I Feel Bad About My Neck

**This post contains no photos, in an effort to not make the aging author feel even worse about herself. Several years ago, I read an excerpt in a magazine from a book called I Feel Bad About my Neck. It was a book about aging. I remember that title seeming like an odd choice to […]

Hydration Nation

I first remember noticing it a few years after I’d graduated from high school. I was watching a local parade, and was excited to see the marching band I’d formerly been a member of pass by. The flags girls (I’d been one, reluctantly), the majorettes, the woodwinds, the brass instruments … the parents, misting the […]


The other day, I was singing along as a piano student played a piece. It was in her popular songs book, and, as is often the case, these “popular” songs are circa 1960. The student had never even heard of most of them. This week’s was the Armour Hot Dog song. And off we went […]

Book Questions

Several weeks ago, Barbara at Stray Thoughts tagged me to answer these book questions. Here goes: Do you remember the first book you read or really liked? Hard to answer, since books have always been part of my life. When I was really young, I enjoyed a dog book called “Jiggers.” When I was in […]

Musings While Listening to the Philharmonic

Thoughts I had while watching a local philharmonic orchestra concert … The men in the orchestra all look so nice; white ties and tuxes. The women, meanwhile? All over the place. Some have on flowy black dresses, but others … black tops and stretchy pants? Note to self: clingy polyester tops after age 50 are […]

FAFSA: Famously Anti-Fair Student Aid?

Ah, the FAFSA — or, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, as it’s officially known. Me, I’m dubbing it the Famously Anti-Fair Student Aid application.   When my oldest daughter was busy applying to colleges, a bit over a year ago, I remember often reading that she should fill out the FAFSA. “Millions of […]

Turning on the Chimes

Have you ever wished you could just push a button and make someone happy? I’m fortunate, because I’ve found a way to do that very thing. Let me explain. I play organ once or twice a month at a small country church. A year or so ago, after a service, one of the ladies from […]