Author Archives: betteann

About betteann

Writer, teacher, cook

THREESCORE AND TEN

I had two conversations recently with two different people, about loved ones dying.  One has a relative in her nineties, who is experiencing the kind of breakdowns in health that are expected of a person in her nineties. So she … Continue reading

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INSIDE A CULTURAL CAGE

I am not an authority and I am not a pundit, but I am a voter and here’s what I am thinking: During the first Democratic debate Kamala Harris called out Joe Biden.  She was eloquent in personalizing what bussing … Continue reading

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DREAMS, HOPES, WISHES, GOALS

Dreams are both the most powerful and most passive of these. You could say they are the garbage disposal of the mind, grinding up the stuff we can’t or don’t want to think about when we are awake.  Dreams are … Continue reading

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FACING HER FACE:A Cautionary Tale

  We live in a culture that values youth and beauty above all and we don’t like people who don’t measure up, especially women.  We spend tons of money and time on trying to change or improve our looks, as … Continue reading

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DA CAPO:go back

The other night my friend, A, and I were watching the movie remake of the 1950’s Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “South Pacific.”   As young music students, we had the entire score memorized: lyrics, syncopated beats, all the little vocal quirks … Continue reading

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BLABBERMOUTH

I have been thinking about secrets lately.  How many I have kept and how many I have confided in my life, and why they were secrets in the first place. When the good news is not a sure thing yet … Continue reading

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

A lot of older people took their time deciding whether or not they were going to opt into The Computer.  At first, many of us refused to buy one, as if computer technology was the invasion of the body snatchers.  … Continue reading

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