This and That

Musings on Being a Writer and My Life

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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Memories

  • February 1, 2015 1:31 am

            Fleeting snippets of events, memories, have flashed through my mind of late. Most of these memories make me smile, or remind me of the love I have for the people who are important in my life. I wonder about the role memory plays in constructing who and what we…

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A Special Place

  • January 23, 2015 2:11 am

Every morning I take my faithful canine companion, Sparkle, for a walk. We have route that we both enjoy. Sparkle likes it because it is a treasure –trove of (apparently) fascinating smells. I enjoy it because it is beautiful and serene. The route is a very popular path along Solivita Blvd which follows the course…

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Hair

  • January 5, 2015 11:42 pm

    Hair! We fuss with it, wash it, brush it, comb it, oil it, gel it, curl it, straighten it, color it, cut it, complain about it, and even lose it. My mother had thick, black, luxurious hair. When she was a little girl, her sisters (who were much older) cut it into a…

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Christmas Joy?

  • December 15, 2014 12:54 am

Christmas is upon us—again. I’m trying, God knows, to feel the Christmas spirit, but it is eluding me. I want desperately to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season and all of its trappings: glittery ornaments, happy songs, gifts, Christmas trees, decorated houses. (Notice I left cookies off this list—I have no trouble enjoying them!) I’ve…

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