Blog Archive

June 7, 2021

Second Chances and Reflections on Life in Lockdown

“Always and All-ways, I SO enjoy coming into and sharing Diane’s words and her worlds, but she and I know (and have known) that for many […]
May 3, 2021

An Average Day in a Not-So-Ordinary Life

Wasteful humans that we are, Rene and I still receive the print edition of the Wall Street Journal Monday through Saturday. I refuse to let go […]
March 31, 2021

What’s the Deal with April 14?

This wandering soul, whose roots are deeply fortified in traditional journalism, rarely reads non-fiction. There are too many epic historical events that I find to be […]
March 3, 2021

Our Unconventionally Perfect Wedding Day

True love. A remarkable concept I assumed was a fantasy I would never experience. Until Rene Joseph Simard. Sound familiar? Are you thinking, “I’ve read that […]
February 1, 2021

Mrs. Fernley and the
“Cranberries” Incident

Fifty (cough-cough) years ago, I began walking two blocks every morning to kindergarten at Cotesfield, Nebraska’s School Dist. 14. When I started my educational career in […]
December 30, 2020

There’s Always Next Year

Well, we did it. We made it to the end of the year that made no sense. Are you giddy? Gloomy? Melancholy? Grateful? Frustrated? Outraged? Me, […]
December 1, 2020

The Holly-Jolly Year of Me That Wasn’t

What a chaotically complicated, fascinating time to be alive. I keep hearing people say they are glad 2020 will finally be over soon. Are they convinced […]
November 2, 2020

White Pumpkins and Memorable Thanksgivings

November is here. Time to rake up autumn in a cone-shaped mound in the backyard and accept the blah of winter, zone out and barely acknowledge […]
September 29, 2020

Lifetime Impact Part III: Rene’s Homecoming

By year’s end, more airplanes and personnel continued to arrive at King Khalid Air Base, preparing for what was assumed would be an eventual invasion. “Everyone […]