Being a Grandma is Hard Sometimes

It’s true. Being a grandma is hard sometimes. I love both of my grandsons with all my heart, and I love being with them. But sometimes it’s hard to keep from turning back into a mom and disciplining them like I did with my own children. My youngest grandson is a conniver. As soon as […]

My Weird Teaching Tools

Way back in the 1990s, I was a math teacher. I got into math because it was the only area I could teach and not be expected to coach anything. I’d never been an athlete or participated in any sports so the idea of me coaching a sport was laughable. History was and is my […]

Use Your Brain

Back in my teaching days long ago, I fought against the administration on one main topic: whether my students used calculators or not. This was back in the days before cell phones. I argued that students should learn multiplication tables in their head, and the administration said I should let my students use technology in […]

Mob Mentality

Mob mentality, or herd mentality, has taken over America. What is that? Mob mentality is why humans adopt behaviors, buy merchandise, join protests, and follow trends based on their circle of influence. It explains how one’s point of view can be easily altered by those around them. Scientists conducted experiments and found that just 5 […]

Hubby’s Home!

Hubby returned home after spending most of the summer away from home. He was getting paid to ride his bicycle on the Mickelson Trail, a 114-mile long state park in South Dakota. He gets asked all the time how he ended up with such a sweet deal of a job. Connections, that’s how. He does […]

Look For the Gains

This past week, I learned a new way of looking at decisions. I met Colleen Story at the Idaho Writers Conference earlier this year, saw her again at the West Texas Writers Academy (see her blog at for her experiences there), and then heard her present again last week at a meeting of the […]

Our 42nd Anniversary

We made an agreement before our wedding. We’d stay married for 60 years, then decide whether we wanted to continue with it or not. This year marks 42 years down and 18 to go. Seems like only yesterday, we had a decade down and half-a-century to go. Where has the time gone? When you spend […]

It’s Football Season!

The days are getting shorter, and I don’t like that. I like daylight. The only thing to console me is that it’s football season! I love football. I grew up on it. My dad and my brothers played so it was a part of our household. I learned to understand the game. So why was […]