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Sometimes it's best to say nothing at all

Peter was up before anyone else — as he often is. My husband gets up early in order to have enough time to brood before busybodies like me expect him to engage in cheerful conversation. But this morning we were staying at my parents’ cabin and...

 

I think a happy marriage is like stew

I told my husband, Peter, that our marriage was like stew — and that’s a good thing. This is a second marriage for both of us. We were both married for a long time and then divorced for quite a while. We dated other people and realized how...

 

My blessings come in bad disguises

They say blessings come in disguise. If so, my blessings are poorly disguised. They show up wearing false noses and funny eyeglasses and are instantly recognizable unless I am being completely thick-headed — and it is astonishing how often I am. I...

 

Popular kids just like anybody else

I was not popular in high school. Everyone says this. I now realize that no one — not even the most popular person in high school — self-identifies as popular. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of Facebook friend requests from people I scarcely...

 

My parents still inspire me in their 80s

I spent the last couple of weeks visiting my parents. I’ve been lucky in the parent department. It’s fashionable to recall some pivotal incident that occurred when we were 8 and extrapolate how every difficulty experienced in our life since is a...

 

Grandmother's wedding dress now worn twice

She wore it for one day in 1919 and it looked as if it were sewn with this in mind. My grandma’s wedding dress was more than a little worse for wear. It had been folded up in a small box and kept safe by my cousin, Jill. (How Jill ended up with...

 

Box of letters full of memories and surprises

The surprises just kept coming. When I moved in with Peter a few years back, I brought my clothes, a few books, and some artwork. I rented out my house, gave away my furniture, and everything else was consigned to “things I’ll deal with...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    July 31, 2019

Good to see old birdhouse getting use

Nobody was using the old wren house. My grandfather built it. Grandpa started building birdhouses when he retired from milking cows and his second oldest son took over. That son, my mother’s brother, is now 87 and retired 20 years ago. It’s a...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    July 24, 2019

Marriage has privileges - like head vacuuming

I’ve been having my husband, Peter, cut my hair. I’m not sure I would recommend this to everyone, but I have almost no hair. Actually, I have the usual number of hairs, but they are so fine that a hair that falls from my head into the sink is...

 
 By Carrie Classon    Voices    July 17, 2019

Summer birthdays always a gamble

This is my birthday month. Those of you with summer birthdays know it’s a little different. In the middle of March, everyone says, “Wow! A birthday party!” You bring treats to school and everyone is happy for an excuse to celebrate. It’s...

 
 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...

 

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