Remember those awkward conversations with your parents about "the birds and the bees"? Back in the days when you felt cornered by your parents who nervously attempted to discuss the uncomfortable topic of sex, babies and body parts during that equally awkward stage of pre-pubescent adolescence?
The word "crisis" congures up a plethora of definitions and sharp images that come to mind depending on one's life experiences, or what is headlined in our 24/7/365 stream of news reporting, or your own fruitful imagination as well as recalling your nightmare from last nights dream.
Tax day, April 15th, has passed and you have either successfully filed your tax returns in a timely fashion, filed for an extention kicking the can down the street until the August filing date, or you will not have bothered with your taxes at all and you will get it done when you are good and ready to do so!
Hmmmm. Old is the age you haven't reached yet.
What does the word "old" mean to you? Do you think:
Do you have pets?
If you do, I bet you are crazy about them. I absolutely love our two dogs Lucy and Nelli.
Lucy is our 14 1/2 year old naughty yellow labrador retriever who spends most of her day thinking about food while snoring on her well loved bed in the laundry room next to the rumbling dryer. She looks longingly at me while I work in the office just a few feet away, with an occassional thumping of her tail to let me know she is still alive and happy.
I chuckled when I read this.
The end of any year is always a whir of activities. The pace of each day seems to increase tenfold as we near the end of the close of another year.
There is holiday shopping; year end tax planning; year end charitable contributions; decorating cookies and trees and homes; religious ceremonies and celebrations; school concerts and plays; final exams; and family gatherings, to name a few.
Have you ever attended a funeral and found yourself wondering what it would be like to plan for and "attend" your own funeral?
When Nonnie died, we had no idea what to do other than contact Nonnie's Minister at Third Presbyterian Church where she had worshiped for as long as I can remember. Nonnie did not pre-plan her funeral.
So, how does one plan a funeral?
Thanksgiving is a special holiday. Besides the great joy derived from gathering family members together for a scrumptious feast, channel surfing between football games and the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade on TV, and, in our family, many rounds of competitive ping-pong matches, it is a time to reflect upon being grateful for each other and for giving to others who may be less fortunate.
Have you ever tried to write an obituary?
It certainly was not a writing assignment that I had in college.
There are many reasons why writing an obituary is inherently difficult: