Monthly Archives: December 2013

I was Ten; I was Invincible! (or “Along Came a Spider”)

When I was ten, I moved from the country, with my mother and four younger siblings, to live in a town about eighty-five miles from where I was born and had always lived. We moved into my aunt & uncle’s two-story brick and stone house, where they lived with my five cousins, who were all […]

Insomni-Cats (and other creatures of the night)

Breeders are Disgusting! (It’s not what you think!)

I recently became embroiled in a Facebook smackdown. That’s the only word I can think of to describe what I felt, after I replied to my 30-something niece’s humorous (bordering on sarcastic) post, that listed the twenty-odd reasons why someone would be better off not having children. I thought my comment was a pleasantly-stated rationale […]

Unpleasant Pheasant

When I was 10 years old, my mom & dad were separated, and my mom and us kids went to stay with my cousins and my aunt & uncle for awhile. It was a very traumatic time, as you might imagine. I worshipped my dad and missed him terribly. I had always tried to win […]

Sneaking Jello

I came from a big family: four parents in all (counting “steps”), and seven children (none ever counted as “halfs” in my mind or heart). The point is, we had quite a few mouths to feed. So, whenever there was something to eat, it had to be divided up into multiple portions. We usually had […]

The Childhood of the Pitiful Traveling Plaid Pants

My best friend told me a story once about her youngest son, Scott, who was seven years old and in the first grade. It seems that he was the reluctant owner of a pair of gaudy, green-plaid dress pants. Years ago, children wore their Sunday best to school. So, the day finally came when it […]

It’s an OCC-OCC-OCD World! (December 2013)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Well, the Thanksgiving holidays have passed, Cyber Monday is over, and I spent most of the day yesterday sleeping in to recuperate. Right before Thanksgiving, I spent over $400 on groceries, even though I knew I wouldn’t be fixing that holiday meal at home, not to mention I only cook when […]