WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOUR NICKEL WAS MINTED? By Marilyn Armstrong

I picked up the only coin I have larger than a penny. I used to have coins in my wallet. These days, I never have anything except a few odd pennies. Why is that? It isn't even that I pay entirely by plastic. I actually do most of my grocery shopping with cash, so there … Continue reading WHERE WERE YOU WHEN YOUR NICKEL WAS MINTED? By Marilyn Armstrong

SUPERDOGS – BY ELLIN CURLEY

Tom and I have had some awesome dogs. Some have had mad skills. For example, Tom had a Giant Schnauzer named George. He was a serious herder. When Tom had a party, everyone always ended up huddled together in the corner of one room. George would be happily asleep nearby. In addition to herding humans, … Continue reading SUPERDOGS – BY ELLIN CURLEY

IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME – Marilyn Armstrong

Between pretty good marriage one and fabulous marriage three, there was unspeakable marriage two. To explain it by saying it seemed like a good idea at the time is not entirely true. I knew it was a bad idea. Not only did I think it was a bad idea, but everyone who knew me thought it was … Continue reading IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME – Marilyn Armstrong

BEST FRIENDS FOR AN AFTERNOON – Marilyn Armstrong

It has nothing to do with hooking up or any other kind of sex. It has to do with becoming the closest of friends with a complete stranger for one afternoon, then never seeing him or her again. One year, about 30 years ago, I was visiting friends in Montreal. I was poor, didn't have … Continue reading BEST FRIENDS FOR AN AFTERNOON – Marilyn Armstrong

SMILING FACES, SOUR CHERRIES – Marilyn Armstrong

Bad days are like sour cherries. Even in a great batch of fruit, you hit some duds. As you munch, you're going to get some berries that are overripe, sour, or bitter. You bite into them, make a face, and put them aside. You don't eat them because they don't taste good. Life is like this. Day … Continue reading SMILING FACES, SOUR CHERRIES – Marilyn Armstrong