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THEN AND NOW 1951 to 2021: PART I

Last Christmas, my niece gave me a subscription to StoryWorth.  Each week she asks me a question to which I respond in order to memorialize my thoughts and feelings over the past 70 years.  A recent question was, “How has life changed since you were a child?” Well, that opened the floodgates and I’m sure […]

Dumbbells Even in China

I usually reserve my weekly feature “I See Dumb People” to people in America but sometimes I read about something really dumb elsewhere around the world. This week’s entry involves a 17-year old teenager who sold his kidney so he could buy an iPhone and iPad.    I’ve read about and have actually seen a movie […]

I See Dumb People

I don’t know about you, but it still bothers me to have to listen to people on their cell phones and have to see lighted phones in dark theatres while people text while a performance is going on.  I think it’s rude and I’m not interested in hearing other people’s conversations although many seem to […]

Down the Drain

Every one I know with a cell phone is always trying to get the best deal possible.  That’s because we pay for our own cell phones.  When it’s not your money, who cares? That’s exactly what’s happening in my state of Washington.  In our state, with a $2 billion budget shortfall over the next two […]


A few weeks ago, our grand nephews, ages 10 and 8, and grand niece, age 4, visited us from New York.  During the weekend, 10-year old Tyler, saw our old Bakelite rotary phone on the counter and asked, “Is that a phone?”  When my husband said, “Yes,” Ryan, the 8-year old, asked, “Does it work?”  […]