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Christmas Newsletter 2013
Wednesday, December 04, 2013      15 comments

I didn’t send a Christmas newsletter this year. What was I going to say? Tom and I and the kids are fine, but it was a rough year for Dads? My father died on March 1st, at the age of 99, and Tom’s father died on October 10th, at 90. On... Read more
Earth Day
Tuesday, April 23, 2013      12 comments

I meant to post this yesterday, cut didn't get around to it. What are you doing to fight climate change? Today is Earth Day. The theme this year is climate change. It’s pretty obvious that the climate of the earth is changing – we are ... Read more
Spinning
Wednesday, February 06, 2013      19 comments

I wanted to do cycle spin classes for a long time, but I was afraid they would be too difficult for me. I finally got up my nerve and started last summer. Now I just love it. Cycle spin is a terrific workout, I really sweat like crazy, and my h... Read more
Aim High
Wednesday, January 23, 2013      15 comments

We all have up days and down days. Some days we eat good foods in sensible amounts. Other days we fill up on junk. Some days we have fun exercising. Other days we sit on our butts and do nothing. This doesn't mean we are doomed to failure. If to... Read more
A Poem for the New Congress
Sunday, January 20, 2013      12 comments

The NRA is selling fear: Buy a gun because “they” are coming to get you and a gun will protect you. Only a gun does not protect you. You are more likely to die or be injured from gun violence if you own a gun than if you don’t. The follow... Read more
On the Death of a Child
Sunday, December 16, 2012      19 comments

The death of any child is a tragedy. The death of 20 children because a disturbed young man had easy access to an assault rifle is beyond understanding. I’m sharing a poem today that has always made me cry: Rispetti: On the Death of... Read more
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Saturday, December 08, 2012      21 comments

I recently volunteered to help at my local county recreation center in an Adapted Aquatics class for people with Multiple Sclerosis. We work in the shallow end of the pool doing strength and range of motion exercises with a number of students. T... Read more
Roasted Butternut Squash
Friday, November 25, 2011      12 comments

A couple of people asked for my recipe for roasted pear and butternut squash with walnuts, so I am sharing it here. 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (1 inch cubes) 3 firm pears, cored and cubed 1/4 cup walnut pieces 2 tabl... Read more
Don't Forget to be Happy
Monday, June 27, 2011      20 comments

I just responded to a post on one of my teams. The team leader was asking what we did to stay positive. I liked my answer well enough to share it as a blog. My Dad is my role model for a positive attitude. He was born in 1913. He... Read more
Two Friends Met for Lunch
Friday, June 17, 2011      27 comments

Two friends met at a diner for gossip and lunch. I’m calling the thin friend Bitsy and the ample friend Betsy. Bitsy barely glanced at the menu and set it aside. She knew what she wanted. Betsy studied the menu avidly, looking at all the op... Read more
Pick One. Get Moving.
Thursday, June 02, 2011      17 comments

Adapted Aquatics Bowling Circuit Training Dancing Elliptical Free Weights Gardening Hiking Inclined Treadmill Jump Rope Kick Boxing Lacrosse Miniature Golf Nautilus Off Road Biking Pilates Quoits Rowing Swimmi... Read more
April is National Poetry Month, Part 4
Wednesday, April 20, 2011      8 comments

In the Washington DC area, politics is local news. Just as Iowans follow hog futures, the folks here in Northern Virginia pay attention to what’s going on in Congress. The big news recently was the budget fight and the possible shut down of the ... Read more
April is National Poetry Month, Part 3
Sunday, April 17, 2011      13 comments

Sometimes poetry is just fun, like the following poem that my daughter brought to my attention a couple of years ago. I like this poem, too, because it reminds me that opportunity doesn’t always look like opportunity. We should be open to w... Read more
April is National Poetry Month, Part 2
Friday, April 15, 2011      8 comments

My dear Spark Friend VALERIEMAHA shared this wonderful poem with me and suggested I pass it along for National Poetry month, something I am delighted to do. Read and enjoy. By Ted Hughes Because it is occasionally possible, just for ... Read more
April is National Poetry Month
Saturday, April 09, 2011      14 comments

April is National Poetry Month, so I am sharing the following poem by Edna St Vincent Millay. Just read it, and make of it what you will. Edna St Vincent Millay Spring To what purpose April, do you return again? Beauty is not en... Read more

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