Entries by Sallie

Shall I Take an Umbrella?

  Two years ago, our sons gave my husband a weather station kit for Christmas. I must tell you that there were some snickers and inappropriate twitters from the distaff side of the family. In retrospect, it was most unkind, and, ultimately wrong of us, to have treated the gift, and the givers, that way. […]

More Angels

On the heels of my (supposed) success in creating little angels, made from Magnolia tree seed pods, I decided to participate in our neighborhood craft sale. One of us makes fabulous lamps from unique objects; one of us makes artistic and whimsical Christmas trees out of driftwood and I….well, I make little angels. Or, should […]

A Small Transition

I don’t much like crowds. I don’t like being told where to sit, and I really hate to be strapped in. Ergo, I don’t like airplanes. Especially airplanes with that three-seats-across thing. The mister likes the window seat. I naturally get the middle and then there’s that awful suspense about who will sit on the […]

My Name is Basil.

I met my family at the Humane Society four years ago. It was love at first sight. Licenses were obtained; promises were made; vows were taken. Our lives together began at that moment. Let me say at the outset that they are essentially good people. And I am a superb cat if I say so […]


So I read a really great book on writing the other day. It’s called Bird By Bird, by Anne Lamotte. She’s a beautiful writer. I was perking along, appreciating her thoughts and her elegant style. Then apparently, her editor said to her: “You have made the mistake of thinking that everything that has happened to […]

Before, During, and After

They crash to the ground like hand grenades. Gnarly and unforgiving. Step on one and you’ll regret it. They fall from heights reaching 70 feet…..depending on their source. They are deeply southern in their heritage. Their birth mothers are considered to be integral to the beauty of the low-country. Their origins, the magnificent Magnolia tree, […]

Pay to Play

So, what happens when a friendly afternoon card game decides to kick it up a notch and put money in the pot? A bunch of stuff happens. We’ve always agreed to shuffle the cards seven times before we deal them but no one has ever counted. ‘Til now. Eagle eyes now imagine sleight of hand […]


To date, there are three major events (outside personal events, of course) that are indelibly imprinted in my brain. President Kennedy’s assassination, the Challenger disaster, and September 11th. I’m not alone in that. Ask anyone who lived through those days and they’ll tell you where they were and what they were doing when those things […]

Reunions and all that

Thirty five years ago, we went to my husband’s 15th graduate school reunion. Most of those who returned were, naturally, still quite full of themselves. They were ambitious, testosterone-driven, titans-in-training. I understood that. They’d paid good money for their education and they were going to milk it every for every cent it was worth. That’s […]

Digital Distress

I guess the question is who will kick the bucket first?  Those digital drama queens (aka digitally controlled devices) or the aging human beings who live here? Will we be the cookers or the cook-ees? The doers or the done-ins? It’s a toss up, at best. Most days it feels like they’re winning. We recently […]

Dress Codes

I love to be invited to things.   But as soon as I open the invitation I start worrying about what to wear. Will I be over- or under-dressed?    Shall I make the leap to khakis or will jeans do? Will I pile on too much bling?    That’s not possible. I don’t own enough […]

Shall we gather on the river?

Most definitely! To the sounds of joyful music, families – young, old and in-between – gathered recently at the Church of the Cross on the banks of the May River for the grace of baptism and its special meaning to each of those who felt the water as it washed over them. We, as a […]

A Southern Icon

Well, goodness gracious, sake’s alive. I recently read the July issue of Garden and Gun magazine and the advertisement that you see here just up and hit me smack-dab between my very eyes. (If you click on the image, you’ll see it full size). When I was growing up, Duke’s Mayonnaise was just the cat’s […]

A Little Birthday Celebration

It’s hard for me to believe that Life on the May is approaching its first birthday. I thought that, to celebrate its special day, it would be fun for you to hear a different voice with a slightly different take on one of the things I think about a lot…..electronic devices. The voice is that […]

My Three Felons

There were three of them, born within three years of each other to a mother who was clueless. Naturally, you would assume that they turned to a life of crime.   You would be right. Let’s begin with the middle one. (So many things began with the middle one!) Many years ago, he was picked up […]