The smell of childhood

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We are moving things around again. Rearranging stuff so I can put my sewing machines on the second floor and out of the basement. A chest didn’t fit the new configuration. It had to go. It was my mother’s chest. … Continue reading

July 4th memories

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I’ve written about my extended family’s 4th of July picnics before. They were epic (especially to a kid). Even though they ended in the 70s, I get nostalgic every year. Here is a slightly adjusted story from the past. July 4th … Continue reading

Random 5 for June 25 – Anniversaries, changes, fireworks, crazy people, hydrangeas

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Happy anniversary to the beloved husband! — I did it again! Yesterday was my 10th wedding anniversary and I forgot. The beloved husband didn’t. Instead of a serenade I was awakened at 2:15 a.m. by the damn smoke alarms but … Continue reading

Expirations dates — another aging thing…maybe

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There are some interesting things about aging. Expiration dates are one of them. It’s not always a bad thing. We have an expiration date when we die but there are others that aren’t as extreme or final. My butt has … Continue reading

Invisibility, another side effect of aging

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This is not about some super-secret invisible avenger who comes to the aid of the distressed. It’s about people who you don’t see. People standing right in front of you that are easy to ignore. It doesn’t just happen to homeless … Continue reading

Is affirmation important in retirement?

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As we get older we care less about what people think but does it ever completely go away? Maybe not. The focus may change from people thinking about how we look (smart, sharp, go-getter) to thinking we are a good … Continue reading