1940s-50s · growing up · Memory · musings

Remembering

My sister and I have just completed a project that has been such fun. We have jointly written a collage of memories of growing up in Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle during the 1940s and 1950s. Interest in this memoir will be limited to perhaps only to our children and cousins, but we found such… Continue reading Remembering

Closet · memories · Memory · moving · stress

Cleaning Memory Closets

Stress comes in a multitude of colors, situations, shapes, boxes, and people, and I’ve had 3 weeks of all of them. My days and nights have been cram packed with changes and adjustments creating upheaval in my life: Bidding farewell to my home of 15 years, and my community of 24 years. Emptying out my… Continue reading Cleaning Memory Closets

1950s · childhood · memories · Memory · Oklahoma

Summer Scents and Memories

The aroma of fresh-cut grass wafted up the incline, melding into the afternoon heat. Competing scents swirled around me, blending then separating. From my left, I inhaled the crispness of the damp lawn. Drifting from my right was the delicious odor of homemade bread hot from my grandmother’s oven. July was filled with unique smells,… Continue reading Summer Scents and Memories

memoir · memories · Memory · mother

The Power of No

Dropping out of college was not an option, until now. Gritting my teeth, I repeated my refusal like a mantra: “No Mother, I won’t quit school,” I declared in my most forceful 20-year-old voice. In five months, I would grab a sheet of parchment from the hand of an unknown man, and stride off the… Continue reading The Power of No

Challenge · memories · Memory · naughty

A2Z April Challenge M and N

M for Memories April 14 When are our memories activated? At the age of 6 did I remember a particular incident from last week or last year? Maybe when I was 14 I recalled thinking I would see cowboys when our family moved to Texas two years earlier. Or at 30 the memory of dancing… Continue reading A2Z April Challenge M and N

backup singer · chips · Dick Tracy · harmonizing · Memory · singing · Uncategorized

Harmonizing is Easy, Remembering Words Isn’t

In my next life I want to be a backup singer. I’m making plans now to fulfill that dream by practicing my harmonizing and word retention skills.  You ask, “Why don’t you join a band during this lifetime, just in case the next one doesn’t materialize?” Because it didn’t occur to me that I wanted… Continue reading Harmonizing is Easy, Remembering Words Isn’t

aging · excuses · hearing · humor · Memory · Uncategorized · weight

There Are Advantages to being 75

I’m so glad to be my age. Being ‘old’, ‘wise one’, ‘elderly’, ‘all knowing’, ‘aged’, ‘over the hill’, or whatever term is used to describe someone 75 or older, allows me to have excuses for lots of failings. I have reasons for the many things I want to avoid. For instance, I want to ignore… Continue reading There Are Advantages to being 75

death · Elections · Memory · musings · politics

February is Over, Now It’s March…Groan

Thank goodness February 2016 is over. It’s a month that is accompanied by memories and hidden emotions that seem to creep out at the most inappropriate times. My husband’s birthday was in February, we were married in February, and he up and died on February 29, 2004. That is 12 years or 3 leap years ago when… Continue reading February is Over, Now It’s March…Groan

blogging · Challenges · humor · Memory · six word story challenge

Six Word Story Challenge–Memory

Memory is this week’s Sometime Stellar Six Word Story Challengee prompt, and I got carried away. I couldn’t just leave it at one so here are several that came to mind: My mind went blank with fear. Is my memory gone, she questioned? Why do I not remember…anything? ‘I did it!’ But she didn’t. (I entered… Continue reading Six Word Story Challenge–Memory