Growing up, I was taught to say “please” and “thank you,” to put my napkin on my lap and to keep my elbows off the table. Sometimes dinnertime wasn’t a lot of fun since I kept forgetting the elbow rule. But those lessons became engrained in my head and I follow them today. ... » Learn More about Common courtesy still desired
How to travel in Southwestern USA I just returned home after a two-week trip to Southwest America, where 1,700 miles took us through the four states of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah (not necessarily in that order). The trip included hiking in NM mountains, a scary four-wheel drive in CO ... » Learn More about How to travel in Southwestern USA
Staging your home might be a necessity! “Agents should never try to sell their own homes!” I heard this from more than one source when I was putting my personal co-op on the market. “Agents aren’t objective,” the story went. “Well,” I thought. “This simply is not true for me!!!” Of course ... » Learn More about Staging your home might be a necessity
Sure, I’ll go to a Goat Rodeo! That sounds like a wild and crazy and hectic thing. In fact, if you look up the definition of Goat Rodeo, the term refers to an especially chaotic situation. What fun! Well, as it turns out, not only is a Goat Rodeo not chaotic, there aren’t even any goats! But it ... » Learn More about Whattya mean there are no goats at a Goat Rodeo?
I’ve written about my allergic reaction to poison ivy before. When I was growing up, I used to get such a severe rash that I eventually had to go to an allergist for weekly shots to try to reduce the reaction. If someone was burning branches which had poison ivy on them, I’d get a rash. If I touch ... » Learn More about Why don’t dogs get poison ivy?