Category Archives: Shallow Reflections

Discovering your passion after 60

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Does being over 60 inevitably involve a fizzling action? I’m living proof that indeed it does not.

Do you dare to dream small?

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Bucket lists are fashionable, with people grasping to fulfill lifelong dreams. I don’t know about you, but I am intimidated by some of these lists that look like a ‘to do’ list for overachievers. And comparing my aspirations with these dynamos makes me feel pathetic. Not one to tarry in shame and humiliation, I have […]

The day the dishwasher died

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If you are old enough, you remember where you were the day of the Kennedy assassination, or when you heard the news that Elvis Presley died. I’ve added a new date to my list of traumatic events: the day the dishwasher died. Our Kenmore Elite was 13 years old, so I should have seen it […]

How do you judge a grocery cart? Take this quiz to find out!

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Remember the hilarious movie “Date Night” when Claire (Tina Fey) and Phil (Steve Carrell) go out to a restaurant and analyze other couples’ actions, playing a game called, “What’s Their Story?” I have to confess something. I do this when I grocery shop. I examine the contents of people’s grocery carts, and make up possible scenarios […]

Do you suffer from decision fatigue?

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Do you have trouble with the multitude of decisions involved in carrying carry out mundane activities? Like grocery shopping? Here is how a typical trip to the grocery store evolves for me. Before I leave home I choose the week’s menu, make an organized list of the items I need to create these culinary delights, and skip off to […]

Who was Erma Bombeck and why does she still matter?

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When I started writing my blog, I found it particularly difficult to compose my bio. I wanted to say that my writings were the love child of Erma Bombeck and Jerry Seinfeld. But I felt too presumptuous putting anything I wrote in the same league as Erma Bombeck. Following the example of my blogging friend Roxanne […]

Six practical tips for exhausted parents

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Parents are getting burned out these days with children and babies awake at all hours, making uninterrupted sleep a bygone memory. There is a lot of professional advice for parents about how to stave off fatigue. But my family and friends tell me they have abandoned the experts, and are living in a state of sleep-deprived despair. How can these desperate […]

Joy to the World!

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Luke 2:2-20, New International Version (NIV) 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of […]

Can the Generic Holiday Steal Christmas?

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There is a lot of emphasis today about ensuring that the Holiday-That-Happens-on-December-25th is generic. I was curious about this, and contacted the Boss of All Holidays, also known as BAH. I scooped an exclusive interview for Shallow Reflections™, and I think you’ll find his or her observations all-encompassing. Me: Why is it so important to avoid […]

12 Christmas Gifts for What Ails Us

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How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? Tired of buying ties, electronics and cheap plastic stuff for people who have everything? One evening while watching a Christmas commercial followed by a drug commercial, ten of my remaining brain cells leaped like lords. What if we bought Christmas presents for what ails us? This would create a whole […]