Entries by Sallie


(Please click on picture for full image) We frequently fly a flag in the front of the house.   On most occasions, it’s the American flag.  Ours was given to us by a soldier on the occasion of his safe return from Afghanistan.  We hang it with great honor. But we occasionally fly another flag. […]

Intelligence Promotion

I’m one (mis) step closer to joining MENSA.   That elite group of nerdy, brainy people.  I’ll explain. See, I fell a few days ago.  It was a big fall.  A shoe caught on an uneven piece of sidewalk and down I went.  Knees, wrists and face.   In that order.  Happily, I only got a few […]

A Beautiful Day Today

Saturday, September 9, 2017 It’s a beautiful day today.  Right here on the May River. Blue skies.  Low humidity.  Temperatures in the 70’s. Birds chirping.  Butterfly’s flitting.  You get the picture.  It’s why we live here. There’s just one little problem, of course, and her name is Irma. On my walk this morning I saw […]

Bureaucratic Ninjas

That’s the title I’ve bestowed upon the wonderful women who work with breast surgeons.  They’re the women who guide a new breast cancer patient through that  scary world, its language and procedures.  Their official title is Breast Navigator.  But one of the things they do so well is slice through red tape.   Hence my preferred […]

A (Single) Word Matters.

It was a wickedly humid, blisteringly hot morning.  To take a walk or not to take a walk?   That was the question. After much backing and forthing, the healthy twin won and off I went.  I needed a knife to cut through the slog.  Every step felt like ten. My  routine takes me to […]

Porch Musings

Even in this terrible heat, our porch gets a lovely breeze.  It’s a little like a warming oven.  Not hot enough to cook in; just warm enough to take the chill off an over-air-conditioned person. I always take a book with me when I retreat to the porch.  I’ve been reading The Bettencourt Affair by […]

Women’s Rights.

The very words “Women’s Rights” seem strident.  Very 60’s and 70’s.   Political.   Divisive. How about “Women’s Issues?   Better, softer maybe, but “Women’s Issues” are, in fact, everyone’s issues. Regardless of the wording, I deeply care about women’s “issues” and  “rights.” Many years ago, back in the 60’s and70’s, I was a self-declared “feminist.”   If anyone […]


It’s one of the things I do best.  Get anxious.  Overwhelmed.  Way too worried. Turning molehills into mountains is child’s play for me. I was feeling all that last Friday morning.  I knew what I had to do and I knew I had to get it over with.   A deadline was approaching. I washed my […]


Every summer the stores are full of them.  We recognize them by their book jackets. Gauzy, beguiling, images of best friends, strolling arm in arm, by the sea. Long-legged beauties, dangling their feet in the refreshingly cool waters. Promises of clandestine affairs.  (Is there another kind?) Tow-headed children, tanned a nut-brown by the sun, romping […]

What is a friend?

Click on the picture for a larger image Earlier this summer, we had the opportunity to view an artist’s world-wide, four year photographic study of her 400-plus Facebook friends.   Through her photography, she took us into their homes, their families, their lifestyles. The exhibition by itself was intimate and engaging.  But she took it a […]


The Mister and I like to do things together.  That’s  good  because we’ve been married for a really long time. Just recently, we went, together, to the brand new superstore not far from home.  One of us was very excited about a great sale on our favorite wine.  The other one had nothing better to […]


SAD isn’t something we want but many of us get it anyway. SAD stands for Seasonal Affect Disease.  It happens when the skies are too gray for too long.  When there’s snow and ice on everything.  When the trees are bare for months.  When the sun doesn’t shine for days on end. We get grumpy, […]

Guided by Beeps

Wherever we go, whatever we do, we are audibly accosted by beeps, peeps, pings, and chirps.  Tweets, too, but that’s a different matter. A friend mentioned this recently and now I can’t get it out of my head. Our house beeps to tell us we have intruders, that the smoke detector needs a new battery, […]

preview of coming attractions

to my dear and respected poets: sometimes….no, make that lots of times….i have trouble understanding poetry.  shakespeare and chaucer are lost on me.   i do quite like e.e. cummings but mostly because he never  capitalized anything.    my poet friends are well aware of my limitations. forrest gump said that “life is like a […]

Jill. Or is it Jack?

(Please click on the image above to get the full picture) Many years ago, we bought a marvelous iron statue from an sculptor in Ohio.  It was my birthday present.  I named her Jill.  Until I turned her to the side and re-named him Jack. She/he is androgynous.  It all depends on your perspective and the angle […]