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…

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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,…

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Moving, Part 2

September 5, 2015

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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…

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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…

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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….

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June 17, 2015


It isn’t that I believe in horoscopes, but all the attributes of a Virgo belong to me, so maybe there’s some truth in it all. I am a “Place for everything and everything in its place,” kind of girl. I long ago realized that this does not come from some neatness gene, but rather because…

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John Wayne

May 28, 2015


He always reminded me of my favorite uncle Howard, tall, manly, good-looking, far right-wing politically, with a voice that rose up from way down deep. I don’t care for all Wayne’s pictures, but the ones I like, I love. I go to the movies two or three times a month, and even the ones I…

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Detroit, Michigan to Lebanon, Tennessee

May 18, 2015


I finally got around to vacuuming my car today (including the trunk.) I shampooed the front seat where I spilled coffee, and washed the inside of the windshield and the rest of the windows. Poor car. I’ve been working with my daughter renovating an old house in the historic district. My car was full of…

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Derby Hats

May 4, 2015


The horses were beautiful, yes, they were, but my favorite part of the Kentucky Derby is the hats. I’m a hat girl (I use the term ‘girl’ loosely) from day one. Raised in a Baptist church where every woman wore a hat, I don’t remember ever not having at least a few. When I was…

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Mr. Chips

April 24, 2015


My next door neighbors moved into their house a few weeks after I moved into mine. Since I live on a mountain, and bugs aren’t a problem this high, whenever the weather permits, I leave my back door open to get fresh air. The neighbor’s dog, a Shih Tzu named Mister Chips, became a frequent…

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