Author Archives: jottingjoan

Picker estate sale

Tucked back in the dusty attic beneath a trash bag lay a plastic Winchester toy rifle from the 1960s. Heat had melted a hole on its barrel and sealed the end of the barrel, but the gun still cocked and … Continue reading

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Come in from the cold, rest and have supper

The cold, wet rain sent the homeless who sleep outside over to a local church in search of a warm night in the gym with a mat and a blanket. This night the rich smell of baked chicken, black-eyed peas … Continue reading

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Whipping up a picnic

Mom could whip up a picnic in a blink of an eye. That’s what I thought before I grew old enough to help her whip up one of those picnics. With my dad’s yen for just hopping in the car … Continue reading

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I will always write back: penpals

Change happens when we look through a window into another person’s life. The authors of the auto-biography “I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives” tells the tale of teenagers discovering diverse worlds through their letters as … Continue reading

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Visiting the snowbirds

Each winter, Florida’s warmth beckons baseball teams and snowbirds. We went south to visit my snowbird brother and cousins. Approaching my brother’s RV park, I texted an explanation for our late arrival, “Hitting noonday traffic.” “They call it snowbird traffic … Continue reading

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GPS girl speaks

The flight of the Snowbirds called me to visit family in Florida. El Dorado falls far short of having a true winter, so I called it a vacation and packed suitcases and the GPS. Hubby prefers the assistance of the … Continue reading

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The man carrying a cross

Each day Steve Epp, 66, picks up the two beams forming a cross and walks down the road. He does not have time for retirement hobbies, sports or TV. Steve has a mission to tell others about God’s love. His … Continue reading

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Aunt Millie and The Diamond Ring

The will said “share and share alike.” “Does that include The Diamond Ring?” my parents, aunts and uncles asked. “What diamond ring?” my sister and I asked. My dad settled in to tell the story, “There was this gypsy ..” … Continue reading

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Phantosmia

I looked up from my book and sniffed. Something smelled medicinal. Turning to my husband working behind me in the kitchen, I asked, “Are you doing something with medicine?” “Crushing pills, measuring out drops of Nervestra to stop the sciatic … Continue reading

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Grumpy prayers

Sometimes, I simply cannot be a sympathetic listener. Sometimes, I have to bite my tongue to not laugh as happened decades ago when an acquaintance vehemently said “Those cousins better not try to get all her money away from us … Continue reading

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