Happy Daddy Memories

Since we just celebrated Father’s Day last week, let’s mention some of the things we did with our dads that meant a lot and still bring a smile to our hearts! My all-time favorite activity with my father was dancing on his feet! Whether it was at a family dance or at home with close kin, I LOVED dancing on Daddy’s feet! I became a princess dancing with my handsome prince! I advise this for all fathers and daughters everywhere! Your daughter will remember this loving event the rest of her life! Granddaughters will too!
I also loved when Daddy let me sit on his lap and “drive” the car! Not sure how safe or legal this was, but it left me feeling proud as punch and all giggly inside!
I remember once when a pinwheel I was holding out of the car window (no seatbelts in those days!) was whisked out of my hand by a strong breeze. Daddy pulled over, stopped the car, and ran blocks and blocks to retrieve my precious toy! Such a loving thing to do!
What happy recollections do you have about your father and you?

Happy Father’s Day

God made fathers big, strong, and full of heart! To the small child, Daddy holds the world in his hands, his hero, or her first boyfriend, who gives love and security. To the teenage boy, Dad is the one to both admire and reckon with. To the teenage girl, Dad is the one whom she looks at to tell her she’s okay with the world and to see as the example for her future husband. To the adult child, Dad is the object of affection, respect, and gratitude for all the hard work he did to lead and care for his family. Always Dad is the object of love and admiration. No matter how tall the children grow, Dad is the one who’s always looked up to and whose shoes can never be filled!
And, our heavenly Father looks down on His earthly examples, and all His children, with lavish love, protection, help in every situation, acceptance, and a preplanned, purposeful place in His family forever!
Happy Father’s Day, Abba Father, and to all the daddies with feet of clay!

The Last Day of School

As many students across this country see another school year come to a close, what memories from your by-gone days pirouette into your head from your days of scholastic achievement? Was your last day of school met with excitement for a job well done, with exhilaration of upcoming summertime events, with end-of-year parties, endless hours of hula hooping, or were you ever sad to see a school year end? When our son’s fifth grade concluded, he and his best buds were mournfully downcast! Their teacher Mrs. Rogers had wielded loving authority, stretched her pupils beyond their best, leaving her with their love and respect and the desire not to allow summer to invade their delightful adventure.

Did you ever discover a new skill at the end of school? A friend was asked to play piano at her sixth grade assembly, though she’d never had a lesson! She played by ear, and I bet she was wonderful!

Did you ever meet someone special on the last day of school? I did! I met my husband when my friend Laureen and I decided to go out and buy a Big Red soft drink to bid adieu to seventh grade.

From papers flying out of school bus windows to dance parties to the bittersweet thoughts of not seeing favorite friends and teachers every day, what was the school year’s ending like for you?

Books, Books, and More Books!

Snuggling up with a book promotes loving memories for all generations! From early childhood to preteens we had great reads thanks to the Golden Books, Weekly Reader hardbacks, Mother Goose, and more. They gave us Tweety Bird and Riddles, Miss Lollipop’s Lion, Freckle Juice, Little Toot, Little Lulu, Mr. Snitzel’s Cookies, Socks, Lady, Cinderella, Davy Crockett (loved him!), Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Fury, Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Hardy Boys, etc.! In elementary school I loved The Middle Moffat, about the dubious honor of being a middle child, and The Terrible Mr. Twitmeyer, about a mysterious dog catcher! Later I loved Little Men, and of course Little Women, which made me want to be a writer. Many of these are still available to share now with the youngest generation! What books from your childhood strike a chord of happy nostalgia and why?Lana Kruse

Orange Biographies!

There are so many great things about being a boomer, including the books we read! Maybe you had piles of them at home, but for sure, we had them not only in the classroom but also in the school library. And then, there was the giant public library downtown! But my favorite was the bookmobile that visited our neighborhood! I remember the excitement brewing inside me as I waited for that beloved contraption on wheels to make its appearance! Once there, I dove for the orange biographies! Did you just smile? I did! Remember those? It seemed like every famous person was included in the list of biographies–George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Juliette Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, Amelia Earhart, and on and on! Who did you like to read about? I just learned two things about those favored books! They have been revamped and are available again, AND were historic fiction!! I had thought every word had been true! The person and time period were factual, but the author could take license with dialogue and maybe shenanigans described. Did you like those orange hardback biographies too? If so, whose life impressed you most? If you didn’t read those, what did you read? What genre do you enjoy today?

Lana Newman Kruse

Your Own Boomer Movie

Have you ever thought or dreamed or imagined being in a movie…about yourself? Would it be a comedy, a drama, or a Sci Fi or fantasy? And, which famous Boomer would you choose to play YOU? Again you may choose someone who isn’t a movie star, but do pick someone famous! Maybe a comedian or politician or athlete would be the perfect specimen to be YOU! Tell us why and how you made your choice!Antonio Banderasjackson-reggie-imageBDWong

Love Those Boomers!

There are still over 77,000,000 baby boomers gracing this country! In my great state of Texas there are 1,622,575! The Golden State hosts the most, topping the charts at            8,809,265! Their neighbor Utah comes in second with 5,637,468! Of all the famous boomers running around, who are your favorite ones and why? They can be actors, actresses, politicians, sports figures, media personalities, or whomever you wish! You might say your father, grandmother, or Aunt Zelda, but please stick to well-know folks so we will recognize their names. They should be born between 1946 and 1964. Tell us who you admire, respect, or just find lovable! Here are a few to get your wheels crankin’!

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More About Happiness

540Most people I talk to say they’re happier now than they were in their youth. I love this trend toward felicity, the practice of mirth, cheerfulness, lightheartedness, and high spirits! So what makes us happy? Different things for different people for sure, but some of the same things speak to all of us. Please tell me what you think of the Keys To Happiness list. Agree or disagree? What would you add? I love all of these suggestions–well, maybe not the exercise one–but I’d add regular massages for a delicious time of enjoyment, and also because massage makes me more agile. Now, we’re sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear from you!

Burning Question

The burning question around town is, “Are you happier today than when you were younger and why?” Maybe you define happiness as peacefulness or contentment. Whatever your definition, please tell me how you’re feeling and why!images

I’m happier, or more peaceful, today than when I was in my 20s, 30s, and 40s. Despite assorted aches and pains, I still enjoy good health, plus I have a great family that includes six amazing grandchildren! I don’t have to run helter-skelter after youngsters as I did in those wonderful but hectic child-rearing days, I know God more intimately, and know many more great people. I have fewer demands on my time and  have learned to appreciate the little things in life like an ordinary day, humor in trying situations, and the splashes of color in the evening  sky.  More time for things that give a lift to my heart and soul like writing, dancing, and Bible study add zing to my days. Yes, life is better today! Hope you feel the same!

Can’t wait to hear your story and reasons! What’s different in your life today?