Remembering Kara

My sister, Kara Danielle Lucas, died yesterday. We weren’t especially close but we definitely loved each other.  I was two and a half years old on September 18th, 1978 when she made her entrance into the world. I don’t know what kind of big brother I was early on but I know I wasn’t always…

Cold Considerations

I’ve seen a lot of posts about checking on the elderly as well as bringing your pets inside during this brutally cold snap we’re experiencing in Cincinnati this week. Obviously, I think its a good plan to take care of Aunt Mabel and Spot. Our pets bring such great joy and older folks are full…

The Taste of Victory

I pulled into the gas station, craving a roast beef and swiss sandwich.  It’s only $2.75 for a few pieces of beef, a slice of swiss cheese, and whatever toppings you want (which for me, of course, is a little bit of lettuce so I can convince myself that I’m eating vegetables) and when paired…

Winners and Losers: Its All in How You Look At It

While I was home for the fair last weekend, I learned a valuable life lesson from a ten-year-old boy.  I think we can all learn a little something from him, his cousin, and some sheep. In rural communities, its common to have a fair where children can take their 4-H projects in order to show…

Gratitude

Today, while sitting at the fair knowing it was my last day this year, I couldn’t help but be a little emotional.  See, on Saturday at the Richwood Fair we have what’s called the Non-Livestock 4-H Jr. Fair Sale.  For the benefit of my city slicker friends, let me back up and explain. All summer…

Sprite + Heat = Explosion of Epic Proportions

Here’s a fun story: I just got home from a very long day at Kings Island and still had two cases of pop in the car from yesterday’s shopping trip (because I only have two hands and I refuse to make two trips at one time, of course). So, they stayed in the car all…