XX Year Anniversary of XXIX

I woke up to that awesome "wall of guitars" this morning.  I was intrigued, yet slightly annoyed, that someone was in my bedroom playing a hauntingly echoing version of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" while I slept.  Then I remembered that I had changed my ringtone on my cellphone the other day.  So I pulled my phone…

Texas: The European Tour

Did you know that Texas has a plethora of cities named after European cities?  I have known about Paris, Texas since I was a young girl.  I've toured most of Europe since we lived in Germany most of my childhood.  We spent many a holiday visiting the UK, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg,…

Welcome Home, Hero. Rest in Peace.

This was not the first military funeral I had attended.  It was the first time I'd been to any funeral that took place 76 years after the deceased had died.  This young man, a kid the same age as my third of five children, has finally made it home to be put to rest with…

Ramadan 1438 (2017)

Well, in sticking with my usual Ramadan traditions, breakfast was LATE on the first night this year, too. I had big plans, people. BIG plans. We had the dates soaking in milk for about 13 hours. We had freshly made mango juice. We had hummous and baba ghanouj and I even remembered to have my…

THIS IS ONLY A TEST!

Like most of the "popular vote," our family mourned the election results on November 9, 2016. My 11 year old niece was in tears, asking my sister, "But how could HE be elected? He's mean. How could America elect a bully to be our next President?" Indeed. She wasn't the only kid to react this…

Now That I Can Breathe Without Tears

This was my post on Facebook the day following the tragic and brutal assassination of five police officers just 20 miles east of me in Dallas. I thought I would share it here and then expand: "I spent the better part of last night with my ear glued to the radio. I feel like a…

My Memories of Former President Jimmy Carter

On August 20, 2015, Former President Jimmy Carter announced to the world that the melanoma that he'd been battling has reached his brain. I was saddened by this news. True, President Carter and I weren't buddies or friends or even acquaintances. But he was the first US President to whom I'd ever written a letter…

Taking the Upgrade Plunge

While the rest of the American world is comfortable in their common vocabulary that uses phrases like "U-Verse (R)*" and "bundled" and "DVR," I'm smiling and nodding like the toy Bobblehead you purchased at the last major league baseball game you went to and regret that one last 32-ounce beer every time you look at…

Patience

You hear all the time "Be careful what you wish for." It's true. I used to wish, pray and beg for patience. And seemingly I get tested more and more frequently in the patience department. So now that I'm forty-fi*COUGH......COUGH....* ahem, TWENTY-NINE, I realize that patience is not some virtue you just sort of "come…