There are families and there are "families"
We each have different experiences with families in part because the makeups of families differ. I am an only child, therefore my view of family life is very much different than those whose families include siblings. While others may argue otherwise, I am quite content in having been an only child. Maybe in part that's because as a small child I grew up in a neighborhood of extended...
The closing of the perfection circle
The previous two musings I published have to do
with the idea of perfection. I wrote
them a while back. So it is with this
musing. It is the one that ended this
line of thought. Because it deals with
someone several of the readers of latenightmusings.com knew, I want to
apologize up front if it in any way offends them. My intent is merely to put a sense of reality
to the words of these...
The overextended extened family
I had a reading of my book, Late Night Musings,
and a signing at a local adult community (adult as in age, not sexual
inclinations). It took place at their weekly coffee and bagel get-together.
There were about thirty people, ages fifty and above, in attendance - more for
the bagels than to hear me I think.
Anyway, I briefly explained how the book came to be then read about five of...
Three Tips for Creating Family Meals, Memories and Ties That Bind
However satisfying the activities, busy schedules wreck havoc on family mealtime. To accommodate hectic lifestyles, the average family spends $2,668 each year on outside dining. Unless you are vigilant, family meals can easily disappear from your routine.
Multiple studies confirm that families who eat together enjoy better physical and mental health. In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective...
The overextended extended family
I had a reading of my book, Late Night Musings, and a signing at a local adult community (adult as in age, not sexual inclinations). It took place at their weekly coffee and bagel get-together. There were about thirty people, ages fifty and above, in attendance - more for the bagels than to hear me I think.
Anyway, I briefly explained how the book came to be then read about...
'Tis the Season
What makes the holidays special in your family? Maybe it's a tradition passed down through the generations. We asked people in The Villages, Florida, what makes the season so special for them.
Have you ever wanted to write your family's story but you weren't sure how to get started? Writer Patricia Charpentier says it's just like eating an elephant -- you've got to take it one small piece at a time. Find out her tips for getting started.
Three Tips for Navigating the Holidays without Gaining Weight
Making it through the holidays is a lot like being on a roller-coaster ride. The highs of delightful gatherings can be offset by the lows of money worries. The joy of reunions can be dampened by sadness for family members who are no longer with us or from whom we are estranged. Mounting expectations can be crushed by the disappointment of reality.Whatever your situation, be gentle with yourself as...
Her Birthday was also her "Birth Day"
I’m full of the day I just experienced. My niece is 29 today. Typhannie is one month older than my son who
has just completed the coursework for his Ph.D. Our family was heart broken when we found
out she was pregnant again this past year (sans husband). Last
fall, however, a miracle happened. My
brother, with whom she resides, called me with a question- “What would you
As I approach my 58th birthday this week, I’ve been reflecting on all the love in my life. My family has already begun celebrating this seemingly non-significant birthday number. My daughter took me shopping for yoga clothes a couple of weeks ago when she visited. Additional presents were stashed away to be presented on the "actual day". My son and his girlfriend surprised me with a magical...