Alarming

When you’ve had your smartphone for a while, you accumulate a lot of clutter.  You know the kind I mean: old texts, emails from people you hardly remember, screenshots, reminders and notes to yourself, bookmarks, saved articles and e-books.  Our phones have taken the place of photo albums, journals, messages scrawled on the back of…

The Realm of Words Gone By

When my eldest two kids, my girls, were teenagers, one of their favorite things to do was to go to the used book store.  The one downtown. It is nothing much to look at, on its face.  As you walk in, sometimes past a homeless person who is taking a break from the library nearby,…

Should-Be-Dones

When you are a homeschooling parent, and even more so, when you are a homeschooling parent with a special needs child, your life can be one endless list of things that should be done. At any given time: The house needs cleaning, sorting, or clutter-busting. The kids need clean clothes, meals, or exercise. Your spouse…

The Secret Garden

We are having a rare bout of cold weather in North Florida.  And when I say “cold”, I am not using the regional definition, that is, anything under 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  I am talking twenties and thirties here.  Snow was reported.  I had to scrape frost off my car.  Such things are not common around…

The Year

The year is almost over. The year is almost done. And I think of all I’ve failed at And I think of what I’ve won.   And if nothing is for certain, And if nothing has been gained, But I walk a little lighter And I feel a lesser pain;   And I visit less…

Golden

As I approach my golden year, My jewel in the crown, perhaps:   This emotions-partly-frozen year, This artificial, jointed year, This sedentary comforts year Shall fade into the past;   And I And I And I And I   Shall rule myself At last.   Copyright 2018 Andrea LeDew