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Where are they going? (11/18/16)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a reprint of a column that previously ran in the May 17, 2012 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. I have spent several days on the road again. Every early morning drive causes me to be a very careful driver. I try very hard not to hit any of the turtles/terrapins (I'm never sure which name is correct) which are constantly crossing the road. ...
It's easy to get all keyed-up these days (11/04/16)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a reprint of a column that previously ran in the Nevada Daily Mail. How old were you when you first carried a key to your home? I was reading recently about the present day "latch-key children." These are the ones who arrive home before any of the adults in the family are present, so they wear a key on a string around their neck so that they can open up the door to their own home...
A Tribute to a Personal Hero (10/21/16)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This column originally appeared in the September 19, 2002 edition of The Daily Mail. I have been blessed. For more than 75 years, I have had a hero who has never let me down. I could always look up to my hero for support, love and leadership. ...
There are many things that divide us (10/14/16)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This column originally appeared in the August 8, 2002 edition of The Daily Mail. I have mentioned recently how I enjoy making new friends. This week, I made another new friend. She had known who I was, but I didn't know her. When I met her, I realized she looked very familiar, but I really didn't know who she was...
Name Tags in Heaven? (10/07/16)
EDITOR'S NOTE: This column originally appeared in the July 5, 2012 edition of The Daily Mail. We have a new minister at the Nevada United Methodist Church. Lester and I know some of the things she must be feeling since we have been the new people in a church several times when Lester was the new minister on his first day. ...
Giving birth in the middle age plus years (09/30/16)
This column originally ran in the October 14, 1999 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. I have occasionally used this column to share the sad news about the loss of a friend or a loved one. Today, I would like to share the good news about a birth. You see, even in the middle age plus, I have given birth. The labor was quite long for a birth, but it was a pleasurable labor and the only pain, as in many births, was at the very end when the exact arrival was uncertain...
Nevada preacher's kid tells us the way it was (09/16/16)
This column originally ran in the July 23, 1999 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. In each Daily Mail we have the opportunity to learn about people and things from the past in Huell Warren's columns from 100, 75 and 50 years ago. But how many know that this 35-year veteran of the Associated Press began his newspaper career right here with the Nevada Daily Mail?...
Buy now! (09/02/16)
The following column originally appeared in the Oct. 4, 2013 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. I have not liked what I am hearing on the news these days so I have switched channels to other programs. That has given me a new problem. There are different commercials on these channels than the ones I had been watching. The problem isn't that I am tempted to buy more things. The problem is that I can't understand the commercials...
Here's your hat! (08/26/16)
Editor's Note: The following column originally ran in the July 19, 2012 edition of the Daily Mail. Last Sunday a gentleman came through the front doors of our church wearing a hat. He looked very spiffy and since it was an extremely hot day and he had a fair complexion, it was a good idea to be wearing a hat. ...
Giving thanks to my older relatives (08/19/16)
Editor's note: This column originally appeared in the Oct. 11, 2012, edition of the Nevada Daily Mail We have often said that our family make-up has provided good experiences for each family member. For example, I learned much about taking care of babies before I had my own little ones to care for. ...
The responsibilities of greatness (08/12/16)
Editor's Note: The following column originally ran in the Oct. 25, 2013, edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. The word great has many meanings. In the dictionary one definition is big or large. Another meaning implies more than usual. Other synonyms are: important, remarkable, famous, most important and favorite. And then there is the one meaning that applies to me. That meaning is, divided by a generation...
Games, game shows and re-runs (08/05/16)
Editor's Note: This column originally was published in the Jan. 12, 2013 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. Games are great to play with other people. They help you get to know each other. You have fun. You learn things about each other when you are having fun together and laughing...
Open here (07/29/16)
We all remember the saying, "He's so weak he couldn't punch his way out of a paper bag." I relive that saying each day except that the bags I am trying to get open are usually not paper, but plastic. In our zeal to keep everything sanitary and fresh we are buying prepackaged foods more and more. ...
