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 By Carrie Classon    Voices    July 10, 2019

Parents still complement each other after 60 years

My parents recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a long time. Whenever I try to buy a card for my mom or dad, I have a heck of a hard time. I almost bought a “blank inside” card...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    July 3, 2019

Happy anniversary to this column

I started this column one year ago. I am more than a little superstitious when it comes to numbers. When I wrote the first draft of my memoir, “Blue Yarn,” I had an even number of chapters in all three sections. This was probably tidier than...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    June 26, 2019

Friend helped me use my head for right things

I’ve got a good friend, Ayo, who told me, “Don’t use your head to break a coconut.” As I wrote about in my memoir, Blue Yarn, I lived in Lagos, Nigeria, for almost four years, and I met Ayo there. Ayo is a smart woman and a voracious reader a...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    June 19, 2019

Spring clean your life, not just your fridge

Spring came late and so, appropriately, did the annual deep cleaning of the refrigerator. A lot of stuff gets tucked into the refrigerator over the course of the winter. Obsolete condiments band together and take refuge deep in the corners. A...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    June 12, 2019

Husband made a friend in raven 'Big Boy'

My husband, Peter, decided to make friends with a raven. We have a lot of ravens around our house. Ravens are smart birds and Peter did some research on them. They mate for life and can live to be 17 years old in the wild. They learn to recognize peo...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    June 5, 2019

Anxiety not always something dangerous

I get anxious, as I might have mentioned. While I don’t think it’s anything requiring medication, fortunately, I became aware at middle-age that I have always had a sort of “hum” of anxiety going on in the background. I usually only notice it...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    May 29, 2019

Key to a good party inviting the right person

The truth is, I don’t actually have 40 friends in my immediate community. I only recently moved to town when I married Peter. So, I just went around town and invited every person I recognized and, somehow, ended up inviting 40 people to my patio...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    May 22, 2019

I'm addicted to lipstick - and I don't care

As long-time readers of this column know, I do not delve into politics or current events. You might think this comes from a desire to find common ground with all my readers. You might think I am trying to bridge the divide in a time when there...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    May 15, 2019

Friends inspire me to be more curious

My husband, Peter, and I just spent a couple of days staying with our scientist friends. I’ve honestly never had scientist friends before, so there is a lot to learn. One of our scientist friends, Wolfgang, is responsible for filling the ice cube...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    May 8, 2019

Happy to share 'middle age' with another person

My husband Peter is preparing for the End Times. This might not be literally true, but it would certainly appear to be if you checked out the food supplies we have stashed away. Peter hates the fact that packages now contain less than they used to...

 

This is a plug for new beginnings late in life

More than 10 years ago, I was living in Africa (Lagos, Nigeria, to be exact). My life was pretty much a shambles, but I refused to return to the U.S. The reason I didn’t want to come back was because I could not for the life of me figure out what h...

 

Self-promotion isn't always a terrible thing

I originally joined Facebook when a long-lost cousin sent me an invitation. No one had heard from this cousin in ages when I got a note out of the blue. Facebook was relatively new then and I hadn’t considered joining. But I figured if I could...

 

Sometimes we get to share our personal crazy

I saw him just a moment too late, coming down the path. I wasn’t expecting anyone to come down this section of the trail. No one ever did. At least I never saw anyone, which is why I was messing around with the pine cones. OK, I better start at...

 

Everybody has different ideas about privacy

My friend, Andrew, will not use a credit card when paying for his groceries. Andrew is a curmudgeon and has been one for years. He lives alone and has been a dear friend for almost all my life. “It’s none of their darned business how much...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    April 3, 2019

I want myself, my friends to feel secure and fabulous

I scrutinize myself in the mirror on a regular basis. From the front all is well. I am pushing 60 and holding together reasonably well. From the side it’s another story. I have inherited my grandmother’s neck. My chin is on a mission to meet up...

 

Delighted by the idea of doing something new

I returned to college after I turned 50. I had been working in business and, for a variety of reasons (reasons that required an entire book to explain) I was no longer willing or able to continue. After a lot of hemming and hawing, I finally decided...

 

Don't think there's much to worry about with future

I hear a lot about the next generation-entitled whiners with inflated expectations and unrealistic goals. Recently I had dinner with three of them. My husband, Peter, and I are in Oaxaca, Mexico. It feels like the end of the world, this place where...

 

Dog may not be practical, but I need my fix

I am a mess around dogs lately. My dog, Milo, died last year. My husband, Peter, and I decided that, given the travel we do, getting a new dog was not a sensible thing to do. (Although I’m not sure what being sensible has to do with dogs.) So, I...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    March 6, 2019

Kitchen cleaning frenzy wasn't quite wasted

I was nervous the other day because I was going to have scientists in my kitchen. OK, these scientists were friends visiting from out of town, but having company of any type prompts me to notice how dirty my house is. Since scientists were coming, I...

 

Cutting my hair may be husband's calling

Getting my hair cut has never been one of my favorite things. But lately it’s been worse than usual because the town I live in has a shortage of hair stylists and I have a shortage of hair. In order to get a haircut, I had to make an appointment...

 

Mandy and Tom ended up being a lucky pair

Mandy and Tom, my former sister-in-law and brother-in-law, recently came to visit. Except I don’t call them that because, when I divorced, Mandy announced: “Since you can’t be my sister-in-law anymore, you’ll have to be my sister!” That’s...

 

Might try being more careful - for Peter's sake

I sliced my hand open a few days ago. My husband, Peter, says I am accident prone and I tell him this is not true. But a few Thursdays ago, while trying to scrape some particularly stubborn avocado off my favorite sharp knife, I reinforced Peter’s...

 

Personal blunders aren't really that interesting

Nearly every day I talk to my friend the tree. There, I’ve said it. Every day I take the same walk into the woods; I see changes in the forest throughout the year and, at about the halfway point, I see my friend the tree, waiting for me....

 

We don't get to choose how others behave

One of the lovely things about being a writer is that I can work in my pajamas if I want. (For the record: I do not — although what I wear could easily double for pajamas in a pinch.) The not-so-lovely part is that I am almost always alone and...

 

Sock drawer cleanup mentally cleansing

I cleaned out my sock drawer the other day. I realize this probably doesn’t qualify as big news, but it was cathartic for me. It turns out I had accumulated a large selection of socks that fell into one of three categories: socks that were...

 

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