A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
February 10, 2017

I found myself pondering animal psychics. It was one of those afternoons; I was working on the computer all morning, staring at the blue of my screen, zoomed in doing some detail work on some portraits. After removing hundreds (yea, thousands) of blemishes, tucking chins, straightening teeth and removing wrinkles (I should be making at […]

A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
December 12, 2016

To gift or not to gift, THAT is the question—and as always, I have the answer! Have you ever handed a gift to someone with excitement and anticipation- after you took great care and time to find, select and wrap the gift you finally knew was perfect- only to watch them tear open the paper […]

A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
October 3, 2016

“HONK, HONK, HONK!” What a forlorn sound the honking of the goose is this time of year! Each Spring, my sense-of-well-being swells when I hear the familiar calls from the bright, cerulean sky as the Canadian Geese make their way home in typical “V” formation! Their annual appearance brings the promise of warmer weather and […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
August 9, 2016

Phone rings: “Good morning, Ma’am!” Not a smart way to start out a conversation when you want something—ma’am. “Yeah?” “How are you this morning?” “What do you want?” “Do you receive the local paper?” “No.” “We’d like to send you a week of free papers.” “No.” “You don’t want FREE papers.” “No.” “Could I ask why?” […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
July 20, 2016

Okay! Here’s the thing: When I returned from my recent trip, TSA confiscated “A Merry Heart” because I had a list of sharp objects in the fourth paragraph. My article was all finished, but my husband had loaded the printer with invisible ink. Too much computer use can cause mild fatigue in laboratory rats, so […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
April 5, 2016

I LOVE APRIL! April is full of promise: spring is taking hold, the days are longer, the birds return and there’s a sense of rebirth and starting over! April is also my birth month but above all, the month begins with APRIL FOOLS DAY! Now, in the “Buck” (my maiden name) household, this is a […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
February 19, 2016

“Why weren’t you in class yesterday?” “It was, ‘Thank a Mailman Day.’ I assumed it was a national holiday or something. How am I gonna thank a mailman from school?” “How many times have I told you not to assume; where’s the paper that was due yesterday?” “Uh…it’s Canned Food Month, I assumed there was […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
December 8, 2015

A Stress Free Christmas! Christmas time can evoke many emotions: nostalgia, thankfulness, joy, comfort, hominess… For some, the feelings are quite different: anxiety, fear, dread, even ambivalence. For many, the anxiety, dread, and ambivalence come from the many demands that the over-commercialized season puts upon them. To help you make the most of this Holiday […]

A Merry Heart
A Merry Heart
October 5, 2015

Travel Plans There’s a whole subculture of people out there I’ve only recently discovered. They are the Brave Hearts; the ones who are unafraid to experience those things others shun—the crazy, the wacky, the bizarre. Yes, they’re travelers, but they are so much more; they seek out places the average person wouldn’t dream even exist. […]

A Merry Heart
Merry Heart
August 11, 2015

Fishing Fishing! Yup, that’s what I said—fishing. And yes, with the permission of our editor, that is what we will be discussing in this brief tutorial, on how to land the elusive “Walleye:” Whether you’re pitching crank bait or Lindy rigging with a bottom bouncer and leech harness, these finicky eaters are masters at eluding […]