Author Archives: betteann

About betteann

Writer, teacher, cook

THE ROUTE (ROUTINE) TO SANITY

  We’re living in a world we never knew before, a world of gloved hands and sanitizers.  We wrap cowboy bandanas across our noses and mouths. A new sign of love is how far we are willing to distance ourselves … Continue reading

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WHAT’S YOUR PASSWORD’S PASSWORD?

I’m having a moment.  A long, long moment.  About the sudden importance of passwords in my life, and how many there are, and how they are complicating my life. Now I know we all have more important things to think … Continue reading

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MY INNER OCD

This morning I woke up with the first lines of that song, “Who Let The Dogs Out?” racing around the track in my head.   And I knew what I meant.  Who let my inner OCD out?  Who released that little … Continue reading

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A TRAVEL (B)LOG by Me and My Granddaughter, Jillian Crocetta

Me:Hey, Jillian, that was some hasty retreat from your UK semester abroad.  You might call it your own personal Brexit! What was it like? Jillian:You have no idea. I was a week away from my spring break when it all went … Continue reading

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Screwy Thoughts and Habits of Mind

You know that feeling if something good happens, then bad will follow?  And, more to the point, the other feeling that if something bad has happened, you’re probably in the clear until it gets better? I’ve been thinking a lot … Continue reading

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Putting the Positive First

There are ways to do this.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far. The pandemic took my mind off becoming a widow, and resolving a tax fiasco took my mind off the pandemic which took my mind off becoming … Continue reading

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TOILET PAPER TALES

Someone I know reported a “toilet paper skirmish” in a local market.  He didn’t really need the extra rolls, but still somehow wanted to emerge victorious. I think I understand.  I went to my local market two days ago, not … Continue reading

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How Not To Miss A Thing

Sitting with my daughter-in-law the other day, aimlessly paging through a fashion magazine, I suddenly remembered what my friend, P, taught me many years ago about how to read Vogue.  She went through it like this:  Start on page one … Continue reading

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SPEAKING OF PERSPECTIVE…

My older sister, who died in 2014, lived in South Florida, land of the gated communities and retired old and older people, which shaped her point of view and gave her a certain perspective. We had just arrived for a … Continue reading

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THE LONG VIEW

One of the best things about being older is the wonderful long view you get, of everything. See that?  That’s an example of perspective.  What I could have said, what I might have thought is, when you get older you … Continue reading

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