Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Spelling Bee

I have always been an ace speller.  When I was in school it was simply an article of faith that girls were good at spelling and boys weren’t.  If a boy was even suspected of being a good speller, his very manhood was thrown into question.  This attitude still prevails among men of my generation. 
 

I truly believe many of them would be less devastated to discover that John Wayne had in fact been gay than to find out he was a whiz at spelling. 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Three Things I Really Like About Getting Older

Eubie Blake was not only an American composer, lyricist and one of our greatest jazz musicians, he was also witty and wise who left behind some of my favorite quotes about life and aging. 




“If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.” Eubie Blake (1887-1983)

By and large, we are taking better care of ourselves these days as we age, but there’s no getting around the fact that whether I make peace with it, fight it tooth and nail or do something in between, I am getting older and I haven’t yet decided how I feel about it.  “Well, little girl, what do you want to be when you grow up?”  Wasn’t it just yesterday I was holding Mme Mère’s hand and looking up at some tall adult asking me that question?  I’m still working on that one. 


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