December 3, 2017


I’m sick. Yucky, coughing, spitting up vile stuff, runny nose, too sick to work sick. I wonder why that makes me feel guilty. I have all my writing work done for the week, but my list of other work that needs to be done is quite long. Last week, I bought some boulders and a…

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10,000 steps a day

November 5, 2017

FB screen

A few months ago, I set off on yet another diet. I was doing all right. My daughter, bless her little heart, wanted to help me along, so on my birthday, she gave me a gizmo called a Fitbit. It’s a computer that comes in a little, plastic wrist strap. More attractive holders are available…

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Dressing Up

October 14, 2017


I never had a store-bought costume. I don’t know if such a thing as a costume shop existed when I was a kid, but if they did, they certainly didn’t open a business in our neighborhood. Grandma Mayse’s linen closet was our costume shop. Old sheets worn too thin and full of rips to use…

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September 22, 2017


I lived in Venice, Florida for over thirty-five years. The recent hurricane put me to thinking about what I would save if it had been bearing down on me, if I needed to leave the state and I only had one car trip to rescue everything I loved. There’s the folder marked, “important,” with birth…

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September 9, 2017


I’m on a diet. Not for the first time. Over the years, I’ve been on just about every diet ever designed. In the 60s I did the Stillman Diet. NO carbs. Not a one. What do you eat on a diet like that? Meat, un-processed cheese, and eggs. Period. You lose a pound a day….

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July 29, 2017


I don’t have to turn around to know, because Abigail is always looking at me, unless she’s asleep, which is most of the time. My two cats are looking at me, too. Sometimes I wake up in the morning to find the three of them hanging over me like vultures. I don’t know if that’s…

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The Right Half of my Brain

July 1, 2017


I know the theory that the right side of the brain is creative and the left side is scientific has recently been discredited. For the purposes of this piece and of life in general, I’m going to ignore that. I don’t trust scientific evidence. Last week, it was on the news that coconut oil is…

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Wonder Woman

June 10, 2017

Wonder Woman

Two of my friends and I go to the movies almost every Friday. Today, we saw Wonder Woman with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. When I was a little girl, Wonder Woman was my favorite comic book. She had something I didn’t feel. She had power. Today’s movie did not disappoint. Diana, Princess of  the…

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May 25, 2017


I can only remember one time in my entire life that I said something right to another person’s face because I wanted to hurt their feelings.  That occurred about sixty years ago, and it still makes my heart twinge when I remember it. I’m sure that in the decades that have passed since then I’ve…

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Cider and Donuts

May 4, 2017

Yates Cider Mill

I had an ear of corn with my dinner tonight. You can’t keep corn long in Nevada, an ear dries out very quickly. It was quite good, a little butter and a little salt. Yummy It made me remember the best ear of corn I ever had. We lived in Detroit and later in Sterling…

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