Author Archives: betteann

About betteann

Writer, teacher, cook

COMPANY

My across-the-road neighbor and I both just bought new mattresses for our guest bedrooms. A garden variety coincidence, yes.  But it brought to mind the fact that spring in the northeast is the beginning of “guest season,” especially here in the … Continue reading

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IS THERE ANYTHING FUNNY ABOUT GETTING OLD? (part 2)

I have always been interested in the intersection between funny and sad.  I am always looking for something to laugh about at the funeral, so to speak, and probably one of those people other people say has a “dark” sense … Continue reading

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THE UNEXPECTED IS ALWAYS HAPPENING

Suddenness, the unexpected, the way life can change on a dime, has always been on my mind. You open the door on a sunny day and a runaway bus climbs your front steps and zap, you’re gone.  You are walking … Continue reading

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GIMME A BREAK!

You may know the word “gimme” from golf.  It means a stroke that is so obvious, it is a given, so the golfer doesn’t have to take it, like a putt where the ball is inches from the hole. It is … Continue reading

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toss this one over your left shoulder

√     I was walking with a friend and when we passed some construction, my friend started to walk under a ladder which was blocking the sidewalk.  I grabbed her arm and pulled her around it. “I didn’t know you … Continue reading

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perchance to dream

You don’t think about sleep until you can’t sleep. It becomes more important in inverse ratio to its lack, so the less you sleep, the more you think about it. You try to get to the bottom of it.  You … Continue reading

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I COME FROM A PLACE OF NO

Several years ago, I attended an informational meeting to fill me in on a committee I had been invited to join.  The attendees were intelligent, good humored people. They made me feel welcome. They said smart things.   I asked intelligent … Continue reading

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