Lessons Learned Through Technology

When it comes to technology, I’m the classic village idiot. About the only thing I know how to do is turn a gadget on, and even that doesn’t always work. When I was in the market for a new laptop, I decided to take my kid’s advice and purchase one they called “user-friendly.” Not only did this company offer classes for the challenged consumer, more importantly, my children would also be relieved of incessant questions from their mother.

I took a seat in a crowded […]

Unlock the Doors

“What is wrong with you?” a close girlfriend screamed, staring at me as if I’d broken the first cardinal rule of singledom.

“What’s the problem?” I answered, confused at this outburst.

Her arms firmly crossed over her chest; Kris defiantly hissed, “you’re all alone now. You have to start locking your doors!”

Lock my doors? I thought to myself. When was the last time I did that?

Ever since I lived alone in San Francisco in the mid-1970s, I’ve had issues with losing my keys. They’re in my […]

Unanswered Prayers

 “Now I lay me down to sleep. Bless mommy and daddy. Make my brothers stop pestering me, and God, please, please, please don’t let Elvis Presley marry anyone until I grow up!”

In 1960, at eight-years-old, my first true love was the “King” himself. This intense infatuation inspired my initial experiences in negotiating with the Almighty. “Dear God,” I’d pray. “I promise to be a good girl for the rest of my life if You grant me this one wish…” Even though those prayers fell […]

A Thanksgiving Tradition

My mother instilled family traditions in her children with an iron fist and demanded we follow, or else. One such practice required me to kiss my three brothers before bedtime. Traveling from oldest to youngest, I was to leave a peck on their cheek before I made my way to my bedroom. It was a ritual she thought cute and one I grew to abhor.

In the early years, it wasn’t too bad because I actually liked them, plus no one had developed cooties or […]

The Time of My Life

As I stood at the Chevron gas pump, I saw my sweet friend, Carol Simmermacher Smith, bounding up to me from the street. Out of breath, she shouted, “I just took a bike ride the other day with my husband and daughter!” As she beamed with excitement, all I could think was, What a horrible way to spend your day.

Riding a bike was never one of my favorite activities, and certainly never resulted in my finer moments. Sitting on those hard seats was excruciating, […]

The Old Man and His Girl

I felt my fists curl into a ball as I prepared to cold-cock my father’s caregiver across the face. “What do you mean he’s an old man?” I hissed.

She took my hand and smiled. “Jackie, your dad is 94. He is old.”

Stepping back, I re-evaluated the situation. He was incapable of caring for his basic daily needs. Debilitated by a stroke he had suffered 26 years before, he no longer had the use of his legs and left arm. The aging process had naturally […]