Mothers: the rose and the thorn

Recently I attended a Zoom meeting of one of my two women’s groups. The theme the facilitators chose was “Mothers—the Rose and the Thorn.”  Ah, such an apt metaphor, I thought. We each had the opportunity to express from our hearts how our mothers, most of whom had passed long ago, had both the rose and the thorn in their [...]

May 6th, 2021|

Drive my car

Here’s an excerpt from my forthcoming book, No Spring Chicken: Stories and Advice from a Wild Handicapper on Aging and Disability. Some people may not know that the physical aspects of driving a car can be a challenge for a person with even partial paralysis. As a teenager and thereafter, I had to drive crossing my left leg in front [...]

April 15th, 2021|

Absence and the fond heart

Does absence make the heart grow fonder?   I know this is usually an adage applied to romantic relationships, but I’ve had this on my mind in a general sense lately.   I’ve been away from blogging for some time; I hope you’ve missed me, if you ever read me at all! I’ve been working on my second book, No [...]

February 9th, 2021|

Bias, Prejudice, Confession, Contrition, Forgiveness and Action – Part IV

Part IV   More history, and contrition   In further readings about my Allen background, which were available partly because we had a distant relationship by marriage to Andrew Jackson, the notorious racist, and so showed up now and then in history records, I was able to learn more about the Allen’s and their relationship to the slaves who lived [...]

August 1st, 2020|

Bias, Prejudice, Confession, Contrition, Forgiveness and Action

Part I of V   Intro   I’ve decided to wade into the intimidating if not frightening waters of speaking out on prejudice and how it applies to my own life. I am not under the illusion that my own experiences of discrimination have been anything like those of people of color (POC). The police violence that has at long [...]

July 16th, 2020|
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