Lessons from My History Teacher- Mr Hines

As part of my Gratitude Project I wrote the following letter to Mr Robert E Hines  which I share with his permission. It’s dated 2 June 2018. Dear Bob; Great teachers teach beyond than their subject matter.  They impart life lessons to their students. Students may be deaf to this other lessons because they were…

My Year of Magical Thinking

They tell me everyone grieves in her own way.  During my husband’s illness with pancreatic cancer I learned that a friend from graduate school had lost his son Sam to a car accident.  Though it had been many years since we had spoken, my heart sank. I knew that John dearly loved his children as…

Never Too Late to Dance

Dad only began ski lessons when his children began lessons. He had learned on the slopes with friends in the 1950’s. As an athletic young man he managed well enough. Mom mentioned that she had taken lessons when she took up the sport. The long trips to mountains north of New York City may have…

Vacation Processes—Getting Ready

Growing up: My family regularly took a ski vacation in the Winter to the Adirondacks of New York. To balance the budget, we drove slightly shorter to the Berkshires of New York and camped at Taconic State Park right next to the small town of Copake Falls. When taking any extended trip my father had…

Review of 2017 Aspirational Quotes

Resolutions for the new year have long been abandoned by me. Instead, I find quotes that capture an attribute or life practice to which I aspire. Before choosing my 2018 quotes it seemed wise to reflect on last years’ quotes. It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the…

All Dogs Cannot Be Male

You’re with me, right?  It’s biologically impossible for all dogs to be male. The general population knows that it takes a male and female dog to procreate. That’s how puppies are made. Then, why do ninety percent of the people who stop me when I’m walking Layla ask “What’s his name?” I respond “Her name…

Traveling as I Turn 55

“Happy Birthday, Love and Hugs” greeted me first thing in the morning, a message from my sister Margaret. At 5:45 am Josh drives to me the airport, the plane to San Francisco departs at 7 am. I have a day filled with meetings ahead of me. Working on my birthday—a necessity for this self-employed engineer….

Lessons Beyond Math

As part of my Gratitude Project I wrote the following letter to Mrs. Margaret Marcou which I share with her permission. Dear Margaret; I believe teachers teach more than their subject matter.  They may teach manners- i.e. how to behave in this classroom.  They also impart something of their own’s life lessons or experiences to…

Cloth Puzzles With Mom

Word Puzzles, Jigsaw Puzzles, Number Puzzles, Crossword Puzzles, Tangram Puzzles. All these puzzles involve solving a problem either with word clues, numerical plays on numbers or spatial proportions. Puzzles were part of our family upbringing. Both my parents liked tackling the New York Times crossword puzzle; often shuttling it between themselves during the weekday mornings….

Movie Sharing with Sean

Last fall I arranged a stop in Tucson, Arizona to visit my brother and his family. My nephew/godson Sean would be appearing in his high school’s production of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s “You Can’t Take It With You.” While his was a small part (one of the G-men,) it created a lovely excuse…