New Year’s and Old Friends, by Accident

New Year’s and Old Friends, by Accident

“Should old acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, And auld lang syne.” Guy Lombardo is the reason we sing this old Scottish folk song to celebrate the New Year, even though most people don’t know who Guy Lombardo is or what the freak this song even means. Well, ...
Visions for the New Year

Visions for the New Year

“What are you doing New Year’s Eve?” Donny Osmond asks me this every year and I never tire of hearing his lyrical tenor voice sing this coy invitation to me in my earbuds as I vacuum up the residue of Christmas. Sadly, I’ve never been able to reach him to confirm a date to ring ...
Christmas Carol, and Fern and Friends

Christmas Carol, and Fern and Friends

Merry Christmas! As I’m writing this, it’s not quite Christmas yet which means I still have time to work on the unrealistic list of things I need to get done for Christmas. Or not. As I get older I am getting smarter about some things. I’ve realized that what doesn’t get done in time for ...
Sing We Now of Christmas – or Not

Sing We Now of Christmas – or Not

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” That’s what Andy Williams says about Christmas – or sings, actually. I whole-heartedly agree with the crooner whom my mother described, “If velvet could sing it would sound like Andy Williams.” Mom raised us listening to Andy, Frank, Nat, Rosemary, Bing, etc. in hopes it would have ...
Finding Balance On the Road of Life

Finding Balance On the Road of Life

When I was a freshman in college I read M. Scott Peck’s most popular book The Road Less Traveled. I was nineteen, out on my own and in my first grown-up relationship (I thought) so I felt very mature and progressive for reading it. I saw the book on a shelf at home one weekend ...