Recapture the Magic of Christmas

Every year I try to avoid the crazy stress of the the holidays and recapture the magic of Christmas. "Oh, sure," you're thinking. With the cards and the decorating, when do I have time? I have my moments when I am swept up and experience that wonderful feeling where anything is possible. You can too.... Continue Reading →

Dodging Bullets and Creepy Crawlers

Roxy is a hunter. If you looked at her body, you’d say, “Nah, I don’t believe it.” She’s pretty puny with front legs about eight inches long. Believe it. She has been known to take down grasshoppers and the occasional mouse. In the beginning of the summer, she had been outside for quite a while.... Continue Reading →

The Boob Report – Three Years Cancer-Free

The first Sunday in June is National Cancer Survivor Day. I first heard about it through Facebook when Lynn Kelley posted a photo from a get-together in California. August McLaughlin “embellished” this photo when I had a double boobectomy (mastectomies) in 2013. Lynn Kelley, me, Debra Eve, August McLaughlin, and Debra Kristi. Four thoughts hit me... Continue Reading →

The Key to Success? Dancing!

Life can be ironic. I was just thinking about the correlation between dancing and blog views. Then this photo challenge appeared. Really! I've snow danced, rain danced and dance bombed. I've danced after finishing my handmade Christmas cards and before Polar Plunging. I've danced on New Year's Eve and at Two Jews and a Blonde. Then... Continue Reading →

When People Think You’re Crazy

You’ve seen them, disheveled and disoriented people who mutter or sometimes curse at no one in particular. They are upset by others, both invisible and only seen in their mind. Their conversation may have taken place years ago only to be acted out again and again. I talk to myself all the time. I blame... Continue Reading →

Singing my tune at Clay’s!

Last Tuesday at Making the Days Count, I shared a little irony about the first record I bought. No, it's not Carole King's Tapestry, although my hair looked like that for a while. Stop by and check out what I used to illustrate at the VA Hospital and how six degrees of separation can become one. Read... Continue Reading →

A Passionate Lifetime

Imagine living without the internet, television, or electricity. It's hard, right? My dad, Ed McCartan, grew up in such a place; A farm located miles away from the closest town, Lake Five, Wisconsin. He went to school in the classic one-room school house and graduated, the only one in his class. Although he is quick... Continue Reading →

The Lost Art of Whistling

The organic use of communication called the whistle has been around for a while. The original tweet probably was expressed by a caveman. He may have accidentally whistled while dashing home for supper. Later, it alerted his clan to imminent danger, meaning, "Dude! Look out for those crazed and hungry mastodons behind you!" Dinosaurs are... Continue Reading →

My Secrets Revealed on Podcast

Recently, I played tennis with friends. One of them mentioned, she and her husband would be celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. I chimed in that Danny and I would be celebrating our twenty-seventh this October. "Not bad after dating for one weekend," I added. Their collective jaws dropped. Memorial Day weekend, 1987. Independence Pass, July,... Continue Reading →

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