Growing Old

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

Positive or Negative?

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

Valentine’s Day Love Poems

My late husband Jack and I dated more than fifty years ago, during a time when people wrote letters on paper and mailed them with a stamp in the Post Office. No expensive long-distance phone calls, no emails, no texts. Although I’m not much of a poet, through the months I was away at school, … Read more


I had a strange dream the other night. I was driving down a country road and my sisters were following me in a car behind mine. We arrived in the place that in dream was the town of Helotes, but it was on the opposite side of San Antonio from the real Helotes and looked … Read more


Last week was deadline week for a magazine I edit. In fact, the deadline had been missed, and last week was the new deadline. For some reason, we had delay after delay, and everything that could go wrong did. When we finally finished and I had time to catch my breath, I thought about maybe … Read more

Fifty-Two Years …

This photo was taken fifty-two years ago today, after our wedding ceremony held on the back porch of my parents’ home. It was a simple service that began our married life that was filled with love, laughter, and joy. If my beloved husband were still alive today, he might have given me a huge, elaborate … Read more

Love Is in the Air

On Valentine’s Day, we celebrate romantic love, but we can celebrate other kinds of love as well. If we are very blessed, we love family (parents and grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren, cousins, aunts and uncles) and friends (old and new). If we are Christian believers, we love our church family and spiritual leaders. Above … Read more

Twenty-Seven Years Ago…

Stroke of Luck cover

On January 22, 1992, I walked into a chiropractor’s office for a neck manipulation for a migraine. I was carried out after suffering a stroke, although I didn’t know it was a stroke until several hours later. Although I thank God every day for all my blessings, I am always especially grateful on this day … Read more