planning on cleaning house since January 2012. That's the first step; the planning. One must take inventory to assess what needs to be done, should be done, and in what order. Take this morning, for example. I poured my second cup of coffee, propped my feet, then started assessing, notebook in hand...
It's All in the Bag (10/18/12)
I recently saw a segment on television about handbags, the good and the bad. But what impressed me was the size and weight of those purses that women carry around, sometimes for hours at a time. So I decide to weigh my own purse to see how much extra baggage I've been toting...
Peggy Johnson
From These Hills