Monday, October 23, 2017
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Lucille Ball Picking up rocks and hiding them in their RV (recreational vehicle) on a trip through the mountains. Stomping on grapes. Harvesting spaghetti from spaghetti trees. Inspecting candy on a factory line. The Vitameatavegimen demo Wheedling her way into her husband’s show. All with disastrous results. Which episode of “I Love Lucy” is your favorite? The behind-the-scenes real-life story of this series is of a film actress, married to a bandleader, who was looking for a way to extend her career and keep her traveling husband at home so they could start a family. That is how Lucille... (Read More ...)

Playground A bully at our new school threatened me on the playground. He didn’t push me down or anything, just made it clear that he was used to getting his way. I didn’t think so. I went home and told my big brother. He went to the playground to back me up. No fisticuffs were exchanged. Just a talk setting expectations. I never had any trouble with the bully again. Isn’t that what big brothers are for? This week both my brothers, one older, one younger, are celebrating their birthdays. We haven’t lived in the same state since I was 19. But, when I called my brothers to tell them one... (Read More ...)

Sofa The couch in my mother-in-law’s house had to be replaced a few months ago. She just turned 95. She lives in her own home. We planned to bring in a couple of armchairs from other rooms. Her caregivers were appalled. “Oh, no. She gets visitors. We have to have a couch so there will be enough room for them to sit.” She gets so many visitors they have to have a couch? Yes. The minister of her church came to sing hymns with her. A neighbor, and former minister, came with his wife and her homemade soup. Two sisters-in-law came to visit regularly. A daughter’s friend dropped in from time-to-time,... (Read More ...)

Fireworks and the Lincoln Memorial What are your family traditions? Where do you watch the fireworks? Do you watch a show,  set off your own or watch them on tv? What is your traditional 4th of July food? Do you make hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill? Potato salad? Corn-on-the-cob? Watermelon? How are your children going to learn to spit seeds with seedless watermelon? Do you invite friends or neighbors over for a big celebration? Do you have a quiet celebration with your own family? Do you go somewhere to celebrate? Do you try to stay away from the crowds? Do you go to the beach? Some... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia The most popular post this week was: How Do You Build a Strong Popsicle Bridge? The most popular post this month was: How Do You Build a Strong Popsicle Bridge? Coming up, look for: Monday, April 4: Advocacy. A Different Sample of an Autobiography. Colon cancer survivors, pink ribbon campaign. Tuesday, April 5: Golden Fleece. Story-telling at Work. Smithsonian, storytelling as leadership, storytelling to heal Middle Eastern youth Wednesday, April 6: Appreciative. Inquiry. Focusing on best behavior, expanding strengths. Ask questions, mental illness, parenting, grandparenting. Thursday,... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia The most popular post this week was: How Do You Build a Strong Popsicle Bridge? The most popular post this month was: How Do You Build a Strong Popsicle Bridge? Next week, look for: Monday: Vanity license plates, games, stories, categories and examples. Tuesday: Children and cellphones. Children want to stay in touch with their friends. Parents want to stay in touch with their children. What are appropriate boundaries? Wednesday: Does your family have a game night? What are your favorite games? Which ones are the best for crossing ages and generations? Thursday: Can we... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia The most popular post this week was: How Do You Build a Strong Popsicle Bridge? The most popular post this month was: How Do You Build a Strong Popsicle Bridge? Next week, look for: Monday: Angry. Birds. Help. How did one of the most popular games on a cell phone get started? What tips will help you play the game? Tuesday: Face. Recognition. What are you going to do about the photos in a shoebox? Leave the shoebox to your children? Are they all labeled? Will your children know who they are? Wednesday: QR. Code. What Is a QR Code? What do waffles have to do with QR code? Scavenger... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia I first encountered microfiber in the early 1960s. A friend who sewed many of her own clothes showed me this soft, flexible cloth that felt and looked like leather but sewed like cotton. By 1978, I had met a woman who wore an entire suit of microfiber. She liked it because it traveled well, was light in her suitcase and didn’t hold wrinkles. I liked it because it looked like she was wearing a very expensive suede suite. Skip ahead a few decades as the inventors of this polyester cloth tried to find out what else to do with it. Now, I have friends who have furniture covered... (Read More ...)

Image via Wikipedia The most popular post this week was: How Do You Build A Strong Popsicle Bridge? Coming up next week, look for: Monday: Visual. Table of Contents. Who Wrote the Star-Spangled Banner? Why are good visualization tools important? What does this have to do with the  Space Shuttle Challenger? Tuesday: Paper. Towels. Which Brand of paper Towel Is the Most Absorbent? Is Bounty the best? How would you find out? How do you compare most absorbent against strongest, or best value? What about cloth? Wednesday: Teenagers. Values. Guest post on Radical Parenting site. What do 120 teenagers... (Read More ...)

Windex A friend complained recently that she could only get Lysol 4 in 1 wipes. She could no longer just buy Lysol. It’s not true. At least, on their web site, they offer the concentrate. However, that doesn’t mean that at your local grocery store, or Target or Wal-Mart you can still get the concentrate, instead of the presumably more profitable wipes. This trend to more convenient cleaning products seems to have expanded since I was deciding which cleaning products to buy as a young housewife. I spoke to someone last week who talked about using Clorox wipes to clean her kitchen counters.... (Read More ...)