Retired - Speech/language therapist, Special Education Asst, English teacher
Websites: www.thealzheimerspouse.com; talktimewithjoan.com
Whimsical essays, short stories -funny, serious, and thought-provoking
The Latest Airline Ripoff — Making You Pay For an Ounce of Snacks — Before You Get on the Plane
This cranky old lady has been pushed over her limit. I have written stories complaining about 35-year-olds who don’t know what a pencil is, cashless banks, and dismal customer service that turns your hair grey and tolls your death knell before your call is answered, but WeOnlyWantYourMoney Airlines has completely destroyed my tolerance level. SNAPPED IT IN HALF. CRACK.
My Husband Sucked at Gift Giving
Gift-giving wasn't his strong suit. I fell in love with my husband at first sight when I was 10 years old, and have remained so seven years after his death. We had a close, loving relationship for 45 years, BUT, the man sucked at gift-giving.
The Pencil-Less Bank - A Frightening New Millennium Story
Banks are like everything else in the 21st century- unrecognizable from anything related to what we knew in the previous millennium. Today’s banks are mostly empty with very few tellers behind the long counters, as most banking is conducted online.
Could I Have Found What I Didn’t Know I Was Looking For in My Online Dating Search — Right Next Door to Me?
My story, “Dating an “Older Man” — A Whole Different Story When You’re No Longer 20 Years Old” seems to have hit a nerve. It has been very popular with readers on both Vocal and Medium platforms.
My Samsung Smartwatch Left Me for Dead
February 1, 2020 — “Hey, Smartwatch! You — The 21st century advanced life-saving equipment on my wrist. I’M ON THE FLOOR. You’re not calling 911 like Mr. Sprint Sales Guy said you would. You’re not even calling ME to ask if I’m okay and if maybe I might need a little help — like you calling 911! You’re not beeping. You’re as unresponsive as I would be if I had hit my head and rendered myself unconscious during this unfortunate incident. Your face IS lit up displaying the time — 5 AM. Thank you. I guess I needed to know that.”
I'll Let You Know When I Want to See You Half Naked
I’m back again with another thought-provoking article about online dating for seniors. It’s the pictures. The dating services “strongly suggest” that you provide more than one picture; that they be full body pictures, not just headshots, and that they are recent (as in the last two, not the last 20 years).
Dating an “Older Man” — A Whole Different Story When You’re No Longer 20 Years Old
I have a mirror and I can count. I know that I am no tightly toned, smooth-skinned athletic 20-year-old beauty and I can count to 74 — the number of birthdays I have had. With this understanding, and with no offense meant to men my age and older, I write this observation on how life’s perspectives change as the years pass by.
COVID KNOCKED ME ON MY ASS -AND THAT’S AFTER FOUR VACCINE SHOTS
NOTE: This article is being written as a warning and advisory to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and think they are fully protected. I am not a medical professional, and this should not be taken as medical advice. It is my opinion and advice based on my experience.
Tom Brady-Selfish, Egotistical, Self-Centered?
I honestly thought my opinion on this matter was an unarguable no-brainer — that Tom Brady, supposedly the Greatest (football player) Of All Time (GOAT in today’s vernacular), is selfish, egotistical, and self-centered to the point of allowing his needs to destroy his marriage and family.
The Biggest Alzheimer’s Secret You Didn’t Know- It’s Not Just For Old People
Despite the brisk March wind and cold late evening temperatures, no one in the Washington, D.C. Alzheimer’s Forum crowd of delegates and legislators moved. Mesmerized by Tony’s words, hundreds of people stood silent at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial as they listened to the heartbreaking story of his wife’s losing battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.