Where Are They Now? Ms. White and Crew

Where Are They Now? Ms. White and Crew

May 14, 2016 — Yes, it’s me, Snow White. Do you remember I won an Oscar in 1939? Child star Shirley Temple presented Walt Disney a special Oscar for his first film-length animated feature “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”   Seven small duplicate Oscars accompanied the larger one. The diminutive Oscars were for my dear […]

Fundraising, Schmundraising

Fundraising, Schmundraising

This week I’ve been approached to support a children’s dance class, a high school mission trip, a college sports trip, an elementary soccer league, and a private school fundraiser. Are we solicited because we have a soft touch, or are we simply soft-headed? My husband is worse than I am. He’s contributed to “Laplanders for Botox” […]

Our Being and the Nothingness

Our Being and the Nothingness

May 7, 2016  Perhaps the planet Mercury in retrograde is the reason today is not a good day. Or, perhaps it is the more prevalent and less cosmic force “Shit Happens.” I’m on call for work, so the Administrator on Call iPhone is my constant companion.  And I’m in the middle of a multi-hour asthma […]

We Don't Go Out Much Anymore

We Don’t Go Out Much Anymore

Vintage Raven Lunatic published by Senior Wire News Service, July 2015, and written on a cocktail napkin sometime between 1984 and 2009.  You figure it out. (Reposted April 23, 2016). There’s an old expression, “You need to get out more.” It’s good for us to travel and experience new things, but some of us have […]

Erma Bombeck's Forever Legacy

Erma Bombeck’s Forever Legacy

Twenty years ago today Erma Bombeck died at 69 of complications from a kidney transplant. Bombeck, a native of Dayton, Ohio, rose to fame as a newspaper columnist, author, and ultimately, regular guest on “Good Morning, America.”  At her peak, she wrote three columns a week for 900 newspapers. She never won a Pulitzer prize and […]

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 […]