Handbook of small indignities and Comic Relief

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I love to watch the sitcom Grace and Frankie because of the comedic fuel normal aging provides.  Yes, I like the actors and actresses (Klute? Laugh-In?), but in this season Grace can’t get up from a low couch or toilet, … Read More

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Grandchild

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Dear Little Girl You looked perfect Your parents said And it is True Rosebud lips and button nose Deep gray blue eyes Pink baby, pink skin Hair – ginger, sandy Yet to tell. Your mother surrenders Her body to you … Read More

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The Stamp Collection

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I took my stamp collection to a wizened man in my city, who dealt in collectibles – postage stamps, coins, silver.  I was moving across country, and since I would pay movers by the pound, I was de-accessioning pounds of … Read More

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Orcas and Life after Menopause

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Orca grandmothers lead pods, as matriarchs of their family units.  Science has discovered that only  some whale species, and humans, have a long life post fertility. Many other large mammals –primates, elephants—may be fertile into old age.  I wonder how … Read More

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My Santaland Diary

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The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris is my favorite holiday chestnut.  I grew up listening to an LP of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol my parents played on Christmas Eve, and that was wonderful during a certain age of innocence, but … Read More

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Baby Nightlight, Curmudgeon Edition

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I will become a grandma in another 4 to 6 weeks, so I have been looking at items the new parents might use.  It’s a different world out there. I won’t tell you I walked five miles to work while … Read More

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Gift from the Sea: Proto-feminist Book

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh published Gift from the Sea in 1955.  It was on my mother’s nightstand, and like many women of that era, I think she treasured the book.  I was surprised to see it described as a proto-feminist book, … Read More

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Baby boomers: Off-stage, please

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When will the Baby Boomers move off-stage?  The daily political discourse right now is an assault, and I am not attributing that assault to age, but maybe this generation has had its run. What would be the impact if tomorrow … Read More

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At the Poetry Slam – Medicare Division

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I went to a poetry slam on Sunday night and I placed second, out of not many.  I lost to a young woman who used the F-word in all forms of speech – adjective, adverb, verb, noun – but she … Read More

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The Thermostat Game

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Every autumn I wait to see how late in the calendar I go before I turn on the furnace.  I don’t know why this frugality is a pleasure, because the self-abnegation, the suffering, is only mine to bear.  I don’t … Read More

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