My Gray Stripes

Becoming whole through family life. Desserts help.

Welcome to changing the world one happy family at a time

Have you ever thrown your hands up into the air and screamed, “What is going on here?” I have. In fact, I asked it this morning after I thought I … Continue reading

Featured · 17 Comments

Family Answers Fast, my new blog

Family Answers Fast is my new blog where I get to the point about what matters; gems for a happy life!  More practical how-to and less narrative than My Gray Stripes, … Continue reading

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Saying goodbye

One month after my daughter married, she and her husband moved out-of-state.  He is earning a doctorate in physics in six years.  She is working, making their home, and preparing … Continue reading

July 16, 2013 · 4 Comments

How to plan a wedding

Planning my own wedding more than twenty-five years ago was easy.  Get engaged to the love of my life then do what everyone else was doing.  Be engaged for a … Continue reading

May 31, 2013 · 6 Comments

Sweet names

Little did I know when I started calling my husband, “Honey,” in our early years of marriage that the nickname would stick.  Honey is literally sweet.  Sweet names can minimize … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

The finish line

Suddenly and shockingly bombs at the Boston Marathon exploded.  When my daughter, Devin, told me she was going to train to run a marathon, I wasn’t surprised.  I did my … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · 8 Comments

136 ways to love others

Love is as love does. Ways to love those closest to your heart: Say, “I love you.” Make them a nice meal. Take them out to eat. Clean their room, … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 5 Comments

Why beer?

My friend, Bonnie, talked her older brother into purchasing a six-pack of Michelob beer, a big win for teen-aged girls.  To add to the drama, Bonnie was told to go … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 3 Comments

Remember birthdays

I’m not an elephant; I forget.  Take birthdays of loved ones, for example. It’s not that I don’t want to remember birthdays, I do.  Birthday reminders are on my calendar … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 9 Comments

Stick a candle in it

Three layer red velvet cake with sumptuous cream cheese frosting.  That’s what my daughter is creating for  her brother’s fourteenth birthday as I write.  Decorate the house with balloons and … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · 4 Comments

Happiness rejecters

My first childhood memory stands as one of the happiest of my life.  I was eight and had waited months for this moment.  While I sat perfectly still my mother … Continue reading

January 23, 2013 · 10 Comments
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