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…

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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…

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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…

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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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