Working From Home: Can I Deduct That?

This summer as I’ve flipped the April, May, and June pages in the 2020 paper calendar, filled with photos featuring kids’ and grandkids’ events from 2019, I’ve wondered what photos will fill my 2021 Shutterfly calendar: making sourdough bread, more photos of dogs than grandkids, and photos of finally finished jigsaw puzzles? Who thought we’d

The Price Is Right, Or Is It?

The Price is Right has been running on TV for 48 years, can you believe it? Watching the show with my 84-year old Dad, after he moved from Chattanooga to Greensboro in 1992, is one of my favorite memories. We would roar with laughter at our correct guesses, and stare at the TV in wide-eyed

What Do We Do, Now That We’re Home?

Thanks to Marie Kondo, the “Tidying Up Department” that looks after our home, yard, garden, tool shed, garage, basement, and the attic has grown. And I thought the Stay At Home directive would give me more than enough time at the end of my workday to put a big dent in my growing to-do list.

Aging Isn’t For Sissies

Thanksgiving 1986, we traveled to Sewanee, TN to see Jonathan’s family: parents, sisters, cousins, and a host of golden retrievers. Jonathan’s mom, Charlotte, always got an A+ on Thanksgiving. Her home was inviting, her turkey was perfect, she had mastered all the sides as well – always with what seemed like such ease.  But that

2019 Habitat Women Build

One of my privileges in 2019 is to serve as President of the Women’s Professional Forum (WPF).  Last fall one of the members of WPF asked me if I thought WPF would like to be part of the 2019  Habitat For Humanity Women Build. I offered her idea to our board of directors who quickly

Gratitude And Surprise Joys

There seem to be a million things I love about summer weekends at the lake: the warm breezes, dogs swimming off the dock, grandkids swimming, skiing and jumping from the top. We soak up sunrises and sunsets like they are the first we’ve ever seen. But then we begin to notice the leaves of the Yellow

Keeping Track of Surprise Joys

May 10th - "Received 'Happy Birth Month' wishes out at dinner with friends" May 11th - "Got up early just to see the sunrise. Beautiful!" May 12th - "Saw a young Eurasian Eagle Owl in person! Still fluffy!" Some of our best friends surprised Jonathan and me with an invitation to join their family on