The Change that Happens Late in Life
Her hand in mine. Her hand was warm but she held on tight. The six of us continued looking at the machine with the numbers, watching, waiting. Top number was the heart rate; below that were other numbers: blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and respiration. The glowing digits in the darkened room changed every moment as the tendrils of tubes measured the last bits of my mother’s life. An hour earlier, I had jokingly bet which number would reach zero first – respiration. I would be right.
October 29, 1983: [Michele] “Hey. Whatcha doing for Halloween?” [Barb] “I dunno. Why don’t we drive up to that old cemetery by Sandy’s house?”
The Nextian Universe of Jasper Fforde
If you could chat with any character you’ve ever read about, who would it be? Would you be having tea with Hermione to discuss which spell she finds the most difficult? Would you take a leisurely stroll with Samwise Gamgee and have him show you the highlights of Hobiton? Might the possibility of having an audience with Gandalf, Merlin, and Dumbledore together at the same time be of interest to you? How about hanging out with Luke Skywalker and finding out he’s always had a crush on Marianne Dashwood? This is the setting of Jasper Fforde’s series beginning with The Eyre Affair.
The Story of Bo
It’s in his haunted eyes. When I drove to the city an hour away, the anticipation of meeting our new dog was filled with wavering trepidation. There were three sweet beagles available for adoption through the Beagle Rescue: all three cute as a button. They had their stories, their photos, their details pasted on the front page of the website like a dating site. Bo’s face was turned a little to the side, and I could just make out the speckles that identify him as a beagle. His backstory is what sealed the deal for me.
For the Boys
Most joyous of days, with the sun shining high, Bright is the morning that asks itself why, The happiest of times will echo the reply:
- First Place in A Day in the Life Challenge
Teaching is Not for the Faint of Heart
I loved my job because I made a difference. First day back to school in 1989 Past tense is necessary because I recently retired after 32 years of teaching in Florida. Once you’ve past the 10-year mark, teaching is in your blood forever. I feel the intense need to correct spelling and apostrophes on signs, and I’ve dangerously Shhhhh’d people at the movies. Retirement doesn’t mean my job is over; it’s simply morphing into different endeavors. Educators in the United States are both respected and maligned, depending on the issue, state, or even day of the week.
Headmaster Percy Blackburn took his spectacles off and polished them with a white cotton handkerchief he kept in his pocket. He repeated this habit often, which signaled to the girls of the Chiller’s School for Young Women that he was agitated, upset over some trivial action or some perceived transgression from one of his charges. Euphemia Wood, his assistant, would immediately fetch him a glass of gin or absinthe in response. It was a habit that repeated itself often.
The Fairies and the Money Tree
The Fairies and The Money Tree The stories begin as early as 12th century England when Gervase of Tilbury recorded one of the first mentions of enchanted places with animals possessing human characteristics along with spirits that were either good or evil. At that time, people feared these fairies and grouped them with witches who could cast curses and wreak havoc in a town. In Ireland, these creatures were called the Little People and were feared and treated with respect. Common among all stories, fairies had paths in the woods that were forbidden to be crossed and forests that were considered hallowed.