This article appears in the July 2019 issue of Mature Focus. To read the entire issue, visit http://www.mature-focus.com. One of mankind’s greatest inventions is online shopping. The fact that I can plop down at my computer while wearing my jammies and with a few clicks have the power to purchase just about anything without crowds … Continue reading Reader beware!
Recently, I received the following text from Alex, my 13-year-old daughter: Dwight's face is a perfect representation of my first reaction to this news. My second reaction was to dispatch the disaster team to salvage the situation. "I claim Saturday, May 9 as Mother's Day!" I was not about to share my other special day … Continue reading Mother’s Day 2020: A planning catastrophe
I'll come back later. "Harry Potter Fans wait up to 10 hours to ride Universal Orlando's newest roller coaster" - Time.com. https://time.com/5607217/harry-potter-ride-universal-10-hour-line/ Yes you read right. The wait for the new Harry Potter ride, Hagrid's Motorbike at Universal Orlando is ten hours. Who are these people waiting for ten hours? I mean it, who are … Continue reading Wait for it
Set 80,000 years ago, the film, "Quest For Fire" follows several early human tribe members in their crusade to learn how to create fire after their carefully guarded flame is accidentally extinguished. Using only grunts and hand gestures to communicate to each other, the group successfully negotiates encounters with cannibals* and hungry tigers, just to … Continue reading Quest for fire: Part two
If you find yourself in a survival situation, a fire not only keeps you warm, it's a vital morale booster and can make all the difference between life and death - or so I'm told by TV survivalist, Les Stroud of "Survivor Man" fame. I've never personally been in such a position, unless you count … Continue reading Quest for fire: Part one
Last week, Hank received a card in the mail. It read: Hi Hank! How are you? I haven't seen you for awhile, so I hope you are ok and still getting a lot of exercise. I hope your allergies are not too bad this year. Hank's card from Donna. I am walking but not as … Continue reading A good egg
Recently Brian (my husband) and I were discussing the "Game of Thrones" craziness* and we both agreed with a snobby sense of pride that neither one of us had ever watched the show and had no intentions to, ever. What turns us off so much? The show has dragons. I don't like dragons. Don't get … Continue reading GoT dragons?
To get mine, all it took was an epic public meltdown. I was trying to "install" the 1940's wooden screen frames I'd neglected outside to the midwestern elements for an entire year into our porch. Who knew they'd be completely warped and ruined? I figured it wasn't anything a swinging hammer or kicking foot couldn't … Continue reading The simple pleasures of a screened porch
"Alex isn't here," were the first words from Hazel as we exited the auditorium. We had just finished college signing day for Hazel with interviews, photos and numerous congratulatory hugs from supportive friends and coaches. She was on cloud nine with the spotlight on her yet she was thinking about her little sister and how … Continue reading Spring Camp: Day 3
I watched a movie from beginning to end in one sitting, not counting Hank's potty breaks. This is a profound achievement not accomplished in years. All possible because Alex isn't here. It isn't that she stops me from watching movies but the movies I want to watch, like ones about Ted Bundy, are usually watched … Continue reading Spring Camp: Day 2