I’m flying!

I found my father looking demoralized while sitting at his desk in his home office. “The credit card won’t give us the money back for your flight,” he lamented. “It says right here in their paperwork that if you’ve already paid the balance, you can’t get a refund.” “Oh, posh,” I said. “Credit cards areContinue reading “I’m flying!”

I’m jinxing myself again with this “life is good” talk!

Life is good. Dare I say it? My dad is very zen about the airline ticket disaster. His whole attitude about us possibly losing a thousand dollars is, “Eh.” He’s not rich, and neither am I (although I certainly spend money like a drunk sailor), but his income is sporadic as a self-employed lawyer, soContinue reading “I’m jinxing myself again with this “life is good” talk!”

Birthdays, anniversaries, and bad husbands!

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I adore my longtime boyfriend and the happy life we have built together. There is, however, a recurring issue over which we cyclically disagree: his birthday. While never truly enjoying getting older, I have always enjoyed celebrating my own birthday — what a wonderful excuse to see loved ones and share aContinue reading “Birthdays, anniversaries, and bad husbands!”

Happytimes today!

Happytimes! Wow, this is nice! I just got an email for my dad. (He doesn’t do internet.) This is a form email from the Kentucky Bar Association. (My dad’s a lawyer. Similarly, my mother is a retired lawyer who worked for the Kentucky Court of Appeals.) Greetings. We are nearing the end of September andContinue reading “Happytimes today!”

Destination: Brussels?!

Aw, hecks. The evening took a strange turn, starting maybe seven hours ago. I got invested in researching travel restrictions, since I’m going to Prague in two-and-a-half weeks. First, I went to the airline’s site and entered my destinations, including layover areas, to get advice for what I need to have with me, like proofContinue reading “Destination: Brussels?!”

Writing is hard!

If you want to be a writer, that’s great. Here are some things to know! You’ll never write anything good on your own.  And this should just be accepted. Writing can be a very humbling experience. If you think you’ve written something nice, but it hasn’t been beta-read, then you could be in for aContinue reading “Writing is hard!”

Never stifle your coolness!

Dear Amy: My 17-year-old grandson comes to visit us once a year (we live on opposite coasts). He has always brought his faded and well-worn baby blanket (measuring about 3 feet square) and his favorite well-worn stuffed animal. It was cute when he was smaller, now it’s downright embarrassing. He makes his bed and neatlyContinue reading “Never stifle your coolness!”

Hiding in his wallet…

Dear Annie: I was married 45-plus years when my husband passed away. After being alone for a few years, I married a longtime family friend. His wife had passed away several years earlier. He pursued me and is a good man, and we seem to be happy together. But at times, I do feel likeContinue reading “Hiding in his wallet…”

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