The Calculator…

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So do you remember being in school and doing calculations by hand in math class? And do you recall thinking how much easier you’d have it if you could just use your calculator?  When you mentioned this to your teacher, he or she would say, “You never know if you’ll have a calculator nearby.”

Well fast forward to cellphones. Yes, we now have a calculator available at all times. So why do we still teach children the outdated pencil and paper calculation steps?

Well, to put it simply, there is a great benefit to understanding the detailed and sometimes laborious steps to solving a mathematical equation. And the use of mental math is an excellent exercise for the mind.

In addition, your teacher was correct. Yes, you may always have your cell phone and therefore a calculator on you, but what if you lose your phone? Or what if there is a massive cellular collapse? Or what if there is a zombie apocalypse? Just kidding…But still, keep your pad and pencil on hand in case you need them for those pesky calculations…


Stay groovy…


(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)

Independence Day Celebration…

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Hot dogs sizzling on the grill,

festivals galore,

cold beer in the cooler,


children’s laughter,

red, white, and blue,

splashing in the pool,

flags everywhere,

gathering with friends and family,


music playing,

apple pie,

and parades.


Just some of the elements of a perfect Independence Day celebration.

Have fun and be safe…


Stay groovy…


(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)







Independence Day

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So we celebrate Independence Day tomorrow. In many ways, it’s one of our most important holidays, as this is when we honor when our country gained freedom. Ideally, we also offer gratitude to those who have served or currently serve.

Somehow the holiday name has changed over time. By many people, it’s referred to as the Fourth of July. Yes, the holiday does fall on July 4th, but in changing how we reference it, we lose that important component of “independence”.

Those who know me will recognize that I have a bit of an attitude about the name change. We don’t refer to Christmas as the 25th of December. We don’t call Thanksgiving the 4th Thursday of November.

So why the Fourth of July? Let’s reflect. This holiday is more than barbeques, apple pie, and fireworks. It’s a time to reflect on and celebrate what makes this country great. Our freedom…our independence…

Happy Independence Day! Enjoy the day and be safe…


Stay groovy…


(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)

Where did all the food go?

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So I called Mom yesterday and asked, “How the hell did you manage to feed six kids when I can barely keep the pantry full with only two?”

Yup…kids…Where do they put it? You come home from the market with enough food to feed an army, and the next day the cupboard is bare.

I remember as a child taking trips to the grocery store. Mom walked in with all of us in tow. With six kids to feed, we usually left with three carts full of food. Mom said cereal was the big secret. If we needed a snack between meals there was always plenty of healthy cereal available.

I guess every generation of parents recognizes the same thing. Growing kids consume massive amounts of food. So be prepared to do one oversized trip a week sprinkled in with quick stops to pick up “just one more thing”.

The daily trip to the supermarket…It may be a pain, but I’ll sure miss it when I’m an empty nester someday.


Stay groovy…


(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)


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The aroma

of a candle burning,

of just sprayed perfume,

of morning coffee brewing,

of incense,

of a casserole baking in the oven,

of potpourri,

of burning leaves,

of just washed sheets,

to name a few…

It’s amazing how scents can make us feel happy or bring up memories…


Stay groovy…


(Copyright 2019 Susie Krivacic)