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Several years ago, I interviewed Jeanne Marie Laskas, a columnist for The Washington Post Magazine, who wrote the weekly column Significant Others. I asked her how she came up with a column topic every week for over 14 years. She said her ideas came from thinking about what moved or touched her that week. I often ask myself the same question when trying to come up with a blog topic. What has caused an emotional reaction in me? The answer to that question came instantly this morning  -- the … [Read more...]

In Like a Lion

Happy March! Yesterday I woke up to a winter wonderland, again. Felt like the movie Groundhog Day. Remember Bill Murray waking up day after day and experiencing the exact same thing over and over? "I'll give you a winter prediction: it's gonna be cold , it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last for the rest of your life." When I watched Groundhog Day, I felt a sensation of rising panic in my restless soul. I hate routine and the idea of living the same day over and over endlessly … [Read more...]

Home — the acquisition of memories

I'm still enjoying the afterglow of Annie's wedding. One of my favorite things about the holidays and the wedding was having my house full of people -- my people -- my friends and family, including our new addition of a son-in-law. A perfect kind of holiday. I love a full house full of people; a house that exudes happy energy. I go to sleep happier on nights when our home is  filled with people who make me laugh, think, or just make me feel better because their personalities have … [Read more...]

Trusting My Instincts

It’s home improvement time at our house. We hired a painter that our neighbor recommended. When I met him, he said, “I am Steve. I am painter.” I liked him immediately. He wasn’t a wishy-washy painter. He had opinions and ideas. “Where are you from?” I asked him. “Where you think?” He asked. “Somewhere in Eastern Europe,” I guessed. “I from Hungary. You know, Hungary in Europe. My English not so good but I work on it.” While meticulously painting the white trim in our … [Read more...]

Laundry Satisfaction

While folding laundry, I thought of all the time I've spent over the years washing, drying, folding and putting away clothes. Such routine and endless drudgery. The whites, the darks, the colors, the hand washables, the line-dry -- it's enough to make a sane girl crazy. And then there's all that laundry on the floor of my kids' rooms. Who knows what is clean and what is dirty? They assure me they know. (I should add here that my nest is temporarily full and I couldn't be … [Read more...]