Perks of being a caregiver (07/22/16)
Editors note: This column originally ran in the Nov. 22, 2013 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. Probably many of you readers at some time in your life have been a caregiver to a relative or a friend. Maybe it was even your profession. I know it is a never-ending job and having a little relief now and then can be a big help...
Lassie come home, please (07/15/16)
The following column originally appeared in the Oct. 18, 2013 edition of the Nevada Daily Mail. After having a 9-year old in our home for a week I find myself really longing for the old-style movies for children. Every TV show, every borrowed film, tape and many of the advertisements on TV had cartoon-like characters that were either grotesque, frightening or unattractive portrayals of humans. ...
Who decides (07/08/16)
Editor's Note: This column originally ran in the Dec. 27, 2013, edition of the Daily Mail. The more pluses I put on my middle age plus, the more I am aware of how many times, some little incident has changed my life. And then I try to remember why I chose to be where the incident happened, or wonder why any of the other people involved happened to be there. Somebody had to have made a decision...
Hello Darlin' (07/01/16)
Editor's Note: This column originally ran in the Jan. 21, 2010, edition of the Daily Mail. If this column sounds familiar to you, it might be because I have written similar ones before. I couldn't find one that I wrote for the paper, but I know I have included these thoughts in many e-mails and conversations I have had in the past few years...
Things have a way of piling up (06/24/16)
Editors Note: This column originally ran in the Dec. 2, 2010 edition of the Daily Mail. Have you ever planned a perfect day where you had no commitments? You were delighted to know that you could just do whatever you wanted, read a book, watch a DVD, take a nap or even clean out the refrigerator. Somehow those days don't materialize for me very often...
Spring song (06/17/16)
Editor's note: This column originally ran in the April 29, 2010 edition of the Daily Mail. The nice thing about traveling in the spring is that you can see spring arrive several different times. Even though I only drove just across our own state, I noticed daffodils blooming in one part of the state, while none were showing in another section. The same was true for forsythia blooms. But the biggest joy was driving in the Ozarks and seeing the dogwood and red bud in bloom at the same time...
Visits to the past (06/10/16)
Editor's Note: This column originally ran in the Feb. 25, 2010, edition of the Daily Mail. I was recovering from a bad cold for several days last week. I didn't have too many responsibilities and the weather wasn't inviting to be outside, so I decided to really take good care of myself and stay inside and rest. I was disappointed that I didn't have any good books to read as I had neglected to pick up some from the library, so I turned to the TV for entertainment...
Organization and me (06/03/16)
Editor's Note: This column was originally published in the May 5, 2011 edition of the Daily Mail. Some family members have told me that I am a joiner. I have joined many organizations throughout the years. I have enjoyed most of them, but some were things I supported but didn't really enjoy attending the meetings. ...
When do you get all stressed out? (05/27/16)
Editor's Note: This column was originally published in the Nov.4, 1999 edition of the Daily Mail. I recently attended a meeting where Dr. Terry Loney talked to the group about stress and how to deal with it. A little questionnaire was distributed which gave symptoms you might show if you are dealing with stress. Scores of seven or below showed you either had very little stress in your life or you were handling it well...
Having fun is contagious (05/20/16)
Editors note: this column originally ran in the Dec. 9, 1999 edition of the Daily Mail. I recently spent parts of two days at a book signing in Branson. I have been in Branson hundreds of times because my mother-in-law and others of the Thornton family have lived in Branson for yams. ...
Over easy or well done (05/13/16)
Editor's note: This column was originally published in 1999. I ate a couple of eggs yesterday without feeling that I was risking my good health. A recent article in the paper said that the harm from cholesterol in eggs had been exaggerated. It went on to say that eggs had some very important health benefits...
Middle Age Plus Minus (05/06/16)
It is with regret I inform my readers this will be my last Middle Age Plus column. Due to my health limitations, I am no longer able to maintain the level I have tried to maintain in my writing. Coordination of eyes, fingers and thoughts has become more difficult...
The advantages of getting old (04/29/16)
Ever since I was a small child when we lived on what was then Route 1, Nevada, I had a nice pleasant walk up to the mailbox. From The Wayside it was 1/4 mile. From "By the Wayside" it was probably a few hundred yards. Now at Bronze Pond it is 1/8 of a mile. Later I explain that it is not always a pleasant walk. Sometimes it gets quite windy. Sometimes the temperature is over 100 degrees, and sometimes we just plain get tired...
