• Observations

    World Peace Begins with Good Manners

    I’ve been flabbergasted by recent media stories which illustrate the poor behavior of many. What happened to treating each other with respect? Has no one taught their children manners since the 1970s? I thought the holiday season was supposed to be all about brotherly love. I’m beginning to think that’s a lot of rot! Here are some examples of people demonstrating complete absence of manners/cordiality: Mob Scene at Greenville Walmart on Black Friday Woman pepper sprays other Black Friday shoppers Girl trampled in Black Friday rush prayed ‘Please get me out!’ Sadly, there are many more examples of shoppers gone wild, which reminds me of a quote attributed to Mark…

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    Guilty Pleasures

    After ordering a venti iced green tea without sugar and a marshmallow treat at Starbucks, I began to think of my guilty pleasures (these being two). Here’s a list I’ve devised: Medium rare rib-eye steak and a fully loaded baked potato Long, hot bath with a good book High-end bar soap Having the swimming pool all to myself for lap swimming Giovanni Body Butter A glass of port Eggnog with rum/brandy and nutmeg Laying in bed reading, knitting, or watching a movie Time in a bookstore or library Week day afternoon movie at the theater Chocolate covered peanuts Opening all of the windows to circulate cool, fresh air throughout the…

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    11-11-11 and 11 Memories of My Son

    Since this is the season of thanks and giving, I thought I would share 11 memories I have of my son Andrew. I am most thankful to have him in my life. He is my greatest joy! Without  him, I may have never grown up. Once I became responsible for another human being, I had to put aside my own selfishness. It wasn’t always easy though. When he was in high school, I found out he had been skipping school for over a month. He pretended to go in the morning, but as soon as he knew I was out of the house, he’d go back home. It’s pretty funny…