Author Archives: betteann

About betteann

Writer, teacher, cook

BEING CENTRAL

One day last winter we woke up to snow.  “Ahh,” M said.  “It’s so good not to have to go in.”  And then he turned over and went back to sleep. This was the man who used to live out … Continue reading

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BOOKSTORE STORY

There is a website with pictures of beautiful bookstores, one in Portugal, one in Venice, Shakespeare and Company in Paris, and some others, and it got me thinking.  As a kid in the Bronx, I didn’t know about bookstores, I … Continue reading

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Once Upon A Time

I’ve taken a day off for Labor Day.  But I offer you this from my novel VINEGAR MOTHER, which inspired this blog. Everything happens in the mid-century kitchen.   The pressure cooker lid blows under too many pounds of pressure and … Continue reading

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STORY OF A DEER

A story is never just what happened.  It is the meaning that eventually adds up, is instigated by, influenced as a result of, or because of what happened.  And the event might turn out to be the least of it, … Continue reading

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DOG WHISTLES

  There is an accepted belief out there that we revere the older people in our society.  But as far as I can see, something else entirely is true, though a lot harder to discern.  While we’re all Oh, the … Continue reading

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ENTER WATERMELON

Ever have “one of those” days, weeks, months? Of course. We all have. Well, it’s been that kind of summer for me.  Early promise rained on, then rain, rain, rain, and summer racing past at an unreasonable pace.  Well, that’s … Continue reading

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THINKING OVER MEDITATION

  I have been trying to learn to meditate ever since I moved up here to Woodstock where meditation is a Thing. When I lived in Queens I was used to “thinking things over.” But  “thinking things over” is an … Continue reading

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