Author Archives: betteann

About betteann

Writer, teacher, cook

LIFE IN DEATH: A REFLECTION

When I heard about the shootings in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,  I cried. Time stood still (as it is said) and yet the morning became early afternoon, then evening, and I was still watching the reports, switching … Continue reading

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SUDDEN DEATH, SUDDEN LIFE, Take Two

There is always more than one version of a story, and whether it involves two people or has a cast of thousands, there will be that many ways to tell the tale. You put the foam on Jerry Seinfeld’s latte? … Continue reading

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A LOVE OF LISTS

          Are you a list maker?  I am.    Oh, god, how I love lists: the simple ones, like  Groceries, Things to do , and the more complicated ones, which bring on sub-lists and sub-sub-lists.  When I plan a … Continue reading

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SUBTEXTS

Face it.  Most of us like to think of ourselves as honest, even when we’re not.  The idea of being a “straight-shooter” and “straight talker” is what upstanding citizens and human beings do.  But the truth is, we all lie … Continue reading

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An Occupational Hazard

One of the things that makes me a writer is my curiosity about other people.  Or, to put it more plainly, I’m nosy.  The phrase, “What’s his story?” could be my motto.  The what-ifs of the world are always on … Continue reading

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From One Old Thing to Another

    Over the years I have collected more than a few beautiful things that  have been part of my life and my household: trays, serving dishes, decorative vases, small items of furnishing and so forth.   Lately, though, I … Continue reading

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Everything Old Is New Again

I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about the old-time, low-tech remedies for common ailments and complaints.  The little fixes everyone used to use.  Things like sipping flat Coke to settle a stomach ache, and hitting the side of a radio … Continue reading

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