Soft Pretzels and German Brown Mustard

Soft Pretzels and German Brown Mustard

I understand that there are people who cannot imagine putting any kind of mustard on pretzels. I get that. I can’t imagine putting yellow mustard on anything. Pretzels, of course, should be paired with German-style brown mustard. This is no advertisement, but I grew...
A Day Placed in Perspective

A Day Placed in Perspective

There is no question that I am extremely fortunate to have the life I have. I never lose sight of that. I will also observe that even when our challenges are small, they can add up to mental exhaustion. Today was that kind of day. By mid-afternoon I had concluded that...
Feline OCD

Feline OCD

One of our cats is just plain crazy (and I mean that in a non-pejorative way). The other has what I can only guess is obsessive-compulsive disorder. For humans, OCD involves focused, persistent thoughts that are brought on by anxiety. The obsessive thoughts tend to...
My Deodorant Expired.

My Deodorant Expired.

My deodorant expired. I noticed that over the course of a couple of weeks, the antiperspirant in my deodorant wasn’t working nearly well enough. Is it possible that antiperspirants have an expiration date? Is that even a thing for a bunch of chemicals? Well, yes. Turn...
The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Life throws all of us off balance at times—sometimes so far off balance that we fall. It can take a little time (and a little laughter) while we pick ourselves back up. Last week I had a reminder of how this can happen in the literal sense. My hiking buddy and I...
Love at First Sight

Love at First Sight

Halloween was only a week away. I was six and had just begun first grade. By that time, I’d gotten over feeling anxious when entering my classroom. Instead, I felt excited—perhaps even more excited than I was about Halloween. However, my younger sister and I shared in...