Category Archives: Writing

Saturday Postcard

The letter carrier brought a treat to our home today.  A postcard from Hawaii.  They remembered the ritual.  I’m fuzzy and warm all over. I’ve been hugged. I have said time and again that hand writing little notes and mailing … Continue reading

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Daughter Chronicles: Of Beheaded Barbies and Blind Beanie Babies

I remember traveling to Europe with my mother and my sister, Manette, in the Spring of 1980. We had just graduated, she from high school and me from college. This was to be our graduation gift. We had joined a … Continue reading

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A Random Act of Kindness

The line was moving very slowly at the drugstore. The two women who just paid at the counter were holding the line. They were engaged in animated conversation, indifferent to the waiting people, some fuming with impatience. I surmised that … Continue reading

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Applause For Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

Sometime early in the new year, my sister-in-law, Merle, had recommended a great read to me. It was no less than Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. Here’s an excerpt of Merle’s email to me: I just finished reading The Goldfinch. It … Continue reading

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One Look Back, Then Onward

Yesterday afternoon, I carved out some time to take a long walk. It was sunny and clear after the morning fog burned off. I’m sure the tall Redwoods in our yard appreciated the mist in the morning.  I had read … Continue reading

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Delia’s Christmas Manners

Delia Ephron has written an Op-Ed on the NYTimes about Christmas Manners in this era of extreme diversity we now live in.  She promises to “answer questions for those tricky situations we all face at this time of the year.” … Continue reading

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An Open Letter To My Niece

I received a message by Facebook (yes, this is their preferred mode of communication and so we have to adapt!) from a niece that her younger sister is about to go for a retreat.  This will be her last retreat … Continue reading

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The 5X7 Card

A 5×7-size card arrived in the mail this afternoon.   An invitation? An announcement? A greeting likely.  Mickey’s unmistakable cursive draped across the front was a welcome surprise to a near-perfect Saturday afternoon. After all, how often do we receive … Continue reading

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Garage Sale Finds From Long Ago

Today’s Daily Prompt is about Memories for Sale. On a weekend road trip, far away from home, you stumble upon a garage sale in a neighborhood you’re passing through. Astonished, you find an object among the belongings for sale that … Continue reading

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On The Orphan Master’s Son

I have this long list of books I need and want to read. I promised to start clearing a few during this trip. On the plane, I chose to start with The Orphan Master’s Son an Adam Johnson novel that … Continue reading

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