What Was I Thinking?

March 4, 2020

One of my favorite classes in high school was public speaking.  This small classroom was set up as a mini theater with rows of seats—not the soft leather chairs you’d find in the movie theaters but the good old-fashioned metal folding chairs.  There was a stage in the front of the room where we ...

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Go on, you probably think the ole girl has lost her marbles.  Yes, we’ve had cold temperatures that get right into your bones, but no snow!  How can it be winter without that “white” stuff? Back in the ‘40s, a major snow fall meant picking up shovels and helping Dad and the neighbors shovel out ...

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So sang Englebert Humperdinck back in the 70s. The first few days of February are rather solemn and sad for us but filled with many happy memories.  Our Mom passed away on February 3, 2004 and was laid to rest on February 6, the anniversary of our Dad’s passing many years before—still close to ...

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Shortly after the New Year, I headed to Florida for two weeks to visit with Matt and Helen. Get this:  Kala and Trevor had come in from Oregon, and Matt, Jr. and his lovely, Anna, were down from New York.  The walls were going to burst with all of us under the same roof! My flight from ...

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“Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.  When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.” (Author unknown) Before leaving for Florida a few weeks ago, I had to make a decision that all pet lovers dread:  I would be with my ...

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Joe, our youngest son and a skilled mechanic, has rightfully earned his nickname, St. Joseph.  He has been the go-to person when family and friends have had car problems:  he once took a flat bed truck to Long Island to bring home a neighbor whose car had broken down. During the winter months, ...

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It’s two weeks after Thanksgiving and the holiday is still fresh in my mind. I wish it were the same in my refrigerator. An actual fortnight of leftovers has me digging deep into the icebox for something that hasn’t been there long enough to have it’s own birthday party. Is this what they had in ...

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Once again, my friend Rosemarie (Louise) and I (Thelma) have a story to tell. As you know from other columns, mayhem follows us: Going to dinner during a winter Nor’easter, riding in a bus along the Atlantic Ocean as the waves broke over the road during a fall Nor’easter or racing with lights ...

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Sometimes as you travel through life, you hit bumps and pot holes on the road.  Then one day, an incident  blows everything sky high and there you are, helpless and wondering what is the next step.  So it went with George, Jr.,  a few days before Thanksgiving last year: My phone rang early one ...

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I think I have a better understanding of why someone will moan “I got thrown under the bus!”  The last weeks of October and first two weeks of November were that “bus” and I’ve got the physical and mental bruises to prove it! Started with a stomach upset—very unusual for me.  Dry toast and grape ...

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“In Scrabble, a crossword game, players form interlocking words crossword fashion on the board using letter tiles of different values.”  When one hasn’t played the game in years, this is a monumental re-learning experience. Heritage Hills Library to the rescue!  For Heritage Hills residents and ...

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So many Thanksgivings over so many years.  This is my favorite time of the year and my favorite holiday when family comes together to love, laugh and enjoy a wonderful, stomach-bursting dinner. My first Thanksgiving, as a young, newlywed was certainly memorable.  I was going to do much of the ...

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Last week I wrote about Baby Ruths and Good & Plentys and the fun-filled Halloweens of the past.  After submitting my column, I thought of the Halloween party I’d had so many years ago.  To me, I thought my creativity was the highlight of my imagination at that age. I think I might have been ...

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Before moving to Yorktown Heights many years ago, we lived in a five-story apartment building in White Plains.  On Halloween there was a bustle of activity getting them ready for the big night.  The kids didn’t have to go outside to get their goodies; this was a prime location with built-in ...

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This seems to be a fairly frequent experience lately:  I come across some photos or memorabilia and I’m transported back to that time in my life.  It was spring 1962.  The Woman’s Club of White Plains announced a musical revue would be held October 26 and 27 for the benefit of The St. Agnes ...

