The Send Button and Other Regrets

By Deborah Sherwood What a lovely, peaceful afternoon. The Christmas tree and decorations are packed away, the gingerbread men cookie crumbs rest inside the vacuum cleaner bag, and according to the actuarial life table, odds are I’ll make it through another year. The pandemic prohibited me from hosting my annual New Years’ Day brunch for […]

Silent Night on a Silent Christmas Eve

By Deborah Sherwood The Christmas carol, Silent Night, has no definitive origin. Some accounts say it was a poem written in 1818 by an Austrian priest who asked a musician to compose an accompanying melody. Other legends tell of a broken organ with the priest and the composer singing the sweet, sacred song during a […]

The Elderly Lady Next Door

By Deborah Sherwood I am a Baby Boomer–part of a group of post-war Americans born between 1946-1964. As a child, I hula-hooped, watched the Mickey Mouse Club, and dreamed of being a carhop at the local A&W. As a teen, I swooned over The Beatles and danced “The Twist.” My hair parted in the middle […]

Staycation: Area Code, Southwest

By Deborah Sherwood Working from home has its perks.  Daily commutes in rush hour traffic have evolved into trudging from the bedroom to a laptop on the kitchen table next to the box of Frosted Flakes, shoved out of webcam view.  Whacking the snooze button has become a morning exercise.  Showers are optional and leisurely, […]