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On Cats and Traffic

This is a hard column to write. I’d rather not do it. But feel I must. Sunday, August 10, on a sunny afternoon I lost my best friend. Charlie the cat was only four years old, but he had given a lot...

 

Fireworks have lost their sparkle

I didn’t get to any parades this 4th of July. Several other activities got in the way. So I had to spend time remembering those past Fourths that float through my head this time of year. When a...

 

The cost of war remains high

So there they were. A few days from the beginning of what had always been. A bunch of farmers, fisherman, local politicians and everyone else who makes up a population. They were tired of watching a...

 

Pets provide companionship mixed with irritation

Been a little gloomy around here this week. Well, not exactly gloomy. More apprehensive. Funny how little it takes to let your mood swing. Owen the dog has a problem, and I find myself more affected...

 

Summer fun just getting started

I'm getting much better about finding my way around the streets of Everett. For several years the Stilly Singers have taken advantage of the summer pianos that are placed on city streets there. We...

 

Forgetfulness a lifelong struggle

My father was fond of saying my two favorite sentences were: ‘Just a minute’ and ‘I forgot.’ My record made it difficult to defend myself. I was known to wander past the end of the block,...

 

Busy calendar keeps time in its place

Our first taste of summer was short and sweet, but oh, so welcome. I got the geraniums in the ground. Swept the patio and fired up the fans. I dug out some shorts that I wear in the hottest temps,...

 

Improving health, worsening news

Spring appears to be well established, even with a few slips back to wet winter weather. Thanks to daughter Karen, my front flowerbed got cleaned and ready, and neighbor Kitty helped me get my...

 

For the common good

A few days of good weather almost always brings out a little extra ambition. ‘Flowers that bloom in the Spring, Tra La.’ That sort of thing. At my age one would think I would be beyond even the...

 

It's time for geraniums in flowerbeds

So far we have had a good beginning to spring, give or take a few setbacks in the weather department. A good day or two energizes the natural urge to get out and do something about the yard. A return...

 

Holding on to memories, joy

I’ve got one red tulip. There may be a few more, but not many. Guess I’ll have to think about planting new ones next year. Some things last without much care. Others do not and demand...

 

Lovely spring days offer hope

I’ve got a few tulips working their way through the weeds that are my flowerbeds. One is even showing a little color. I’ve also got my hour of daylight back. What I don’t seem to have is the...

 

Older eyes need that extra sunlight

In the week just past, I have seen several articles in the paper denouncing Daylight Savings Time (DST). Even an editorial. Well, I’m here to tell you I don’t appreciate any effort to do away...

 

Time for Irish remembrances

It’s almost St Patrick’s Day. It is spring, and Charlie is out doing his thing more everyday. It is time for spring cleaning but only after I bank down my St. Patrick memories. My father was born...

 

Definition of public servant: serve the public

We hear and read a lot about public servants that aren’t all they ought to be. We used to say ‘scandal sells papers.’ In our new techy world it sells space. On the radio, the TV, and every...

 

Curly-haired star shines brightly in memories

A large part of my childhood ended this week. I was very much a Shirley Temple fan in the earliest days of the depression. She was everybody’s little girl, and so loved. I remember reading that her...

 

Lunch with old friend brings back memories

I had an enjoyable lunch the other day with an old neighbor, Marian. Well, she isn’t so old. She’s still working. But we go way back. She was 13 when I first saw her. I was 23. This past week I...

 

Random musings on a Sunday afternoon

What can you do with a three-year-old tom cat that still thinks he’s a needy kitten, and curls up against your chest so you can’t read the paper? If I tell him to grow up and push him off, he sits...

 

Don't forget to see the 'big picture'

It is too easy to forget the world we have lived in. We go about our business day after day thinking of what we will be doing the next day. We grow up worrying about grades and career choices. We...

 

Flu taints Christmas, hangs on for new year

This Christmas I found a very effective way to save money. I went to bed with the current flu bug. If you have not yet met this one, I would advise avoiding it, if at all possible. I whooped and holle...

 

A Christmas nearly 70 years in the past

I don’t make a habit of living in the past. I’m pretty busy keeping up with my present schedule, which is busier than any time I can remember. Except for when my young family had me running in...

 

Make a joyful noise - Sing!

I don’t care what other people say. I like the hustle and bustle. I liked teachers that got out all the broken crayons and let the kids smear every piece of paper they could find with whatever they...

 

Christmases come and go, but the memories remain

I seem to suffer from a lack of incentive to get ready for Santa Claus these days. My children have all grown up. The grandchildren have done the same. And my great-grandchildren are busy with their...

 

A clearinghouse of curiosity

Some days my curiosity overrides my smart cells. Many days, in fact. Usually a good night’s sleep will settle me down. Or my memory will fail before I act. Or cowardice might intercept my ability...

 

After 50 years, the memory lingers

Only now does the memory of that awful day come back. I’ve thought of it other years but not like this one. Feelings are more intense, regret more focused. I am not young anymore. Or as busy with...

 

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