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A very embarrassing moment

Splooooosh!A jet of cold coke surged out of the bottle with so much force, that it shot right into my face, gushed into my eyes and into my nose, drenched my hair, soaked my shirt, hit the ceiling and drizzled back down.Oh dear.It was my 21st birthday party, with dozens of friends at our place; [...]

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The Knock on the Door

At 3 pm sharp there was a knock on the door. I sure have been waiting for it. A minute later a UPS delivery person handed me a large bubble-wrapped envelope. A little nervous, I opened the envelope, and there it was. The first copy of my book. No, hang on. Let me rephrase that. The first copy of my [...]

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Breaking the ice without words when you're feeling shy

Ok, this is going to be a tough one.Or maybe not.A few days ago my daughter was asking me how to start a conversation with another girl from her class whom she’d like to become friends with. Thing is, both girls are shy and so, each one of them is waiting for the other to [...]

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On plumbing, appreciation, and trying something new

I’ve recently taken an interest in plumbing.Don’t ask me why, but I find all those wrenches, hammers, and drills simply fascinating. And there are so many other pieces of equipment I don’t even know how to name!So when we needed some plumbing done in the basement, I happily volunteered to join in. I’m not entirely [...]

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Be Grateful for your Loved Ones

I woke up with a start. I just had a dream there was a bus crash. In my dream my kids were on that bus, and the grief was simply unbearable. So unbearable that it woke me up. For a few foggy seconds I struggled to find my bearings until I realized this was just a dream. It was [...]

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Thoughts about Hand-me-downs

I get so excited when I get a box of hand-me-downs. It’s like a treasure chest. Full of stuff to be discovered. Like a rummage sale and freebies combined. Turquoise rain boots, tie-dye shirts, a pair of jeans, gloves, socks, running shoes. And those safari pajamas are just the best! If you’re really lucky, you may even [...]

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I think I’m gonna faint

I think I’m gonna faint.Ugh, this is so embarrassing. I can hear my voice trailing off. I wonder if they notice. I’m sitting at the parents association’s general assembly, and it’s my turn to speak. In fact, I HAVE been speaking for a few seconds now. On the face of it everything seems to be going pretty smoothly, [...]

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Musings about the Selfie Stick

Since the dawn of the smartphone’s double-sided camera, humans have been faced with an unfortunate affliction when taking selfies. No matter how amazing the smile or gorgeous the nose, many a selfie will attest to the fact that we’re a crossed-eyed species. But the defect – studies now show- lies not with our eyes but with our [...]

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Fresh Fruit Anyone? Easy Homemade Fruit Treats from Scratch

Book Review Fresh fruit is a living, wholesome food. It’s juicy, naturally sweet, and vibrant with flavors and vitamins. It’s a gift from Nature. It was with that thought in mind that I’ve written the book Fresh Fruit Anyone? Easy Homemade Fruit Treats from Scratch, with over 30 easy fruit recipes to make from scratch at home. I wanted [...]

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Baked & Fruity! Baked Fruit for Dessert

One of my favorite desserts is baked fruit. It’s wintery and comforting, which is really spot on for this season, and it’s also very sweet WITHOUT adding any sugar. You know why? Because baking concentrates flavors by evaporating the moisture out of the fruit. Science aside, the baked fruit retains an exquisite living fruitiness – a lovely reminder [...]

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