Dancing in the Rain – Part 2: The Joy of Living and Laughing

It’s no joke.  Laughter is good for you.  A good laugh feels good, but it actually has many positive physical benefits. It’s a great form of stress relief, stimulates internal organs as you breathe in oxygen-rich air, and it spurs the brain to release endorphins.  And endorphins are a good thing.  The list goes on … Continue reading Dancing in the Rain – Part 2: The Joy of Living and Laughing

Dancing in the Rain – Part 1 – Laughing at Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments

Laughter can be good medicine…if not for the body, surely for the soul.  And thankfully so, for life has its moments when a good laugh is a desperate need. For me, embarrassing moments have become more than a reflective chuckle  but entertaining fodder for future family tales around the fireplace.  “Let me tell you what … Continue reading Dancing in the Rain – Part 1 – Laughing at Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments

Retirement 103 – Can A Marriage Survive the Retirement Years?

It was 1999, and my wife (Tootie) and I were looking forward to retirement.  At 48, all five of our children had left home.  Though our golden years were still over a decade away, our nest was empty, and we relished the next season of “our time.”  For some couples, the empty nest season may … Continue reading Retirement 103 – Can A Marriage Survive the Retirement Years?

I Gave My Wife a Vacuum Cleaner for Christmas…and Lived to Tell About It.

It is a marital truth known by all women and romantically challenged men that a husband who gives a toaster/electric can opener/pool table/vacuum cleaner to his wife as a Christmas gift should first be sure he is ok being relegated to sleep on the living room couch that night. So you can imagine my shock … Continue reading I Gave My Wife a Vacuum Cleaner for Christmas…and Lived to Tell About It.