Entries by Sallie

And There They Sit.

My barbells.  My cute little pink barbells.  So dainty and lady-like. They’re right there on the floor, next to the sofa.  Each weighs a mere two pounds.  I could easily pick one up while I’m watching television.  Or reading my Kindle.  Do a few reps here and there.  Watch those crepe-like crinkles on my arms melt away.  Poof! Just like that! What could […]

“What Can We Do?”

It’s a difficult question asked by young women who will inevitably feel the impact of the Roe v. Wade decision.  They, themselves, may be affected and/or they’ll certainly know others who are. The issue is just too big to escape. They ask of us who are older but not necessarily wiser:  “What can we do?” […]

A Fourth of July Memory

Once upon a time, in a land far away, we were members of a small family-oriented club.  We celebrated most holidays in understated fashion but the Fourth of July was big.  Great big! For starters, we had our own fire works display!  Family picnics ran the gamut from candles-and-caviar to buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken.  […]

Who’s Watching?

We are.  The Mister and I are watching the Jan. 6 hearings.  Closely. We know we’re not in the majority, but that’s okay.  In thinking back to other hearings, we found that around 100 million viewers watched at least a portion of the Watergate hearings in 1973.  That equated to some 70% of US adults at […]

“Pregnancy Keepsake”

I enjoy the Wall Street Journal crossword puzzles.  Have for years.  Tuesday’s puzzles are rarely a problem.  The grid fills quickly and easily.  Such was not the case last Tuesday.  The 35-Across clue, “Pregnancy Keepsake,” totally threw me.  It was nine letters long so obvious answers like “baby,” “infant,” “child,” or “newborn” didn’t do the […]

Reunion Field Trip?

The Mister had a college reunion this weekend. Alas, we didn’t attend. We’d planned to be there, but stuff happened so we stayed home. Even if we’d gone to the reunion, we wouldn’t have marched, all decked out in school colors, down the main drag or gathered in large celebrations with other classes. We had […]

Leonard Bernstein conducts West Side Story

Looking for a diversion? Something to make your heart soar? Something to lift your spirits? Something to keep you on the edge of your seat with joyful anticipation? Something to leave you singing and maybe even dancing? Well, have I got a deal for you. Leonard Bernstein wrote the music for West Side Story in […]

Natural Disasters

We know, here in South Carolina, that we’ll have hurricanes.   We knew, back in Ohio, that we would get tornadoes. I knew, way back in West Virginia, that the rivers would flood. And so it goes. Natural disasters happen. We expect them. Usually, we get warnings. We stock up on supplies and then we hunker […]

Step By Step

That’s what I’ve done for the last 13 years.  I’ve taken it step by step, always keenly, and often painfully aware of every single step.  The left foot is always ready to go; the right one, well, not-so-much. It’s a bit like a recalcitrant child; it would stomp its own foot in protest if it […]

The New Yorker

It’s long been considered to be a thinking person’s magazine.  Their thoughtful, in-depth essays are intended to engage your brain, cause reflection and make you just a little smarter than you were before you read them.  There’s also a fair amount of poetry.  Much of it too obscure for the likes of me. And, alas, […]

Is The Party Over?

Oh, the parties. The tea parties, the bridge parties, the dinner parties, the birthday parties.  All eventually come to an end. Guests rise from their seats, say their warm good nights and go home.  Unless, of course, someone utters those three little words:  “Roe V. Wade.”  At that point, all hell is apt to break […]

Where Should I Put My Wine?

I look at pictures of fancy, stylish and obviously very expensive rooms and wonder where I might put my glass of wine.  Or my scotch and soda.  Or my Coca Cola. As I study the pictures, I can’t find a single accessible spot for any of those little goodies because that spot doesn’t exist.  So, […]

Doctors Orders.

We knew what to do and how to do it.  We’re pros at getting our Covid vaccines.  Two regular shots and one booster shot have taught us well and caused no problems along the way.   So, as we went to our appointment for the second booster, we thought nothing of it.  Been there, done that.  […]

I’d Love A Coven

I think a coven might be just what I need right now.  What could be better than a gathering of thirteen witches who share similar interests and activities? With that in mind, I’m seriously on the hunt for twelve, good and true, witches to join me. I’ve never looked poorly on witches.  To the contrary, […]

I Had To Take A Sleeping Pill.

No, not because I’d watched the horrors of war, or some bizarre political shenanigans, or anything Covid-related I had to take a sleeping pill because I couldn’t stop laughing. We had just watched the first two episodes of “Julia,”  now playing on HBO Max.  There’ve been other shows about Julia Child but this one, well, […]