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The South is full of surprises, part 1

Growing up in New England, the South was the bad guy. Those bad, bad slaveholders, which they were, who pilfered the lives of other human beings. I never thought about my historic New England neighbors who made the masts and … Continue reading

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My Amigas

Sometimes if I can’t fall asleep I count all my women friends, strong, independent, smart, funny friends, some of whom I’ve known for more than 40 years. One I’ve known since kindergarten. New amigas are precious too. I’ve enjoyed a … Continue reading

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Sitting in my car, listening to Barack Obama (*please read to the end.)

I had meant to go grocery shopping. As NPR came on the radio, I heard Barack Obama’s eloquent voice, and a realization struck me: This could be his last news conference as president. I started taking notes on my shopping … Continue reading

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Hatred Run Amuck in America

“Do you know how lucky you are to have been born on this patch of land we call America,”  I often asked my high school students 20 years ago. Many of them looked at me shell-shocked. It’s just the way … Continue reading

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‘Ladies and Gentlemen and Dear Children…’

Little did I know that an airline announcement would have such an impact on me. I took eight flights on Turkish Airlines during “Sheila’s Excellent Adventure” last month. Each time the pilot began a mundane English announcement with “Ladies and … Continue reading

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The past is never past

“Great minds think alike,” the woman said to me. With iPhones held high, we were both walking toward the desert century plant in the parking lot. About to hop in my car after Pilates class, the tall stalk of the … Continue reading

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Kisses to the world, ‘Optum’ to Turkey

“Oy Vey’Izmir” (a type of desert kvetch), says Jordan, when I ask what part of Turkey Buket’s from. I wish I had snapped a photo of these two young folks sitting next to us this morning at our Frank’s breakfast. … Continue reading

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