Why We Need To Call 9-1-1

Before I went to bed on September 10, 2001, I knew what I was going to do the next day: sleep. I’d been fighting a cold from allergies, changing weather and the germs my kids probably brought home from school. Because I tend to lapse into a drunken stupor when I take medication for a cold or allergies, I delay until I just can’t take it anymore. I’d spent that day getting my work caught … Read more

Why I Spent a Day Doing Nothing

  I should have been inside today — cleaning out stuffed drawers, crammed bookcases, and weary closets.   I could have felt the breeze and heard the birds from my open windows.   I chose instead to ignore the call of spring-cleaning and spend the day doing only, as some folks would say, absolutely nothing. But do you call ten minutes on the swing in the tree house yard, looking up through the green branches … Read more

7 Things I Learned About Life from the Hawaiian Pacific Ocean

The Ocean’s Dangers On our first day in Hawaii, I noticed the dangers of the ocean – not because I was at the ocean, but because of the many signs and notices everywhere. On another day, our boat was taking us out from the harbor to a spot one-quarter of a mile from shore. The guide on the boat gave us directions as we headed toward the submarine that was going to take us to … Read more

6 Ways to Make Sunday A Day of Rest and Not a Day You Detest With Kids

We were heading back home after sight-seeing in another state for a weekend. My niece was ready to settle down and go to sleep, but her brother pulled out his paper to jot down the last of the money he had spent. All the way there and back, Kevin kept a running tab of the money he was spending. He also kept a tab on his sister and the money she had been given by … Read more