• Just say 'thank you'

    A gift for Mother’s Day. Why didn’t I just say “thank you” and leave it at that? Our son said he ordered me something for Mother’s Day. It had come in and needed to be picked up. “What is it? Will I like it?” “You’ll like it,” our son replied. “It’s patio furniture.” “What does it look like and what color is it?” Our son gave me his under-the-brow look and said, “Just say ‘thank you.’” You can’t just say “thank you” when someone is giving you certain things, especially if it may change the look …

  • Spoils of war: finish strong

    We have stayed the course and fought the good fight. Our prayer: to reach the finish line we have been promised. In 1828, New York Sen. William L. Marcy declared, “To the victor belong the spoils.” His statement referred to the election of Andrew Jackson, and the goods or benefits secured, post-win. Marcy’s words seem just as relevant as I consider today’s battleground and the choices we must make as to who we declare our life’s victor. What once was a fight between men or a conflict between nat…

  • Taking back the reins

    It is interesting to see how others respond when we choose to take control and stay in our own lane. This can be a change in direction for some, undesired territory for others. You know, when the pretty pony acts more like a stubborn mule, just because we need to stand our ground. Al’s brother has grown old as Al and I have grown older. It’s true. While we get up and make our bed together, Al’s brother wants my Sweet Al to find him a new housekeeper that will tuck him in. She can’t be over a cer…

  • Having someone to lean on

    I always found great comfort in saying, “It’s nice to grow old together.” I realized this week I could be wrong. Maybe I should have changed my narrative a long time ago. I’ve heard old men say, “Marry someone 20 years younger so you have someone who can take care of you when you’re old.” Forget how ridiculous an old man looks with a girlfriend the age of your granddaughter. That said, the bond my youngest daughter has with her dad is priceless. If you have been keeping up, you know that I recen…


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