It is never too early for your child to begin their portfolio for college admissions. First, create a meaningful plan. Grades and test scores are part of the formula for acceptance, but extracurricular activities complete the profile to set the student apart from other applicants.
You did everything right. You supported your children through their successes and challenges. You cheered for them and you comforted them. Your life has been a roller coaster as you survived the trials and celebrations of parenting. The invitations are now out and you are ready for the gradu…
Mother’s Day has become more than a simple celebration. If you have earned the honors of this title, then you are an amazing superwoman. In the 21st century, motherhood has become more than raising children.
Choosing a place for senior loved ones when they can no longer reside at home safely can be tricky. I know firsthand how that can go, and when it came time to help my parents find a safe and loving place, I was a rookie. I was lucky to find wonderful people to help me, which enables me now t…
It’s the holiday season. It should be a time of celebration, enjoying family and friends, and giving thanks for all that is good. At least that is what we are told through commercials and the continued “Happy Holiday” wishes that commence with Thanksgiving Day. Can we agree that there is a l…
She is beautiful, smart, funny as all get out and she is my friend. She is also 105 years young! Elba Cruse is one of the most delightful humans I’ve ever met and I have to keep reminding myself that this lady is not 65 years old!
I refuse to take anything for granted now. After a year of a whole lot of not much, I am grateful for so many things. That being said, there are a few routines that I'd prefer to keep up, even though I'm pretty comfortable with our much awaited precautionary in person visits.
The latest financial rage - you guessed it - is Bitcoin. It is the conversation of young and old, rich and those desiring to get rich. For most of us, it seems Bitcoin has only been around for the last couple of years. But in fact, the ledger start date was Jan. 3, 2009 with founder Satoshi …
April is the month that tempts us with new beginnings. The days magically become longer. As if nature has an alarm clock, the trees awaken with flowers that decorate each branch in white, pink and crimson blossoms. In the 1980s, Brentwood was flourishing with orchards. My daughter looked for…
Spring has blossomed here in our beautiful area and soon the delicious crops of peaches, cherries, nectarines and plums, to name a few of my favorites, will be ripe.
This has been a heck of a year, and we’re only in the first week of November! I for one will be delighted on New Year’s Eve to bid a fond, or not-so-fond, farewell to 2020.
Thank God fall is here. With all the current chaos shaking us to our core, it helps to have something you can still cling to for comfort – besides pie. I think everyone’s favorite season is fall, but I get going on the decorating early. Some might say too early. I had all my boxes of faux fa…
One of my favorite shows, “Stranger Things,” is due to return this year. Fingers crossed. The show highlights a group of kids in a small town who stumble upon a bizarre world referred to as “the upside-down.” The upside-down is a dark, mixed-up and evil place where nothing makes sense, and y…
I sprung my mom out of prison last week. By prison I mean her assisted living/memory care facility.
Keeping up your personal appearance during this seemingly endless pandemic is a true challenge. Shaggy, outgrown bangs in your eyes, toenails that rival those of Wolverine, and I am just talking about my dogs! As trivial as it sounds, small things like getting your nails done and keeping tho…
As I write this, it’s Labor Day and I could swear I just heard Drew, the nice weatherman on television say it’s 113 degrees here in East Contra Costa County. No, I am not kidding, that’s one hundred degrees, and thirteen more on top of that!
No matter where you stand on the subject, it is quite interesting to observe the many ways people behave while wearing masks.
This coronacoaster we find ourselves riding now is not only crazy, it’s downright frightening as well as extremely confusing.
There is nothing like a pandemic to get you up off the couch and onto those projects you’ve been putting off. I cleaned out our refrigerator, which produced a host of new organisms never before seen on this planet. I cleaned out the cupboards, which ended up housing more expired food than no…
“There is an old African proverb. ‘When you pray, move your feet.’ As a nation, if we care for the Beloved Community, we must move our feet, our hands, our hearts, our resources to build, not to tear down, to reconcile and not to divide, to love and not to hate, to heal and not to kill. In t…
For the last four months and some-odd days, Grandpa and I have stayed inside about 98% of the time, going out for only the essentials. While we have totally enjoyed each other’s company for the last 39 years, our relationship, like so many others, has been tested a time or two being together…
At any given time of the day, you can turn on the news and hear about this awful coronavirus also referred to as COVID-19. Whatever you call it, it’s just plain awful. With the recommendation to stay inside as much as possible, lots of seniors are concerned about going to needed doctor appoi…
I will be the first to confess. I truly expected things to go back to normal by now. After all, I have been behaving. I have been social distancing, understanding the measure of 6 feet, wearing masks in public, and going up the correct aisle of whichever arrow is pointing at Safeway. Well, I…
Weekends during shelter-in-place worry me because by Saturday my family has been home all week and I am not sure if I will be able to keep the kids entertained one more day.
