Triggered

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 […]

Starbucks Cards Being Hacked

Starbucks is a great place to get a delicious drink or a tasty pastry. But if you have a Starbucks registered account, are you at risk of having it hacked? Mine was. Yours may be, too. A popular gift to give a piano teacher, apparently, is a Starbucks card, and I’ve received several. One of […]

How Cell Phones Have Changed Us

It was fun over the weekend to observe, for my first time, an Academic Super Bowl. My youngest daughter was on her school’s team. I learned many things, mostly centering around how much I don’t know. What is an abundant number*? Tell me something about Thisbe. Lots (and lots and lots) of things about volcanoes […]

The Best Time of Your Life

This is it: the final April day that I’ll have all three of my girls living here at home with me. I could feel the tears rising, and must admit to becoming a bit verklempt. It wasn’t the first time. I tend to feel that way many times — like I want to capture a […]

A Writer’s Life

The writing life — it ain’t always easy. People tend to think anyone can write, and in some respects that’s true. However, next time you think this, take a look at comments on Facebook. Read over an email. Sure, people may not be putting their best efforts out there in these types of communications, but […]