An Office

Ready for action? I once told my dad that I thought it would be better to be your own boss.  That way you wouldn’t have to please anyone but yourself.  He looked at me like I wasn’t quite right in the head and told me that, if you work for yourself, you must please everyone …

A Storefront on a Shoestring

A wealth of possibilities! After a layoff of about 11 years, I got back into the field of education by teaching a class of about 25 fifth-graders. The intermediate grade levels are exciting for me! They have the creativity of the primary students but have had enough life experiences so that they have a better …

Don’t Fence Me In

It’s interesting how a favorite song can expose aspects of a person or a family. When my folks were dating, Mom decided that they should have a song that was just theirs - a song that would symbolize their deep, abiding love for each other! In Mom’s mind, whenever this song was played, they would …

Jazz

I discovered Jazz when I was living in Tulsa, Oklahoma several years ago.  I fell in love with Cool Jazz.  There’s something about those rhythms that I love!    The Hot Jazz is too fast, but the Cool Jazz is laid back and relaxing to me. Kenny G, Dave Koz, David Sanborn, Miles Davis, David Benoit, …

The First Mowing of Spring

I’m not sure why it is, but the first time I get my lawn mower out, when spring is technically here, it is a time fraught with nerves!  When the trees start greening and flowers start popping up, I begin watching the yard.  I’ve never yet been able to time it right.  I decide that …

Mom and the Little House

I don’t remember a lot about our life in Pratt, Kansas, or in Memphis, Tennessee – just little scenes of our lives.  Most of my memories start with my second-grade class in Morrison School.  My life in Great Bend is remembered in two parts.  The first part was grade school, when we rented a small, …