around the frame – jan 2021

Franceswintersun!

I felt sad reading about your dad being away so long in the Army. War has a devastating effect on all of us noncombatants. I know my English parents were deeply affected.

I think the war and frequent bombings are why my mother was anorexic. She was sent out of London to stay […]

around the frame – nov 2020

Dear Frances,

The weather is crazy! Wild fires, floods and hurricanes! The VIRUS!! All that is stressful, then throw in the election!My most excitement happened a couple of months ago! My older daughter had a birthday. She came to stay with me for the weekend. Together we attended a grand-daughter’s wedding.I am used to […]

around the frame – oct 2020

Dear Fritzie,

I enjoyed reading your September’20 Ninepatch. The part about your childhood experiences with measles got me thinking. I don’t remember not looking out windows or staying in dark rooms. I had measles three times: German, red and three- day which were mild. However, Mom was adamant about NO LIGHT and NO READING […]

around the frame – sep 2020

Dear Frances,Back again! Here’s my response to the August Nine-patch. The monkey you sent is right in front of me. Thank you. It reminds me when I was young, we could walk safely in our small city. A frequently visited place was a zoo with a monkey house! Lots of hijinks. (It smelled – […]

AROUND THE FRAME – aug 2020

Dear Frances,

You say you are thinking about what to do with the money the president sent. Fun to think-shop. I grew up in a poor family, one of six children.

(The only girl!) Luckily, like you, I do not actually enjoy looking at things and going store-to-store. When I do shop, I use […]

IN THE RIGHT HANDS

Perspective in the right hands

Can be a formidable reminder And teaching tool.

Simon Stargazer III

(Apr.’20) adds, “These words were a response to a teacher’s Facebook comment that she used a classroom devoid of desks. She progressed to impressing on her students that much of what we have and enjoy is because of […]

AROUND THE FRAME – jul 2020

Dear Frances,

Good luck with buying a new printer and getting it online! You said you’ll need help and have to wait to get it over the phone. I hate to be put on hold, too. Sometimes there’s no other choice except to make the best of it.

That’s sure how I feel about […]

AROUND THE FRAME – jun 2020

Dear Frances,

Thank you for Ninepatch and your letter. Two things hit me in the April ‘20 issue. First was your story about your wedding day.

I got married the first time to my husband (who I married more than once!) in 1969. Like you, I was not excited. Something was just not right. […]

AROUND THE FRAME – may 2020

Dear Fritzie,

Last year on Mother’s Day, the weather was kinda’ ugly, but I met with one son’s family for a nice dinner out and heard from the other who lives away.

Even with this pleasant remembrance, I can’t help but wish I still had a mom on Mother’s Day and a dad when […]

AROUND THE FRAME – apr 2020

Fritzabean-

It’s a little late. I meant to tell you this before. Your “Dream Themes” of Feb.’20 gave me chills! You dreamed about “kobe bean” and in researching it made a spiritual connection to Kobe Bryant. (I did not know the meanings of “kobe.” I thought he may have been named after the city […]