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About betteann

Writer, teacher, cook

SPEAKING OF SYMBOLS

I have been thinking about symbols lately.  What they mean, what they show, what they say.  We are seeing a lot of raised fists: black lives matter, once black power.  Did you know that in the eighties, the white supremacy … Continue reading

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PRACTICING MINDLESSNESS

Mindfulness: being deeply tuned in, to the moment, the universe, your feelings, your thoughts. It is a way to slow down, take stock, savor. The old button-phrase we use is “stop and smell the roses.” Sure, it’s nice to do that … Continue reading

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COOKING FOR ONE

I wrote a children’s story once about a greedy little girl who always said, “more” until the fairy godmother gave her (horrors!) exactly what she wanted: a pizza pie that could never be completely consumed.  And the little girl ate … Continue reading

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MASKS

It is pretty clear that along with social distancing, wearing a face mask is an important safety measure for now and the foreseeable future.  Yet some people won’t.  Don’t. I saw on the news the other day, a masked customer … Continue reading

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WHY I AM WATCHING HALLMARK MOVIES INSTEAD OF READING TOLSTOY

Because in Hallmark movies there are no surprises. Attractive young man and attractive young woman are fated to fall in love, except for one crucial difference between them, which they will not discover for 118 minutes. But I know they … Continue reading

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CAUTION EXHAUSTION

Face masks dipping below the nose. Face masks around the neck, leaving the face free. Friends walking together without social distancing. Groups partying in the park. Not washing off the sides of the box of Cheerios when it comes out … Continue reading

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SELF CHALLENGE

Describe it without mentioning the words “covid,” “pandemic,” “virus,” “quarantine.” Walking the dog this morning, the road seemed wider, the empty blacktop emptier than usual. The spring trees were an unclear shade of green, not as bright as I remembered. … Continue reading

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Places Like That: A Willowbrook Moment

The news, earlier this month, about how many nursing home residents were testing positive for Covid-19, many dying of it, came amidst media hype, outrage, and unwarranted surprise. I can’t get it out of my mind.  I have been thinking … Continue reading

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The New Normal, and the Old

I drive the nine miles from home to the smokehouse, deeply aware of the dog at home, and burdened by the rumor about how crowded I am going to find the store. The smokehouse is a small country structure on … Continue reading

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DONE AND UNDONE

One of the things I like about being older is the satisfaction of looking back and seeing all the things I have done. Children raised, friends made and kept, books written, chairs upholstered, floors tiled.  But then,  I am inevitably … Continue reading

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