How did they do it?

I often wonder how they did it “way back when”. Honestly how did my granny make her famous apple pie without the “My Lil pie maker”? How was it possible for Pop to grow tomatoes without the “Topsy-Turvy Tomato Planter”? I mean c’mon! How was it possible to survive without all the cool gadgets you can find on “As Seen on TV”?

If there was any doubt, and there shouldn’t be, that we live in an age of excess simply go to and take a look around. There are more gadgets than you could possibly even begin to look at. What has happened to us? Have we become so busy and so distracted in our lives that we need gadgets to save us 10 seconds here and 10 seconds there.

In 1976 there were about 9,000 items in a normal supermarket today there are over 30,000. Has the world changed so much that we need all this extra stuff.  I am guilty of gadget obsession as well…whether it is my Ipad or Iphone  I am always using some type of gadget. So perhaps it’s time for each of us to do an evaluation of sorts.

Where can we cut back?

What can we put down for the day?

When can we have a “gadget blackout”?

We live in a world where we are always connected to each other but would it be such a bad thing to get in the car and turn off our cell phone? Would the world end if we got home and did not log on to “see what’s happening on Facebook” ?

We have made our lives so busy and so filled with stuff that perhaps we are missing out on what’s really important….




You can’t get that stuff on





Live, Love, Laugh…and eat ice cream

Last night Ginny and I drove to Boston to say goodbye to her grandmother. It was a long way to go for a funeral but it was worth it. We talked on the way about family and what to expect. I spent some time trying to calm her nerves down about what to expect.

In the end, although it was a sad day I am so glad that we went. I think in some small way perhaps the trip helped bring peace in some areas that really needed it. I also am so thankful that I was there to hear some more stories of Ginny’s grandmother.

I had to catch myself a few times and remember who we were talking about because Ginny’s grandmother is also named Virginia(her husband called her Reds) but that is sure not where the similarities end.

I heard how “Reds” was someone who always looked after those she loved and cared for. She was a woman who was not too concerned about material things but instead was a woman who valued family and friends.

She was a wife who took care of her husband and children. She helped and encouraged them in so many ways. I was reminded of where my wife gets those traits.
In case, I forgot however at the end I was reminded how much “Reds” loved a good bowl of ice cream to end the day. Hearing that all I could do was laugh.

I remember the first time that Ginny gave Kyle a taste of ice cream. He was still so young and I “questioned” her sanity. Sh just looked at me with all sincerity and told me that ice cream was good for you! Ginny’s love affair with ice cream now makes so much sense. It was one of the lasting gifts that “Reds” gave to her.

So today we raise our spoons as a tribute to a great woman.

“Job well done”