I grew up with Mr. Rogers.

And I am not ashamed to to tell you that the gray in my hair means I watched his show back when there was no gray in his.

I loved Mr. Rogers. I loved everything about his show from his silly opening song to his cardigan sweater and sneakers to the Land of Make Believe. That was a cool place, wasn’t it? A secret kingdom somewhere behind the photo on his living room wall? A world where people learned how to treat one another with kindness, dignity and respect?

I would live there.

Fred Rogers Kind

But why does a world like that have to be make believe? Why can’t a world like that exist? Fairy tales and make believe aren’t so terrible, if you ask me.

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This post originally ran on the blog on February 15, 2014. It’s worth saying again. 

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I’ve been thinking a lot about love the last couple of days.

For starters, there’s that rather large and obvious thing called Valentine’s Day that has just passed us by. Kinda can’t miss that. Love it or hate it, there it is. I can’t say we’re huge fans of Valentine’s Day here. We’re not huge haters, either. I guess we’re kind of take it or leave it folks. Don’t get me wrong – we celebrate and acknowledge it. There’s nothing inherently wrong about it. But we don’t go crazy and over the top. It’s a holiday (which isn’t even really a holiday, but a Saint’s feast day gone awry) that has become so focused on people being “coupled” and buying extravagant gifts to prove it. And if you aren’t? Woe to you. Please.

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I do not like the short dark days of winter.

OK, I really just don’t like winter. I can handle cold if it means above freezing. I don’t mind snow if I’m inside and it’s not in the double digits of measurable snowfall. But when the temperature reads in the single digits and the snow just keeps coming…boo. But what I really hate is the darkness.

But this week? I noticed that all of a sudden it is still light after 5:00 PM. In fact, it’s nearly 5:30 before it’s really dark. That is progress, my friends. Progress. Spring can’t be too far away. So that’s my first thankful for the week – it might be really cold right now, but there is a little bit more daylight to help us along.

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The memory that haunts me is the one I do not have.

My memories don’t haunt me. I do not live my life with regrets. OK, maybe if pressed for something I would change, I’ll admit that I probably should have stuck with the piano lessons and taken better care of my teeth.

I don’t have dreams left unfulfilled and I don’t dwell on things I wish I had said or done. Life unfolds. It is full of choices and moments, each of them leading to the places and people that we are today. By and large, my memories are beautiful ones.

But there is one memory that goads me because for me, it doesn’t quite exist.

I do not remember much of my Daughter’s birth day at all.

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Sometimes it’s nice to take a look at where we’ve been.

Every now and then I take a look through photo albums, old letters, piles of filing in my office that need to be handled…but I haven’t done much backward observation here on my blog. Today’s as good a day as any, so come along with me and let’s visit the ghosts of blog posts past…

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Anybody remember this song? Actually, you’ll probably remember the Coca-Cola commercial version better. It was a great commercial. But whichever version you recall, this is a pretty nice sentiment, if you think about it. A pretty darn nice sentiment.   But what if that sentiment became action? What would happen? On February 20, 2015, United…Continue Reading “Pardon Me, My 70s Are Showing”

When the timing is right to jump into something, you know.

Sometimes you just need the right combination of factors to fall into place together to make you say, “OK, it’s time to try this.” I have been reading posts here and there that link up to Finish the Sentence Friday, currently hosted at my friend Kristi’s blog.

I thought it might be a cool thing to do on several occasions, but…I didn’t. But when I read some of the posts from this week’s and saw the topic, I knew I had a trick up my sleeve that would be perfect.

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I’ve been cooking up a few new ideas for the blog.

Now that we’re into the new year, I’m hoping to start incorporating them. Don’t expect a monster blog reveal or a big announcement about stuff. I’m just going to start sliding them in and see how things go. So if you like something, let me know? And if not, well, I guess you should tell me that, too.

For starters, I’m going to return (sort of) to the Friday Favorites I used to do. But not exactly. I’m going to do some kind of Friday Five (I know, how original) but it might be five good recipe links, or five random facts, five good books, or five things I lost at some point that week. I’m going to see how it works.

This week, let’s start with five things about me that you probably didn’t know…

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