Does anyone need a drink?

Co “The Human Voice is the most perfect instrument of all.” –Arvo Pärt On Saturday, I had lunch with two cousins – one of which I haven’t seen in at least 30 years. Cousin Joanne brought me a gift: A few parental-related photos and a cassette tape. The cassette tape was from many years ago, when Joanne’s brother, Jim, made a tape recording of mom and dad. He asked many questions of mom about her family and growing up –Read more

A Cold, Hard Twenty

“Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.” ~Carl Sandburg~ Have you ever reached into the zipper pocket of your ski pants at the beginning of winter to find a $20 bill tucked inside, forgotten from the prior season? No? Well, I have and it was totally unexpected. The best thing ever – when I could still buy most of a ski lift ticket with it. Now, years later, that $20Read more

SoCS: The Unexpected

I’ve spent a lot of money in the last ten months. A new comfy mattress – planned A sick cat, lots of trips to the vet, canned food, holistic supplements – unplanned A sore foot due to plantar fasciitis, which meant new shoes, inserts, trips to the chiropractor, doctor and massage therapist – unplanned New tires for the SUV – required for Wisconsin winters and the faux spring of 2018 New eyeglasses – cuz everything looked this small with theRead more

Directly From the Heart

The presents have been unwrapped. The non-stop Christmas music has stopped. Mom has gone to Christmas mass and out for dinner. The brother and his significant other have come and gone. The amount of pasta and cookies eaten this past week has exceeded expectations. I’ve determined that I love Kentucky bourbon barrel beer. And both Gibbs and Ziva have been immortalized. This was an unexpected gift. From a young woman who cunningly asked me for photos of Gibbs and ZivaRead more

Unexpected Emotion

I know…this is not the best photo. I know…it’s the picture of the US Capitol. I know…it’s not an unexpected site in Washington, D.C. This was the first photograph I took on my first visit to D.C. in late March of 2011. My brother encouraged me to book a flight to visit and see the cherry blossoms. I had heard the spring cherry blossoms are beautiful. I arrived on a Thursday night and my brother had readied the information IRead more