Have you noticed the newly restored sign on East Walnut? (04/22/16)
The sign which proclaims that this is the Neighbors, the Center for Adult Day Care, has replaced the formerly attractive sign placed there when the Moss Trust, as part of their plans to make this attractive, practical building a place for adults to enjoy, had shown some signs from the daily coming and going of participants volunteers, employees and caregivers who spend each day with those friends who need a cheerful, care-given spot to spent their days while their main caregivers are busy at work or other activities.. ...
This is a taxing time for everyone (04/16/16)
Everything is always kept in complete order in our home. It is especially true in my office, I have a special file for each topic. For example, there is a file for my Middle Age Plus columns, as well as one for each article. Since each article has a different topic, that makes a lot of files...
To be read or said at Jenny's service (04/08/16)
Forty years ago last Christmas we visited Michael and his girlfriend on our way to our Christmas gathering at The Wayside. Michael couldn't join us because of an ailment. We opened presents there and Jenny, who I hardly knew at the time, gave me a beautiful large plate of the painting, "The Touch of God's Hand."...
Large families increase opportunities as well as sorrows (04/01/16)
You have often read my reports on how I, as the youngest of eight children, felt blessed by the nurture that was shared with me and each other. It will remain a blessing forever for me. But I have also shared that one of the sorrows of being the youngest of eight children is that I have felt the loss, one-by-one, of each of my siblings and continue to feel those losses day-by-day, even back to the early memories of our times together...
Wheels make the world go round -- sometimes (03/25/16)
I am sitting at my computer where I can look in three directions outside. Usually in one of those directions there will eventually be something going by on wheels. Today I saw the dust of the school bus, but didn't actually see the bus. For heaven's sake it was 7 a.m. ...
When everything is Irish (03/18/16)
The grass is getting greener, the wheat is wonderful. Flowers are beginning and somehow we get the idea that yesterday was that cherished day, March 17, St. Patrick's Day. I had always been proud of the fact that both Lester's and my families were Irish (with a little Scotch thrown in there also). ...
A love story that began during World War II (03/11/16)
Pat and Wes Haggans have been the perfect examples of a dedicated couple. Lester and I have been privileged to be their friends since we first met at the Centenary Methodist Church when our children were little. However, our histories really go back beyond that time in that we were all on the campus of the University of Missouri during the years when there were many more girls than boys on campus, but the Army had sent soldiers onto the campus to be trained. ...
Hometown conveniences for us (03/04/16)
Small towns are wonderful. I am reading a series about a small town in Virginia that reminds me of Nevada, except that we don't seem to have a murder every chapter. Or maybe we do? We just don't spend much time at the post office talking about it or letting our cats, dogs, mice and possums help us spy on the villains...
How long ago is 'long ago?' (02/26/16)
When Lester and I returned "home" in 1988, I had come from a background in social work and in writing columns. My first column was in 1962 called "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" which was a newcomer's humorous look at her little town, Archie. Next came my column written for C.A. ...
'Let's Make a Deal' (02/12/16)
I was watching the polls about the New Hampshire primaries and somehow in my make shift desk arrangement I hit the remote button. Maybe I just dozed off a bit, or had just tuned out mentally what was going on, when I realized that I was no longer watching the news channel, but the TV had been turned somehow to the Game Show Network...
Election judges have important positions (02/05/16)
Many of you probably spent a good deal of the time Tuesday watching what was going on Iowa. Even though it was the state that my Welch ancestors settled in years ago, I had no really important reason to watch their returns except that the media has been telling us for weeks how important this caucus will be. ...
A scientific study of the aging process (01/29/16)
My oldest sister, Miriam, taught me many things during my life. Even though she has been gone for 30 some years, she is still teaching me. There was nearly 20 years difference in our ages, but I was her closest neighbor, and nearest relative during her last years. I was impressed by her interest in what was happening to her body. It wasn't so much vanity as it was scientific...
