This and That

Musings on Being a Writer and My Life

The Widow’s Club

  • June 29, 2015 2:49 am

  It’s not a club I clamored to join. In fact, none of the members wanted to join it. We were recruited in the harshest of all possible ways. The initiation was almost as difficult as any street gang’s—we had to experience the death of the person most of us would call “our best friend,…

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  • June 28, 2015 2:56 am

 I thought that my readers might enjoy a short story today.   Boots Emma loved her boots. It had taken her a whole year of babysitting the brats down the street to save enough to buy them. Before she went to sleep each night, she would count and tally the total of the bundle of…

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An Unwelcome Visitor

  • June 6, 2015 4:48 pm

    The most unwelcome of all visitors called on me recently. This visitor is never welcomed and usually not greeted with any enthusiasm. If fact, when you, your friends, and family find that it has called upon you, they, like you, are worried concerned and fearful. The visitor was cancer. The “Big C.” It…

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Hawai’i

  • May 9, 2015 12:53 am
Kathy Joyce Glascott

I finally got to Hawai’i. Three tries, three cancellations, and finally—I made it! Hawai’i was all I hoped and dreamed it would be. The weather was nearly perfect:  warm and sunny with a lovely breeze that kept the bugs and humidity away—and wrecked havoc on my hair. The beaches were stunning with crashing waves and…

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April Tenth

  • April 11, 2015 1:39 am

There are certain dates that are more meaningful than others. One of those dates is April 10,1983. That was the date my Mom passed away after almost two years of coping with lung cancer. I remember that day with crystal clarity. It was a Sunday—a week after Easter. The weather was perfect: warm and sunny.…

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Boots

  • April 4, 2015 2:02 am

Emma loved her boots. It had taken her a whole year of babysitting the brats down the street to save enough to buy them. Before she went to sleep each night, she would count and tally the total of the bundle of bills that had accumulated in an old shoebox under her bed. Then she…

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Is Nothing Sacred?

  • March 27, 2015 2:13 am

    In the last two years, my life has been turned upside down by the death of my husband and then my brother. These deaths affected everyone in my family—including my brothers and sisters. Shortly after my brother passed away, one of my other brothers was “zinged” (his word) by a Face Book “friend”…

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It’s Okay to Cry

  • March 21, 2015 1:50 am

    Tears. Crying. Sobbing. Some people can’t stand the sight of tears. They feel uncomfortable when someone in their midst starts to cry. They furnish the tearful one with tissues. They tell you that you don’t need to cry. And some even demand that you stop.  Then they’ll offer platitudes to “comfort” you. “He’s…

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Use the Good China

  • February 22, 2015 1:08 am

    If you’re like me, you have a cupboard full of “good” china and crystal. You probably save it for special occasions—a dinner party or a holiday. But have you ever asked yourself why you are saving this china and crystal? Is it to pass along to your children?  After all, they probably acquired…

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Happy Valentines Day

  • February 14, 2015 3:31 pm

  Valentine’s Day—a day devoted to purchasing flowers, candy and jewelry and maybe something a little naughty for your significant other. Many folks feel it’s overrated as a holiday. It’s too commercialized, and benefits only the florists and candy makers, and of course, Hallmark and American Greetings. I disagree. To me Valentine’s Day is a…

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