Did you Know this About May 5th?

Re-posted from May 5th, 2016 We often think of Cinco de Mayo as the Mexican 4th of July. When it really was the day that the poor Mexican people bettered the rich and powerful French. Short history: After four years of civil war, Mexico owed millions in foreign debt. President Benito Juarez suspended payments of those debts forContinue reading “Did you Know this About May 5th?”

Surrender

We were on our way to get an eyelift. He was getting the eyelift, not me, and frankly I was a little jealous. Why was he getting cosmetic surgery? Did he want to attract a younger woman? He could already do that if he wanted to. Was I about to be replaced by someone prettier?Continue reading “Surrender”

George Washington’s Tan & my Folly

I once had a conversation that went like this:   Me: My biggest fear in life is that I will die in Kernersville. Her: Why would you care where you die? Me: I rather drown in the pool at the Paris Ritz or crash a plane into Iguazu Falls… or be shot by a jealousContinue reading “George Washington’s Tan & my Folly”

A Hero from the Mills of Lowell

He was a great story teller and a bad poker player. A veteran of World War II and he became a union leader at a time when few dared to be. How do you fit a story like his in a blurb? He puzzled me. He often retreated into a catatonic-like stare and I’d wonder where he’d gone.Continue reading “A Hero from the Mills of Lowell”

Did you Know this About May 5th?

We often think of Cinco de Mayo as the Mexican 4th of July. When it really was the day that the poor Mexican people bettered the rich and powerful French. Short history: After four years of civil war, Mexico owed millions in foreign debt. President Benito Juarez suspended payments of those debts for two years so that theyContinue reading “Did you Know this About May 5th?”

Stay Away from this Man

“Whatever you do, stay away from Hal Wallace,” he said as he drove. “Half the women will be ex-wives and the other half he’s dated… and they’re all still mad at him!” Peter laughed and Judy nodded. Hal was the noted compulsive liar of my sister’s social network. I’ve had experience with this. Saw thatContinue reading “Stay Away from this Man”

Never Doubt I Love

Sad blue eyes and a fine even smile, his build bragged of gym dues and vegetables. This was one gorgeous specimen, a friend of a friend, that’s usually how these things start. He said he was recently divorced, forty years void of love. I believed him. If any man seemed starved for affection it wasContinue reading “Never Doubt I Love”

Strange Times and Weird Holidays

   Billy Pilgrim came for Thanksgiving then swiftly became unstuck in time. He travelled onward… or back. Those of you who remember Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five know that when time came unstuck for Billy, he could spring forward to a happier place or he could fall back to appalling happenstance, like the bombing of Dresden duringContinue reading “Strange Times and Weird Holidays”

Birthday Miracle? Or am I Just Lucky?

I love birthdays, specifically mine. I celebrate my birthday for a week because I can, and if this is a trend I can start and everyone begins to do it, only good can come of it. Last year’s was particularly amazing, Mexican one night, Thai another, drinks with old buddies. One night I had anContinue reading “Birthday Miracle? Or am I Just Lucky?”