WE WERE NEVER A CURRIER AND IVES COUPLE – GARRY ARMSTRONG

The title comes from an episode of "The West Wing" which we are binging again in this early spring of discontent and dismay.  The series is even better this time around, a great mental prescription from the Coronavirus while our world seeks a political hangover cure. Many of us, struggling with the present, have tinted … Continue reading WE WERE NEVER A CURRIER AND IVES COUPLE – GARRY ARMSTRONG

A BOX FROM THE HALL OF RECORDS – Marilyn Armstrong

One morning, I woke up to find a beautifully wrapped package next to my bed. Attached to it was a note: “Open me, if you dare.” What’s inside the box? Should I open it? When I looked closely, under the wrapping paper and ribbons, I could see who sent it or at least, from where … Continue reading A BOX FROM THE HALL OF RECORDS – Marilyn Armstrong

I AM THE APPLE – Marilyn Armstrong

It occurred to me I needed to see my spine specialist. When you deal with chronic pain, you learn to ignore it most of the time. Unless you want to wind up addicted to pain killers, it’s your only option. It’s a practical decision. Do I want to keep participating in life? Then I have … Continue reading I AM THE APPLE – Marilyn Armstrong

DAD WAS *MORE* THAN A CONTENDER – Garry Armstrong

A friend emailed me info about a popular boxer who just improved on his very impressive record. I had to admit knowing nothing about the prizefighter. I'm a self-proclaimed baseball maven but know nothing about professional boxing these days.   I'm not a fan. I don't get my jollies watching two people bashing out each other's … Continue reading DAD WAS *MORE* THAN A CONTENDER – Garry Armstrong

DOWNSIZING YOUR LIFE – BY ELLIN CURLEY

One of my friends, Rachel, is trying to get her 94-year-old mother, Blanche, to clean out the house she’s lived in for 45 years. She’ll be moving from a big house in Long Island, NY to a small apartment in an independent living facility in Portland, OR. That’s where Rachel, Rachel’s two daughters, and Rachel’s … Continue reading DOWNSIZING YOUR LIFE – BY ELLIN CURLEY