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The Sins of Our Parents
I had lunch with a friend that I've known for about a year. At some point we discussed how difficult it was to go through some things. I told her I just can't get it together to go through the archival materials from WWII. Once, a few years ... Read more
Getting Rid of Unwanted Calls
I don't know how it is for the rest of you but I'm bombarded several times a day with unwanted calls from business, charities and political interests. I'm usually interrupted at the most inconvenient times...cooking, washing the dishes, taking ... Read more
Some People March To A Different Drummer
Not everyone is cut from the same mold. How often do we see family members who are so different from all the rest? "Her parents are so great. How did she turn out like that?" "Everyone in the family has tin ears and he's such a great musicia... Read more
Today there was a true tragedy in Miami (police vs black citizen) and it both shocked me and broke my heart. A behavior therapist at a group home was laying in the street with his hands up in the air when the police arrived on the scene. The ... Read more
Have You Ever Felt Completely Content?
My life was a whirlwind up to four years ago. I took an early retirement and it was a good thing, because shortly thereafter my husband became ill and I cared for him alone at home for 4 years. It was really tough.
After my husband died I... Read more
Walking On A Tightrope
I have a dear friend who is in poor health and very poor. Her family is helping her financially, and thank God for that. She is American, but married a foreign national and lived abroad for many years. She never earned enough credits int the ... Read more
How To Find Peace In This World We Live In
I've wanted to post something about the daily tragedies that have befallen our world in recent years. There has always been war, fatal diseases, famine, and natural disasters, Sad as these are, the rash of killings, no matter who the perpetrat... Read more
For years and years, painful as it might be, I almost never put things off. I didn't dare. Time was so precious as I was studying, working, raising a family and maintaining a household. Can you just imagine how things would become untenable i... Read more
Watching My Plants Grow
OK, I know this must sound silly, but I'm so delighted with the growth of my tomato plant. For decades I had a very large garden (20x40) but when my husband became ill I couldn't work it any more. This year I decided I'd get some basil and fla... Read more
Sharing The Wealth
I live in a great community. In a past blog a long while back I spoke of the Timebank...an organization where you give and get paid for your services with time, not dollars. Well, I'd like to tell you about another very good group, Freecycle.
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The other day I had a call from a friend. He is the 80 year old widower of a dear friend. Before she died they moved to be near their daughter and her family. Since the death of my friend this man has has been living in misery and is very lon... Read more
We Write Our Own Autobiographies
Did you ever stop to think that we write our own biographies? Different, sometimes horrible things happen to us in life but how we react to them forges our future. Sometimes wonderful opportunities present themselves and whether we go for them... Read more
We Cannot Change The Past
I just finished the last book in Elizabeth George's Lynley series, A BANQUET OF CONSEQUENCES. There were a few things at the end that were very profound. One of the characters realizes that we often wish to change somebody so they will be what w... Read more
When we moved to this house over 40 years ago we planted some trees. The ones in the front of the house have been good size for several years now and provide lots of shade in the summer, and I always had to top for shade shrubs and flowers. In... Read more
So today I started to listen to talk shows on Italian radio. My gosh! They spoke so rapidly. The ones who spoke at a "normal" rate were from Sicily, of all places, and northern Italy. In the Italian section of Switzerland they also speak at ... Read more