Jan 072022
 
Rubber Cement in My Hair

January 7. 2022 — When I was a month old, I attended my first picnic, or so I’m told. My parents put me on a blanket with another infant, a baby boy born in April to my summer birth. To paraphrase Louie in “Casablanca,” that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Michael “Mike” Gene […]

Jan 062022
 
Feeding Birds versus Feeding Facebook

January 6, 2022 — Mark this date on your calendar as the one where you have enough evidence to lock me up, to quote Perry Mason, in an east-coast sanatarium. For the first time in a year or so, we have snow. And like all first snows, it is beautiful, covering the ground like a […]

Dec 112021
 
Banned Books: Nothing New to See Here

In Texas, Panic Over Critical Race Theory Extends to Bookshelves – The New York Times (nytimes.com) December 11, 2021 — I’ve been a voracious reader all my life.  I was read to as a child, and I witnessed two parents reading every day, from the weekly and daily newspapers we received to their respective alumni magazines […]

Dec 062021
 
Something's Coming

December 6, 2021 —  The recent death of Stephen Sondheim put his amazing work back in the spotlight.  For me, a lifelong lover of musical theater, Sondheim was never far from mind. Especially as the genius director Steven Spielburg releases a reboot of the sixty-year-old film classic, “West Side Story.”  That movie was based on […]

Nov 212021
 
When the Fates Allow

Through the years, we all will be together. If the fates allow So hang a shining star upon the highest bough And have yourself a merry little Christmas now   November 21, 2021 — Christmas music is one of my favorite aspects of the holiday season. And the station I listen to for half of […]

Oct 062021
 
Rising Waters

October 6, 2021 — About 10 p.m. last evening, I flushed the commode after doing my duty in the master bathroom. The water in the basin rose unexpectedly and spilled over the top of the rim. I jumped back to avoid getting wet, and the forty-foot tether of oxygen tubing that is my constant friend pulled the […]

Jul 092021
 
Another Long and Short Strange Summer

July 9, 2021 — We anticipate summer forever and then it seems to rush by. A friend told me that her grandchildren return to school in less than a month.  Returning to school in early August is a silly thing.  Why do children need to spend half their summer in school?  When I was a […]

Jun 292021
 
Obvious Mistakes in Book Promotion

July 29, 2021 — I’m happy to report at 39 plus many, many years, I can still learn. The reason I still learn is that I still make mistakes. Allow me to elucidate. That’s a good example. The word elucidate should be avoided at all costs. The phrase avoided at all costs should be avoided […]

Jun 142021
 
The Wishes of an Eccentric Billionaire

Flag Day 2021 — Strange times we’re in: cicadas eating plants, dogs eating cicadas, humans stepping on cicada carcasses, the world seemingly falling apart, the pandemic over or not?  What does one little book matter in the middle of all this?  It matters a great deal. History is important.  It’s how we learn when we […]

May 292021
 
An Unncessary Public Rant about Cleaning My Office

May 29, 2021 — Joy, in passive voice, is not being sparked in this house, Marie Kondo. After 29 months, my latest book project (stay tuned) is written, edited, designed, and ready to roll. What is left in its wake is an office I wouldn’t invite the local animal control officer to visit.  (Why do […]

May 152021
 
And that's how we roll

May 15, 2021 — Oversharing.  Yes, that’s how I roll.  This horrifies almost everyone who loves me. But, I have to write.  Whether anyone reads it or not is irrelevant. I’ve been getting requests for updates.  I appreciate the love and support during this most recent adventure. People keep asking me what they can do.  […]

May 112021
 
Spandex May be the Death of Me

May 11, 2021 — Tomorrow morning at 10:45 a.m. Central Daylight Time, while you are having your second or third cup of coffee, I’ll be under anesthesia.  About a month ago I experienced a loss of vision in my left eye, and will be having my second vitrectomy. More on that later. This past week […]

May 092021
 
The Hallmarkiest of Holidays

I’ve misbehaved at times. One of my lowest moments involves Valentine’s Day 1983.  Valentine’s Day is among the Hallmarkiest of Hallmark holidays, setting expectations for some and creating downright heartbreak for others. I was in a new relationship, only about six weeks in.  I had high hopes for our first Valentine’s Day together.  Being immature,  […]

May 022021
 
The Basement of the South Whitley Community Public Library

As a child, I spent much time with my maternal grandmother, LeNore Hoard Enz. One of her main interests was family history. “Grammy” kept pictures, documents, and objects from her pioneer past. She recorded interviews with pioneer farmers for the local library,  using something new called a cassette tape recorder. Several of the interviews have […]

Apr 192021
 
Why Family History?

The stories of my ancestors from my maternal grandmother piqued my interest. When she died in 1994, I became the keeper of the flame. Family members gave me materials, adding to my collection my grandmother (Grammy) had given me. The family stories are compelling and have been waiting for me to propel them into the […]

Mar 032021
 
An American Tail

March 3, 2021 — Earlier this week, Herman and I got our second COVID-19 vaccines. Anticipating a rough time, we made a big pot of chicken noodle soup for our recovery.  Both of us had sore arms, and yesterday felt a tiny chill all day. When I checked the thermostat about 9 p.m. last night, I […]

Jan 312021
 
Did I Mention I'm Writing a Book?

January 31, 2021—If you talked to me recently, you know I’m completely obsessed with living in the past. This work is the book I’ve wanted to write since I was a child. In 2019, I compiled letters my now 92-year-old aunt gave me; letters my grandfather wrote to my grandmother before they married  “Always Carl” […]

Jan 262021
 
B-I-N-G-Ohhhhhhhhh

Updated from 2010–January 26, 2021–(This was written when I was a spry 52-year-old, having hot flashes. My sales job required that I visit senior centers.  The senior centers required that sales people “do something for them,” thus, I called Bingo once a month.) I  have math dyslexia. Numbers just do me in. When God formed […]

Nov 012020
 
Pandemic Halloween 2020

October 31, 2020 — Today was a great day until about 6 p.m. I’ve spent most of the last 48 hours at a (virtual) humor writers’ workshop named for the late great Erma Bombeck. Erma’s spirit hovers over the conference, and like her writing, the speakers are uplifting, inspiring, and wildly funny. Laughter has soothed […]

Oct 042020
 
Hibernation Eight Months Out

October 4, 2020 —  Earlier in the week, I walked into our kitchen in the afternoon to find my husband in his pajamas, eating lunch.  I wore the pink flannel nightgown I had slept in the night before.  Two p.m.  I noticed that husband Herman was eating clam chowder out of a saucepan. “We’ve completely […]