Entries by Sallie

‘Tis the Season

We’re in full shopping mode at this point.  It slowly creeps up on us and then takes over.  I weary of it and I don’t think I’m alone. Our families and friends are so fortunate.  Our well-being doesn’t depend on those things we don’t have.  We’re blessed that way. Still, we feel the pressure, the […]

Coulda Shoulda Woulda ?

I should have written a check. I would have written a check. I could have written a check but I pay on-line. It’s so much easier to do it that way.  Just a couple of clicks and it’s done.  Think of the paper I save.  No long lines at the post office to buy increasingly […]

Priority Mail

  Gotta love Amazon Prime.  When it works, it’s wonderful.  Reliable, fast, next-day delivery. Not always the case where we live, however. Our main thoroughfare (all two lanes of it) is frequently blocked.  No one can get in. Or, in our case, out.   And it’s blocked for the most delightful of reasons. Our town has […]

Once a mouse; always a mouse?

(Please be sure to click on the picture!) Not if you’re a ballet dancer in the Hilton Head Dance Theater’s annual Nutcracker Suite. If you’re at all familiar with the Nutcracker Suite, you’ll know that the Mice appear early in the show, all done up with little spiky ears, pink noses, and tails on their […]

The Time Has Come

    “The time has come,” the Walrus said, To talk of many things. Of shoes and ships and sealing wax Of cabbages and kings, And why the sea is boiling hot And whether pigs have wings.”   The time has also come for Life on the May to take a short hiatus. Children’s stories […]

The Stuff In Between

Uh, Oh, Oreos. Every people-friendly pantry has a package of Oreos.  You never know when you’ll get the urge to dip one in a glass of cold milk, make cookie crumbles for ice cream or twist off those chocolate wafers to get to the yummy stuff “in between.” That’s my personal favorite.  That stuff “in […]


Our favorite television character, Sheldon Cooper of the Big Bang Theory, says: “They say change is good.  But it never is.” Sheldon tends to look at things in black or white so I don’t agree with him all the time but there’s been a change in our neighborhood recently that made me think of him. […]


“A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.” So sings Mary Poppins. I always study the medical column in the New York Times Magazine with its tales of difficult-to-diagnose-cases and their ultimate solutions. Understandably, I’m usually lost until some smart doctor or nurse comes up with the answer and solves the problem. Not so […]

Sign(age)s of Age

No, I’m not talking about wrinkles, creases, sags, and bags. I’m talking about sturdy old houses, acknowledged for their role in Bluffton’s history. The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society has recently finished a sterling and thorough job of identifying and dating all the historical buildings that exist in Old Town Bluffton.   And it has generously awarded […]

A Place to Call Home

I went back home a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve been making that trip in late August for the last eight years. It all started when our daughter-in-law was air lifted from a hospital in Ohio to the intensive care unit of the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor. We were told that her […]


(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 […]