THE REAL BEGINNING – GARRY ARMSTRONG

As much as I hate telephones, I loathed pagers. I was, admittedly, spoiled by years of minimal interference in the field. We did the usual schtick on the 2-way. Hand over mouth responding, “We can’t hear you. You’re breaking up. We’re headed to the story. No landlines. Sorry, can’t hear you”. There was one phone … Continue reading THE REAL BEGINNING – GARRY 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

GREAT TEACHERS: A VERY LONG DEFERRED THANK YOU – Marilyn Armstrong

In the course of my school days, I had a handful of great teachers to whom I will be eternally grateful. They taught me to learn, to love reading, to make up stories and write them down. To write non-fiction that was complete, accurate and unbiased. To find humor in physics. To love history, religion, … Continue reading GREAT TEACHERS: A VERY LONG DEFERRED THANK YOU – Marilyn Armstrong

PEOPLE SAY THE NICEST THINGS! – Marilyn Armstrong

How often have you wondered whether you should say "thank you" or punch that person in the mouth? Insults I understand, but the compliments that really aren't, baffle me. Is it personal ambivalence? Is it possible they don't understand the difference between a compliment and meanness? Or, for that matter, an insult? As a child, … Continue reading PEOPLE SAY THE NICEST THINGS! – Marilyn Armstrong

WHEN BONES DON’T KNIT – Marilyn Armstrong

Yesterday morning, I dropped the mouse for the computer in the bedroom. I reached down to pick it up and a pain shot through my chest, down my arm and I yelped. I had a lot of heart surgery more than five years ago. Most of it has healed well. The thing that hasn't healed properly … Continue reading WHEN BONES DON’T KNIT – Marilyn Armstrong

FEARLESS – Marilyn Armstrong

Just as pain warns our bodies that something is wrong, fear warns our brains to be cautious. Excessive or unreasoning fear can cripple us, make us unable to do anything at all. Phobias can eliminate some activities entirely. If you are terrified of heights, sky-diving and mountain climbing are likely to be non-starters. If you … Continue reading FEARLESS – Marilyn Armstrong

FIRST, FORGIVE YOURSELF AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW – Marilyn Armstrong

One Sunday in church, Pastor's sermon was about forgiveness. He asked everyone in the church to stand up. Then he asked those who had any enemies to sit down. Everyone sat down but one very old woman. "You have no enemies at all?" asked Pastor. "Not a single one," she answered, nodding her agreement. "Please, come up … Continue reading FIRST, FORGIVE YOURSELF AND THE REST WILL FOLLOW – Marilyn Armstrong