No Cognitive Test For Me, Please

I can sympathize with President Biden’s recent comments about cognitive tests. I believe he said something to the effect that every day is a mental challenge when you are president. And an old one, at that. My words, not his. It doesn’t just happen to people in power. When you reach a certain age—and it […]

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The First Lady President

If the past is prologue as someone has said, perhaps it is time to revisit the final term of Woodrow Wilson, whose wife some say become the country’s de facto first female president because of his extended illness. Wilson was the 28th president of the United States, serving from 1913 to 1921. I am no

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My Plague of Frogs

“Was that a baby frog?” I asked my man as we were having our breakfast on our lanai a couple of days ago. “It’s too little,” he observed. “And how would it grow into a frog from a tadpole on a screened-in porch?” Good question I thought as I observed another creature about half-an-inch in

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The Joys of Eye-rolling

Why is eye-rolling so appropriate these days? I have my theories. For starters, it’s not a word spoken that you can’t take back. You can roll your eyes without anyone noticing; a kind of silent protest as it were. And it feels so good to make a gestural statement without fear of reprisal, especially if

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Book Club Shaming

I’ve already started reading the mysteries slated for our new season’s Sleuth Book Club, a group on the island that shares a love of mysteries. The question is, will I remember them in four months when it comes time to discuss them? Probably not. I usually can’t even remember what movie we watched last night.

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The GERD Bed Nightmare

The emergency room doc sent me home with a piece of paper and instructions on how to elevate my bed to ease my acid reflux problem. His instructions made sense at the time. They turned out to be a pain some place other than my stomach last night. I had heard of GERD before but

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Should I Keep Writing?

If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around, does it make a sound? An age-old question. Similarly, if you write a book and only a handful of people read it, are you wasting your time? The question surfaces every time I think about starting my next new book. I am

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The Pain of Scalloped Potatoes

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m too old to fix scalloped potatoes and here’s why. I had been excited to prepare that special dish—and trust me it is special if for nothing more than the time it takes—for the eight people I was having for dinner last week. When I learned that one of

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