Entries by Sallie

Book Clubs

Everyone belongs to one or more.  It’s just what you do. But, alas, I am, personally, book-club-less at the moment.  By choice.  Or at least I think so.  No one’s told me otherwise. Recently I’ve had a bit of a day-dream about the book club I would like to belong to.  The idea was sparked […]


Alert!  This is not a Sunday jolly.  Sometimes, it just doesn’t  work out like that.  So, read on at your own peril.  It’s an observation; just not a happy one.  And it may not be a new one at that. Yes.  There was another school shooting not so long ago in Santa Fe, Texas.  We […]

When is a grocery store more than a grocery store?

When it’s “a way of life.” That was the description we gave to Dorothy Lane Market, our grocery store in Oakwood, Ohio. Dorothy Lane Market started as a fruit stand and grew into an elegant, state of the art, innovative grocery store through the years.  But it never lost its sense of community, people, or […]

Me and My Kindle.

We have a special relationship.  My Kindle and I do.  We spend an inordinate amount of time together.   It’s a joined-at-the-hip, or in this case, at-the-thumb, kind of thing. And so it is with some degree of sadness that I’ve come to the realization that my Kindle doesn’t understand me at all. The books it […]

Conflicting Headlines

We subscribe to a small magazine called “The Week.”  It presents alternative positions on many topics, making it an unusual publication with no clear political or economic bias.  It’s intended to make you think. There’s always a section devoted to Health and Science news.  A couple of weeks ago there were two headlines in that […]

A little behind the times.

That’s me.  Always a little late to the party.  The last to know.  The last to “get it.” Friends have been telling me, for quite some time now, to turn off and tune out the news.  Especially the politically charged cable channels.  I’ve been slow to accept their advice but I listened up recently and […]

Little Pleasures

  At some point in our lives, little pleasures start to outweigh the big stuff. As we sat on the porch recently, enjoying the breeze and some wine, The Mister told me he’d had a most satisfactory and significant “Little Pleasure” event earlier that day. Pray tell, I asked. He said, that after a long, […]


From news reports: “Top security officials are warning Americans who are traveling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup this week that Moscow-linked hackers may try to target them as they attend the international soccer event…The security experts advised World Cup attendees not to bring personal devices with them.”   You want me to […]

A lovely evening

We had a wedding anniversary some months back.  We’re not “big day” celebrants so we don’t get carried away with gifts or cards.   But, as it happened, we were invited to a  catamaran cruise that evening having absolutely nothing to do with our anniversary. The night was perfect. Fresh winds, sails aloft, good wine, fried […]


Who needs a tub? I do.  I really truly, madly, do.  And, not surprisingly, I find myself in the minority. Apparently, and shockingly, new houses are being built without bathtubs! The left brain part of me understands that.  Bathtubs take up space and no one takes baths these days anyway. My right brain rejects that […]


(Please click on the image for a full picture)   We recently sent a group e-mail to the family.  We thought they should know of an important decision we’d made. It was a big decision on our part and made without consulting the family, or even hinting to them that we were on that path. […]


Lists tell us a lot about ourselves. A grocery list tells us what we’ll be eating for the next few days.  A to-do list tells us where to go and what to do when we get there.   An invitation list tells us who our friends are.  A Christmas list tells us to get going […]

Trips to Fripp

  Remember the Chevy Vega “station wagon?”  That sub-sub-sub-compact-hatch-back from way-back when? We had one and we’d travel to Fripp Island, S.C. from Ohio for two weeks in the spring in that car.  A couple of duffle bags, baseball mitts, fishing gear, wine and suntan lotion.  We’d pack it all up and, if things went […]

Gropes and Grabs.

Wow.  It’s everywhere these days.  Places we least expect it.  The groping and the grabbing. I’d rather I didn’t have my own story but I do. Mine was a social situation, not a political or a power-based one.   But, still, it caused a level of embarrassment and discomfort. I’d see the offender coming my way […]

Spittin’ Mad

Please click on the picture for a full image. That’s what I am.  I’m spittin’ mad. If you look at the picture above, you’ll see a charming little “rock garden” planted by the children of our near-by elementary school.  It’s right on the sidewalk so I get to see it every day when I walk […]