Yearly Archives: 2012

Global Grins

I first learned that smiling is not a universal language in a Russian Import shop in Sacramento, California. It was on the corner of an historic Main street that had its groove on for tourists, which my husband and I … Continue reading

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┬áThere is a piece of time so brief to be overlooked but it’s important. It is that piece that separates what was before from forever on. It comes as someone asks, “Did you hear about Sandy Hook elementary school?” or … Continue reading

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Our Elmhurst living room was a homage to Mom’s baby grand piano. Scattered sit-upons dotted the remaining space like garden pavers. This may account in part for the fact Dad was an upsitter. He sat up on a couch, a … Continue reading

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Raising funs

During a fund raising event last night, I sat at a round table eating nibbly food with people I didn’t know so I tried to get to know one or two: Rose and her daughter whose name I don’t know. … Continue reading

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Think Fast

My older and younger brother played “think fast” when we were growing up in the 1960s in Elmhurst, Il. They’d call my name, I’d turn around and they’d call, “Think fast!” as they threw a ball my way. I caught … Continue reading

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No-Stress Tresses

I like having hair. I have never known what to do with it. I credit the females in my clan for this. All, each of them, every one, has tresses, I’d say. They have natural waves and sheens and abundance … Continue reading

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Among things that divide us, gizmos rank right up with country of origin and whether you believe burps are funny. (No.) One either embraces the gizmo or disdains the gizmo. I love ’em, in part because a gizmo is an … Continue reading

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What you get is what you see

On a bedroom wall in our Chicago condo I hung art, or what I thought was art when I bought it. It’s round and metal and has some little mirrors on it. In the few years it has been there … Continue reading

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Presidential favor

Other citizens have better reasons for opinions of presidents alive in their own lifetime. My choices lack both logic and knowledge. My choices are self-centered. Dwight D. Eisenhower was my parent’s president. His sternishness and cheery little wife Mamie made … Continue reading

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Well Scripted

Practicing penmanship in 5th grade outranked talking to boys as a right of passage at Immaculate Conception grammar school in the 1950s in Elmhurst, IL Our teachers, the Sisters of St. Agnes, didn’t forbid cross-gender conversation so much as they … Continue reading

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