Author Archives: jottingjoan

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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When you really need a friend

Three years after returning home, feeling confident and involved with the church men again, Ted realized keeping his condition a secret magnified the stigma. “My symptoms haven’t changed, but my attitude toward them has,” he said. It was time to … Continue reading

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No sugar for me

I shouldn’t have said it, but I did. I told my daughter. “I need to cut back on sugar, and I will … right after Easter.” I said it before I left to go supervise the St. Louis grandchildren and … Continue reading

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Misophonia – I don’t want to hear you

I finally figured out my problem. I have misophonia. Or as Wikipedia defines it, “a hatred of sound.” Certain sounds trigger negative emotions, thoughts and physical reactions. One universal instance it is that urge to do bodily harm at the … Continue reading

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