What’s There to Be Afraid of?

Coulrophobia, Veloxrotaphobia and Aquaphobia have been three of my greatest fears! Only one, I’ve successfully overcome.  And ironically, all of these aversions began in childhood. That happy, care-free, no-stress time of life when the sun seemed to shine on us, despite the actual weather, every single moment of each and every day. I like toContinue reading “What’s There to Be Afraid of?”

The Long and the Short of It

Sitting in the styling chair staring at my face in the mirror, my thin wavy auburn hair was parted in the middle and hung down to my shoulders. Standing behind me was my brother’s friend’s older sister. “Who do you want to look like?” she asked.  Laura was a hairdresser who worked in a beautyContinue reading “The Long and the Short of It”

A Lesson in History

From my journal: February 4, 2016, Newbury Park, CA “Lex’s mom called and asked if she could come in and talk to our class this month…will be great for what we’re studying.” Never hesitant about parents coming in to speak to students, I was happy that I could work her presentation into our Social StudiesContinue reading “A Lesson in History”

Helping Hands

Newsletter Writer, Youth Mentor, Art Creator Assistant, Beautification Committee Worker, and Things to Do Researcher are just some of the titles I’ve held in my spare time.  What started as a “Need to Do” as a teenager, has become a “Love to Do” since then. Not old enough to apply for a paying job atContinue reading “Helping Hands”

Hope and Unity

Although I have yet to attend one in Washington, DC, I am a faithful follower.  Every four years after an election, I am tuned in on January 20th to witness the events unfold before me. I’ve now seen 11 Inaugurations and am still amazed by them.  Whether it be a Democrat or Republican who officiallyContinue reading “Hope and Unity”

Fits Him to a Tee

My journal entry April 5, 2012, Thousand Oaks, California. “I don’t know why it bothers me so much that Robert has so many tee shirts.  I guess it’s because I can’t stuff anymore into his drawers…(ha!).” I’m not much of a tee shirt person, but over the past year I’ve acquired four.  Soft and colorfulContinue reading “Fits Him to a Tee”

Still Learning

After decades of making the same new year’s resolutions – “cut out all carbs, lose five pounds, moisturize daily” –  I’ve decided to begin each year instead by learning something new. Sometimes it’s something I’ve never tried before and sometime’s its something I want to learn more about. Several years ago it was training withContinue reading “Still Learning”

The Things We Keep

New Year’s Day signifies the beginning of a brand new year.  For us, it also means taking down our holiday decorations and stowing them all away. The red and blue woolen Christmas stockings embroidered with our names in gold that we bought our first holiday together, Robert’s silver menorah his parents gave him when heContinue reading “The Things We Keep”

Good-bye, Hello

As this New Year’s Eve approaches, I’m doing what I always do. I’m thinking about what has happened this year, to me personally, in the lives of our family and friends, and also what has been going on in our country and world. I usually feel a sense of relief on December 31st as theContinue reading “Good-bye, Hello”