Monthly Archives: February 2012

How I Would Fix the US Postal System

I was watching television the other day  and saw this commercial from the US Postal Service.  Is this the best they could come up with?

This lovely ad describes how everyone needs that piece of paper (i.e. mail) to file away because “a cork board has never been hacked”.  They seemed to have overlooked the fact that no one wants paper anymore.

That’s where I come in.  Speaking as someone that has no inside knowledge of the postal service, I offer these suggestions to improve the mail system.  This is at no cost to my fellow taxpayers.  You’re welcome.

1.  Raise the price of a stamp to 50 cents and be done with it.  Why do they keep inching the price up in increments of a penny?  I shouldn’t have to scrape up pennies to buy a stamp.  Let’s keep the price divisible by five as a general rule.

2.  Update those uniforms.  The blue is not really working anymore.  They should get with the new spring fashions.  Add a sorbet color to the uniform or use some color blocking.  I’m sure some fashion designer would job at the chance to design a new look.

3.  No one actually wants to go to the post office.  Make it an event.  Have someone at the door (a la Walmart greeter) to offer assistance.  Offer beverages while you wait on line.

4.  Have an express  lane so if you just need to pick up a registered letter you don’t have to wait behind some guy mailing six packages.

5.  Actually have working stamp machines.  (I know, too radical.)

6.  And finally, stop delivering on Saturdays. It’s the weekend.  Take the day off.

Any suggestions for the postal service?

Family Ties

My beautiful grandmother

This past weekend the whole family hopped a plane and landed in Houston to celebrate my grandmother’s 80th birthday.  We spent four days catching up with family, eating homemade gumbo and watching the Whitney Houston funeral.  Everyone left with the intention of staying in touch but it made me wonder.  Is it possible to stay in touch with people you don’t see often and don’t know that well?

Now Grandma and I are close.  I’ve seen her more often over the course of growing up.  We used to write each other letters (remember when that was the preferred method of communication) and we talk on the phone.  We are as close as two people who live 1,000 miles apart can be.   My grandmother is the coolest 80-year-old I know.  She is a wealth of old school wisdom with enough spunk to still drive her new Chrysler 200 and  have wireless internet in her house.  I just love to sit wherever she is and listen.  The woman could have been a comedienne in a former life.

I also have an uncle, two aunts, a large number of cousins, their spouses and all of their children.  Being around all of my relatives left me with a feeling of camaraderie but no real connection.  We are all bound by blood as evidenced by the pictures that grace my grandmother’s home.  I could even remember summers spend in Texas as a kid.  But once we all grew up, life had a way of making us virtual strangers.

As we all know, relationships take time and effort to maintain.  My question is who has time?  Who has the time and energy to establish and maintain a real relationship (beyond Facebook) with relatives that you rarely see?  Is it worth it?

Any advice?  How do you keep in touch with long-lost relatives?



No New Post for You!


It’s  my grandmother’s 80th birthday!   Heading out of town to celebrate.  New post will be up mid week.

Enjoy your weekend and take care.

How Do You Measure Love?


Now that the spectacle of Valentine’s Day is over, we can get back to our regular love lives.  Full disclosure:  I’m not a big fan of February 14th.  Maybe it’s all the flowers and candy hearts.  Maybe it’s the over abundance of cupids and cards.  Maybe its the forced display of gifts signifying someone cared enough to send the very best.  I think it’s all of the above but mostly it is the commercialization of it all.

When I was  younger, V-day held a lot of weight.  I would measure the value of my  relationship by the amount of gifts I received.  With age comes wisdom and now I know that one day does not define a relationship.

My husband always delivers on Valentine’s Day and we celebrate along with the masses.  But I’ll take the everyday displays of love over cards and flowers every time.  The small acts of love like relinquishing the “big” television so that I can watch Grey’s Anatomy and Braxton Family Values.   The routine task of taking my car for service or planning our annual family vacation.  Giving me a call during the work day.  Buying me a laptop when I said I wanted to be a writer.    (Still working on that one, honey.) Being there through whatever life throws our way.  My husband’s love is on full display when he goes to a job that he hates but provides for our family.  He shows love in a thousand ways that don’t involve balloons or a piece of candy.

Valentine’s Day can be fun.  But I’ll take the every day gifts of love every time.  How do you measure love?

R.I.P. Whitney Houston







Yesterday news quickly spread over the internet of Whitney Houston’s passing. I took this news hard. Whitney was “the Voice”.  She had a style that many have tried to imitate.  I remember when she came on the scene.  I was a teenager and her ballads (Saving all my Love For You and You Give Good Love) spoke to my visions of love .  She continued to gift us with songs throughout the years and I loved them all.  If I was doing a soundtrack for my life, Whitney would be in the mix.

Here is my tribute to a wonderful singer.  R.I.P. Whitney.  You will be missed.

“I Want to Dance With Somebody”

“I’m Your Baby Tonight”  – One of my all time favorites

“I Learned From the Best”

“Greatest Love of All”

“I’m Every Woman”


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