As if our family wasn’t already a den of hypochondriacs, along comes the coronavirus!
Two of our three daughters are getting married this year — one month apart. And the first one, in May, will take place in our backyard. While the thought of our two upcoming weddings fills me with excitement, there is one thing I am not excited about — getting dressed up. I hate getting dres…
My world came to an abrupt halt two weeks ago when my computer crashed.
Many seniors suffer from various chronic aches and pains — I do.
Well, did you survive the holidays? Now comes the fun part — putting it all away! Maybe you’ve seen me at Lowe’s, purchasing numerous storage bins and bubble wrap for all the new Christmas decorations I purchased this past year. It begins after Halloween. I begin buying festive holiday décor…
With the New Year starting, most people began 2020 by wishing their family and friends a happy and healthy new year. I know I did. As we get older, the fear of injury or illness is much more prevalent, and ending up in the hospital is the worst-case scenario for anybody. When we get a cold o…
The last few weeks were literally a nonstop eat-a-thon. The devouring of cookies, pies, pasta, and everything I could possibly make involving mass quantities of cheese may just be the culprit of my holiday weight gain. Everything looked so good. As I told my Facebook friends: I need to learn…
Wasn’t it just last week I had my bathing suit on and was headed down to the Summerset pool for a swim? Yet, today I am preparing food for our Chanukah and Christmas celebrations. Where does the time go?
The holiday season is upon us, which brings a multitude of emotions. Most of us will be spending time with loved ones who are family or friends, just like family. I consider myself extremely blessed to have people in my life that mean so much to both Grandpa and me.
Holidays are great, but it seems very unfair to clump the biggies all together.
My grandmother died in 1994, but I touched base with her last weekend.
As we get older, our minds can become a little foggy, especially when it comes to our childhood memories. There are tidbits and snippets of recollections, but trying to put the pieces together in chronological order can sometimes be difficult. Unfortunately, there’s nobody with whom I can co…
Like I didn’t have enough going on in my life, what with moving my mom into an assisted living residence, but this past weekend, we also adopted a puppy.
As I sit here on the Sunday morning before Thanksgiving, waiting to join our family for a late lunch, I pondered what to write this year for my holiday article.
On Monday, Nov. 11, schools, post offices and other government-related functions were closed.
Well, I can finally boast that all my kids are now employed. Haley started her new job as a hostess at Melo’s Pizza last week, and she is thrilled!
This week, I had my 50,000-mile checkup — not for my car, for me.
You may find this hard to believe, but I was quite a rocker in my youth.
Recently, I wrote an article about taking a road trip to Joshua Tree National Park. This delightful expanse is peaceful and serene, featuring unique rock formations and trees indigenous to the area. While we’re now able to take advantage of being retired — and still have the ability to just …
As we get older, there are more and more things to remember to do and when to do them.
There are very few things that I hate. It’s an extremely strong word, and I prefer when it comes to people, food or activities that I use “dislike a lot” or “really don’t care for” since those seem a lot less harsh. When it comes to needles, however, I can honestly say I hate them with a pas…
It began innocently. A few miniature houses would adorn my fireplace mantel at Christmas time, and then get packed up and put away until the next year. But then along came Michael’s, with their line of Lemax “Christmas Village” pieces.
For the first eight years of my life, we lived just minutes away from my grandparents in Brooklyn.
Some mornings, I wake up and take a moment or two to figure out what day of the week it is. After retirement, they all sort of blend together. Often, I ask Grandpa and he seems just as perplexed, but the beauty of retirement is the ability to ignore what day it is and enjoy whatever we choos…
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