Entries by Sallie

Dining With The Pundits

It was 6:30 pm on an ordinary weeknight and we were “dining” with a group of television political pundits, as they sputtered about President Biden’s attempts to pass his 3.9 trillion dollar spending plan. They were musing on the Senators Manchin/ Sanders pow-wows.  And on the time spent listening to personal and party-centric opinions.  They […]

An Ode To CaringBridge

I have a love/hate relationship with CaringBridge.   I’m grateful when a new CaringBridge notice arrives in the mail. But then I fear it may not bring good news. CaringBridge, for the uninitiated, is a site where friends and family can keep up with those who are ill.   I am, currently and once again, following Julia […]

I’m Just Wild About Stationery

I love stationery.  Stationery stores, stationery kiosks, stationery catalogues. They all speak to me and I listen.  I look.  I buy.  I order. I stew over the options. Letter-size or semi-formal notes?  Borders or plain? Regular weight or extra-thick?   Block, script, or Italic font?  Embossed or flat?  White or ecru? And that’s all before I […]

Going From Ahhhh To Eeek.

It was, in my opinion, a perfectly wonderful afternoon on Hilton Head Island.  Steady rain.  Heavy dark clouds.  A fogged-in, mostly invisible, marsh.  The occasional lightning strike. Toss in a saucy new mystery and 17 pounds of a sleepy, snuggly cat and it just doesn’t get any better. In my slothfulness and self-indulgence, I had […]

Head Spinners

By now, in this crazy world, we all know and understand that it’s best not to read, listen to or follow much of the news.  What to believe?  Who to believe?  It’s a little like hanging out with Rosemary’s Baby or the Exorcist. There are times, of course, when we can’t avoid situations that make […]

A (Pre)Cautionary Tale

In September 2009, our son Scott and his wife Sarah were visiting us, here on Hilton Head.  Both were supremely healthy.  So healthy that one afternoon, while we were out on our boat, Sarah, being a strong swimmer, dove in the water and rescued a couple whose ski-doo had flamed out.  That’s how strong she […]

Where Were You?

You know exactly where you were.  We all do.  We’ll never forget. We remember exactly where we were when the first plane hit the towers.    We remember who first told us that something terrible had happened.   We remember when the first tower collapsed. We remember when The Pentagon came under attack.  We remember […]

Some “Consistently Contradictory” Ramblings

Like so many during the recent past, the Mister and I have spent a lot of time alone together. We’ve experienced more than one deafening silence, especially when we’ve clearly misunderstood each other.  In coming to a renewed peace, we’ve had to accept a few definite maybes, even as we establish even odds on the […]

Trying Times….

….call for silly jokes.  Hence, today’s Laff-on-the-May. Once upon a time, there was a very nice gentleman who lived by himself and decided he would like to have a pet.  He took himself off to the pet store and explained his situation.  No dogs, cats, rabbits, or hamsters, please.  Just something small and companionable. I […]

How Terribly Shocking It All Is.

Why would anyone choose to read books about missing husbands, extramarital dalliances, a wealthy murdered couple, epic crazy wild parties and an abducted presidential daughter? Apparently a whole lot of us do because those are the topics of the most recent New York Times best sellers.  I suppose we’re reacting to a bit of the […]

Has “Preppy” Died?

Can it be?  Has preppy has finally met its maker?  Surely not.  Please tell me it isn’t so. But here we are.  Brooks Brothers has apparently bitten the dust.  Ditto J. Crew.   If that’s not a harbinger of preppy-death, I don’t know what is. Lily Pulitzer would have us believe otherwise.  She’s still everywhere.  Pastels.  […]

Everything Old Is…

New again?  The with-it and up-to-date people are all about podcasts, which bring wonderful stories right to your home or car.  Just like a radio but newer. Open your iphone, buy an app, study the options, make a choice and voila!    An audio delight.  Right at your fingertips.  Sit back, listen, learn, enjoy. We did […]

Famous Last Words

For some unknown reason, I decided to google “famous last words.” Here are some from across the years that caught my eye. In 1911, Jack Daniel asked for “one last drink, please.” Of course, he did. In 1959, Errol Flynn said: “I’ve had a helluva lot of fun.”  Just ask a few of the women […]

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.

Sometimes that’s easier said than done.  We’re addicted to white noise to get us to that lovely state of sleep.  Once upon a time, when we lived on a busy street, the traffic introduced us to white noise.  The whoosh and hum of tires on asphalt lured us to slumber.   It also drowned out other […]


“That thing must weigh a ton!”  We’re usually pretty sure that “it” doesn’t weigh anywhere near a ton. It’s just something we say.  But when our little newspaper reported that 44 tons…..yes, 44 TONS….of trash were hauled away from our beaches after the Fourth of July weekend, I decided to get a better idea of […]