Drive as if your grandmother is in every other car

My dear sweet Italian gramma

My dear sweet Italian gramma

Why is it that when we step into our automobiles, many of us seem to feel invisible (I too have felt this)? We drive as if the other drivers are our enemies and that every “wrong” move they make is made just to slow us down and piss us off. Like the person in front of us who just sits there after the light turns green. “What are you DOING… GO already!” I yell to myself in the safe confines of my car (she can’t hear me). Seconds later, I realize that there was a senior citizen still crossing the road with her walker (true story). Now do I feel like an idiot or what? Continue reading

Unplug for a day (or an hour)

Pull the plug!

Pull the plug!

Once upon a time, in the early 80′s – before most of ever even heard of the Internet, I used to do what I called “Unplugging”. One Friday per month after work,  I’d go home and I would unplug, meaning I would not watch TV, I wouldn’t listen to music, I would unplug the phone (who remembers when phones were attached to the kitchen wall with a long tangled cord draping down to the floor so that you could cook and talk on the phone at the same time?… the long cord also let me walk into a different room to get away from my nosey sister… but I digress), I wouldn’t even turn on any lights when it got dark. Instead I’d eat dinner, read, take a bath, write a letter, all by candle light. I was obviously single with no friends. Continue reading

Oh Christmas Tree…

Cast Away

Cast Away

Countries all over the world have different traditions surrounding the Christmas tree. The tree was once decorated outside, and at some point in history (depending where you live) it was brought inside, decorated with fruit, nuts, popcorn, candles, home made ornaments,  etc. In 2012, the US cut down over 34 million christmas trees and Europe cut down between 50 and 60 million trees. Wow! The average American Christmas tree takes around 10 years to grow, and is typically used for less than 20 days before thrown to the curb to be hauled away. The typical White House christmas tree is over 100 years old. Continue reading