MAKE LETTER-WRITING YOUR CHOICE!

When email became available in the late 1990’s, letter-writing slowly declined. Seniors remember the value of the letter-writing tradition; they may have had a penpal in a foreign country when they were young.

Many benefits come from taking pen in hand and setting words to paper to communicate. It’s personal. It’s also much more […]

MY NAME

I needed to broach a tender subject which, until now, I didn’t know how to open: my name. 

When I was married to my first husband, I used both of our last names. It was a progression for me. It seemed socially safer to use both names rather than keep my given family name.  William Shakespeare’s […]

CUT-AND-PASTE IN THE TIME OF COVID

Carol’s cut-and-paste art

The cut-and-paste piece above is a self-portrait made in the time of COVID. While sitting with a girlfriend who was doing a similar project, I selected and collected scraps from magazines. I arranged the biggest pieces first and worked down to the smallest.  When I created it at the end of January this […]

BLAME IT ON COVID

Problems? Like so many other people, I blame whatever on COVID 19! Meanwhile, since this time of year ain’t exactly for sitting on the porch (which is a way to while away time) I find ways to pass time while waiting to get back to normal. (Oh, yeah!)

While we are waiting for the […]

THE SHORT BUS

Recently I was grieved to find some rock group called themselves “Beer and the Short Bus.”

The term “short bus” is intended as an insult towards people who ride this small school bus to classes for their special needs. I rode a “short bus” for a long time when I was in school.

However, […]

MY SORT-OF RESOLUTIONS

I’m looking forward to 2021 and my sort-of resolutions!

1. Recognizing that nothing happens unless I make it happen.

2. Cherishing my friends and keeping close to my heart friends who have left me. (Three this past year)

3. Enjoy my new living space that I decorate with peaceful and sensitive artwork.

4. Continue […]

TECHNICAL TROUBLES

I-Pad photo: deer and turkeys (left, half-way up)

My wife and I live on forty acres which are four miles from the nearest town. We see a lot of wildlife in the woods or our yard nearby. Several years ago, I counted over sixty wild turkeys in one flock behind our house! Before Christmas […]

HE DIDN’T GIVE UP

I’ve been watching the movie “Rudy” again. What a guy! He was told he was too small to play football and his grades also weren’t good enough for Notre Dame University. The odds were stacked against Rudy Ruettger’s desires. Yet he was given a chance: one semester at nearby Holy Cross Community College. He […]

HE DIDN’T GIVE UP

I’ve been watching the movie “Rudy” again. What a guy! He was told he was too small to play football and his grades also weren’t good enough for Notre Dame University. The odds were stacked against Rudy Ruettger’s desires. Yet he was given a chance: one semester at nearby Holy Cross Community College. He […]

normal

“Normal is an individual thing.”

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