Civility can and should reign

I’m proud and deeply grateful to live in a democracy.  It’s a privilege and most times a pleasure.  That is, until the political season. Then it’s a hideous slog through vitriol flung from all sides until election day. I don’t listen to talk radio (I don’t count NPR as talk radio), I don’t watch national [...]

By | November 12th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|0 Comments

No covered wagons, bonnets for me

I write this from the center of South Dakota on the road home from Illinois.  Yep, Cuz-o-Rama Road Trip 2018 has been a roaring success so far. There has certainly been some snarkiness and a marked lack of civility at times. However, considering we’ve got four adult-sized people and a lengthy 13-year old wedged into [...]

By | August 27th, 2018|Introspections|0 Comments

Treasure troves of knowledge, advice

Next month, I’m taking the McDougal and Albrecht kids to Peoria to see their grandparents. I hope it will be an epic adventure of cousinly bonding and laughter, motoring across the heartland.  In reality, it will probably be eighteen hours of unrestricted Snapchat, Youtube videos, and music in headphones.  All punctuated by snarling and sleeping. [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|Introspections|0 Comments

Looking for hope? Look to our future leaders

Another year, another CampFIRE in the books.  The CVC’s youth leadership camp is the official start of summer for us. For those of you who have real fears about the country’s youth and our collective future, I urge you to drop into Camp Roberts some year and meet these graduating eighth graders.  You’ll feel much [...]

By | June 20th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|1 Comment

We want YOU (and your input)

Perhaps you’ll remember my last column - the civility and kindness-themed one where I illustrated the lack of both these qualities in my children and our nation’s current dialogue.  I’m sure you either posted it on your fridge as a cautionary tale to your own children or you added it to the scrapbook you’ve made [...]

By | April 9th, 2018|Community, Community Events, Introspections|0 Comments

Let ‘kind and civil’ describe us

Kindness and civility.  Has anyone ever used those two terms to describe their children’s relationship with each other?  I doubt it.  And if they did, it would be the Chardonnay talking.  It doesn’t matter how much I try to instill the importance of being kind to the boys, apparently, it does not begin at home.  [...]

By | March 4th, 2018|Community, Community Events|2 Comments

Who’s the turkey now?

Thanksgiving is almost upon us.  It is a time to give thanks, gather friends and family together, watch football and, of course, eat oneself into a turkey coma. Mike and I have been hosting Turkey Day since way before we got married and it’s always been a blast.  We take in all the orphans – [...]

By | November 17th, 2017|Community, Introspections|0 Comments