Author Archives: jottingjoan

Tidy Willie

In every corner of the world ordinary folks quietly help where they can. At The Food Pantry at Southside Baptist Church one of those folks is Willie Lee Williams, 61, a man with a penchant for neatness. Clutter propels Willie … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The dark and stormy night

It was a dark and stormy night with river levels rising rapidly. That night, 20 years ago, Enelda Cary and her husband went to Houston to meet her nephew flying into Houston from Panama. They expected to begin the drive … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The dark and stormy night

Medical costs increased for a reason

Thirty-four years separate my son’s visits to the intensive care unit following severe head traumas. The difference between them underscores the reason for the rising cost of medical care. As a pre-schooler my son landed in a plain room of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Medical costs increased for a reason

The Jinx

The Jinx returned last week. Usually it catches me in restaurants. I go in, sit down, study the menu, order and the waitress tells me to try again. Either the cooks has nothing left to make that dish or it … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Jinx

Living with Miss Vivian

The lively discussion at the table halted when my son said, “That was when I lived with Vivian.” The nine-year-old’s eyes popped, “You lived with ..?” He laughed and explained. “She was 89. I was driving Miss Daisy.” “Driving Miss … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Living with Miss Vivian

She chose shame and received pride

The inexplicable pain of loss came early to “Ann” (let’s call her). It came the day her mother left her family for another man. Ann and her brother went to live with their dad’s mother. Grandma raised her grandchildren as … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on She chose shame and received pride

Katie has her say

Little ones in the “Terrible Twos” ask innocent sweet questions as they learn about life and loudly protest when life fails to go their way – an our two-year-old granddaughter Katie is no exception. Every day she learns something. She … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Katie has her say

Winner, winner

Living in Phoenix, Arizona after arthritis forced early retirement, Rose Corwin had time to go to quilt shows in the area – as long as she had an companion. “I was a fall risk,” Corwin said. When her husband declined … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Winner, winner

From the ashes

The house fire that burnt Terry and Lori Rigdon’s dwelling destroyed household items that Lori thought she needed. Seeing it all turned to ashes made her realize how easily things can be taken. “Things that once seemed important, we hauled … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on From the ashes

Finding a simpler house after a fire

Twelve years of blood, sweat and tears went up in smoke while Lori and Terry Rigdon celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at Gulf Shores. A florescent light in the attached shop shorted out. A son and the neighbors noticed the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Finding a simpler house after a fire