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....
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...

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...
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...

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...
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