Author Archives: betteann

About betteann

Writer, teacher, cook

Advice: Irresistable To Give, Impossible To Take

  One day a while ago I was on the phone with a good friend.  She had just finished catching me up on all the things that were going wrong in her life. And you know what I said?  I … Continue reading

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WHEN TO DISCARD YOUR ALLIGATOR SNOUT

I open the freezer and half a dozen things tumble out.  Among them is a large package, well-wrapped, like a sarcophagus actually, in layers of waxpaper, plastic, tin foil, tape.  I’m impressed by the wrapping.  But I cannot remember what … Continue reading

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City Mouse in the Country

  Is hogweed a giant kind of Queen Anne’s Lace? One is poison, the other pretty but they look exactly the same. Do you blow a whistle when you see a bear?  Or do you sing? There are two schools … Continue reading

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A Coach By Any Other Name

  Do you remember when the word “coach” meant someone who directed a football team? Now, there are coaches for just about everything under the sun. It amazes me how a change of language has revitalized the old concept of … Continue reading

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Mentors for Hard Times

  I knew a woman who had had cancer many years ago, and then, many years later, it came back, just when she was starting a new life in a new marriage.  Her reaction was singular and dramatically un-dramatic: she … Continue reading

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A Late Loss of Innocence

I grew up in New York City — school, work, marriage, kids.  Then I moved upstate, and going into the city got to be a big deal, something planned, and if the weather was bad I didn’t go.  Coming and going … Continue reading

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SURPLUS PLUS

SURPLUS, or HERE I GO AGAIN It’s happened before.  I go blueberry picking and get carried away, and come home with nine pounds of blueberries. I hear the siren song of overripe tomatoes in the market and I come home with … Continue reading

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