Author Archives: jottingjoan

only 15 minutes

Looking around his room, my dad said, “It wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to pack this all up and go home.” He knew what he was talking about. He began packing and leaving the fall he went to college … Continue reading

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Facebook says I’m lazy

Facebook called me lazy, “You have not posted anything in nine days.” Nine days? I may not have posted on my FB page, still I have commented on the Facebook pages of others. I gave my daughter-in-love “thumbs up” when … Continue reading

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disabled or inconvenienced

From my observations of folks with disabilities, attitude determines more than aptitude. The one-armed man played sports in high school, carried a baritone in marching band, finished college and landed a job in a bank cashing disability checks for men … Continue reading

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Well planned visit

“We are coming to Arkansas the week of my birthday.” my son Nate announced. We? As in wife Joy and children Sophie,10, Sam, 8, and Henry, 5. Great! My toys needed someone to play with them. I lacked the energy … Continue reading

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Human guinea pigs

I never could quite understand why it costs so much to do research on the simplest issues until my loved ones moved near a city with many research projects. Few volunteers will perform mundane, ordinary and uncomfortable activities. If you … Continue reading

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Navy reject become Army star

Rejected by the Navy, valuable asset in the Army With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the late Max Cripe, of Goshen, Ind. joined the hordes of young men crowding around the recruiting office eager to join the Navy and go … Continue reading

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Urge to Purge

I slumped and sighed. “I have sorted, decluttered, organized and still have a lot to do before we have a yard sale.” “Some folks hire an agency to come in once a year to organize their house,” my friend observed. … Continue reading

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Our dog Jack

Our white puppy Jack grew to the size of a small pony. An over-sized mixed-breed collie, he had a head as broad as a St. Bernard and long shaggy hair. My brothers, sisters and I liked him, and he liked … Continue reading

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Lizard in the Band-Aid Box

In a box of odds and ends at the estate sale I spied an old, metal Band-aid box with a hinged lid that snapped shut. I hadn’t seen one in a while. It brought back childhood memories of well used … Continue reading

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Touched by a teacher

As the school year winds down to an end, former students recall certain teachers. As adults these men and women are still especially impressed with the expectations of some teachers. Too many times in the midst of all the paperwork, … Continue reading

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