Shenanigans

My husband and I started a family tradition, 30 years ago, of hosting a Shenanigans Party to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with our Murphy relatives. We served Irish stew along with a variety of green foods. We drew names to exchange gag gifts - I remember my sister-in-law giving me a copy of Cowsmopolitan Magazine … Continue reading Shenanigans

November, A Time of Reflection

Our family had a couple of serious medical scares recently, one with an older loved one, and another with a younger loved one.  Both were frightening, and answers wouldn't come quickly. I also learned of the unexpected passing of a couple of dear old friends. With these things weighing on my mind, I spent a … Continue reading November, A Time of Reflection

Simple Things Matter

Most of us tend to measure life's journey in milestones - weddings, births, graduations, job promotions, retirements. We invest a great deal of time and planning into celebrating these things, as it should be, for they are, indeed, joyous occasions. There are, however, many ordinary days in between those special occasions. Sometimes, if we aren't careful, … Continue reading Simple Things Matter