Debacle de Noel

A Christmas story as told by my youngest daughter Kimberley Hunt Johnston One Christmas Mom decided she was going to make a Buche de Noel. For those of you who don’t know what this is – I will save you the Google search and say it is translated as a “French Yule Log” – a very fancy Christmas cake that     read more

President HW Bush

As our nation mourns the passing of our 41st President, this card, framed and hanging on a wall in our home is even more precious to me than it has been.  Normally unnoticed in our daily activities, today it took me back to the day I stood in the lobby of the US Embassy in Paris, France about to shake the hand     read more

Thankful For Connections

What would you say is the most important factor in bouncing back from a physical setback?  That’s the question I asked the physical therapist helping me with in-home therapy as I bounce back from the complete hip replacement I had just a few weeks ago.   I thought he’d say something like, “A good, or can-do attitude.” But he surprised me by saying, “Being connected to other people.”   The more I think about it, the more I agree. Why? Because it has been     read more

Shake it Off!

Has someone offended or rejected you and you need to know how to “shake it off “? I know I’ll probably get some blow–back for sharing this – but one of the things I do when I need to do that is watch Taylor Swift’s YouTube Video.  She is so funny and the dancing is amazing. You might be offended     read more

Your Words Have Power

Ever felt words hit hard as a fist? Ever felt them thrill you? Nelson Mandela, who opposed the South African apartheid regime and was imprisoned for almost three decades, knew the power of words. He has said, “It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use     read more