Smile Emojis and Other Blunders

I remember the day... the day that changed everything for communication. It was the day that news sources began accepting “comments” under news articles. When was that even? It has to have been at least ten years ago... but I remember thinking, well it’s nice to hear about the coming snowstorm from the actual journalist, [...]

Julie’s Tape

I had labeled it "Julie's Tape." My teenage son had decided that it would be a fun (and useful) project to convert my ancient collection of cassette tapes (yes, young 'uns, those used to be a thing :)) into digitized form, especially since we sort of no longer even have a tape player.... I cringed [...]

Confessions of an Unbeliever

Wait... what? Shalimamma, an unbeliever?! Yeah, that's right. I may as well cut to the chase. I'm a natural-born skeptic, a Thomas (before he became a saint), a question-asker (is that a word?), a challenger to any and all "boxes" people want to assign me to, which seem logical and easy, but equally seem impossible [...]

How to Survive Complete Loss of Power

It was an unusually perfect Friday morning. For Ohio, when there are no clouds and the weather is 72 degrees, even the trees seem excited. It was time to plan a last ditch-attempt trip for our family, perhaps a visit to Niagra Falls or something, before school starts... That was when the electricity guy knocked [...]

Forgiveness Friday: The Abandoned Generation

"Ain't found a way to kill me yet....." "Oh, God, please, won't you help me make it through!" These are some lyrics from the song "Rooster" by Alice In Chains..... music from my generation. I mentioned in an earlier post that this was always one of my favorite songs as a young teen, and I [...]