Where were you 15 years ago when a beautiful September morn suddenly turned into one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history? Those of you in your 30s or older will be able to answer that question in a heartbeat. You may have heard the news — initially about a plane crashing into… Continue reading.
Regular readers of my column won’t be surprised by this revelation: I like to dress up for Halloween. If I’m confident enough to show 274,000 readers what I look like in clown makeup (see August issue), of course I’m game to wear a silly costume to work! For years, the Electric Consumer staff took top… Continue reading.
As a writer, I find fonts are my friends. Vocabulary is my vocation. Words are my wheelhouse. If you want to play a game of Yahtzee, I’ll probably opt out. But if you’re up for a SCRABBLE challenge, I just might be your girl. Did you know SCRABBLE fans can flaunt their finesse with 50… Continue reading.
By Emily Schilling When our country was preparing to celebrate its 200th birthday in 1976, CBS Television aired a nightly feature called “Bicentennial Minutes.” For just 60 seconds, a well-known American talked about what was happening in the colonies 200 years — to the day — earlier. Each segment of the series, which aired from… Continue reading.
By Emily Schilling No other holiday inspires the traditions that Christmas does. We all seem to have our own must-do’s: like hanging special ornaments on the tree, watching favorite holiday movies, enjoying a special child’s Christmas concert, attending the Christmas Eve service at church, or “adopting” a needy family and ensuring its Christmas is happy…. Continue reading.
When I typically encounter “pi” there’s always an “e” at the end — and crust, filling and a pan are part of the equation. Of course, I know the mathematic definition of pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. March 14 is the worldwide celebration of pi — the… Continue reading.
As soon as I retrieve a magazine from my mailbox, I thumb through it to check out my favorite features. That first look-see through the latest issue is kind of like listening to a new song, or even meeting someone for the first time. It’s fun. It quenches my curiosity. And, rather quickly, I can… Continue reading.
The local television news this morning reported grocery prices would be rising 2-5 percent because of this summer’s drought. No big surprise there. Weather is unpredictable and uncontrollable, and it can affect us hardest in the pocketbook. But since grocery shopping always has to be done, no matter what the items cost, it’s not like… Continue reading.
It’s said that a part of who we are is defined by those landmark events that are seared into our memories. Depending on how old we are, those key points in history vary. Perhaps for you it’s when World War II ended, or when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, or when the Berlin Wall fell…. Continue reading.
Cold, snowy winter days are especially challenging when you live off a narrow, winding gravel road surrounded by acres of trees. On the rare occasions when we don’t have to venture out in the season’s elements, I do admit it’s quite nice to look out the window and admire the pristine snow carpeting the ground… Continue reading.
I’m writing from a chilly horse barn. I’m watching my daughter perched atop a willful, yet beautiful, horse named Tucker. They’ve spent most of an hour trotting — first in a clockwise circle, then counterclockwise. Over and over again, they travel together around the dressage barn going faster than I’ve seen them go before. After… Continue reading.
When magazine mascot Alfred E. Neuman asked, “What, me worry?” he obviously didn’t know what he was saying. There’s a whole list of reasons to worry: the economy, the election, the war, crime, our children, our jobs, our overloaded schedules. Of course we’re going to worry! After 10 minutes reading the newspaper or listening to… Continue reading.
I can’t shake the image. When I think of George Washington, my first impression is of him chopping down a cherry tree. I can’t recall why he allegedly got ax-happy. Maybe he figured if the branches fell to the ground, it would be easier to get to the fruit. Hunger, after all, can lead to… Continue reading.