Entries by Sallie

Fact Checking

One of us carefully checks the Mastercard bill when it arrives in the mail. The other one doesn’t. It’s been thus for many years now. There’s nearly always an issue. And it nearly always turns out not to be an issue because the Mastercard people are usually right. Still, questions often arise about one or […]

Wrap Rage Redux

When I raised the question recently, first in my blog, lifeonthemay.com. and later in the April 20 edition of the Bluffton Sun, I wondered if I was the only one who thought that today’s packaging was problematic. I was not prepared for the voices and stories that came back to me.  Clearly, I am not […]

Decisions. Decisions.

I don’t need to read all those best-selling books about the joys of throwing stuff out. I’m skilled at that. More than one item has been given a last minute reprieve from the jaws of dumpster. I’ve watched my husband weep as I harshly sort his clothes into stay-or-go piles. I like empty drawers. I open […]


Yes, again. Bear with me. It’s short. I know what non-cat people say. They say, among other ugly things, that cats don’t come when they’re called. That they take a message and get back to you. If you’re lucky. Well, that certainly may be true but it’s not the cat’s bad. No. This is all […]

Peek-a-boo. I see you.

Or maybe not. There was an essay in the Sunday New York Times recently, called The Eye to Eye Challenge. It naturally caught my attention, and, my eye.   It was by Bruce Feiler who writes beautifully about life and especially family life. Among other things, he has written a book titled “The Secrets of Happy […]

A Murky Assignment

Well. I’ve just enrolled in an on-line writing course. Or I think I have. I’m still struggling to “navigate the course.” It’s that “on-line” thing that has created the problem. The confusion and uncertainty. In my mind, I imagined a real teacher, in a real classroom, standing behind a wooden desk, facing all her eager […]

Bad Bunny/Good Bunny

You have to be so careful these days. You’d think that taking your kid to a mall to have his picture taken with the Easter Bunny would be easy. But such was not the case in Jersey City, N. J., as reported in our local newspaper on Tuesday of this week. Apparently chaos erupted at a […]

A Postscript….

Dear Friends: After I sent out today’s post, a friend asked me if I’d ever seen Carol Burnett’s skit/take on opening packages. I had not but I just googled it and laughed till I hurt. May I recommend that you do the same. Here’s the link.  Click on it and you’ll laugh too. Carol’s Skit […]

Container Conspiracy

Am I the only one who thinks that the stuff we buy continues to get harder and harder to open? It seems everything is wrapped up, tight as the paper on the wall, and nearly impossible to access. The products instruct us to: “Hold here and pull.” “Pinch there.” Press down and twist.” “Lift ‘n […]


Dear Sir or Madam: Of course, I have no idea who you are but I do know that you have un-subscribed to my little blog.  Discovering that was a very sad way for me to start my week. I don’t check the subscriber stats very often. They are what they are.   But for some reason I checked […]

A Birthday Story

We have a fairly large family, what with the grandchildren, one great-grandchild and another to be born soon. I’ve forgotten more than one birthday, I regret to say, but when the big 50 comes to one of your kids, it’s best to remember it. The middle one got there last week so we’ve been putting […]

Pet Peeves

At my age, I’ve had a few and I feel that I’m entitled to them. My latest ones are awesome and amazing. Oops, that’s not what I meant. Sorry. What I meant to say is that “awesome” and “amazing” are my current pet peeves. There. I think I said it right. It’s those two ubiquitous […]

The Ballet Came to Town Last Monday

I’m sorry you missed it. But don’t feel bad. The only people there anyway were the dancers. And they didn’t even know they were dancers. They were just doing their jobs. But a ballet it was, nevertheless. The backdrop was a simple but beautiful room with inspirational wall hangings. The set was spare and functional. […]

Where, Oh Where Did It Go?

You know the old saying: When one door closes, another one opens. Well, my memory door has slammed shut and someone ate the key but my calf muscles are experiencing a whole new life. See, I’m getting more exercise. Lots more. Walking upstairs, downstairs, all around the house. Searching for lost items. Items lost within […]

“Accentuate the Positive”

I was at the card table recently and the subject of New Year’s resolutions came up. Having never made one, I tuned out. Resolutions tend to be so all or nothing at all. But one of us had a different take on the subject and I perked up a bit. She suggested that we take […]