Give Up New Year’s Resolutions!

I gave up New Year’s resolutions a few years ago in favor of selecting a word for the entire year. My word serves as a “focus agent” to help me make decisions and plans and to guide me through challenging times.

Angels Grace A Gratitude Tree

A year ago today, my husband, Gary, was recovering from a serious heart failure incident brought on by a botched nuclear stress test. Today we are filled with so much joy, we have created a Christmas tree of gratitude angels for the holiday season.

Klezmer Podcast 114- Estelle Goldfarb

Klezmer podcast 114- Estelle Goldfarb. This episode features a two-part interview with Violinist Estelle Goldfarb.

Meeting the Man on the Moon

by Mary Tennyson…Twenty-three graduates of my alma mater, Purdue University, have gone on to become astronauts, including the late Neil Armstrong, who was the first man to walk on the moon in 1969 and Gene Cernan, the last.

Wise People CHOOSE Their Battles

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!

Spring Cleaning Your Life

by Shannon Ingram…I found myself at the WomanSage salon, seated next to guest speaker, Kathleen Ronald, who turns out to be the de-cluttering dynamo of the Western world.

Why is Italian Leather so Fine?

by Gary Ingram…Are Italian steers and other animals better than those of any other country in the world? Do they get a special diet of spaghetti and Chianti instead of hay and water?

Is There a New Normal After a Pacemaker?

by Gary Ingram…I got a pacemaker. After leaving the hospital, my question was: How long before I feel normal again? I discovered the answer to that question is not the same for everyone and – at least for me – it wasn’t what I wanted to hear.

Traveling in My Mind

by Shannon Ingram…Ah, Africa. I’ve been there twice. Ironically, the first time was a visit to Sierra Leone in 1970 while aboard the Semester at Sea.

The Simple Power of Friendship

by Shannon Ingram…“Wow, that’s too bad. I think you should reconsider that,” he said. “Those Toastmasters are your friends now.”

Planting Happiness!

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.

Bet I’ve Got Something You Don’t Have!

Today, this same line is used by millions of us Boomers in Starbucks and bars everywhere, only instead of a toy, we are referring to a new hip or knee, a new kind of medication or, in my case, a new pacemaker/defibrillator.

Listen with Ears on Your Heart

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.

I’ve Done It Again

When I first heard, in 1993, that a television channel would be exclusively devoted to food and cooking I turned to my wife and said, “Boy, those suckers are in for a terrible disappointment. They won’t last a month.

Why Not You?

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?”