Friendship 101

Meet my friend, Trina. Don't go stealing her away though. Just meet her and appreciate her like I do. I am perhaps the most blessed woman in the world in many ways. One of them is that I have terrific friends. Trina is one of them. How do I love her? Let me count the ways: 1. She is my flower fairy. It started when I was labeled with the dreaded "C" word. She came over and planted pansies in my flowerbed so that I could see them every day and be reminded that I … [Read more...]

The trouble with fashionable friends

I have two dear friends who are total fashionistas. I won’t say their names, but one starts with a C even though it sounds like it should start with a K; and, the other one starts with a J and ends with the word ann. Shopping is their hobby, their passion, and their expertise. I also have a daughter that might be morphing into one of those too. They exude style and good taste. I love them. I really do. But sometimes they just aggravate me to death with their wear-anything … [Read more...]

Jane Fonda’s Three-Act Play

I heard a snippet of a Oprah interview with Jane Fonda that has given me a new perspective on life. Fonda, now 75 years old, said that she views her life as a three-act play – the first thirty years were her first act. The second thirty years were her second act. And the last thirty years are her last act. It’s a sobering thought to consider that I am in my second act, and that the third, and last act is not that far away. I mentioned this to my daughter, Sara, only to share the concept … [Read more...]

Match.com — Finding What You Weren’t Even Looking For

Today, one of my friends told me she decided to try match.com After a recent divorce, she wanted companionship. More than that though, after growing up with an unkind dad and then marrying an emotionally distant man, she wanted to find out if there are nice guys in the world. She was worried that I have the only one. My sister, niece, and several other friends wonder the same thing. My sister always asks, "Where's my Doug?" I wish I knew where to find more Dougs so that I could … [Read more...]