Author Archives: betteann

About betteann

Writer, teacher, cook

 SCAMMING THE SCAMMER: A TRUE STORY

It had been a tense morning.  My granddaughter (my only girl of four grands) away at college got sick and there was a brief feeling of crisis in the house until I heard that she was better. The ambient stress … Continue reading

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MY COMMERCIAL BREAK

One of the things I love about the dead of winter is a time, somewhere between the new year and spring when the wind or cold or snow is so bad that I have to stay in, and I become … Continue reading

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THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG

By the time most of us have reached our sixties or seventies,  we have lived several lives.   We may be retired from our first lives, launched into lives of travel, recreation, study or second careers.  We may have been homeowners … Continue reading

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MOUSE IN THE HOUSE, A STORY

I went looking for a CD in the cabinet where I keep them.  In the middle of the first drawer, I found the wooly insides of an oven mitt.  Now this may sound strange to you, but it was not, … Continue reading

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IS IT WEATHER OR THE APOCALYPSE?

When I was a girl, there might have been meteorologists at work somewhere, and even weathermen, but not in my house.  We didn’t have television yet, and the radio was for evening use, for listening to Jack Benny, or The … Continue reading

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Down or Upsizing

  We live in what is rapidly becoming a paperless world. Or so it is said. But a lot of us won’t give up our newspapers and print magazines. And even though we write letters online, and keep lists on line … Continue reading

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TRYING ON HATS AND OTHER THINGS

        I have always loved wearing hats.  I used to wear a cowboy hat that I imagined projected something like this: “Look here, pardner, I know I’m just playing because this is Queens and not the Wild West, but isn’t … Continue reading

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