How Grateful are YOU?

How Grateful are YOU?

Gratitude and getting along with family are foremost in my plans this week. Family and Thanksgiving, because that is what is on everyone’s mind these days. So many perspectives about the present crisis. People who are afraid seem to outnumber those who are not....
Peek Inside My Closet.

Peek Inside My Closet.

Do you ever stand in front of the clothes in your closet saying “I don’t have a thing to wear” while looking through hangers full of clothes. I spent many hours this way. It is frustrating and at the same time it is obvious that there are a lot of clothes in that...
Balloons in the Morning.

Balloons in the Morning.

Gorgeous morning. It began with three balloons. The sound of their burners crept into my consciousness as I let the dogs out the living room doors. They soon appeared in the distance, three colorful but unique designs rose slowly from the tree line to the east. There...
Stop the Madness!

Stop the Madness!

Many years ago, I went to Potomac School in McLean Virginia. It was and is a fine private school. I left after 2nd grade and later I sent my three young children there. We soon moved out to The Plains VA and left the DC area. My interactions with Potomac have been...
The Closet

The Closet

Like looking at a rainbow, the full spectrum of colors meets the eye as the door opens. Everything is arranged by color and type. All of the nightgowns and robes are hung on one end of the very long closet rod on one side of the walk-in closet. They are nearly all in...

The Veil

It is more than 100 years old. My daughter cut off the greater part of it for her daughter’s wedding. That part that covers the bride’s head has a pattern of seed pearls sewn into it. The border all around the body, which is of silk netting, is a...

Computers are Miraculous

My computer is my friend. It keeps me in contact with my real friends, introduces me to new ones and keeps track of my life. It has taught me to type. It changed my life in 1000 ways. I am truly grateful to the computer for being so all-encompassing. And I wish it had...

Dinosaurs

On Monday three of us went out to lunch at the very posh bar “Off the Record” in the basement of the Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington DC. We had a lovely meal and enjoyed the ambiance which was familiar to us (read: old fashioned). Its walls are dark red with...

Lessons Learned

“When you finally learn that a person’s behavior has more to do with their internal struggle than it ever did with you? you learn grace.” That is a critical point. We never know what troubles others are dealing with alone. And therefore we cannot...
The KitFox and Lots of Trouble.

The KitFox and Lots of Trouble.

One of the worst fights I ever had with my sister happened in a car in Scottsdale, Arizona. We were together with our mother at the Elizabeth Arden Spa called Maine Chance. Mother brought us both out there along with her as a family. Usually, only my sister Dede went...

An Attitude of Gratitude

All that matters is that your loved ones are healthy, that you have done your best, and that you are grateful for all you have. A large number of my grandchildren, me and my ex-husband and his present wife. All this I am grateful for and more… Sifting through my...

A Day in the Life of B Matheson

When the alarm went off this morning, my body jerked awake, startled. My dreaming had been so deep and thrilling. Populated with so many characters, places, colors, and a babble of language and unfinished thoughts, and then?consciousness and reality arrived. Ouch. My...

Today is my Birthday

Aging brings clarity as the reflection in a mirror gives the impression of truth only backward. Age gives us a false sense of knowing. Wisdom understands this error in thought and considers it. Still 77 (Last few days) Yet the truth is what is needed. To sort out from...
A Year Best Forgot

A Year Best Forgot

My memoir about living with and caring for my mother is still not ready for publication. Unfortunately, this last year was not conducive to deadlines or serious revisions. It is hard to do that when you are living in the thick of what you are writing. I could see that...

My Mothers Funeral was Today

November 21st Thursday ( I wrote this last week but I needed to wait to post it until I was ready) Washington, DC, is crowded, and it is tough to get places on time. We had a service memorializing my Mother at Christ Church in Georgetown. It is a lovely church with...

Obituary for Ruth Buchanan

Dow Chemical Heiress and Noted Hostess  Ruth Elizabeth Hale Buchanan passed away peacefully at her Washington, DC home on Monday, November 18th at nearly 102 years of age.  She was born on February 22, 1918 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Dr. William J. and Helen...
Reinventing You!

Reinventing You!

It is simply never too late. Don’t let anyone, including that little voice in your head, tell you that you have missed your chance. What makes your heart beat faster? Seriously, think about this. Your body may be less flexible, but your mind is wiser. Your hair...

What are Children Being Taught?

It seems that the youth of today are being taught something completely different from what I learned when I went to elementary school. First of all, we learned that the USA is a wonderful country full of opportunity. That was just a given. Land of Opportunity was a...
An Evening with Mother

An Evening with Mother

Dressed for a Sunday evening out. When you have reached the age of 101, many things change. Once important things are discarded. People begin to fade away. They dress in beige, grey or black. Perhaps a navy blue jacket is worn to liven things up. These ladies have...
Guest Dog and more

Guest Dog and more

I have a visiting dog. Her name is Lulu. That is short for Lucretia Borgia. She is sweet and unassuming and loving. She was sad when her Dad left her here with me. But he (my son in law) had taken the precaution of getting her a new tag with my phone number and...

