Dear Fritzabirthdaythoughts, My friends treated me to lunch at a tea shop in San Juan Capistrano (California). We had so much fun! We borrowed silly hats from the tea shop and they also gave me a tiara. Since I grew up English, I enjoy a lot of teas. The one I chose was a delicious […]


Jodi Jodi (Jan.’20) adds, “I still have my house in Florida and am working on renting out the part of it that is a hair salon.” *** Hi Fritzie, It’s been awhile since I wrote. After discovering my cancer was back, I decided to have a bone marrow/stem cell treatment using my own cells. I […]


(Letters to the Editor) Frances, Did I write to you? I thought I did but I’m not really clear on that.  I’m feeling over-loaded these days – lots to be grateful for though.  I remember you were upset during your late October “re-entry.” I can identify with that. (I did tell you we’d sold our place […]

around the frame dec 2019 – our experiences

Hi! Good to hear from you! Between the rain, traffic and “tummy troubles,” I’m sure you were glad to arrive in Florida and just crash for a couple days! I had to smile when you mentioned in your letter to e-readers that JK was back in his happy place with the warm weather. I really […]

around the frame nov 2019 – our experiences

Frances, You have published your book?!  How exciting for you. It is gratifying to accomplish a goal involving your passion, isn’t it?  I’ll look forward to reading a copy when it is available for Kindle. Linda Rosenthal Linda Rosenthal (Oct.’19) adds, “I have now downloaded the Kindle edition of Frances’ book. The first chapter of […]

around the frame aug 2019 – our experiences

Dear Frances, When I read your story, “The Handyman” (May ’19) and wrote about contracts (June’19), I had to consider my own history with such workers. While my non-contractual agreement with my dog-sitter is going smoothly, handymen are another matter. Personally, my confrontational style is a mess. I want to improve it. I’ve tried in […]

around the frame jul 2019 – our experiences

Hi Frances – I gained SO MUCH from your June 2019 story! I am itching to respond. First of all, reading JK’s side was extremely helpful. As I read your point of view –I understood it perfectly. THEN, I read JK’s, and I understood his point of view perfectly. To add a third voice (my […]

around the frame jun 2019 – our experiences

Dear Frances, I never heard of the movie “Pay It Forward.” At ALDI, I have given my cart to others just to be helpful! My activities are back to a routine. I go to the Senior Center every Thursday for a Bible study and lunch. After that we have Bingo. (I win money once in […]

around the frame may 2019 – our experiences

Dear Frances, It was a tough winter. We had snow most every day, plus wind and cold temperatures. I was happy to see the robins in March and know spring was finally here!” Mothers’ Day is this month! My mother and my mother-in-law, both grandmothers and all my aunts on my mother’s side have passed […]

around the frame apr 2019 – our experiences

Frances, I enjoyed the Mid-month story of your puppy, Bootsie, but was sad she had to sleep alone. I always slept with my dogs, but I understand many dog-owners don’t. I even slept with Tyke, my last toy poodle. I had him seventeen years. Tyke really was my husband’s dog. Chuck got him because he had […]