Entries by Sallie

Reunions and all that

Thirty five years ago, we went to my husband’s 15th graduate school reunion. Most of those who returned were, naturally, still quite full of themselves. They were ambitious, testosterone-driven, titans-in-training. I understood that. They’d paid good money for their education and they were going to milk it every for every cent it was worth. That’s […]

Digital Distress

I guess the question is who will kick the bucket first?  Those digital drama queens (aka digitally controlled devices) or the aging human beings who live here? Will we be the cookers or the cook-ees? The doers or the done-ins? It’s a toss up, at best. Most days it feels like they’re winning. We recently […]

Dress Codes

I love to be invited to things.   But as soon as I open the invitation I start worrying about what to wear. Will I be over- or under-dressed?    Shall I make the leap to khakis or will jeans do? Will I pile on too much bling?    That’s not possible. I don’t own enough […]

Shall we gather on the river?

Most definitely! To the sounds of joyful music, families – young, old and in-between – gathered recently at the Church of the Cross on the banks of the May River for the grace of baptism and its special meaning to each of those who felt the water as it washed over them. We, as a […]

A Southern Icon

Well, goodness gracious, sake’s alive. I recently read the July issue of Garden and Gun magazine and the advertisement that you see here just up and hit me smack-dab between my very eyes. (If you click on the image, you’ll see it full size). When I was growing up, Duke’s Mayonnaise was just the cat’s […]

A Little Birthday Celebration

It’s hard for me to believe that Life on the May is approaching its first birthday. I thought that, to celebrate its special day, it would be fun for you to hear a different voice with a slightly different take on one of the things I think about a lot…..electronic devices. The voice is that […]

My Three Felons

There were three of them, born within three years of each other to a mother who was clueless. Naturally, you would assume that they turned to a life of crime.   You would be right. Let’s begin with the middle one. (So many things began with the middle one!) Many years ago, he was picked up […]

I have achieved perfection!

Well, with the exception of two jarring items. Those would be the jar of pickles and the jar of ketchup. Otherwise, my refrigerator has nothing but white things in it. That’s exactly the way I like it. Yogurt, cream cheese, butter, pasta, a little chicken salad, a round of Brie, some extra-creamy Redi-whip. Freezer’s the […]

The Dark Side of Life on the May

Just when I thought I’d run out of things to write about, the Hilton Head Island Packet delivered an inspirational care package. Perhaps you, who live here, saw the article I’m referring to in the Crime Reports section earlier this summer. It concerned an altercation at Brighton Beach between a tattooed-man and an un-tattooed-man. We […]

You can’t go back.

I mean it. You really can’t go back. We tried to do just that, recently, for a special wedding anniversary. It did not go well and that may be an understatement. We knew there had been major changes made to the lovely place where we’d met, knew it had gotten quite fancy, had put on […]

His and Hers

We’ve been married for many years. There are things on HIS side of the closet that have been there for every one of those many years. And I know for a fact that there were things that came with him…sort of like a dowry but not really…..with an edge of age and patina already on […]

Wish You Were Here

The day before yesterday was just a regular Friday with a regular trip from Bluffton to the Island for a regular afternoon bridge game. Except it wasn’t. Regular, that is. I always listen to NPR on my way across the bridges and last Friday afternoon was no different. But what an extraordinary and exceptional little […]

My Nook.

Here’s the cozy spot in this old house on The May where I have so much fun. (Click on the image above and you’ll see my nook in its entirety.)  The cubbies hold all my papers…pretty cards, fun stationery, cookbooks (which remain unopened), all kinds of colorful pens and pencils. A friend’s painting of a […]

We try.

We really do try to lead a peaceful, law-abiding life. One that doesn’t rattle any cages or ruffle any feathers. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. See there’s an animal that’s living in our yard making strange crop-like circles in the pine straw and grass and we think it’s an armadillo but […]

A Memoir

It seems everyone’s doing it these days. Writing a memoir, that is. You know.…spill the family beans. Air the dirty laundry. It would seem that having been physically or emotionally abused is a requisite for writing a memoir….at least if you expect it to sell. So, let me confirm, in these opening words, that I […]