As it celebrates its 35th anniversary, I figured it was time to write about my favorite TV quiz show. The one whose questions are in the form of answers, and contestants are required to state their answers in the form of a question. Yes ... What is Jeopardy? Disclaimer: I am probably among the … Continue reading What is … Jeopardy geek?
Twelve years ago – on September 4, 2006 – we tragically lost one of my family's all-time heroes. The world still feels smaller to me without him. And it still hurts me to my core to think about how Steve Irwin – naturalist, famed 'Crocodile Hunter' of Animal Planet TV, and owner of the Australia … Continue reading Remembering Steve Irwin
I was sitting at the hairdresser's the other day when the Don Henley song, 'Heart of the Matter' came on. And I realized that I always stop whatever I'm doing (I was reading at the time) to listen and really tune in, even sing along, if I'm alone. I think it's one of the deepest … Continue reading ‘Heart of the matter’
Just got back from Texas, y'all! Not just any part of Texas. Austin Texas - what some call the political 'blue dot in the red sea.' What residents proudly proclaim 'weird.' And what visitors like me found pretty irresistible with its combination of relaxed, friendly vibe; cool, small, clean city bordered by the Colorado River; … Continue reading My Texas ‘Best-ests’
I finally figured it out! Why I relate so much to movies and quote movie lines, want to emulate movie characters. Find comfort and meaning in TV shows. Feel less alone - and more understood - if I read an excellent book or discover an amazing song. What I figured out is that these … Continue reading Keeping it real
A Power Plant Operations Director I’m friendly with once shared with me that two of his proudest moments at our company were that he built a koi pond for employees at one of our main electric generation facilities and that he started a lunchtime bocce league in office where I work, which grew from four … Continue reading Extracurriculars count!
We recently celebrated my dad's 88th birthday. It was a really small, casual gathering - basically just immediate family, with good food (deli and lots of pastrami and sour pickles), good conversation (about all our lives, and my kids' upcoming moves and new adventures) and just a nice, relaxed little lunch. My dad, who's gotten … Continue reading Milestones