Be True To Your School

As the school year begins around the country, I was thinking about my years in the public school system and the many interesting and enlightening experiences I had in school. My sister and I moved to Decatur and started attending Riverside School when my sister was in first grade and I was in fourth. I […]

A Job Record Like No Other

Mother had a sordid past in oh so many ways. One of them was her employment record, a record which was scratched and mostly broken. She stayed at jobs less time than it takes most people to apply. You may remember reading about her less than stellar experience at Marshall Field’s in Chicago. Or about […]

Lunch With a Hillbilly

One time when my sister and I were in Southern Indiana, we made arrangements to meet one of our cousins for dinner. His name is Sammy, and my sister Lindy and I had enjoyed following him and his younger brother Jimmy around when we were children. Sammy is from among the many “interesting” branches of […]

Another Far From Normal Phone Call

Awhile ago, my sister Lindy received a far from normal phone call from the area of the United States that John calls Mayberry RFD. Yes, it was a call that originated in Southern Indiana! Now if there is one area code Lindy hopes never to see again, it is the one from right outside of […]

Another Wonderful Visit from My Mother

Every time my mother announced she could visit me in Phoenix, my stomach tightened up into a ball. On one occasion, she arrived with something very much resembling a bird’s nest on her head. It was her latest wig. A few minutes after arrival, while I was still taking in the bird’s nest and the […]

The 80th Birthday Party from Hell

In my family, I am known for having a sunny, optimistic personality. I am the person who always looks for the best, and I truly enjoy creating lovely events for the people in my life. My dad used to say: It’s wonderful that you don’t dwell on all the bad things that have happened to […]