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After my hacking/scam experience a few weeks ago, I am more suspicious of calls from unknown telephone numbers, locations, e.g. Montana, Kansas and the like.  I can block calls on my landline and that is what I’ve been doing. One evening last week, my cell phone rang and son Matt’s name appeared ...

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I appreciate receiving comments and feedback from those who read my columns.  They’ve stopped me to share their thoughts at Somers Pharmacy, CVS and even the Mobil station!  I’ve received emails and some phone calls.  All of these tell me I’ve hit a nerve and that these friends and strangers think ...

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Dad passed away many years ago. I’ve written quite a few columns about him: his building the grand picnic table in the basement that wouldn’t fit through the basement door to the back yard; sanding the bathroom door at the top rather than the bottom to fit over the new bathroom rug. The best, in my ...

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“There’s a hole in the world tonight; there’s a cloud of fear and sorrow; There’s a hole in the world tonight, don’t let there be a hole in the world tomorrow.   They say that anger is just love disappointed, they say that love is just a state of mind, but all this fighting over who is ...

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Over the last few weeks, my sister and I have had marathon phone calls: two hours here, two hours there, and we don’t repeat ourselves!  Amazing how the time flies and all the memories come flooding back: some I didn’t remember and some that Roe didn’t.  A cherished reminder:  I was 13 years old ...

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A couple of weeks ago, I brought you up to date on my major medical issues.  Red blood count is down so no phlebotomies;  I’ll keep using the nocturnal oxygen.  In the beginning, I felt I’d never get used to the canulas and the soft noise of the machine.  Now?  It is a familiar part of my ...

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Remember the CB radio craze back in the 70s and early 80s?  This was before cell phones and the like took center stage.  Bud and I each had a CB radio in our cars.  His “handle” was Diamond Jim and mine was Satin Doll.  We joined a CB club and made new friends with Papa Bear, Lady Red, the Poet, ...

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These past few weeks I’ve had a follow-up visits with my physicians watching over me and my various health issues. I did  report to you that my red blood count is within the normal range which was good news because it meant there wouldn’t be a phlebotomy—I really don’t like giving away my ...

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The month of July was a month of re-connections and reunions with family and friends.  I’m still on a “high” and don’t want to come down anytime soon! Over the Independence Day holiday, my childhood friend, Dottie and husband Jack, flew in from Arizona for a family wedding. We met for lunch and ...

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Jersey and/or New Jersey must be embedded in my mind: last week I raved about seeing The Jersey Four  perform the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’ sensational song book.  This week I am going to pull you into the feelings of fear and anxiety that took hold of me on a trip to New Jersey. It ...

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On a rainy, hot and humid afternoon last week, The Jersey Four came to The Somers Pointe and sang their hearts out a la Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.  We started with a tasty buffet luncheon—dessert and coffee was served during the intermission.  What a splendid afternoon! When The Jersey ...

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This past week I had follow-up visits for three medical issues:  erythrocytosis (red blood count), A1C for diabetes and further discussion about my having a breast MRI. Good news on the first count:  my red blood count was down and therefore I wouldn’t have to undergo a phlebotomy.  My ...

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The year 1994 brought a huge change in my life:  I was in a rut and had to do something to get my life back on track.  My getting-out-of-the-rut adventure brought me to Winooski, Vermont.   I was hired by a prestigious law firm in Burlington and set up residence in The Woolen Mill.  The Mill, ...

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We didn’t have the luxury of minivans when the boys were small.  What we did have was a 1966 Ford Country Squire station wagon:  long, sleek, solid and Hunter green with imitation “woodie” trim.  It was certainly big enough to accommodate three growing boys and a baby in a portable crib (anchored ...

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June 14 was Flag Day. Men in our family have been proud members of the military: Art was a Marine, Bud was in the Army, my grandnephew, Kevin, is in the Air Force. Instilled in them, now and then, was love for our country and her flag. With that being said, I offer you a column I wrote several ...

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