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All the King’s Horses, All the King’s Men

Sometimes I feel like Humpty Dumpty, fragmented into a thousand pieces, and I don’t know how to put myself back together again. As of today, I have been retired for five years, and I still cannot grasp what I’m supposed … Continue reading

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Chess Keeps Your Mind Sharp

My father taught me how to play chess when I was about seven. I never was good at it and didn’t particularly enjoy it, but I played because it gave me an opportunity to be with my father and do … Continue reading

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If You Want Something to Stop, Make an Appointment

My husband has been struggling with a pain in his shoulder for the past week and a half.  At first, it was merely a small annoyance, but as the days wore on, so did the pain, getting progressively worse until … Continue reading

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Chicago Sunrise

This is what I see from our hotel window every morning. First time in Chicago, and I’m loving it!

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Vintage Wine

Autumn officially arrives this weekend, and at this time of year I always think of my father.  One of his favorite songs was Frank Sinatra’s rendition of It Was a Very Good Year. When I was a young woman, Dad … Continue reading

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Ain’t We a Pair?

My husband called me from his office when he got to work this morning. “Are you upstairs, by any chance?” “No, I’m still at the breakfast table, reading the paper. Want me to go upstairs?” “Yes, please, if you don’t … Continue reading

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A Mess of Beans and Memories

A couple of days ago I brought home some green beans from the market. They were local, fresh, and were a great price, 99 cents a pound, so I bagged up a ton of them, nearly five pounds. I like … Continue reading

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I Need Happy Endings

Every week, when my little neighbors come for their visit, they always ask me to tell them a story. They don’t want it to be a story they already know. It has to be one I make up on the … Continue reading

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Memories of My Father

My father was a many-faceted man. An aeronautical engineer by trade, he was an artist and a poet at heart. He was well-read in the classics, including many of the Russian writers and could quote Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. His favorite … Continue reading

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Lazy Days of Summer

Summer saps my focus.  It makes my mind wander and keeps me from being productive.  I waste time and then get mad at myself because I didn’t accomplish a darn thing I had intended to accomplish for the day.  I … Continue reading

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