Children learn to smile from their parents. ~Shinichi Suzuki See what I’m teaching my kids?   I’m simply passing on my version of the funny I learned growing up–thanks in big part to my dad.  He is a master at telling a funny story, and watching him, I learned the value in being able to get people to smile, to laugh and to share joy. And I learned other things. Growing up, my dad was big on safety.  He… Read more »

  When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality.  It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway. ― Erma Bombeck   Growing up I got great advice from my mom.  I’m sure of it. However at the moment, all I can think about is the time she told me to always carry a hat pin when riding a city bus.  You know, in case of unsavory… Read more »

While flipping through a magazine last week, I saw a two page spread of Pretty Things You Wish You Had or something like that. Anyway, I saw a cute, colorful glass tumbler and immediately I got caught in the glow of something sparkly. I thought: I want my kitchen to look cute too! I must replace my mismatched (read: broken) sets immediately! Then my house will be pretty and in magazine-like order. Okay maybe not exactly like a magazine, because… Read more »