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Judie Schaal

The Love of Biking

By Judie Schaal

It’s January! It’s time for me to throw out the old – like the heels that I wore with just one dress. It’s time to bring in the new – maybe a new pair of tennis shoes that will entice me to start moving again. And, if I’m to add exercise to my life, biking […]

Waking Up Beautiful

By Judie Schaal

Waking Up Beautiful

My mom and dad met while acting in a small town little theater production. In fact mom was the director/producer. Graduating from college with an education degree in the 30s, she wasn’t able to find a teaching job as the country was slowly recovering from the Great Depression. But she did find a job with […]

Thank you, Mom

By Judie Schaal

Thank you, Mom

I was ten years old when my mother asked me if I wanted to take a dance class. “Ballet?” I said. “Oh, no,” she replied. “That’s not good for your toes.” Instead, she entered me in a modern dance class. I was to learn much later that my teacher had trained under Martha Graham, the […]

Finding Your Way

By Judie Schaal

Finding Your Way

I love to write. I love taking a subject, examining it from all angles and finding the words to express my thoughts. But, that hasn’t always been the case. When I was in high school I hated to write. When it came time for term papers I looked for every possible reason to avoid that […]

Understanding the Yin and Yang

The Yin and Yang. In Chinese philosophy the two are used to describe how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world. It was a cold dark blustery night. The rain began to fall heavily as a friend and I pulled out of my driveway. We were headed to […]

I am not a culinary expert. I wouldn’t know a fig from a filbert or escarole from espresso. Give me a pill to replace a meal, and I would be happy. And the time it takes to produce a meal is absurd. I would rather be out playing tennis or golf or, for that matter, […]

To the Open on the Open Road

The trip wasn’t supposed to be challenging. It was. It wasn’t supposed to be educational. We learned a lot. It wasn’t supposed to be friendship bonding. I’m so glad it was. In 1992, I was part of three couples who planned to go to the British Open at Muirfield. Our husbands decided it would be […]

Prepared

By Judie Schaal

The other day I was meandering down the Personal Growth aisle in one of those huge, all encompassing book stores. I was searching for a book that would help a friend of mine deal with the passing of a loved one. After gazing at title after title, on shelf after shelf, I realized that there […]

Where There’s A Will…

By Tricia Sanders

There are worse things than spending a weekend with in-laws – like spending the weekend with all the in-laws. Especially since I chose the reunion location, and it turned out to be only a little higher-classed than the Bates Motel from Psycho. In our cabin we found holes in the wooden floor big enough for […]

A Toy for Jack

By Judie Schaal

It started innocently enough. Grandchild asks grandmother for toy. What grandmother wouldn’t go to the ends of the earth to satisfy the whims of her grandchild? In this case, however, the end of the earth was Vietnam, and the toy was a gun. My good friend, Sue Rielly, has a daughter, Maggi, who moved with […]

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