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The Great Throwing Away or, The Great Unearthing: Toy

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.” ~ A. A. Milne Some of my surprising discoveries during the Great Throwing Away didn't surprise me, because I knew they were there, waiting to be unearthed. One of those takes me back to the summer I was eight, when … Continue reading The Great Throwing Away or, The Great Unearthing: Toy

The Maven

One more time. ***** Why? Because--A friend, calling to confirm David and I would meet her and her husband the next day for the Edgar Allan Poe exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center, reported her house was being leveled for the second time in three years: "There are thirteen men under my house." I hooked … Continue reading The Maven

The Great Throwing-Away: Bob’s Grocery

I just packed the egg separator from Bob's Grocery in Fentress, Texas, ca. 1956. Why? Because it's from Bob's Grocery in Fentress, Texas, ca. 1956. Bob--really Rob Waller--was my father's first cousin. They grew up on neighboring farms on the Guadalupe County side of the San Marcos River. Nell, Rob's wife and partner in the … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Bob’s Grocery

Little Google Fiber or, Quick! Get Up and Put Some Clothes On!

Tomorrow we end our relationship with Google Fiber. At the end of two years of excellent connectivity, I repost the verse I wrote to celebrate the beginning. With apologies to James Whitcomb Riley             Little Google Fiber's come to our house today, To scramble through the attic and drag cables … Continue reading Little Google Fiber or, Quick! Get Up and Put Some Clothes On!

The Great Throwing-Away: Back When I Was Smart

One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries. ~A. A. Milne Last night, embroiled in the Great Throwing-Away, I made surprising discoveries. I found *The senior will, which I read at the junior-senior banquet (1969) *The judge's comments on ten pages of a novel I submitted to the … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Back When I Was Smart

Millennials Killed the Fleek

Today's Dictionary.com word Fleek - nice, smooth, sweet (2003); awesome, added in 2009; used in 2014 by everybody but me . Nobody says fleek now. Millennials killed it. Naughty millennials. Seems it can be used to describe Kim Kardashian's butt. My take on Kim Kardashian's butt: Years back, when she said she broke the Internet--well, … Continue reading Millennials Killed the Fleek

The Great Throwing-Away: Piano

My husband just made arrangements for the Salvation Army to pick up the piano because we're moving in two weeks and won't have room for it in our new place. It's not in the best of shape. It doesn't tune as high as it should because I let it get too hot and too cold … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Piano

The Great Throwing-Away: Quilts

Today's Great Throwing-Away was more of a Great Packing-Away, but I'm stopping for a brief post. Anything to take me away from the task at hand. Like my mother's cookbook and her high school diploma, three quilts will stay with me. The first is a baby blanket my mother's mother, Mary Veazey Barrow, made for … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Quilts

News Flash: Bullet Books Are Here!

  Bullet Books are speed reads for the busy traveler, commuter, and beach-goer. All are new original crime fiction stories that can be read in two to three hours. Gripping cinematic mysteries and thrillers by your favorite authors! Manning Wolfe, attorney and author of the Merit Bridges legal thrillers, this week introduced the first set … Continue reading News Flash: Bullet Books Are Here!

The Great Throwing-Away: Tomato Soup Cake

The Great Throwing-Away continues to unearth items I refuse to throw away. Today it's The Household Searchlight Recipe Book my mother acquired, according to the inside cover, in 1940. It's had a hard life. I referred to page 77 repeatedly during my Divinity Phase, when I was eleven. Every rainy weekend—and there were more of … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Tomato Soup Cake

The Great Throwing-Away: Martindale High School

The Great Throwing-Away continues. I opened a bin I thought contained photographs but found more paper than photos. Cards. Letters. Newspaper clippings. Little bits of life. And my mother's diploma from Martindale High School in Martindale, Texas, which she received May 31, 1935. It's signed by Chas. E. Lumpkin, Superintendent; Ruby C. Slaughter, Principal; and … Continue reading The Great Throwing-Away: Martindale High School