Not in My Neighborhood???

"I can't believe this is happening in America."  "This isn't who we are!"  "We are better than this....."  All of these statements are understandable, given the anxiety and fear that has gripped the nation, and much of the world, in the past few months.  The Covid-19 pandemic, colliding with increasing support by many in positions…

Shadow Woman

  These fields were fertile long ago When I could labor hours ten. Now they trip me, walking slow, For no more harvests I will know. Where was this Shadow Woman then? Was she in the dew-wet dawn? Waiting there and knowing how When days had passed and years had gone My visage would become…

Inheritance

Today is my mother's birthday.  Although she died almost 16 years ago, the day feels  significant and in need of some kind of acknowledgement.  If she were still alive, I would bake a cake, set up a small party and find some small gift to give her.  She would smile, particularly if her grandchildren, nieces…

What Do Your Eyes Behold?

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."  That may be true, and there is certainly no one definition of beauty.  But the perception of beauty varies widely depending on the individual beholder, and the eye of the beholder is influenced by the prevailing social ideas about beauty, often with negative consequences for those whose…

Living Until the Curtain Falls

Newly retired and eager to prove that my life was still going to be useful and exciting, several years ago I set up my blog and named it "The Golden Years Revisited." From the name it was obvious to me that I believed most of the myths about retirement and growing older.  In a youth-obsessed…