February 1, 2016


It takes a new mother a few weeks, but before long, she can tell by the tone of her baby’s voice what it needs. One cry might be, “I’m hungry.” A more insistent tone would tell her, “I need some cuddling—right now.” Next in urgency comes, “Something hurts.” A scream could say, “It hurts really…

Continue Reading

What is Home?

December 24, 2015

baby mel 2

In the early 1960’s my husband was a private in the Army. A few months before our baby was due, (back then you didn’t know if it would be a boy or a girl) he found us a two-room, basement apartment at 416 Vattier Street in Manhattan, Kansas. Manhattan is a lovely place. We made…

Continue Reading


November 23, 2015


  Luke 4:10 | For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: In all honesty, it didn’t happen at Christmas. It was February, 1963. My daughter Melanie was three months old. My husband Lonnie was stationed at Ft. Riley, Kansas, and we had a basement apartment in the college town…

Continue Reading

The Dreaded Programmable Thermostat

November 6, 2015


If it weren’t for my electric throw, I’d probably freeze to death tonight. In an ironic twist, it’s warmer in New York than it is here in Vegas. The expected low tonight is in the forties. “Not freezing,” you say? I know it’s not freezing for most folks, but I spent almost forty years in…

Continue Reading


October 28, 2015


I don’t sew much anymore…the old eyes are making it difficult for the small hand work and things like threading needles. Since moving, I wanted to freshen up some patio furniture. I thought about buying new, but—HOLY SMOKES!!!—have you seen the prices on that stuff? So I picked apart one of the old covers to…

Continue Reading

Back to the Future

October 9, 2015


It’s the anniversary of Back to the Future, released in 1985. It’s one of my favorite movies. Future re-visited the fifties, and watching it made me take a sentimental trip through those years and also through the decade that followed. After somewhere along 1950 the post-war housing boom happened and suburban subdivisions mushroomed all over…

Continue Reading

The Movies

September 25, 2015


I’m going to the movies today. I wonder how many times I’ve sat in a movie house and been transported to another world. It can’t be counted in the number of movies I’ve seen. When I was a kid, you saw two and sometimes three movies at one sitting. There were also the Three Stooges,…

Continue Reading

Moving, Part 2

September 5, 2015

Moving part 2 smaller

I moved into the new house Monday. Not new, exactly, fifteen years old, but new to me. The boxes from the storage locker and from my daughter’s house are still piled up everywhere. For the first two days, they seemed like the loaves and the fishes, no matter how many I emptied and cut down…

Continue Reading

The Weather Girl

August 8, 2015


  I’m the weather girl. Not like Ginger Zee on Good Morning America, all pretty and slim and with perfect makeup and hair. I don’t stand in front of a green screen with lightning bolts or rain drops to show me what the day is going to bring. I washed my hair this morning, and…

Continue Reading

Good Morning

July 13, 2015


I take a nice walk most mornings. Good for the heart, you know. I sometimes see the nocturnal neighborhood cats as they return to their daytime resting place. There’s a road runner I find particularly amusing. I take it his hairdo was the inspiration for punk rockers. A smile is good for the heart, too….

Continue Reading