Do You Still Use a Landline? Lessons Learned By JH Mae – June 19, 2014

Do You Still Use a Landline? Lessons Learned By JH Mae – June 19, 2014

CFN – A ringing phone is not a welcome thing in my house. It usually heralds a conversation with someone I don’t like, news that someone’s sick or dead, unpleasant family gossip, or maybe – my favorite – a telemarketer or wrong number. I barely ever use my landline. The most frequent human caller is […]

Talking Selfies – Lessons Learned By JH Mae – June 8, 2014

Talking Selfies – Lessons Learned By JH Mae – June 8, 2014

CFN – When I was growing up, everyone I knew hated getting their picture taken. Whenever someone would barge in with a camcorder propped on their shoulder or a camera in their hands, people would run for cover. And who liked picture day at school? No one. We used pictures to document memories – Christmas, […]

Home Sweet Home by Design – Lessons Learned By JH Mae – May 2, 2014

Home Sweet Home by Design – Lessons Learned By JH Mae – May 2, 2014

CFN – Everything in my mother’s house matches. The curtains match the furniture, the furniture matches the carpet, the pictures on the wall were carefully chosen, and even the TV stand is elegant. She is now on the market for some new furniture and I’m certain she will agonize over the choice, making sure that […]

Life time Healthcare – Lessons Learned By JH Mae – March 27, 2014

Life time Healthcare – Lessons Learned By JH Mae – March 27, 2014

CFN – I’m finally the proud owner of a health insurance plan. It covers nothing, but if I get a kidney stone or break my coccyx, I’m covered. Thanks, Obamacare! This isn’t an anti-Obamacare rant or a blushing endorsement, I’m simply glad to have insurance. I’m not, however, thrilled at the prospect of medical tests […]

Is the Warranty Over at 35? Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 27, 2014

Is the Warranty Over at 35? Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 27, 2014

CFN – My two-year-old nephew absolutely loves my husband. Every time we’re at his house, the boy takes him by the finger and leads him onto the living room floor, and they play with Legos, and blocks and Matchbox cars until my husband can’t feel his legs. He’s six-foot-two and has a wonky back, so […]

No No No! Mr. Roboto! Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 13, 2014

CFN – I’m surrounded by robots. I’ve seen “Terminator“ so I know how this ends: with them killing us all. Scientists are already predicting that by 2029, our robots will be smarter than us. This is what you call a slippery slope, folks. I don’t seriously believe that but I know my iPod can do […]

Dance Dance Dancy – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 6, 2014

CFN – I don’t really watch music videos anymore, mostly because the majority seem to feature writhing, half-naked women. But I’m actually aware of and quite addicted to the video for Pharrell’s “Happy.” What’s so great about it? It features a bunch of adults boogying, some with great rhythm and clever moves, and others… not […]

Life Rituals – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 2, 2014

Life Rituals – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 2, 2014

CFN – My family practices a neurotic ritual. When we leave after a visit to each other’s houses, we spend a solid 10 minutes saying goodbye. “Goodbye” has to be the absolute last thing said just before the door shuts – shouted through the crack in the slowly closing door, if possible. This farewell can […]

Manners Are Free – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – February 9, 2014

Manners Are Free – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – February 9, 2014

CFN – We have all kinds of rules to govern our behavior. The law tells us we can’t punch our neighbor for accidentally mowing over our daffodils, or kidnap his dog for ransom. But there are other “laws,” ones that tell us what’s appropriate to say and do in everyday life. My mother taught me […]