Earlier in the week, I received news that instantly took me back to a scene in the 1986 Rob Reiner movie, Stand By Me, based off the novella by Stephen King. Richard Dreyfuss’ character, Gordie LaChance, was sitting in his truck along the side of the old country-looking road. He was deep in thought, pensive after having just heard the news that an old childhood friend, Chris Chambers, was dead. It had been years since the two had spoken. The memories he had were from when they were barely teenagers, but the thought of Chris having been taken from this Earth brought those memories back as if they had just happened the day prior. Where did the time go? What separated them in life? Well, I didn’t read my news in a newspaper…it was on a Facebook post. It wasn’t even a close friend, to be honest. He was just a kid who grew up in the same neighborhood I did – but the news cut through the heart like a knife and brought back so many childhood memories. It had me deep in thought all week. Continue reading The News That Took Me Back Over 30 Years…
Knowing me (~T~) means that you know I have quite an affinity for Walt Disney World! It is no secret to my friends and family and I take no shame in my infatuation. Over the last few months, I’ve actually had some tremendous chat sessions with many of my friends about vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort (WDW) in Orlando, Florida. While many of my cronies have been down there already and many times, I know some who are still dreaming of meeting the Mouse for the very first time. Among those who have never been, there is a good handful who have expressed to me how overwhelmed they are with even the thought of planning this kind of a trip. There are too many choices to make, too many things to see, too many expenses for which to plan! A few of them have even shied away from going on a WDW vacation because of the immense amount of planning they fear goes into it, which could, of course, potentially and ultimately become a negative part of the process. Well, let me speak from experience. Yes – it can be overwhelming. It can be daunting. However – it can also be contagious, exciting, eye-opening and magical! Continue reading Six Steps to Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation: T’s Breakdown
There is no better way to cap off a birthday weekend than a jaunt out to the movie theater! Okay – maybe there is, but this is how it worked for me this year. Earlier this month, Walt Disney Production’s latest film hit the big screen and it was high on the “must-see” list for our family. Being a huge Disney fanatic, I was rather eager to see how this one played out, so I took the teen, the tween and the ten year old out for a special movie date with mom. Continue reading My Zoo’s Review: Zootopia, hit or miss?
Every March 3rd for the past 16 years or so, I have found myself staring up into the morning sky and sending birthday wishes to someone very special whom I lost unexpectedly that many years ago. This morning was no different. As I peer through the window next to my desk, I, perhaps for the fifth time this morning already, send birthday wishes to my father. Happy birthday, Dad! Continue reading Happy birthday, Dad….
There is an increasing number of individuals and families in the world who are learning to cope with the struggles of food allergies. This entity is not partial to race, religion, socioeconomic status or gender. It has no determined age of onset, it has no known definitive genetic trigger or cure. It is simply something we, as families, are just trying to survive on a daily basis….and, along with scientists, physicians and many other advocates, are working hard to understand and rectify. Continue reading Our food allergy story: The bite that sealed the deal