Mama Drama and the Holidays

In perusing all our tales of poor mental health (especially Mary, our mother, and Beatrice, our stepmother) it seems it might be a good idea to suggest a few examples just to test those around you, especially with the holidays upon us. So, as your family gathers, check to see if they have any of […]

A Second Look at the Animals’ Merry Christmas

Last year I wrote about a favorite childhood book called “The Animals’ Merry Christmas.” Unfortunately, I did not write about this wonderful book in time for parents and grandparents to order it for their children and grandchildren. This year, I encourage you to order it if you have any young person in your life for […]

I Think It Was About A Week Ago

Aunt Marty’s phone calls were a source of frustration to my sister Lindy and me. The entire time that she worked at Alcoa Aluminum on the switchboard, she would call and most of the time would be spent with her saying, “Hold on” and one of us listening to dead air. My sister and I […]

Beatrice “Fixes” a Meal

Our stepmother Beatrice had a knack for making hamburgers that could double for hockey pucks. They were gray in color, very thick and difficult to eat. Sometimes she would forget to buy buns so we would use bread. The grease from the hockey pucks would soak through the bread and run down your arm. Pretty […]

Layaway Plans: Not Really Plans At All

Our mother loved, loved, loved layaway plans. For those of you not familiar with this term, when my sister and I were growing up, large department stores like Sears and JC Penney’s had what were called layaway plans. This meant you could pick out any number of items and with a small down payment, the […]

Do You Believe in Magic?

There is something quite magical about memories. They can conjure up beautiful visions of the past and make you believe that you are reliving those special experiences. Whenever I look at one of my favorite photos from the past, with my dear sister Abby and me at Christmas, I look at two innocent little girls, […]