Monthly Archives: December 2016

A Seasonal Thought from Ann Raney

  “Oh … fine. How were yours?” Hoping this rather provocative/obscure remark may pique your attention today. Let me explain. I grew up in a family that adored magazines: Life, Sports Illustrated, Gourmet, Time. We devoured the content, shared the photos, waited anxiously for our favorite to arrive. It’s no wonder that I still love periodicals and blogs and podcasts. I’ve been traveling recently so … Continue reading A Seasonal Thought from Ann Raney »

A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas

“Always winter but never Christmas.” ~ C S. Lewis The night A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered, on December 9, 1965, half of the American population watching television tuned in.  At the time it was quite controversial, criticized for being: too religious, too jazzy, too offbeat, not having a laugh track using the voices of real children. In December of 1965 I was in a stone cold funk. … Continue reading A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas »

Sometimes It’s the Little Stuff that Matters

The other morning as I sat nestled in my easy chair with the New York Times harrumphing at the latest outrageous headline, I heard a high-pitched squeal coming from the dining room.  I bounded out of my chair to see what was going on. There was Marsha, bent over, examining one of her many plants. “Come see my new baby,” she said. There, Marsha pointed … Continue reading Sometimes It’s the Little Stuff that Matters »

What is Your Grit Quotient?

“Life is full of obstacle illusions” ~ Grant Frazier  At a reunion involving a couple of my dearest friends, my friend Neil offered the opinion that a parent can do no better than to instill in a child the characteristic of GRITTINESS.   My friends and I go back nearly 50 years.  We shared intense times doing really hard work on the west side of … Continue reading What is Your Grit Quotient? »