Common Courtesy Matters

Common Courtesy Matters

This post is not intended to be a rant.  Rather, the intention is to remind everyone of how not having common courtesy can cause ill will that can have serious repercussions. Our upstairs shower is in the process of being re-tiled (the joys of living in an old house).  It is a project that should [Continue Reading]

Independence Day

Independence Day Jennifer Cook Short Short Story

“That’s it,” Rose stared at the mirror. “I’m done being the perfect daughter, sister, friend, ex-girlfriend.” She plopped down on her bed. “It gets me nowhere. I mean seriously…who gives a hug to the man breaking up with her?” She thought back to six weeks earlier, Robert trying to let her down easy. She wouldn’t [Continue Reading]

Red, White, and Blue Memories

Red White and Blue Memories Jan Cooper Short Story

It was the sweater. Red, white and blue, mimicking the American flag. I could practically hear John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”. Snickers of laughter circulated our table. Garish clothes hardly fit in with our country club set. Harsh commentary flew back and forth about the woman wearing it. She was from Cuba or [Continue Reading]

Home is Where the Heart Is

Home Is Where the Heart Is

As you know, I’ve spent the last few weeks doing some major recalibrating of my life.  When you work in an environment where work-life balance means “only” working 10 hours a day, six days a week, it is easy to fall into the same trap.  But while I feel like I am making a difference [Continue Reading]

Pre-1962 American Picnic {Found Photographs}

Pre-1962 American Picnics Found Photographs

  In Season 2 of Mad Men, the Drapers spend a relaxing afternoon having a picnic.  They then manage to shock our modern sensibilities with their clean-up methods (or lack thereof).  But that is television.  What were picnics really like in the 1950s and early 1960s.  Thanks to this collection of “found photographs” (you know, [Continue Reading]