What Was I Thinking?

March 20, 2019

“I’m all dressed up for the dance.” So goes the 1957 hit song by Marty Robbins. Our high-school aged kids and grandchildren are heading into “prom madness.” I can’t help but fondly remember my prom those many years ago. Once the prom committee was established, off we went with ideas for a ...

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These past snow storms brought back a favorite and cherished memory:  I’ve written about Rambo, son Joe’s cat who was also the reason Art changed his mind about being just a “dog person.” Joe came home one evening with several of his friends in tow--probably for reinforcement.  I noticed a lump ...

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It is hard to believe that an 8-pound kitty can intimidate a 75-pound doggie.  But I kid you not, this is true. A little background:  Calli (the kitty) and Dolly (the puppy) reside in California with Jack and Patti and Tootsie, a Boston terrier who reigns supreme.  My brother has been updating ...

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A few years ago, my son Matt put his thoughts about life and family on paper, entitled it “The Vine” and sent it to me.  With his kind permission and a mother’s pride, I will share some of these thoughts with you. “I was out there finally getting around to trimming the bushes in front, something ...

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For a number of years, folks told me I strongly resembled actress Rue McClanahan—certainly not so much these days!  I never could see the resemblance but apparently enough people did.  Rue McClanahan, of course was Blanche Devereaux, the man-eating Southern belle in “The Golden Girls,” which aired ...

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Did any of you ever enjoy a night of dinner and dancing at the Water Wheel Inn in Ardsley, New York?  Back in the ‘70s, it was considered “Westchester’s most gracious supper club.” A could-have-been-trouble chapter in my life occurred at this elegant restaurant. Bud, Mom, Dad and I were together ...

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When we attended junior high school—now referred to as middle school—one of our classes was Home Economics.  I learned how to sew: struggled but successfully made a lovely pink and green checked gingham skirt and a bright and cheerful apron.  Years later, using countless Simplicity patterns, my ...

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While at a restaurant, I often find myself observing other diners: those who are clearly enjoying the whole experience, those who are quietly eating, folks who enjoy their companions and of course, much to my disappointment, those who are texting. This is a story—based on my observations—of two ...

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When I was 16, my folks encouraged me to take Auto Driving during summer school.  My father would take me out after dinner to practice—he seemed to be relaxed, but then he was good at putting on a poker face.   One evening, after a smooth practice run, I confidently pulled into the driveway.  We ...

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Traditionally, our family draws names for a Christmas Secret Santa gift.  Usually this is done during our Thanksgiving celebration. However, we kind of dropped the ball this year. Being proactive last year, we drew names for 2018. That’s a good thing, right?  We’re ahead of the game!  Nope, we ...

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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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