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The last time Max and I went anywhere other than to see our daughter Emily in her home was March 2020. The day we left, the CDC recommended against senior citizens flying. We decided that we … more
This is the official, certified, guaranteed, no kidding — spring is officially now on its way.  How do I know? The boyds is choypin (pardon my Brooklynese but it’s my native … more
The subject has become anathema. The word “discipline” evokes thoughts of abuse and fear of government takeover in the family. How did we get here? Can it be good for an individual to be … more
Last week I could not complete a column because I was in the hospital for a planned lung biopsy. The surgeon used video-assisted surgery to remove a pea-sized piece of tissue from my lower left lung. … more
Although the weather makes it tempting to stay inside, there is one gardening chore that can be done during winter: pruning.  Pruning is necessary to keep plants healthy and … more
There was a time when the state of Oregon's only claim to fame was that it was located north of California.  That was a long time ago and since then, Oregon has blossomed into an active … more
When it comes to God and His creation, there are three very important things I believe everyone needs to know: transcendence, immanence, and providence. As the creator of all things, by definition, … more
As a 30-year-old woman, heart health is not necessarily at the forefront of my health concerns. I know it’s important, but strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure seem like something … more
Is it just me or have you also noticed the level of anger that seems to loom over us lately? This morning I visited the post office to mail off some items. I needed some bigger, padded envelopes … more
Portugal has been making wine for centuries but most of their wines were little known outside of the Iberian Peninsula except for their most popular and well-known sweet after-dinner wine, … more
Did you know that Warrensburg First Presbyterian Church recently voted to become a “More Light” congregation? This is exciting news for us and our church family. “More Light” … more
I have enjoyed the wines of Sebastiani since I was first introduced to them about forty years ago and my interest and enthusiasm for them has not waned or faltered in all these many years.  I … more
Last month when I wrote about our ‘broken’ recycling system, I also encouraged everyone to resolve to refuse single-use plastic bags and plastic water bottles.   Why? Because … more
I know that as we approach Valentine’s Day that this subject of love has probably been written about many times in the past. But because I am new to this community and to the writing of columns … more
Attention, take notice, be warned; Valentine's Day will be here before you know it.  Why the warning? With the supply chain problems, empty dealers’ shelves and a significant other who … more
Our president got caught on a hot mic this week calling Fox News’ Peter Doocy “a stupid son of bitch.” Some Americans were angry — but some said it was the first genuine … more
Have you ever thought to yourself or said out loud, “After all I have done for him, he does this to me?” Sometimes we find ourselves upset because we freely give of ourselves and our … more
It has been a while since the better Australian wines have graced our store shelves or appeared on the internet in any quantity.  A crippling drought, coupled with high heat from global … more
Our world has changed in what feels like the blink of an eye. It cannot be attributed to any one thing, but a multitude of occurrences that have quickly impacted the way in which we live. It … more
As 2020 came to a close, so many needed a good year. We had just come out of a historically unprecedented pandemic. We were tired — tired of the changes, tired of the restrictions, tired of … more
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