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… Continue reading Do You Still Use a Landline? Lessons Learned By JH Mae – June 19, 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,… Continue reading Talking Selfies – Lessons Learned By JH Mae – June 8, 2014

Is a Group of Girls a Giggle? Lessons Learned By JH Mae – May 14, 2014

CFN – I’ve never been lucky with the ladies. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been able to develop a really good giggle. And that’s what I call a group of girls. A group of elk is a gang, of crows is a murder, of frogs is an army. A group of girls is a giggle.… Continue reading Is a Group of Girls a Giggle? Lessons Learned By JH Mae – May 14, 2014

Do We Really Change as We Get Older? Lessons Learned By JH Mae – May 5, 2014

CFN – My grandpa likes to tell the following story and usually for an audience of at least a dozen. He was a farmer for decades and for a long time, sold eggs. One day when I was probably four years old, I went along with him to deliver eggs. I believe he used the… Continue reading Do We Really Change as We Get Older? Lessons Learned By JH Mae – May 5, 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… Continue reading Home Sweet Home by Design – Lessons Learned By JH Mae – May 2, 2014

Life Shouldn’t be Messy & Complicated Lessons Learned By JH Mae – April 25, 2014

CFN – Life is already messy and complicated. Why can’t the simple things be simple, straightforward and easy? I was thinking this while a pharmacist told me my brand new health provider had no idea who I was. She gave them my name, my birthday and my enrollment number and no luck. I was a… Continue reading Life Shouldn’t be Messy & Complicated Lessons Learned By JH Mae – April 25, 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… Continue reading Life time Healthcare – 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… Continue reading Is the Warranty Over at 35? Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 27, 2014

What the Heck is an Expert? Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 19, 2014

CFN – The other day I saw an author on TV promoting a book he wrote about how we’ve all been lied to about the health benefits of drinking milk. I guess I’m supposed to bow down to this man – he’s clearly more educated than me – and heed his advice. But I didn’t… Continue reading What the Heck is an Expert? Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 19, 2014

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

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… Continue reading Dance Dance Dancy – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 6, 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… Continue reading Life Rituals – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – March 2, 2014

Letting Go of Fear is Freedom – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – February 17, 2014

  CFN -I’ve always been a coward. For years I’ve kept hidden inside my head a numbered list of things I’ve always wanted to try but never found the nerve to do.   In my defense, I also have a list in my head of all the things I’ve wanted to try that I actually have… Continue reading Letting Go of Fear is Freedom – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – February 17, 2014

Life’s Little Cruelties Lessons Learned by JH Mae – February 14, 2014

CFN – I had an unusual day last Sunday. I didn’t work or obsessively check the news. I think I even kept my iPad in another room. So I was shocked when my mother called me sometime in the afternoon to tell me Philip Seymour Hoffman had been found dead in a humiliating but no… Continue reading Life’s Little Cruelties Lessons Learned by JH Mae – February 14, 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… Continue reading Manners Are Free – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – February 9, 2014

Strange Addictions – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – January 22, 2014

CFN – I swear, the world didn’t used to be this bananas. But everyone says that when they get older. We paint the world of our childhoods with an idealized brush and everything looks worse by comparison. But I really feel like the world is, in fact, going to hell. There’s this ridiculous show on… Continue reading Strange Addictions – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – January 22, 2014

The Waiting Isn’t Always the Hardest Part – – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – January 20, 2014

CFN – In my day – and my day wasn’t that long ago – people waited for things. I recall one day in 7th grade on the bus. A friend of mine gave me a cassette tape catalog and I ordered Dave Matthews Band’s “Under the Table and Dreaming.” My mother was angry, because I didn’t… Continue reading The Waiting Isn’t Always the Hardest Part – – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – January 20, 2014

Intimacy of Morning Ablutions in Marriage – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – January 9, 2014

CFN – When I was growing up, my mother and father would talk to each other about their private bathroom activities, in foul and thorough detail. Even worse, when one was in the shower, the other would barge into the bathroom and pee, without shame. In these too-intimate moments, I’d hear them talk from the… Continue reading Intimacy of Morning Ablutions in Marriage – Lessons Learned by JH Mae – January 9, 2014

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