the quiet satisfaction of solving puzzles

Mom has always loved doing puzzles. Jigsaw, crossword, Sudoku and the rest. She still does puzzles, though the level of difficulty has decreased over the years. We used to do 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, but now have an upper limit of 500 pieces. Moderately difficult Sudoku puzzles were replaced by easier versions and have now pretty much fallen out of the repertoire. Word searches are now more common than crossword puzzles. The good news is that Mom still loves to do puzzles.  Continue reading

finding an educational message




Television is at its best, in my opinion, when it opens a window on something new or shines a spotlight on something artistic or presents great storytelling. For my mother, television is a primary source of information. She no longer reads newspapers and rarely reads magazines. TV is her source for national and local news; she doesn’t follow the ins and outs of pop culture. However, she does like history and science.  Continue reading

happy one month anniversary!


I launched this blog a month ago. I’d been thinking about it for a long time, so it’s great to see it come to life. I’m really enjoying putting the posts together and reading comments and thinking about what comes next.



I’m pretty happy with the content of the blog so far and look forward to finding more tidbits to share. I’ve learned a lot and it’s been helpful to process my thoughts. I’m happy to share the lessons I’ve learned.

Onward and upward 🙂