Marla Luckhardt

Grandpa and I enjoy our trips to Las Vegas, mainly to see dear friends who have become family over the past 40 years. Our visits do not focus around gambling or other Las Vegas norms, but exploring and spending time with these loved ones.

Nobody loved to watch fireworks more than I did. Back in the early to mid-sixties, every July Fourth I would take a blanket and walk to the beach with friends. There were two small beaches in our little town, and the one across the bridge was the best place to lie down on those blankets and …

I didn’t have an article in last week’s paper because Grandpa and I were on our annual vacation to our favorite island of Kauai. Although we are both retired, we still look forward to vacations that take us away from day-to-day chores and, yes, those ever-increasing doctor’s appointments. I …

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day. It was bittersweet for a lot of us who enjoyed spending time with family and friends, but missed our moms who are no longer with us. I, personally, had a wonderful weekend surrounded by loved ones and, although I miss my mom very much, I felt her around me all day. 

When I pull up next to a police car at a stop sign or red light, I look over, smile and wave. I always get a return smile and a hello. I have the utmost respect for police officers, firemen, teachers, service men and women and many other selfless people who choose an occupation that helps ot…

Some people crave salty foods like chips, pretzels or some well-seasoned french fries, while others have a sweet tooth and crave sugar. I, personally, am a very nonpartisan snacker and enjoy both, but what am I doing to my body with my choices? My blood pressure is on the low side so salt is…

There are several mornings I wake up and have to take a minute to figure out what day it is. Oh, sure, I can listen to the camel on TV screaming that it’s hump day and glean that it’s Wednesday, but for the most part, my life with Grandpa is now an endless series of days that feel like Satur…

I am not really sure what bugs me more this time of year, the daylight savings time fiasco or tax season. Luckily, Grandpa takes on the burden of getting our files ready for the tax preparer, but he has yet to get me back that one hour of sleep I lost last weekend. Keep trying, Dear!

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