Thoughts after watching an old movie (01/22/16)
When I was a child there were very few Saturday afternoons that I didn't go to the old Star Theater to watch a movie. I very seldom went to the Arbo, but sometimes also went there. With the money left over from the ticket and the snack I shared in the theater I tried to have enough to go buy an ice cream cone across the street. ...
Comparing last days -- then and now (01/15/16)
Obviously, since I am over 90 and have several medial problems to deal with, I know that I am in my last few years of existence. Maybe 10, maybe less. However, if you believe everything the computer tells you I will live to Oct. 13, 2025. Whatever is the true figure I do know that I am spending some precious last years...
How important is it anyway? (12/23/15)
These months some things can seem very important to you. The weather is getting colder. Are we ready for the cold weather? Taxes will be due before long. Do we have enough for that? I don't have something new to wear to a party? What will others wear? But right now, primary in everyone's mind is Christmas. Are you ready for Christmas is almost sung in the Christmas songs?...
Follow the ball (12/18/15)
I have been slightly home bound lately. I can go somewhere if someone else drives me and will walk with me, but unless it is for medical reasons I hate to ask anyone. That doesn't matter usually because I am so busy with my newspaper work, Facebook, reading, playing Scrabble and maybe just a bit of housework, that I don't have much time for going places. But recently, I think it was a Sunday, I don't always know, I decided to watch television for a while...
When you want the news, raise some guineas, grow some gourds (12/11/15)
One of my favorite poets, Mary Elizabeth Mahnkey, a former newspaper columnist for a Springfield, Mo., newspaper, wrote little common sense poems about women's lives in the Ozarks. One of her poems dedicated to a discontented wife gave the remedy for her unhappiness this way, "raise some guineas, grow some gourds."...
Christmas gifts can be meaningful (12/04/15)
For the first time in several years I am getting excited about Christmas shopping. I think it will be a good experience for me and I hope it will be also for those who will receive our gifts. We cannot spend very much money this year because the medicines we are both taking now are so expensive and we've had some unexpected medical costs not covered by Uncle Sam or our insurance. ...
What grandma used to tell us (11/27/15)
This week many of us will be gathering together to not only ask the Lord's Blessings. We will be gathering together to exchange stories about our grandparents. If we're lucky enough to have our grandparents at the meal with us, then we will encourage them to share memories with us about their Thanksgivings (with the Indians??) and store up those stories for times when they will not be present...
All I want for Christmas... (11/21/15)
As I have become older I realize that I am no longer as vain as I used to be. I can ignore a sore spot on my face without half of the worry the teen aged Carolyn used to have over the tiniest pimple. (Of course we used to call them Hickies until my kids laughed me out of the house!) As long as the doctor says it isn't one of the dangerous types, I can let it continue and shine on wherever it takes a notion. ...
Please share a moving experience with me (11/13/15)
Even though I consider The Wayside and its environs my lifetime home, I have moved many times in my life. I could give you the house plans of everyplace we lived (especially the ones that only had three rooms) That doesn't sound interesting to my readers, but maybe you would be interested in hearing about my recent move. You didn't know that I had moved?...
Historical year for family, organizations and nation (11/06/15)
1915 will probably not get into the history books as a historic year. Of course every year is a historic year for some people if there has been a birth, death, anniversary or big achievement of some type. But 1915 has been an historic year for me. Two anniversaries of 100 years each were meaningful to me because of my parents. ...
Wonderful medicines that cure our ailments (10/30/15)
Not many years ago I could tell the nurse who was preparing me for the doctor to come in that I didn't bring a list of all my meds because I wasn't taking any. She would be surprised and instantly tell the doctor that I was one of the rare ones who at my age didn't take any medicines. That has changed along with a lot of other things about me. But I am still grateful for all the great things that our doctors have been able to prescribe for us that kept us going, a bit slower, but going...
Unexpected pleasures abound (10/16/15)
Sometimes in my life I have looked forward to some event so much that I was disappointed when it finally happened and it wasn't as fantastic as I thought it would be. It might have been great, but I had imagined it to be even greater. I am trying to think of an example of this that I can tell without hurting someone's feelings. One example I remember had me hurting my sister's feelings...
I helped with the war effort (10/09/15)
During the school Christmas vacation in 1942 I was one of the 20 or so students chosen from the Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., to go across town to the Navy Department to do some paper work for the Navy. We were to be paid $40 for those two weeks of work...
Things you notice when you get old (10/02/15)
There are many articles and books on aging. In fact I added to that supply myself, but I wasn't really OLD when I wrote those articles that became books. No, remember I was just middle age plus. But now, at 90 I guess you would have to say that I am old. Using a cane helps that image, but I just use it to please my family. They think I need to have it in case I start to fall. The first time I used it I did need to have something to stop my fall. I had tripped over the cane...
September started off the fall season with a bang (09/25/15)
In the East schools formerly didn't start until the middle of September, so the month always meant big changes for me. We went back to D.C. for the school year. We settled back in our former home. The weather usually changed enough that I had to get out fall clothing, at least for the first day of school...
Getting ready for the basement sale or How to put things off 'till next year (09/11/15)
Our church, the Nevada United Methodist Church, is having a Basement Sale today and tomorrow. We do this twice a year, to benefit different projects. The one going on today will be for Habitat for Humanity right here in Nevada. Since I worked for Habitat for Humanity for several years when I was only in my 80s, I wanted to really support this sale...
The telephone call is for you (09/04/15)
I have received several emails from friends from former churches where Lester served. That is great. But most of them are for several other people as well as for me, so it isn't quite as special as it could be. But I wouldn't want to miss them for the world...
Church by the Bronze Pond and Tennessee Ernie Ford (08/28/15)
Since I have a few ailments these days I sometimes don't get to church regularly. But recently I went to church right here in my own home. In fact I was lying in bed with my feet elevated. I was feeling very comfy and as it was getting dark I watched out the window for a while to see the different colors hit the pond through the trees. Then I decided to see what was on TV that evening...
Home -- enjoying 'The Sounds of Silence' (08/21/15)
Last weekend we enjoyed a visit from our great-granddaughter Marilyn and her family. Avery, her daughter, is almost three now and a very happy little girl who likes to play games and visit with the "old folks." Dennis and Lester usually have something to discuss that they liked or didn't like about something on TV. And of course Sponge Bob was constantly entertaining us from that TV while we tried to talk...
It can't be August already (08/07/15)
Do you remember the old movies, like the ones where Jeannette McDonald sang into the face of Nelson Eddy? These movies tried to let the audience know that time had passed by changing the blossoms on the apple tree into the apples themselves. If that did not tell how much time had passed in the plot, perhaps the apple tree would be covered with snow in another shot and possibly back to blossoms again, if Nelson Eddy had gone to war...
I'm just driven to write this (07/24/15)
When I was 11 years old my sister Ellen taught me to drive. She wasn't at the legal age to drive but had been driving quite a while, even in Nevada. At that time the cars had clutches, which you had to learn to use in connection with the accelerator to keep from lurching down the road. ...
Things we learn with smart phones (07/17/15)
If you have been avoiding getting a smart phone because you were afraid you couldn't learn to use it, I can tell you from firsthand experience not to be afraid. From my experience let me list the things I learned that you need. A magnifying glass so that you can read all of the many pages of instructions in the manual...
What comes after the Fourth? (07/10/15)
When I wrote the headline for this article, I was remembering the children's puzzle, which I heard again this past weekend. "Why is six afraid to get bigger?" Because 789. If you don't get it, ask someone who has been a child once. But my thoughts were really with all the activities of the past week and how busy I was in spite of them telling me to go sit down. ...
The Firecracker Lady of Buffalo (07/01/15)
When July Fourth is nearing, most children watch the weather reports daily. They do not want it to rain the night of July 4th. I used to spend hours reading about ways to prevent a light rain, or any rain for that matter. But I also didn't mind if there was some rain on the days leading up to the Fourth. ...
Seniors enjoy musical concerts together (06/26/15)
Almost every group that I spend time with has become mainly senior citizens. Of course the faithful members from years past have been getting years older. But it seems that the new members we attract are not the young people anymore. However, we will keep these organizations alive and well for them when they become seniors, because then they will enjoy the same musical programs we hear now at every meeting...
Something doesn't smell right (06/19/15)
During the next two years of political speeches and candidates' pledges and arguments with their party and with the other party, more than once someone will say, "Something doesn't smell right." I would more likely say that something doesn't sound right, I don't like to smell something that doesn't smell right...
Thanksgiving in June (06/12/15)
Some people have said that Thanksgiving comes in November, but I have been experiencing it daily lately. Today I am most thankful for my son, Michael and Jenny the girl he married. Between them, with some help from his sisters, they have taken both Lester and me to numerous doctor appointments in Fort Scott, Joplin and Nevada. ...
Lester was already 90 and now I am 90 too (06/05/15)
As I am writing this column today we are celebrating our romantic 69th wedding anniversary. I am munching breakfast bars as I drink my morning juice and work at the computer. Lester is asleep in the lounge chair and "watching" news on TV while he rests. I am trying to ignore the news and concentrate on this romantic morning...
What do you want for supper? (05/29/15)
If that question was asked the major cook in a home, the answer would probably be, "I want ideas for what to have." If the question was aimed at the breadwinner the answer might be, "Oh, just anything. I'm not very hungry." If you are eating out, you will have to be more specific about your wants. The Menu is designed to help you make this decision. Often you will have a favorite dish that you order in specific restaurants...
Baby and me get along fine (05/22/15)
Several years ago I wrote an essay about how similar senility is to puberty. I was talking to some sixth grade girls at a program and we came up with several things that both situations have. First, the bodies are changing and the girls or women have trouble sometimes getting used to things that happen without their knowing it...
Planning helps events go smoothly (05/15/15)
During my years as the wife of a minister and as a leader in local, district and Conference United Methodist Women I had many times when I was responsible for organizing a small committee meeting, or a large convention so it would go smoothly. I prided myself that with lists of duties and list of members I could match them up and make anything turn out wonderfully. ...
Veteran's medical treatment near to us (05/08/15)
I've heard so much bad about veteran's treatment in the United States that I had become even more upset about our government. But three experiments lately have changed my mind about the whole picture of medical treatment anyway. First, our son went to the Veterans Affairs hospitals for his regular medical checkup and received some discouraging news. ...
Losses and gains sometimes equal progress (05/01/15)
A recent experience helped me to renew my life-long thoughts that most things do work out for the good, even if we have to wait a long time before we see the good. My recent example happened fairly soon and it was spelled out to me so I couldn't have missed the point...
When is too much, too much? (04/24/15)
The first time I ate in a cafeteria without one of my siblings or my mother supervising my choices was in the employee cafeteria at the Woodward and Lothrop Department Store in Washington, D.C., on F Street. My sister Kathryn, a recent graduate of Georgetown University's Home Economics Department was the "boss" of the cafeteria. One Saturday she had invited my sister Ellen and me to come eat our lunch there before some other activity later in the day...
Advice is good when it is followed correctly (04/17/15)
I am getting along pretty good these days. I have two specialists caring for me, another doctor in between those two and lots of family members and friends who give me all sorts of good advice. I don't resent this at all because many of these people have had similar ailments, or have read an article, or looked it up in the Internet so they are well informed. ...
It's someone else's responsibility now (04/10/15)
On Easter Sunday I had the pleasure of going to church with several generations of my family. They ranged in age from 18 month old Aubrie, all prettied up in her pink dress, to 90-year-old Lester who was not so prettied up since he decided against shirt and tie. ...
Spring has sprung, the grass has riz (03/27/15)
After the winter we have had, this spring has really been welcomed with open arms. Each age has activities looked forward to doing when it gets actually warm in the spring. One of the first things people think of is their clothing. "Is this jacket going to be warm enough without an additional wrap?" Of course that question comes from an adult...
A long delayed letter (03/20/15)
One of the lucky things about my place at the end of eight children was to have siblings of every age to provide a role model for me when I reached that age. With Ellen, it was to show me how to make the most of the experiences just around the corner for me. She knew. She was in the midst of it...
