I’ve read/listened to some interesting books lately.

1. Cinderella Ate My Daughter – I’m guessing you won’t agree with all the premises of this book (I certainly didn’t), but what is interesting is the study of the way corporations market to girls. (Like did you ever notice that when all the Disney princesses are together – they don’t look at each other?)

2. My Lucky Life – the autobiography of Dick Van Dyke. Ok, we all know him. We’ve all watched his shows. He often repeats that he wanted anything he played in to be family fare – yet a lot went on his life that was not family fare. Kind of paradoxically moralistic or something.

3. Kisses from Katie – fascinating story that is still continuing over in Uganda. This is the story of Katie Davis (homecoming queen etc.), who at 18, left her comfortable family, her college plans and much-loved boyfriend and went on a missions trip to Uganda and basically never came home (except for visits). She now runs an organization (Amazima) that feeds and educates hundreds of children – and has adopted 14 of those children herself. She is now 24.  As you read, you are constantly amazed at how she spends her days and what she’s accomplished.

If you choose one book out of the three to read – make it the last.



Been a busy weekend and have done several new things -well, met several new people.

But here’s an interesting experience I had today.

I randomly started talking to a couple that were visiting church … and turns out they are really, good friends of my daughter-in-law’s parents. Which when you consider that both the visiting couple and C’s parents live out-of-state – is rather very small worldish.

Anyhow, preparing to do a book recommendation post soon.


OK – Today is January 25th and yet according to the kitchen calendar, it is still December.

Each year I get five calendars –

1. The Jeopardy Desk Calendar (an annual gift from a friend for the past 28 years or so) which goes on my work desk.

2. The Mensa Desk Calendar (also a gift) which  goes on my work desk.

3. The Ruth Wick calendar (the one she illustrates for Friends of Israel) which hangs by the at-home desk and is the official “birthday” calendar with everyone’s birthday duly noted.

4. The wall calendar at work which is usually one I make from my own pictures – but doing those is expensive, so I haven’t done one this year.

5. The kitchen wall calendar which is usually a purchased calendar of somewhere I’ve been (like last year’s was Scotland) or somewhere I hope to go (like New York City).

This year, as usual, I have the first three – but not the last two.

I didn’t think it would be difficult to find one half price at the bookstore after the New Year’s, but the only calendars left were those displaying pictures of frogs or Marilyn Monroe – neither one excited me.

But I knew sooner or later I would have to take down December in Scotland – so I checked out Amazon and found a calendar that works for me – The Reading Woman Calendar displaying artists works of ladies with books.

And today it arrived. Ah … now I know for sure it is January.


Sometimes the new “somethings” just pop out at you.

Like today.

Fun dinner at Smashburger tonight with Kris.

(Happy Birthday!)

We actually both had chicken sandwiches rather than burger – burgers.

Mine had avocado and bacon on a piece of grilled chicken.

Kris had the basic grill chicken sandwich.

Oh, and I also got some fried pickles which were interesting AND salty.

My sandwich was very good even though you know going in that a place called Smashburger will not be known for is elegance.




This morning I introduced myself to someone I should’ve met a long time ago … which, I think, counts for my something new today. Wasn’t totally out of nowhere – there is a round about connection to her so introducing myself wasn’t odd or anything but it did take some courage on my part (still have that shy streak inside of me).  All went well.

Ok – so I am listening to a book on CD, a non-fiction book by a well-known, New York Time Best Seller list author.  I’m not overly familiar with her books, but have seen a couple movies based on her novels. The book I’m listening to is, again, non-fiction and about the importance of kindness.  I was surprised when she started out with Scripture and then continued to use Scripture to back up her points. Made me wonder where she was coming from – Is she a Christian? (Her books aren’t Christian fiction, as such.)

Then she says, “Because of my traveling for my books, I don’t get to work at my church as much as I used to, so I make an effort to teach at our church’s Awana Club as much as possible.  I like telling stories to the kids.”

Interesting. I’m doing some investigation and will let you know if I learn more because I’m sure some of you have read her books or seen her movies.