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The late, great, Dr. Seuss is quoted as saying, “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” In reading my most recent fiction selection, I began to wonder about the difference between truth and fiction.



 

Butter vs. margarine; there used to be a commercial with a woman dressed as Mother Nature, who, when challenged about the benefits of margarine vs. butter, coined the phrase, “You can’t fool Mother Nature!”



 

Image of a factory

I wish I had a nickel for every time I start a sentence with the words, “I wish…” I wish it would only rain at night and that the sun would shine all day long…I wish the wind would stop blowing; it’s giving me a stretch of bad hair days like no other; I wish the pollen count were not so high (sniff, sniff).



 

It was a blast from the past. Scrolling through Facebook this morning, I came across a post that someone had shared that included a video of children who had been given a Walkman, and then asked what it was and how it worked. Remember the Walkman, the best invention to hit the streets in the 80’s?



 

Words are like fashion, they come and go and change with the times, and sometimes, they even become popular and important enough in our everyday language to be placed in the dictionary.



 

I’m not a bit superstitious. I like black cats and am not afraid to walk around, underneath or climb a ladder.



 

 It’s February 6; let the games begin! In Sochi, we’re gearing up for competition in some slippery sports, such as figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating and ski jumping. These winter sports are designed for those who are highly skilled and trained to compete with one another and Mother Nature.



 

Photo of a tiny cabin on a tiny island. Photo by schmilblick via flickr.

The grocery stores, once chock-full of bread and milk, now have shelves empty as the pockets of a bride’s father after the wedding. Why?



 

"Give me the abbreviated version.” Make it short; we do, after all, live in an abbreviated USA, don’t we? I vowed I’d never text and would never do the “LOL,” etc. thing.

Now, I’ve gotten so used to sending messages via text that when I write I have a hard time remembering to form complete words and sentences.



 

“I think it’s so groovy now, that people are finally getting together; I think it’s wonderful now, that people are finally getting together…” That song has been going through my head all morning; to the point that every once in awhile, I have to belt it out just to relieve the pressure.



 

Today’s technology allows us to perform lots of tasks with ease, more than I realized until a recent issue of Reader’s Digest listed some products that I never knew existed.



 

 “You’re so lucky; you have lots of free time. I wish I had all that extra time, like you do.” This statement came from my seven year old granddaughter, one of four grandchildren that I babysit on a regular basis. She is one of four children, all ranging in age from 2 to 10.



 

Stuff, stuff and more stuff. You can never have enough stuff. My motorcycle-parts-collecting husband is proof of that.



 

“You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time,” was a favorite saying of my Mom’s. One thing that I think we can all agree on, though, is that the price of gas these days is intimidating.



 

I take books along with me everywhere I go; in fact, on a recent visit to the dentist, I took a book along for company, because "I've been to the dentist before, so I know the drill."