Please. Thank you. I appreciate your help. Would you be willing? Great dinner. I understand. Good morning. You handled that situation well. These words and many others like them play like background music in our home.

How much sweeter marriage and life are when the melodies of common courtesy sweeten the communications of family members. […]

Timing, Place, and Words


Yesterday my spouse came home from work and found me sculpting in my art studio, a bedroom that he had graciously converted for me. I didn’t bother to say ,“Hello,” “How are you?” or “How was your day?” I had one thing on my mind at the moment. Quite abruptly, I said, “I need […]

Live and Let Live


Live and let live. This well-known prescription sounds simple enough on the surface. Hmmm. What happens when I actually apply it to my life? What happens when I pull myself out of other people’s choices? Not too hard — until I get to my spouse’s choices. Ah, then it is too easy to think […]