What Was I Thinking?

December 11, 2018

There are many magical memories at Christmas time.  How about those from the kitchen?  They become a joyful gathering place for family and friends, albeit a bit crowded. Mom’s kitchen, overflowing with love, warmth and super delicious smells, played host to wall-to-wall family.  Today my ...

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This past May, my granddaughter, Kala, and her fiancé, Trevor, returned to Florida from Asia where they’d taught English for four years. Happy to be back in the United States, they visited family for a couple of weeks and then embarked on their new adventure: a move to Portland, Oregon. When ...

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Little boys—and big boy—like to build things, it is in their DNA.  My guys were no exception:  Legos, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, etc.  Here is their creation that tops them all. We had recently moved into our new house in Vermont.  During its winter construction, we took the boys (George age 8; ...

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While running some errands this week, one of my stops was at a small strip mall in Yorktown Heights.  As I was returning to my car, the owner of one of the shops poked his head out the door:  “What does the red flag on your car represent?”  “That’s the Marine Corps flag,” I responded. “Of ...

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Every now and then, life unexpectedly throws you a curveball.  While vacationing at my brother’s in California, that ball just about whizzed over my head had it not been for Jack and Patti. My nocturnal oxygen therapy continued without interruption during my travel to Florida in April and ...

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“Dear Louise: Pray tell, why does traveling from one point to another pose challenges for us such as Nor’easters, blizzards and the like?  Shouldn’t we be home, all comfy and cozy, baking cookies?  Love, Thelma.” My friend, Rosemarie (Louise), and I seem to have set our own standard.  This past ...

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Sitting in a comfy rocker on Jack and Patti’s front porch in the warm California sun, listening to the gentle gurgling of water falling from a fountain, is the best way to recharge batteries and relieve stress.  After events of the last few weeks, my vacation in California did just that for ...

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Two weeks ago, I received an email, “The Back Nine.” My research indicated it was authored by Papa Mike on August 6, 2013, and illustrates just how time moves ahead, and before we know it, we’ve entered the “back nine” of our lives: “How did I get here so fast?  Where did the years go and where did ...

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Last week I stood behind a woman as we checked out our groceries at Acme in Yorktown Heights. Because it was a long reach, I placed the rear items on the conveyor belt for her. “Oh, thank you so much,” she smiled.  Then she did a double take: “I love your pink hair.” I thanked her and explained ...

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Hello, one and all! These last few weeks have not been without drama and some good, much-needed humor.  Let’s start with the first of our double feature: If you are a resident of Heritage Hills, you are keenly aware of the paving work that has been going on throughout the area.  Two weeks ago, ...

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Dear readers: Appearing on September 13, 2012, this column was my very first for The Somers Record. Because it captures the horror and deep personal feelings of this never-to-be-forgotten event, I have rerun it each year since in memory of our fallen heroes, family and friends who perished that day ...

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Last week, I wrote about the power of laughter and how we bring it into play at home, the movies, events and just everyday living.  What about a little laughter where one wouldn’t expect it and maybe it isn’t appropriate? Children are the greatest subjects when they are intent on a project: ...

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By definition: to laugh is “to show mirth, joy or scorn with a chuckle or explosive sound.” I can think of the many times I’ve laughed so hard that my stomach hurt and tears flowed down my cheeks.  And, yes, laughter can be cathartic:  at a wake when someone remembers a funny story about the ...

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I enjoy receiving feedback on my columns whether by email or meeting a reader at the pharmacy or post office.  I especially love hearing how they relate to what I’ve written. Not too long ago I wrote that son, George, and I had set up the outdoor furniture on the deck.  We were oh so careful ...

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Our little sister, Rosemary (Roe), recently celebrated her birthday—won’t tell you which one, but suffice it to say she is on Medicare. Yes, there is quite a difference in our ages—I was 13 years old, my brother, Jack, was 10 when our father shared the big news:  “Mother needs more help from you ...

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Fifteen-year old grandson Nick just returned from a five-day trip to Houston, Texas, with the Youth Group from Emanuel Lutheran Church, Pleasantville. They had traveled with the group from The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection of Mt. Kisco. Some 30,000 teens and their chaperones came from all ...

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This year I was late in setting up my deck. Call it procrastination, muggy weather or whatever excuse, I finally got to it last week. With help from son, George, we set up the outdoor dining table and chairs; he methodically placed the flower boxes on the railing: “they have to be evenly ...

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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. Our wagon was certainly big enough to accommodate three growing boys and a baby in a portable crib ...

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Boys will be boys! That phrase is embedded in my brain and soul after raising four of these loveable, imaginative, spunky and sometimes mystifying creatures. My brother Jack doesn’t escape this description; he is a part of this fraternity big time! Picture this: On a hot, muggy day way back ...

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As you know, I love going through boxes of photo albums and other significant memorabilia—never can tell when something long-forgotten and special will turn up. That being said, I came across an old newspaper clipping from The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. There was a sticky note attached: ...

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Shades of the late Darren McGavin! If you liked the ‘70s horror shows on TV, you knew him as Kolchak, crime reporter, in the series “The Night Stalker.” It seems that I have a night stalker living with me. My kitty, Bonnie, had her 18th birthday in April and I’ve noticed some subtle changes in ...

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Several years ago, as part of an assignment for Linda Spear’s writers’ workshop, I began developing a short story. With a dear friend’s permission, I wrote of her long-ago troubling encounter; again, with her permission, I am sharing it with you. I wrote it in the first person, and all names, some ...

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Does Ruthie’s Brigade ring a bell? Sure it does! You are family, friends and faithful readers who’ve been my support network as I’ve done battle with various medical issues. A Brigadier suggested a column to update everyone on a couple of these ongoing battles. Here goes: As you know, I have ...

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It seems that warm, summer days are finally upon us. That being said, I think about summers past: when we were kids, when our kids were little and other occasions that make up a book of great memories. Growing up, our family spent many summers in Eastham, on Cape Cod. The cottage was on a ...

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I celebrated my birthday last week, surrounded by the love of family: What a joyful occasion. I’ve thought about past celebrations and how tremendous it was to be remembered and loved. One such birthday was a real hoot. As you know, my mother’s birthday also was in May. Years ago, we were having ...

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Mom’s birthday is this month. She passed away in 2004 but she lives forever in our hearts, thoughts and memories.   Mom had class. I see photos of her alone, with Dad and/or others, and her elegance shines: the way she stood, her expressive hands, sparkling eyes and beautiful smile. She dressed ...

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Some time ago, I went to Home Goods with a friend to look for picture frames. As we entered the store, I saw an arm chair on display. It was upholstered in neutral shades of cream and taupe, had soft, easy lines and looked quite comfortable. I sat in it and immediately felt embraced in pleasant ...

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One night, not too long ago, I had problems falling asleep. The oxygen machine was quietly running, I was warm and snug under the comforter, but sleep had taken a leave of absence and my brain was working overtime.  I opened the night table drawer looking for a magazine, something to read to ...

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On that terrible Friday night a few weeks ago, I was sitting by the fire watching TV when poof! I and thousands of others were plunged into a cold, dark nightmare of magnitude proportions: the first of three nor’easters.  I kept the fire going all night and bundled up the best I could. The next ...

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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.” Anonymous   Fifteen years ago, son George adopted six-week-old kittens he named Sammy and Roxy. Sadly, Sammy recently became ill ...

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