Almost Time for: Adventures on Vacation

I am so looking forward to this year’s family vacation.  Another wild foray into the woods, where we get to mellow out and renew our spirits, enjoy each other’s company and have fun. In some years the vacation arrangements work well —  lots of exciting things to do and see, lots of adventure. In other…

Semper gumby: dealing with the serendipity of travel

Travel is always iffy, especially in the winter. You plan an itinerary; research and reserve hotels; and figure out if a car rental is needed. If you’re flying, you think through connecting flights; not only the amount of time needed to transfer, but potential delays (ORD in Chicago often seems to have issues, no matter…

Teaching kids about money with the 3G bank

When our granddaughter, Rachel, turned five, we started giving her an allowance of $5 each time we talked. Since she and her family live on an island in Alaska, we primarily interact with them via Skype. Our usual calls conclude with reading two books; a longer picture book for the older girl and a board book for the two…

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

Fulfilling our basic human desire for unconditional love is why most people get dogs!  No matter what stress or hardship happened during the day, coming home to a living being that is just beside himself with joy at my arrival can’t help but lift my spirits.  Of course, my dog sometimes is too busy to…