MOTHER AND THE HUMMINGBIRD

My mother had several hummingbird feeders around her back patio. We kids would go sit out on the sofas in the screened in area. We were sitting out there one day when she told us, “Be quiet! Sit very still.” I knew about her little bird friends because they flew all around the feeders. It […]

DEATH BRINGS CHANGES

The death of step-son John has deeply affected my life on several levels. Even though he had a very small estate, it’s taking a lot of our thoughts and energy. My wife and I are having a Celebration of life this Saturday, which also has required much attention. Our renter, Paul (and fiancée, Mary) moved […]

RELIEVING STRESS

 Sometimes finding a quiet place to sit so I can relax my muscles and empty my mind helps with built-up stress. When I’m driving, I’ve also even gotten to where I can feel my neck tense up. At those times, I try to relax the muscles by inhaling slower. Breathing out slowly helps at times, […]

THE LEAK

Recently, I dealt with a scary situation at my condo. I was not even home when it happened. A friend saw water stains in the hallway outside my place and called me. I was hours away and I had no key hidden outside for my friend to use. I tried, but could not reach my […]

BLIND DATES

(Part 1 of 2)             Blind dates are appropriately named. They are a little like playing Blind Man’s Bluff. Last night I went out with a man I had never actually met.  Almost the moment I laid my eyes on him, I knew we weren’t a fit. He indicated he would like to […]

A MEMORY: HANGING OUT LAUNDRY

In the years before I got my first clothes dryer, I used to hang my washing out to dry. In the memory that came to mind, I am wearing a winter coat, standing at the bottom of the back stairs. I am pinning clothes, towels, socks and shirts just so. Using a pulley that connected […]

doing nothing

Doing nothing is doing something. James (July ‘18) adds, “Choosing to do nothing is a decision.”

THOUGHTS ON CHOOSING A NEW BOOK CLUB

My long-attended book club has disbanded. I’ve been thinking about joining other book clubs. Two are at the local library and meet monthly. One is nonfiction and the other one must be fiction. Our local college has also had one for years. Many of us who live in town have been part of those and […]

ANOTHER ASPECT OF HAVING ASPERGER’S SYNDROME

To tell the truth, I have to deal with social phobia. As gifted as I am in some areas, I suck making small talk and getting to know people. My severe worry is that what I am going to say is the wrong thing –that I’m going to blow my chances at getting to know […]

a letter from Patricia

Hi Fritzie, The weather is really hot here. I don’t do well in hot weather.  Really have a bad attitude, but then I remember whose weather it is.  So I just think about the really harsh winter we all had and think, “Thank you Lord.”   This morning I saw the moon.  Really bright. I […]