Tomorrow is September 1st. Although we’re back to rather warm weather right now in northern Virginia, fall is not far behind. If you don’t believe me, just pop in to any store and you’ll find sugary-to-a-fault candy corn, costumes scary enough to make grown men wet their pants, and hideous spider-related decorations for your home. … Continue reading Give Me Time to Adjust, OK?
During my final year of commuting to work, I passed by the same young teen waiting for his school bus. He was a lone soul at that bus stop. The thought that I should pray for him popped into my head one day. So I did, calling him Bus Stop Boy in my mind since I … Continue reading Thoughts on Prayers
I received my weekly report card from Grammarly yesterday. If you don’t already know, Grammarly is (according to their own website) “an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform for the English language developed by Grammarly, Inc.” Even though I consider myself above average in spelling, punctuation, and word usage, I use Grammarly … Continue reading Say It Again, Sam
Legendary Stanford professor Tina Seelig posed the following assignment to teams of students in one of her classes: How profitably can a team run a (very) short-term business with $5 in seed money? The team could spend as much time as they wanted in the planning stage, but could actually “operate” the business for a … Continue reading Five Bucks, Two Hours, and Three Minutes
One of the questions on the VA application for a REAL ID is this: Have you ever been found guilty of a crime other than parking violations? The phrasing indicated to me that the government wanted any speeding or moving violations included. So I had to fess up. Yes, I am guilty of the most … Continue reading Guilty As Charged
After I wrote about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House on the Prairie book series, one of my readers commented: “WHO DIDN’T LOVE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE?!” Well, as it turns out, the Board of the Association for Library Service to Children. After Wilder’s very successful writing career as a beloved children’s author, … Continue reading Those Who Do Not Remember The Past…
Isn’t deep conversation with a friend fulfilling? It nurtures the soul. It leads to stimulating thoughts. It can help us understand others better. In talking with my friend Jen today, I learned she grew up in an Army family. They moved every single year until she was a teen. She now thinks those early years … Continue reading Make New Old Friends
Remember the old custom of throwing uncooked rice at newlyweds at the close of the marriage ceremony? Some believe that the rice was a symbol of rain which represented (at least for farmers) good crops and good fortune. Other sites say the custom began in ancient Rome with Roman wedding guests tossing wheat at the … Continue reading Nuptial Flinging and Hurling
Do you have a REAL ID? No, I’m not talking about your state driver’s license, your Social Security card, or your birth certificate. I’m talking about the state-issued identification card that is actually called your REAL ID. After the horrific events of 9/11, our government began a process of creating tighter standards for people to … Continue reading Who Do You Think You Are?
Little House on the Prairie premiered on television as a pilot in March 1974. It was picked up as a series by NBC later that fall and was a successful show for nine seasons. According to the website LittleHouseOnThePrairie.com, the show has been on television for more than 40 years, still showing on channels INSP … Continue reading Oh Give Me A Home