Wisdom from the Recliner

If you’re lucky, wisdom blindsides you from the recliner

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Like most parents, being a parent is my favorite role in life — that is until it isn’t.

By nature, I’m a problem solver. Isn’t that a primary parental role? We pretend to have solutions to our kids' problems when actually, we’re winging it. …


Calling all Planner Nerds

Stay with the old or go with the new?

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Do you remember your first planner? It likely wasn’t a planner at all, just a calendar. My first one was a cute little calendar from a Hallmark store. Back in the day, they were given out for free, at least that's how I remember it.

I loved that little calendar…


Potential Stalker

And it wasn’t because of his music

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Ever have a crazy infatuation with an entertainer? Guilty.

In 1979, I was a newlywed, and my infatuation bordered on stalker proportions. Of course, I would never do that, but I may have considered it once or twice.

My crazy infatuation was with the singer, songwriter Harry Chapin.

Sadly, he’s…


Dear Writer

And your neatly organized bookcase won’t save you.

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Dear Hopeful Younger Self,

Do you remember all those books you accumulated as a loyal subscriber to the Writer’s Digest Book Club?

There were some darn good books in that collection. Especially the ones you were so anxious to get you immediately mailed a check so shipping would be free…


This happened to me

And I thought I was good, but not that good

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Have you ever been flagged down while innocently waiting for a green light? This just happened to me. I was on my way home from yet another aggravating trip to Walmart. Not sure why I continue to shop there, probably because it’s close to home and I’m lazy.

I was…


Boomer Perspective

This will help you in the company of Millennials

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In my day-to-day life, I don’t interact with too many Millennials. It’s not that I don’t like Millenials. Of course, I do. Some of my favorite humans are Millennials. But for the last several years I’ve lived in a community full of Baby Boomers. …


A lesson learned

Turned out she meant me

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One of my teenage jobs was as a clerk and cashier at W.T.Grants in Toledo, Ohio. Grants was an early version of a Walmart, lots of stuff, most of it cheap crap from China.

It was the early 70s.

I was 18 and working with a crew of much older…


Coastal Maine

Not all trolls are scary, some are just darn cute

Roskva, the strongest of the trolls protecting our family. Author’s collection.

The phrase Giant Trolls does not show up in my conversation very often — that is until a recent visit to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Now I can’t stop talking about them!

The Giant Trolls are part of an exhibit titled Guardians of the Seeds by Danish artist and recycle…


More than we expected on our first Harvest Host experience.

Point Labaddie Brewery. Author’s photo.

Hubs and I recently had our first Harvest Host experience. Harvest Host is a collection of breweries, wineries, distilleries, and farms joined together to welcome campers overnight.

Campers are known to appreciate beer, wine, spirits, and grub. What could be better? And since we have recently returned to camping in…


Our new adventure feels familiar

Our Leisure Travel Van, the Mini Rig. Author’s photo.

We’re back!

After four years, we’re finally back on the road. We’re traveling across the country, literally from California to Maine, in our new-to-us Mini Rig. We haven't officially named it yet, so for now we’re going with the Mini Rig. The name fits since it’s definitely mini. …

Kris Downey

Kris Downey is a woman who pays attention and fills up journals in barely legible cursive. Among her favorite topics are life lessons, travel and humor.

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