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About jottingjoan

retired former newspaper writer. Many children and grandchildren. One husband.

Sports Announcer

 I surprised at least one friend when I posted, “WPS a runaway game. NC needed the mercy rule. 21 runs for Arkansas to their 2.” “I never would have guessed you were a baseball fan,” wrote my former co-worker John. … Continue reading

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The giving spirit

The impulse to give sweeps over a child and they find a gift. For my two year old, venturing out that spring day, the cheerful daffodils burst forth with color right at his level. As I chatted with the neighbor … Continue reading

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Remembering Forrest

 An hour before meeting for lunch with my husband’s oldest brother Forrest he called. “I got Marie up but she is not responding.” “Sounds like you need a doctor,” I said. Forrest called. An ambulance took his wife Marie to … Continue reading

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Sunday School time

 A second grader wandered into Sunday School with fuzzy cloth kitten ears perched pertly on her head. She looked at the teacher and said, “Meeow.” The teacher looked up and waited for the child to sit down. Kitten sat, reached … Continue reading

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Every home needs one

           The rectangular wrapped box felt heavy in my hands. “Every home needs one of these,” my roommate said as she handed me a wedding gift. “Thank you,” I tore open the package to find a sturdy cardboard box picturing a … Continue reading

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Just like Mom

Mother’s Day generates many memories. For me they begin in the kitchen as I use metal measuring cups just like Mom’s to measure shortening and sugar into the medium-sized white, Tupperware bowl – just like Mom’s. I snap the beaters … Continue reading

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He climbs because it is there

Men climb Mount Everest because it is there. Kids climb everything else for the same reason, which explains the ladder my daughter found on the patio table by the carport and her son Eli perched upon the roof. She posted … Continue reading

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Sidewalk supervisor

My sidewalk supervisor put his stamp of approval on the new bridge at Calion. For years, every time he drove that way, he inspected the work and muttered suggestions. The project began years ago with widening the road. “They are … Continue reading

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Natural healing works, or does it?

  So many promises are made in books, magazines and weblogs advocating the fantastic results from using herbs, spices, minerals and oils. They sound so great until I turn to the index searching for specific, chronic problems. There the promises … Continue reading

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Monetary miseries

    “Why didn’t you stop me?” the woman asked the banker.     “I tried,” he reminded her of the questions asked when she withdrew $5,000 cash from her account. She had answered the questions confidently, packaged the cash and mailed … Continue reading

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