How Many Christmases Do You Get?

Little Alisha wanted to know how old I was, so instead of asking directly, she crawled up on my lap on the swing and asked me, “Aunty Beth, how many Christmases have you had?” When I told her, she thought Continue reading

5 Tips to Keep From Going Insane During the Holidays

Face it. The holidays make us all a little crazy. Deep in the recesses of our minds we long for that magic when we were kids, before we figured out “Santa” was just dad or a crazy uncle or the Continue reading

About Those Habits

This is a wonderful article from NPR – thanks to Aaron Karmin for bringing it to my attention on his blog Anger Management: Habits: How they form and how to break them From the article: It turns out that every Continue reading

Friends ARE Benefits

Friends are good for us. You know that. A friend is someone who just accepts you the way you are. And when you aren’t being yourself, they let you know. Friends are important for survival. They improve our immune system Continue reading

Five Survival Tips for the Holidaze

It’s the crazy season! A woman pepper sprays a crowd over a stack of towels at WalMart. A gang lies in wait in the parking lot to mug the “Black Friday” shoppers. A rival gang mugs the muggers… Are you Continue reading

Did You Know Steve Jobs?

Didn’t we all? Whether you were a Mac Freak (I’ve been one since 1984) or — as we like to call it, “computing from the dark side” on a PC, who DIDN’T know Steve Jobs?  creative commons He was our Continue reading

How to Learn that New Program Faster

[tweetmeme] “Oh man, I can’t believe they upgraded this operating system! Now I have to learn new software!” Groan After we leave school, we grownups don’t focus much on the learning process.  We’re overwhelmed with two or three new learning Continue reading

Community Trumps Tragedy

I was touched by the community pride in Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  Museums and displays proudly and solemnly showcase the efforts of Nova Scotians when the survivors and the dead from Continue reading

Packing for 2011

Holidays are always a time of reflection. Years and Birthdays ending in Zero seem to impact us more than others. As this year and decade come to a close and we move into another year ending in “1”, decide what Continue reading