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January 2019

The Third of February

Buddy Holly captivated the rhythm of my soul and drew me into the new world of rock and roll. Elvis was for girls, Buddy was for guys and this boy. And I still have his albums I bought way back then for about $1.49 each.

June 2018
Musings of an Undefeated Matriarch

Obviously I Was Born in the Wrong Century

The first time my ex-husband visited, he said it was like stepping into his grandmother’s house. I was thrilled. That was the highest compliment he had ever given me. I had achieved what I was after. I had turned my home into a replica of one from the early 1900s.


Cleaning out the Junk Drawer Can Be Scary

I leafed through a stack of coupons that were so old, they included 25 cents off on a typewriter ribbon and 50 cents off on Purina cat chow. The last time I owned a cat, I was wearing a mini-skirt and go-go boots.


A Contemplative Garden

Many of us are repulsed by vulgarities in movies and television shows. However, we recall the shock of old folks when Rhett famously said to Scarlett, “I don’t give a damn,” while we impudently were spewing “fudge,” “flippin’,” and “darn” in our young cursing vocabularies. “Crap” was a biggie!

Silver Screen, Golden Years

Rear Window – An Ordinary Neighborhood, a Complicated Set

For a guy who spends the entire film in his jammies in a wheelchair, James Stewart has one of the most interesting roles of his career, in part due to his reactions displaying his changing attitudes towards his neighbors.

May 2018

High-school Gym Class Was Torture

I never understood why it was so important to our gym teacher for us to learn how to do headstands anyway. I mean, if humans were meant to stand on their heads, they would have been born with wide, flat skulls (and in my case, a less heavy bottom)


America Moved on and Faster

The mules couldn’t pull as much as a tractor, and the steam engine could not pull as big a train as its diesel competitor. Both were considered ugly relics and an impediment to production and progress; it was time for them to go the way of the dinosaur.

Silver Screen, Golden Years

Since You Went Away

The film is a tender almanac: Seasons are used to move the story and reflect the mood. It rains when Colbert returns from bringing her husband to the railroad station when he reports for army duty. She comforts herself in an empty house with her photo album of their family history.


Bring Back Those Vestibules

Besides bringing back walls, ability to have privacy when wanted, or share space with family when it’s a choice – maybe re-designing the vestibule could solve the problem of security?

April 2018

An Illness for Days Gone By

This last bug had me digging out albums from The Ink Spots, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and watching the likes of “Gone With the Wind” and “The Philadelphia Story” for the umpteenth time. Such is my pleasure that I always regret waiting until the plague descends on our household before I drag out my classics.

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