Author Archives: jottingjoan

About jottingjoan

retired former newspaper writer. Many children and grandchildren. One husband.

Sew many ideas

Sewing items from yard sales overwhelm my sewing room. Occasionally I acknowledge I must get rid of something. That’s how I recently met two lovely ladies. First I met a local seamstress who alters and sews clothing. For her, I … Continue reading

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Pain changes perspective and prayer

Struggling through the daily routine of physical exercises to regain full use of my body after an emergency partial hip replacement, I understand the veracity of “to truly empathize with another’s pain or joy, you have to have gone through … Continue reading

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A knock at the door

It starts with an unexpected knock on the door. “Are we expecting anyone?” the residents ask. Probably not if it is Charles McClelland with a smile on his face and a bouquet in his hands. He works part time delivering … Continue reading

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Dr. Mildred Jefferson

“To do no harm” meant any life in Jefferson’s world. Simply stated Jefferson said, “I am not willing to stand aside and allow this concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive … Continue reading

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Tribute to Jim Robinson

Facebook tributes lauded the late Jim Robinson, submariner and founder of Labella, for his love, helpfulness and friendship. Author Kimberly Woodhouse and her young family once lived in El Dorado. She wrote, “More than two decades ago, Jim was a … Continue reading

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Not as planned

Recently there was a county wide sew day. I invited my sister to fly in for it and to visit a couple sewing groups. Add tourism and I promised her a busy week. Instead we learned that “The best laid … Continue reading

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Prince Charming revisited

Prince Charming knelt before Cinderella, pulled out the glass slipper and slipped it smoothly onto her foot. It fit. Birds sang, flowers floated through the air. For he had found his One True Love. They married and lived happily ever … Continue reading

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And your birthdate is …?

My hubby and I just had our birthdays last week. Despite the our latest turn around the sun, we stay active and independent. Case in point: remember how they moved those giant blocks to build pyramids in the 1950s film, … Continue reading

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Turning 80 was not fun

Good thing we celebrated my husband’s 80th birthday a week early. He did not get a party on the actual date. I woke up with an elbow so swollen with arthritis that I could not comb my hair, let alone … Continue reading

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Bobcat tales

Brakes screeched the day Fred Belin saw a bobcat in the tree in front of a house near El Dorado Chemical. He had to take a closer look. “We stopped and asked the man at the house, ‘what is going … Continue reading

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