Entries by Sallie


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 […]

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 […]