I didn’t learn it all in Kindergarten: I learned a lot this week

(Photos from our 1998 trip to Yellowstone) One of the things I like best about being a freelance writer is the chance to interview people, learn what makes them tick, and then weave those words in such a way that others think they know that person a bit better having read the article. But everyContinue reading “I didn’t learn it all in Kindergarten: I learned a lot this week”

Schools Going to Four Days a Week?

Oh happy days. In case you’ve been dreading your progeny returning to school this fall, school administrators across the country may have just found the perfect way for you to spend a little more time with your loved ones. According to Reuters, schools say they can save money by only opening four days a week,Continue reading “Schools Going to Four Days a Week?”

You oughta just have a burger, he says.

Eating "special food" in public is embarrassing.  There’s no other way around it.  Someone is sitting across from you eating a juicy burger laden with lettuce, tomato, pickle and green chile while you pick at the top of your pre-packed Jenny Craig tuna kit, and well, it’s like wearing a sign that says, "I’m tooContinue reading “You oughta just have a burger, he says.”

Rural America Still A Great Destination

“Want me to run down to the Chug-n-Jug to get you some half and half? I can put in the fridge for you.” The question is not delivered with the haughty snobbery of your usual concierge and the man asking is dressed in jeans and a checked shirt instead of a starched uniform. And thatContinue reading “Rural America Still A Great Destination”

Lacing Up the Begging Shoes

There’s this part of me that is bursting with pride that two of my kids did so well in this past weekend’s national climbing competition. The other part is wondering why they couldn’t be lazy, good-for-nothing teenagers like everyone else. It’s not that I don’t want them to be in shape, learn the great lessonsContinue reading “Lacing Up the Begging Shoes”