A Post Borrowed

Women Can?t Have It All This post Women Can?t Have It All was originally published on Intellectual Takeout by Annie Holmquist. Oct. 11 marks the International Day of the Girl. An initiative by the United Nations, the Day of the Girl aims ?to help galvanize worldwide...
If your phone dies?

If your phone dies?

On Thursday afternoon I was looking up tips for opening remarks on the Internet. I am speaking about Care for the Caregiver this week, and want to make my audience laugh. It is pretty gruesome subject, so laughter is helpful. I found some good information and decided...
The Dinner Roll

The Dinner Roll

Dinner at the White House – a parable I borrowed this because I believe it is so important to remember. This was written about President Obama. It seems especially pertentent now.Bonnie B. Matheson by Richard Gleaves Once upon a time, I was invited to the White...
9/11/2001  You Are Not a Victim

9/11/2001 You Are Not a Victim

On that horrible day 9,11, 2001, so many people were killed (nearly 3000) when the World Trade Center’s came down, some people despaired for the future. The Pentagon was attacked, and that plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field. A shocking and life-changing...

Family

If he were alive, my father would be 105. He would be so proud of his family. His fondest dreams have been realized. And I have the photo to prove it. There were a lot of photos taken last weekend. I had the privilege of seeing most of my family all staying under the...

Is Society Unfair?

A friend of mine recently said that society was not fair and asked me if I felt that kids from inner cities had as good a chance as those from families who sent their children to private schools. My answer to him follows. You say that society has been unfair?...

Heat Wave

Now that I am sitting in a mildly air-conditioned room, my thoughts are clear once more. But last Sunday I was staying at a cottage in the country near The Plains, VA. When it was time to leave I could only find one of my dogs. One was missing. My brain nearly fried,...

Oh Dear! A Deer!

The other day my dogs went hunting. They chased an adolescent deer all over 2 and a half acres of our yard. They cornered it over and over. Each time it fled, sometimes jumping over them. I took photos and movies I wonder if I can add a video on this post? (NOT) That...

Wanna Feel Nostalic?

Stolen, borrowed, (originally) December 19, 2013 Reblogged this on Ritaroberts’s Blog 1950?s Version Of An?Email I have no idea who put this together, but it is wonderful! Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot, Before the days of Dylan , or the dawn...

My house ‘Barrsden’

I was so happy there. Now it seems like a dream. Recently I wrote to a friend, “Someday I will write about that place.” So why not do it right now? It was such a good life lesson. My years there were terrific. I loved every day in that place, it was...

Take Responsibility for yourself.

The disconnect between what people believe to be true about the need for morality today as opposed to what was taught 3/4 of a century ago, is dramatic. Morality is for suckers. Feelings trump facts. No one should be allowed to have hurt feelings. And there need to be...

Memoir Writing

Once again I attended a writers workshop intended to help us write a memoir. It was a marvelous getaway in Brookneal Virginia, well below Charlottesville by nearly 2 hours. Staunton Hill is lovely. The sense of tranquility and rapturous peace surrounds the guests...

Waiting on hold…

My web service provider is Web.com. It used to be Network Solutions which was a wonderful, responsive company. They answered the phone with live people. They listened and their prices were reasonable. I was happy with Network Solutions. I bought my very first Domaine...

Hypocrisy

Good words. Sadly this country seems to have lost it’s mind. We are prisoners of our own ridiculous new rules. People seem to have forgotten common sense completely. Herd mentality and venal accusations against anyone on the other side of an argument fills the...

A trip to Mount Vernon

My cousins were visiting Washington DC, from Michigan along with their 5 children. They invited me to go with them out to see Mount Vernon. These days when you say you are going there, it is necessary to say “George Washingtons’ Mount Vernon”. That...

Procrastination

I have let the whole week slip by without getting up a blog post. How did that happen? People say “Thank God it is Friday”, but I dread it because Friday comes and there is still so much to do. Perhaps that is because I am an entrepreneur at heart. I like...

Respect

Charlton Heston was right. There are so few celebrities left whom I respect. Years ago, there were so many. Perhaps that is part of getting older. Those heroes we once held in awe have grown old and died, or developed ?feet of clay.?  Today, many of the movie...

Dinner at DeCarlos

We eat at DeCarlos all the time. It is a wonderful restaurant for local people. We love to go there because we feel completely comfortable. Low lighting and no steps to enter the place make it easy for anyone using a walker or a wheelchair.? The parking is easy, too.?...

White House Christmas Party

What a Hoot!!! I was invited to the White House for their first 2018 Christmas Party. This was so much fun!!! Maybe the MOST fun ever, at this esteemed residence. The size of the place is deceiving. You don?t realize how big it is until you approach the doors of the...

Vacation

I am on what is supposed to be a vacation with my mother, at her summer house in R. I. She is? happy as a clam. (Is that too much of a cliche for this post?) She spends her days napping and eating breakfast in the late morning. She eats 2 fruits and a piece of toast...

Caring for an Aging Parent

If you find yourself caring for an aging parent, please try to find support in a group of people who have similar problems and who need help as much as you do. You will find strength in each other. You may learn from others in the group about what to expect next. And...
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