More than 100 years of memories to share (03/13/15)
Not many people have the privilege of knowing and visiting with a woman who lived 105 years and had memories so clear that a visit with her was like a short version of the history textbook. Mary Ellen Liter, who was married to W.H. (Bill) on July 19, 1928, worked with her husband on the farm, at the Nevada State Hospital No. 3, and in his barbering business. This was in addition to the usual responsibilities of raising Joyce and Wilson and keeping a nice home for them all...
Neighbors you can depend on (03/06/15)
At the memorial services for Bill Hensley last Friday I could see almost every family that lives on South 1000 Rd, the section between U.S. 54 and Moundville. One young man had obviously returned home in order to attend; other families had more than one generation attending. But they all represented the respect and appreciation we neighbors felt for one who represented the best that neighbors could do...
Hard boiled eggs can be essential (02/27/15)
I have always loved eating hard boiled eggs. Actually I like eggs in any form, but some recipes call specifically for hard boiled eggs. Can you imagine trying to make deviled eggs if the eggs were not hard boiled in the first place? My children liked them in their school lunches and I like to take one or two at the Chinese buffets in town. But there is one bad thing about them. The chickens don't lay them hard boiled. You have some work to do before you can eat a hard boiled egg...
Our diet is changing each decade (02/20/15)
Recently I have been a little awkward when cooking due to tremors and being unsteady on my feet. To help us out with this situation, many of our church family, club members, neighbors, and relatives have helped out by bringing food occasionally. Often the dish brought to us was some type of casserole. They are so good, easy to transport, and usually have meat, potatoes or rice, and some vegetables so very little more is needed for a balanced meal. We appreciated them very much...
Technology provides companionship even when alone (02/13/15)
My friends have noticed that lately I haven't been going out as often as I formerly did. Even trips to the grocery store or to refill the gasoline in the car haven't happened as often anymore. I really haven't minded very much because I have various ways to increase my partnership in a mature conversation even when I am alone, at home...
Open here as directed (02/06/15)
Remember the old saying, "He's so weak he couldn't fight his way out of a paper bag?' That now needs to be changed to a plastic bag. Even though the packagers try very hard to make the bags easy to open, they need to try harder. Some of them want us to tear across a certain line. Maybe you could if you had strong wrists and can grasp the bag tightly where you are directed. Older hands seem to have slippery fingers and trying to hold tight to a slick piece of plastic is quite a challenge...
'Come, stay the night with us' (01/30/15)
One of our great-granddaughters went to a birthday party on Saturday night. It wasn't just a party with ice cream and cake and a few games. This party was to be an overnight party, a sleep over. I'm sure the little girls had a good time. I hope the parents of the birthday girls also had fun...
Preacher's wives should know how to move easily (01/23/15)
It's true, many United Methodist minister's wives know to expect a move about every five or six years. It often was heartbreaking, even though the next place had better facilities and more members. But that didn't make up for the good friends we'd made in the past few years. But I didn't think that after Lester retired we would have to move anymore. I thought that now that we were on my family's home place and had our own house that I was through with moving...
When does your personal 'way back then' start? (01/16/15)
I enjoy sharing memories from my childhood. You readers have probably already realized that. I enjoy telling about some incident, then realize that most of my readers weren't even born yet. I had that experience in reverse once when I was visiting with a wonderful older lady who sang in the choir at the Mt. ...
When did you start recycling your trash? (01/09/15)
I asked my retired son when he first remembered any talk about recycling. He replied that he thought it was called "hand me downs." Since he was the oldest son in our family he only received the best hand me downs from cousins. But he saw his own clothes being used on his younger brother a few years later. He then added with the wisdom of a great grandparent that it was only when we became a throw-away society that he ever heard it called recycling...
When young cousins get together -- then and now (01/02/15)
How many conversations started this holiday season with, "When I was a child?" I know I heard it at least once and I probably said it myself sometime recently. I have an excuse, however. I am the only one left in our big family that remembers any of the things about our family life when I was a child. I feel it is my duty to keep the stories going. So, here I go again.....
