Author Archives: betteann

About betteann

Writer, teacher, cook

BE BRIEF, NO TIME NOW, TTYL

Brevity is a positive virtue.  Shakespeare called it “the soul of wit.”  (Even though he put it in the mouth of that blowhard Polonius.) But in general, we all agree it is a good thing.  And abbreviations often help us to … Continue reading

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THE SWAP: STORY OF A FRIENDSHIP

I am one of those people who has a story for everything.  You like the sweater I am wearing?  Well, there’s a story behind it. Really. The story begins more than fifty years ago, at Hunter College, when two girls—P … Continue reading

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TO DO OR NOT TO DO…YOURSELF

Some do-it-yourselfers are born; I married into it.  My parents, like many of their generation, took pride in buying what their parents and grandparents had had to make.  A garment bought in a store seemed to say something not only about … Continue reading

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MY BUCKET LIST AND “CHUCK IT” LIST

  I’ve been thinking about George H.W. Bush and how he skydived (skydove?) at the age of 92.  Which brought the phrase “bucket list” to mind.  According to the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it comes from “kick the bucket,” the slang … Continue reading

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A Few Words On Words

  I’ve been reading the dictionary again. And I’m here to tell you:  the English language is exciting and complex, and very fluid.  Words come and go, new ones get invented, old ones flow down some universal drain and are heard … Continue reading

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LIFE AS IT IS NOW

To update an old riddle about chickens and roads: Why does the lady cross the river? In my case, the answer is “To find a shoe repair shop.” It began with a pair of boots, and the only repair shop … Continue reading

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Studying Studies

I heard on the news recently that someone did a study which produced the following fact:  Talking baby talk to Alzheimer’s patients is offensive and might even be harmful.  Raise your hand if this surprises you. Me, neither.  So this study … Continue reading

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