By Donna L. Friess, Ph.D…Suddenly there was a noisy scuffle. I turned on the powerful outdoor light and saw Buddy had caught a skunk – a very big black and white skunk!
by Donna L. Friess…There it was, something magical and serendipitous: about a dozen brightly colored bird houses and feeders planted all around…in a forgotten patch by the pathway.
Valentine’s Day is upon us with the attendant promotions for romantic dinners, sentimental cards, flowers, or the “perfect” diamond necklace that somehow says, “I love you!” Wouldn’t it be something if your life were your valentine? It is possible.
The lovely female TV interviewer asked for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s take on the day after he guided them to an incredible victory against the Denver Broncos. Wilson, small for a quarterback, told the story of discussing his size and abilities in terms of making it into the pros with his father who remarked, “Why not you?”
As I reflect on the New Year’s advice and resolutions landing in my inbox, I wonder if the best thing some of us could do is simply to slow down and take a breath.
For years my husband and I have enjoyed a little share time by talking about what we observed of beauty on any given day. Last week, on the way to Thanksgiving dinner in San Diego, we drove along the coast. It was one of our beautiful warm California days, a perfect time for collecting Beauty.
Our national time for celebration is upon us. This week I got the bright idea to hold a holiday “gingerbread fest” for my youngest grands (grandchildren); maybe even a contest!
My sister and I would while away long hours at our grandparents’ knees, captivated by stories of their adventures. Our grandfather owned a pharmacy in the horse and buggy days of Los Angeles and we would delight in hearing how he foiled a robber by pretending the oversized candy bar in his coat pocket was a gun.
Last week, I was sharing with my daughter that I was working on coming up with a precious moment theme for the next article. She said, ‘Mom, why don’t you write about our family gatherings? What you have is what we all want.”
Recently we returned from a marvelous journey to the center of the world. I took my two 16 year old grand girls and it was joyous for me to watch them as they discovered more about our planet. At the Center of the World, which is the equator monument in a tourist village, not too far from Quito, Ecuador, they delighted in having one foot in the Southern Hemisphere and the other in the Northern.
The Times article was about the 39 year anniversary of Stuart House in Santa Monica, a program through UCLA’S Rape Treatment Center. This remarkable House is what saved our family when we had to fight a horrendous legal battle to stop my father from abusing his four year-old granddaughter, my niece.
I am so happy there were no hidden cameras in my yard this morning. If there were, I’m sure I would have shown up on YouTube and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Yesterday my three grand girls who live across the street came swimming at our pool. Ashley, age 9, shared with me her Sunday afternoon petting zoo adventure with her daddy.
Recently, I have been adventuring in Croatia and some of the Balkan Republics. I arrived home and hit the ground running, literally! My son, Rick, called to invite me to join him in the Orange County Marathon.
“Let’s live out loud!” Last night that sentence practically jumped off the page of the book I was reading as I recalled the spectacle of the week before when 11,000 of us lined the streets for the biggest, noisiest non-motorized parade in the whole of the United States!