normal

“Normal is an individual thing.”

James (Dec.’20) adds, “What is ‘normal’ for one, may not be ‘normal’ for another.”

GUIDED BY MY INNER CHILD

I think we all access our wonder child from time to time. I consider it a blessing that I can do so. Seeing a sight that you don’t see often brings her out for me.I started feeding the local birds. I was looking out our picture window at them on a recent morning, thinking […]

PEARL HARBOR

The recent anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor brought back memories of that time. Seventy-nine years ago, Japan bombed that harbor and the ships anchored there. As far as we knew it was without provocation.

It was a cool Sunday morning that December 7, 1941. My sister and I were snuggled into our […]

RECIPES ARE FUN

I love reading older cookbooks and finding interesting recipes. These cooking guides have changed through the centuries, because with each woman, ingredients are never the same. (Personally, I have never cooked the same recipe twice – at least, I don’t think so. Do “scrambled eggs” count?)

One of my favorites to make is Refrigerator […]

time is…

Time is the architect of change.James (Oct.’20) adds, “Nothing changes without the passage of time.”

OWLS AND ECOLOGY

Along with the virus and politics I was dealt a sad blow. When we first moved to our subdivision nineteen years ago, we had many owls.Over time they were killed off by people using poi-sons to kill the mice the roamed around, mostly drawn by people who did not put all their trash in […]

DOING THE RIGHT THING

Recently, I watched an older movie about the well-known Indian Geronimo. Made years back, it featured Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon. Dillon played a cavalry officer named Britton Davis and Hackman played infamous General George S. Crook. At the end of the movie, Dillon’s character had to stand up for what was right. He […]

INTO THE WOODS

The other day, I was in back of the house making wreaths from the kiwi vines when I heard pounding hooves. I was puzzled. I couldn’t think who would be riding a horse that fast – THROUGH MY YARD!I was almost to the end of the “circular” drive that goes from behind the house […]

Divorce yourself…

Divorce yourself from harm’s way.

James (Aug.’20) adds, “Make choices that keep you safe.”

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STEREOTYPING

Recently I was watching some really good commercials about the dangers of racial stereotyping. They got me to thinking about my own life. I came to the realization that – as a friend puts it – “I’ve got that T-Shirt.” I’ve dealt with stereo-typing as long as I can remember.

It’s true that many […]