Living in New York City is an expensive endeavor. Steep rents are just one of the contributing factors of the soaring cost of living. My son recently discovered just how pricey New York can be as he was burglarized twice in one week. Being exposed to the ugly underbelly of New York was quite the experience. He met a slew of NYPD’s finest, testified in front of a grand jury…..
During lunch with a friend last week, we were discussing a social media celebrity my daughter follows ‘religiously.’ I’ve always been stymied as to why. I can’t even get her to read my weekly blog! Regardless, this friend’s son recently teamed up with the woman in question, so she gave me a tutorial on the role of an “influencer.” I was aghast at the amounts of money these people earn simply for endorsing a product. I inquired as to how this seemingly ‘normal’ person acquired the authority to…..
Fall/winter is my favorite season. I adore ‘sweata weatha.’ Along with the cooler weather, fall ushers in a new Broadway season with a host of new shows. I saw a fantastic one last week – free of charge. My parents assisted living community (The Farm) sponsored a talent show for the ‘inmates’ as my parents refer to themselves. It may not have been Broadway, but it was better than some of the shows I’ve seen recently. A musical comedy of sorts. You haven’t lived…..
During our recent girls’ outing, the conversation eventually circled back to our younger days as it usually does. Every time I’m with my childhood friends something from my past surfaces that stuns me. They all seem to remember a lot more about me than I do – and none of it complimentary. The leather bustier they swear…..
Despite the fact that my life is no longer dictated by the school calendar, September still marks a new year of sorts. Bible study began this week, and once again the feeling of returning ‘home’ enveloped me as I arrived, eager to greet old friends and meet new ones. More importantly, I was itching to dive into…..
Last year my childhood friends and I visited Nashville to celebrate our new title as sexagenarians. Believe me, it’s not as suggestive as it sounds. Based on conversations with my peers, I’ve decided that title was created by an overly optimistic, newly retired male, with vastly different ideas than his wife as to how he was going to fill his day. Either that or …..
Enjoying the last ‘official’ weekend of the summer is bittersweet. Though I am eager to return to a more disciplined routine with healthy eating, exercise classes and Bible study, it’s difficult to leave the ocean, my constant companion that offers so much peace and comfort during the summer. It’s a permanent reminder of the depth and breadth of God’s love. I can’t look out over the ocean without thinking of Ephesians 3:18, which encourages us…..
Meet my new friend Marty. I bumped into him recently during a trip to Stop & Shop. I turned into the produce aisle and crashed into him - literally. Marty is a supermarket robot - Stop & Shop’s newest employee. He has one job – to roam the aisles looking for spills. Though I find his googly eyes and big smile adorable, there are many who find his vigilance…..
Just hours after I finished writing my last post about my friend leaving a trail of light, I received a precious Godwink. One of my ‘littles’ visiting from Texas handed me a thank you card which began, “Dear Joanie, You are the light in my world. I love when you take us to the dump and Dunkin’ Donuts…” It was a Divine reminder that we don’t have to be doing great things to make a difference. Who knew a trip to the dump could.….
While attending my friend, Erin’s, funeral last week, I thought of last week’s post about Ron Burton’s legacy of love. Though Erin never enjoyed professional status as an athlete, she too was a GIANT of faith in her family and her community. Like Ron, she left a legacy of love, which I witnessed as her family and friends honored her. She may have been a tiny woman, but she had a BIG heart. Her legacy of love was described as her ‘afterglow’ (rooted in her unwavering faith) leaving a trail of…..
Last week I saw love in action. The Holy Spirit was palpable from the moment I entered Ron Burton’s Training Village (RBTV). Immediately, I was engulfed in the serene setting while I Surrender All played softly through the sound system into the extensive gardens. I knew I was about to experience something special, so I did as the song suggested and surrendered to the moment. Everywhere I looked…..
If you thought the stump escapade was ‘Lucyesque,’ my most recent experience mirrored her Vitameatavegamine* episode. Those of a certain age will remember Lucy finagling her way onto a TV commercial touting the benefits of the vitamin supplement that promised to “spoon yourself to health.” Not knowing it contains alcohol…...
It finally happened. After 25 years of shattered fantasies, my family recently enjoyed the ‘perfect’ family vacation. It’s a universal delusion shared by young mothers—the recurring dream of the Norman Rockwell family vacation, where the moon and the stars align in such a way that everyone gets along, the weather cooperates, and plans go smoothly without a glitch. Unfortunately, reality (at least for me) more closely resembled National Lampoon’s Vacation. There were years…..
Every summer I take on a pet project. This year’s is collecting driftwood to create a beachy coffee table. I’ve seen them used in seaside homes, but they come with a steep price tag and I’m discovering why. Combing the shoreline for interesting driftwood is not easy and involves time, a good eye and, in some cases, lots of muscle. This week I came across…..
A friend’s daughter was married last month, and the reverend officiating offered some simple but sage advice to the young couple. The wisdom of her words extends far beyond marriage as it is excellent counsel for life in general. The first two were…..
The birth of ancestry websites has led to some interesting stories as long-held family secrets come to light. Last year my husband discovered he had a half-sister. The circumstances of her conception will remain a mystery as all parties are deceased. However, the graciousness my husband and his siblings extended to Paula brought her to tears. She was overwhelmed with gratitude. I believe her words were …..
While visiting my mom last weekend, we were walking in the garden when one of the men who works in the building approached. He opened with, “I don’t know why I feel compelled to share this with you, but you’re not going to believe what just happened.” He described how the eucharistic minister who comes on Sundays to celebrate communion with the residents declined his request to partake because, unfortunately, she did not have enough of the host. Following the service though, she sought him out to serve him the lone remainder. Puzzled, she explained she’s never…..
Anyone with adult children has faced the dilemma of sleeping arrangements during an overnight visit with a significant other. Last weekend was my daughter’s first such visit. There was only one available room (with a king bed), so by default they would be sleeping together – not my first choice. So, I did the next best thing to separate rooms:I installed a life-size cutout of myself beside the bed. The coup de grace was the motion-activated voiceover which firmly stated my expectations…..
Memorial Day represents more than a three-day weekend, barbecues and fireworks marking the official start of summer. Unfortunately, its true meaning has been diluted by retail sales and festivities that do little to commemorate the men and women who have died in service to our country. Originally called Decoration Day, the observance of Memorial Day began…..
Forget the royals. Today I’m attending an even more memorable wedding. My parents are finally getting married! They actually celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in February; however, due to my dad’s worsening dementia, he’s forgotten their original nuptials. He proposes to my mom daily. During my last visit, he gazed at her lovingly and declared his intentions, “Isn’t she beautiful? I’m going to marry her. I’m so happy. I’m the luckiest man alive.”Truth be told, that sentiment…..