Introducing The Grandma Diary

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I have, up until this point, been living the life of Riley. Retired young, living in an adult community with plenty of amenities and “clubs” to join, I have had a nice life style, if not boring. This is all about to change.  Well, I will still live where I do. I love my house and my community, but my…

A Letter To My New Primary Care Doctor

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Dear Doctor: Allow me to introduce myself since, even though I had a meet and greet appointment with you, you did not take the time to actually talk to me about anything other than to question the drugs I am on.  I am a 54 year old woman.  I have two grown children and one grandchild. I have not had…

The Master

The Master

I own a book store. Well, I used to anyway. That was before. Now I own a rare book store. It was a miracle that I, myself, haven’t been seized and burned like so many of my books. That might still be coming someday.  I remember a time, when one could easily walk into a store and purchase a book…

Pumpkin Patch Festival via Western Train Museum

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On Saturday we went to the Western Train Museum’s Pumpkin Patch Festival.  You will recall that we had gone on the train a few weeks ago: http://theblogofteresa.com/trains/ . During that ride they let us know about this festival.  It was a short train ride and it was packed full of people and excited kids. When we arrived,  I understood the kids’ excitement. There was a lot for…

Jorinda and Jorindel ~ T Twisted Tale

Jorinda

This is a story is getting the “T” treatment. It was originally told  by the Grimms’ Kinder und Hausmarchen which translates as Grimms’ Children’s and Household Tales. We know them as Fairy tales. A note about this story: This was originally written as the witch being an old Fairy.   The Victorian era gave us the ethereal fairy that is eternally…

Annie and the End of the World

Annie and the end of the world

Annie stood up with one hand holding her towel and the other holding the machete. The dog growled deep in his throat. Annie reassured the dog and looked at the man. “Who are you?” she asked the man. “Better question. Who are you? Not that I mind you here in my cabin. I aint complaining. It’s a good surprise to…

Spanish American War and Bad Meat

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  The Spanish American War was the results of the Cuban struggle for independence.  The newspapers of the time in the USA described in great detail Spain’s measures to halt the rebellion in Cuba. American sympathy was with the rebels.  The demand for intervention grew even louder when the battleship, the USS Maine, was sunk in Havana. The Maine had been…

DNA and Chimerism

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We have all heard about the guy who served 25 years or so  for a crime he did not commit.  He was fortuitously saved from further incarceration by DNA testing. Released as an innocent man we all celebrate modern science and its amazing ability to reveal the truth in these cases and exonerate the poor guy.   But what if DNA…

Patriot Josiah Bartlett

In 1774, Josiah Bartlett’s house burned down.  Although never proven, it was rumored the fire had been set by his political enemies. Bartlett was a Tory, a rebel, and Royal Governor John Wentworth was, of course, a Whig.  Bartlett had joined the Colonel assembly in 1774 and became part of the Committee of Correspondence. It was then he began his…