Valentine’s Day Alone

Valentine’s Day Alone

Days like Valentine’s Day are hard on single women and widows. The store windows and commercials are full of what you can buy for the lady in your life. My valentine has been gone a year and a half. It seems longer. He used to go to the swap meet every Sunday and...
Attending the Opera

Attending the Opera

When a friend received two free tickets to the opera, Rigoletto, she wondered who to ask to go with her and tentatively offered a ticket to me! Yay! I was delighted! Haven’t been to the opera in a long time, mostly because my husband was not into opera and I couldn’t...
For Love of Family

For Love of Family

Our family is pretty small. It was just Frank and I in San Diego and my youngest son, Brett and his wife Natalie in Spring Valley. Many a Christmas and Thanksgiving was quiet. When Brett married Natalie, he also married into a large, loving family. They immediately...
When to Retire

When to Retire

I’ve been writing since I was about 12 years old and had my first poem published in a church newspaper. I’ve written magazine articles, newspaper stories, poetry, and short stories, but never considered books. God had other plans and my first Biblical Fiction novel,...
Traveling as a Single

Traveling as a Single

The Road Scholar travel program my husband and I used over 19 times is an ideal venue for singles. The trips are well-planned and the other participants with rare exception are congenial and share other trips they have taken. I’ve done many day trips around town by...
Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch

When I was newly married, 1959, my husband’s mother always referred to us as “the kids.” My husband was starting out in the insurance business and money was scarce. We dropped in on his folks a lot, and amazingly they always had two extra potatoes and enough food for...
My Damaged Car

My Damaged Car

My car was damaged in an accident. We attempt to drive carefully but even so, it happens. I was heading down a residential street in Ocean Beach and another car was making a u-turn. He had nearly completed his maneuver when I approached. Since he was stopped, I...
The Blessing of Christmas

The Blessing of Christmas

I love the sounds of Christmas music, the colorful lighting on houses around the neighborhood. Santa and reindeer, along with snowmen and deer, are lit up on people’s lawns. One street in our neighborhood attracts people from all over the city. Every house has moving...
An Old Dog Grows Older

An Old Dog Grows Older

My Chessie is 15½ and moving slower each day. A little arthritis, deaf in both ears, and sleeping more than usual, I pray each day she’ll still be with me. When I have to go on a trip, I tell her, “Now you be here when I get back, okay?” So far she has been. Sometimes...
Christmas Mail

Christmas Mail

Is anyone else out there besieged at this time of the year with requests from nearly every charitable organization and political ones too? My mailbox is full and 2/3 of it goes into the trash. It’s not that I am hard-hearted; it’s just that if I send even $5 to each...