BLACK PLAGUE POETRY – Marilyn Armstrong

Do you ever wonder where your nursery rhymes came from? This one, known as "Ring Around the Rosie," was a poetic description of dying from Plague. "Ring around the Rosie. Pocket full of poesy. Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down." The king has sent his daughter To fetch a pail of water A tissue, a … Continue reading BLACK PLAGUE POETRY – Marilyn Armstrong

KIDS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS – Marilyn Armstrong

My kid will turn 51 in May, but he still says the darnedest things. "Why," he asked me, "When I was a kid didn't you tell me getting old was going to be such a bummer?" "Because we didn't know. We weren't old yet. What we also didn't tell you was that you were going … Continue reading KIDS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS – Marilyn Armstrong

KINDNESS IS NEVER OBSOLETE – BY ELLIN CURLEY

I wrote a blog recently about Fred Rogers and his show, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” I focused on how he helped generations of parents be better, more empathetic and connected with their children. Since then, I’ve read many articles about Mr. Rogers because of the newly released documentary about Fred Rogers and the movie starring Tom … Continue reading KINDNESS IS NEVER OBSOLETE – BY ELLIN CURLEY

DRY LEAVES THAT FALL BEFORE THE WINDS – Marilyn Armstrong

I am not as nostalgic about the past as many people. I had a difficult and often unpleasant childhood. It's hard to put aside the unhappy childhood memories to find happy ones. They get tangled up. It is in the autumn where good memories live on. That perpetual autumn I can sometimes smell in the … Continue reading DRY LEAVES THAT FALL BEFORE THE WINDS – Marilyn Armstrong

YOU TALK TOO MUCH! – Garry Armstrong

"You Talk Too Much." It was a 1960 pop single that kids used to sing outside of school and on the streets. Usually, it was making fun of adults: teachers, parents, politicians, and others who they dissed from the temerity of youth. It's not something we -- of a certain age -- say about those … Continue reading YOU TALK TOO MUCH! – Garry Armstrong