We just had one and that was all we expected to have (12/26/14)
We are still in the midst of Christmas giving. Many families postponed their family day to the weekend so that they could go to the "other" family on the actual date. Others chose to stay home with their immediate family to enjoy a quiet Christmas before the one shared by many aunts, uncles and cousins. ...
There are only six more days (12/19/14)
When someone announces that there are only six more days, we can be filled with anxiety, or we can be impatient with anticipation. I haven't said what will happen on the sixth day, but right now we are thinking about Christmas. Hearing this proclamation we immediately think about Christmas gifts, programs, church services, cards to be written and decorations to be finished. ...
Making choices becomes harder with age (12/05/14)
As a person gets older it would seem that every choice made would be very important. Time may be running out sooner than expected, or abilities to participate in some activities might become more limited as age passes. Therefore it seems logical that each choice would be very important and undertaken with much thought and deliberation...
Football, basketball, figure skating, golf, car racing, or public television? (11/28/14)
The magazine that gives all the offerings on television for the month of December has arrived. I glanced through the complex printing and decided it was easier to wait until the day and then scan the different stations to take my pick. If you are a sports fan there are many possibilities...
Friends and memories remain through the years (11/21/14)
Last week I heard about the death of our friend, neighbor and my editor of the Butler newspaper, C.A. Moore. During the years that Lester was minister of the Ohio Street and Mt. Zion United Methodist Churches, C.A. and his wife, Ann, were neighbors across the street. His mother, Bea Moore, was a member of our church, but C.A. and his wife were good Presbyterians where he sang in the choir among other responsibilities...
Does age affect your taste in food? (11/14/14)
I have a favorite meal I put together when I have unexpected guests. Since unexpected guests at meal time are always family members, I sometimes even make them cook their own meal. I ask them to choose a favorite pizza from my freezer and bake it when they are ready to eat. The younger guests enjoy it more than some of my more time consuming recipes, and I don't have to spend all my time cooking or cleaning up when we have company here...
Procrastinate now -- don't put it off (11/07/14)
When I was not even middle age plus I would look at some older person and wonder why they didn't hurry up and finish something they really wanted to get done. I reasoned that they knew that their time was limited and their abilities might lessen. So why didn't they go ahead and just do it. ...
Questions I keep asking in October (10/31/14)
From early spring until October many people are focused on baseball. Kids play it on Little League teams or on their school teams. Adults sometimes play it at company picnics and neighborhood gatherings, but many of us hear the results over the 10 o'clock news and haven't paid much attention to the game during the summer...
Going a step beyond middle age plus (10/24/14)
For years I have been telling my readers about all the good things about being Middle Age Plus. I have insisted that it wasn't being old, just becoming a little past middle age. Using middle as a synonym for half, I figured that if you were 50 or older you were past the middle. Not too many people survive past 100, so I felt safe in using that guideline...
2014 has become a memorable year (10/17/14)
This calendar year will always be remembered in my family. First, it was the year that we had a most memorable family reunion. We had almost as many young people under 25 as we had of the older group. All 84 of us had a great time. Second, sadly it was the year that my last, and nearest sister died. ...
Old time games for road trips (10/10/14)
If you look in any modern gift catalog and see a heading similar to my headline, you will find opportunities to buy many types of handheld devices where children or adults can become immersed in a game or puzzle all by themselves. The scenery passes by quickly as the miles pass and there are no disruptive noises in the car to bother the driver. In fact, the driver may well have on earphones and be listening to his special station or tapes playing in the car...
What are the best and worst things that were introduced in your lifetime? (10/03/14)
How do you answer a question like that? In some cases the same thing would fit both categories. Some people who had problems or troubles with new things would think they were certainly not on the good side. Yet others who caught on quickly felt there had never been anything better. I am interested in what you as an individual would chose for each category. To be fair about it, I, must make some choices...
Eleanor and Me (09/19/14)
Many of us spent Sunday night watching the documentary about the Roosevelts. I believe there will be another section that will dwell more on the couple some of us actually remember. I began wondering how much I had shared with my readers about my association with Mrs. ...
Carolyn Gray Thornton
Middle Age Plus