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Milli Gilbaugh

A little nostalgia goes a long way

Food For Thought

Indulge me for a few minutes; yesterday was my birthday and, after this many years, everybody is entitled to a little wallow in the past once in a while. I spent a good deal of the day writing birthday cards for a number of my friends who are also April babies. At our age, receiving cards on or before the exact birth date is immaterial. The big thing is just to have people remember we are still around and able to read and comprehend.

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A purse that’s “big enough”

Food For Thought

It may be coincidence but about this time every year, I find myself going through my purse and weeding out all the old expired appointment cards, credit cards, receipts, shopping lists and other leftovers of my life. I’m always surprised at how much of that stuff loiters around clear at the bottom amid the chewing gum wrappers, paper clips, assorted coins and what appear to be cookie crumbs, though I swear I never carried cookies around in my purse.

April

Food For Thought

Sometimes cloudy, often rowdy, wet and warm, calm then storm, hot then cool, April fool!

Pleading guilty

Every so often, things from my past come creeping out of the dark and bite me in the conscience. I try to dismiss them as soon as possible, but sometimes they persist and I can’t seem to forget about them. I do know confession is good for the soul, or wherever our conscience resides, and there may be some value in sharing such experiences with others. If nothing else is gained, at least someone might be warned by my experience and avoid the same mistakes.

AAADD or a runaway train?

Food For Thought

Being one of those people they refer to when they say someone can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, I used to think that implied a lack of physical coordination, but I’m more inclined to believe it’s a matter of having a one-track mind. There may be people who can drive a car and talk on a cellphone simultaneously, but I know myself well enough to know I’m not one of them. I can’t even read the newspaper and drink coffee at the same time. Sip. Read. Sip. Read. Throw in a doughnut and watch me short-circuit.

Try a little magic

I imagine when you were in kindergarten or first grade, you sang, over and over, that little ditty known as The Alphabet Song. I’ve long been impressed by the fact such young children manage to memorize, in order, the 26 letters of the alphabet. That’s a pretty long string of facts to remember, in sequence, for anyone, not to mention a 6-year-old. (Have you ever played that game where participants take turns repeating then adding to a list of things they’d take on vacation? Have you ever managed to accurately repeat a list of 26 items in order? Chances are slim, aren’t they?)

To fly a kite

Food For Thought

March is supposedly a good time to fly kites. Tradition tells us, since March days are often too windy, too cold, too wet and too short for most of the other outdoor recreational options of spring, it is the perfect time for kite-flying. In a way, that’s probably so– at least it used to be– because a great deal of kite time was spent indoors constructing and repairing the kites, and a relatively short time actually spent outdoors engaging in the business of flying them.

Yours, ours and mine

Since my husband and I were married on a March Saturday all those many years ago, I tend to think of weddings every year when the month rolls around again. It ‘s one of the few things that make the month of March bearable, as about the only other things going for it are wind, slush and runny noses. When I think of weddings, though, I think of them as beginnings rather than the glorious result of months of planning and daunting expenses.

Easter, a movable feast

Food For Thought

When, as a young teenager, I noticed my birthday was on the same DATE every year, but not on the same DAY of the week, I began to wonder about the date of Easter. Easter was always on a Sunday, I knew, but sometimes it occurred before my birthday, and sometimes after. Sometimes Easter was in the month of March, sometimes not until fairly late in April. I couldn’t find any other holiday that couldn’t seem to make up its mind as to which month it belonged in. How were we supposed to plan for it when there seemed so little consistency about when it would arrive?

Mardi Gras and Carnival

Food For Thought

The term “Mardi Gras” is French for “Fat Tuesday” and refers to the day before the beginning of Lent when Christians used up any rich foods before giving them up during the Lenten period, along with parties and other self-indulgences. The day was the last opportunity for merrymaking, revelry and indulgence in food and drink for the 40 days leading up to Easter.

If I ruled the world

Food For Thought

Not being a tidy person (meaning I don’t put the groceries, the laundry or my creative projects away promptly and clean up as I go along in the kitchen), I nevertheless believe a few changes I’d like to suggest would make the world tidier and more efficient. Things that serve no seriously useful purpose and generally tend to cause more chaos than they prevent. Some of these, I’ve no doubt mentioned here before, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat them in the hope somebody may see the value of these suggested changes and start a movement to spread the word.

Spring cleaning

Food For Thought

I remember the days when everybody engaged in what they called “spring cleaning. This activity could begin any time the housewife felt overwhelmed by winter blahs and felt the need to clean out closets or make new kitchen curtains. Timing depended largely on the personal ambitions of the housewife in charge and the availability of reliable help. The weather might also be a factor, though it didn’t figure in any long-range goals because of its unpredictability.