On Loss: Here's the Thing

On Loss: Here’s the Thing

Aging brings expected and sudden losses. I think it’s in the contract, and we can’t do anything about it. From early on, we know none of us is getting out of here alive.  And the longer we survive, the more reminders we get of how precarious and fragile our earthly bonds are. We lose dear […]

I am Mrs. Olson's Love Child

I am Mrs. Olson’s Love Child

April 16, 2016 — My husband is the Love of My Life. But high on the list is coffee. I love coffee. I love everything about coffee. I love the smell of coffee. I love the feel of coffee on my tongue. I love the sound our coffeemaker makes as the fresh brew gurgles through the […]

Blind, Demented, Toothless, Deaf, and Arthritic

Blind, Demented, Toothless, Deaf, and Arthritic

This is my life now.  Never mind I have a busy full-time job, an active secondary writing career, a human family, and a home. Never mind all that. The complete and entire focus of every free waking minute is caring for and feeding an 18-year-old blind, demented, toothless, deaf, arthritic feline. About three months ago, […]

Afterglow

Afterglow

Afterglow In summer 1974, Watergate heated up and was about to boil over. At 16, I headed to my first writer’s workshop with equal amounts of trepidation and optimism. In my suitcase, I had a pair of blue Adidas tennis shoes and black leather slip-ons with three-inch wedge heels. Since freshman year, I worked on my […]

Authentic Frontier Gibberish

Authentic Frontier Gibberish

March 28, 2016 —  I mistakenly referred to a calculator as an adding machine at work.  Everyone burst into raucous laughter, followed by taunts about my age. Senior moment?  Or generic brain fart?” Did I conjure up the image of Eustis, the bookkeeper from “It’s a Wonderful Life” from my co-workers?  I doubt that any Gen Xers […]

Holy Week is Every Week

Holy Week is Every Week

“After you die, You will meet God.”   The large letters of the billboard almost screamed at me when I drove north on Interstate 69. “After you die, you will meet God” was the text in foot-high white letters against an ominous black background. The billboard cited Hebrews chapter 9, verse 27, which according to […]

Trump Supporters: Who Are You?

Trump Supporters: Who Are You?

By Amy Abbott on March 09, 2016  Featured Member Post Who are you, Trump supporter? I only know two of you.  And I live in rural Indiana, so I know you are out there.  Granted, I don’t bring up politics unless I’m around close friends.  And not even around some of you.   March 4, 2016 […]

The Irony of Facebook Quizzes

The Irony of Facebook Quizzes

February 11, 2016.  This post was selected as a Featured Member post at BlogHer.   Earlier this week I took a Facebook quiz on IQ. My results were astounding. I scored higher than Nicholas Tesla, somewhere in the range of 170. I’m a teacher’s kid, and I was frequently tested as a child. I know […]

The Day My Music Died

The Day My Music Died

February 1, 2016 — Tonight my adult son is going to hear MUSE in concert in the District of Columbia where he lives.  He is extremely excited about the event.  He posted a video called “Bliss.”  I want to share his enthusiasm; I know he’s tried to get tickets for past concerts and failed. I […]

Keeping the World in Awe

Keeping the World in Awe

O, that that earth, which kept the world in awe, Should patch a wall to expel the winter flaw! Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act 5, Scene I January 22, 2016–Eighty million people in 23 states are experiencing a historic storm with rain, sleet, snow, ice, and even thundersnow. The Weather Channel calls the storm “Jonas”, and […]

The 7-Day No Complaining Challenge

The 7-Day No Complaining Challenge

January 16, 2016 — I’m a world-class complainer,  one who has hoisted a  trophy for kvetching and donned the medal around my neck for my lamentations. I’m a champion griper. Complaining is the absolute opposite of gratitude, and gratitude is something I want in my life every day. So, when a high school acquaintance posted the […]

When I win the Powerball

When I win the Powerball

January 8, 2016 — Tomorrow night is a big evening at our house, when I win the Powerball. I have not purchased a ticket of my own.  But, my Beloved has, and Indiana is a community property state. The winnings, after taxes, could be more than 400 million.  I’m not that greedy.  I am perfectly […]

Vulnerable and Afraid -- with Maps

Vulnerable and Afraid — with Maps

January 3, 2015 — One weekend day a month I travel to Emergency Rooms at outlying hospitals for my job. I work for an addiction and mental health treatment hospital. My Department is a liaison between those who refer patients and the hospital’s intake team. Yesterday I went to south central Illinois. I hadn’t been in that area […]

A Modest Proposal for Starbucks Devotees

A Modest Proposal for Starbucks Devotees

This morning I drove to Starbucks to pick up coffee for us. The car ahead of me — a light blue Mustang — paid for our order. What a sweet and lovely gesture for the first day of the year. This is a frequent practice.  Once and sometimes twice a week,  people ahead of me […]

A Gift from Mom

A Gift from Mom

December 23, 2015 — The stack of random papers on my desk at the hospital stood three inches high. Papers to shred. Folders to file. Items for action. I’d seen all my customers this week. Now, I had several hours to catch up before the holiday. I made three piles and worked through the stacks. About […]

She's Closing Up the Library

She’s Closing Up the Library

December 21, 2015 — At a crucial point in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” George Bailey and Clarence Oddbody (the angel) review how life would have been without Jimmy Stewart’s character. Had George not saved his brother, Harry Bailey would not have saved the transport ship in World War And Uncle Billy?  Seems without employment at the Bailey […]

Fancy Pants, Batman Mules, and Last Minute Shopping

Fancy Pants, Batman Mules, and Last Minute Shopping

Seven days until Christmas.  I am well ahead of my usual routine of waiting until Dec. 23.  I purchased a number of gifts today.  I’m not exactly the Grinch, I’m just not organized. Being late to the party isn’t necessarily negative.  It clears the mind.  Store shelves are somewhat empty so I don’t have to search through huge stacks […]

My Parent's Christmas Albums

My Parent’s Christmas Albums

December 9, 2015 — (This article includes some translation for people under fifty.)  We are weeks away from Christmas. We’ve been assaulted by hip-hop, funky holiday music since about the Fourth of July, and I sometimes hear pounding in my head that sounds much like “The Little Drummer Boy.” The perfect venue for me would be […]

POEM: Field of Dreams

POEM: Field of Dreams

Indiana’s Bicentennial is in 2016.  On March 23, I submitted a poem for a Bicentennial book featuring poets from each country.  I entered through Whitley County, where I grew up, as the subject was about my roots there. I was not chosen for the collection  (nor was Whitley County) or goblins ate my poem.   This poem […]