Author Archives: jottingjoan

Jefferson School reunion stories

Old secrets slipped out at the school reunion of the graduates of the high school now consolidated into a larger school. The MC pointed at his head. “You may have noticed, I am missing some hair. When I was ten, … Continue reading

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The Brannock Device

Each fall, Mom bought new clothes and shoes for the first day of school. My new dress came from the Montgomery Catalog, but new shoes required a trip to the shoe store with floor to ceiling shelves of shoe boxes … Continue reading

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One of Those Days

Some days just do not flow at all. Take today, for example. Two stop signs away from my 9 a.m. exercise class, I waited on the heavy truck to make the turn uphill onto the street. This was not some … Continue reading

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Kids need an interpreter

Sometimes children need an interpreter to talk with adults. Take the week the big kids went away, leaving the seven year-old behind. Her mom had an evening meeting, so at breakfast her dad whispered, “While mom is at her meeting, … Continue reading

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Reclusive Ora and WW2

World War II loomed over the farmer’s nearly grown sons as the family of six sat down to eat their evening meal. As he picked up his fork, George Waight asked his wife, Ora, “Did you see any planes today?”  … Continue reading

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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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