October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I have no personal experience with domestic violence, although one time I encountered an abuse victim and knew so little about domestic violence that I didn’t recognize the signs. Years later in retrospect I realized that the child’s actions indicated he was a victim of child abuse. I had … Read more
Nine years ago today, I was getting out of the shower when I heard a strange sound coming from the bedroom. I hurried in to check on my husband and discovered his breathing had changed dramatically. Once before I had heard his breathing sound like that. About a week and a half earlier, Jack had … Read more
Customer reviews are extremely important for authors and even sellers of other products on Amazon. The number of reviews makes a big difference in how products appear in search results; the number of reviews seems to be more important than the ratings of those reviews. I have written reviews for many years and have posted … Read more
We will never forget 9/11. May we return to the unity and patriotism that permeated the country in the days following.
I’ve lived in a senior retirement community for over a year now. Our oldest resident is over 100, and many are in their eighties and nineties. Although canes, walkers, and wheelchairs are common, a surprising number of my friends here walk unassisted—not only within the building but also around the neighborhood. Most of us have … Read more
This afternoon, as a friend and I chatted in a sitting area of the retirement community, two other residents arrived and sat down near us. The lady started complaining about how unhappy she is. She doesn’t want to be here. She doesn’t like the food. Her apartment is too small. The cost is too much. … Read more
Like most readers, I’ve always loved books. And for many years, books were print books. I began reading at an early age, and I remember my mother complaining that I didn’t answer her when she called because I always had my “nose buried in a book.” I’ve often thought that if I were rich, the … Read more
Today we celebrate our independence as citizens of the United States. Although we often think that the colonies declared their independence from Great Britain on July 4, the date of the formal declaration of independence was July 2, 1776. July 4 was the date the final text of the Declaration was approved, and it wasn’t … Read more