Author Archives: pennywrites

About pennywrites

This is my third blog. The first covered what I thought would be my hardest battle. The second blog covered the journey that made the first seem trivial. This time I write because I can, not because I have to or need to.

Dad’s last birthday gift

This morning I bought my father what may be the ultimate birthday a present – a headstone. Today would have been his 91st birthday. He died in 1995, never reaching 65 years of age.  My mother opted to keep his … Continue reading

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The Gifts

Two thoughtful gifts came my way this week. My friend Pam sent a doily table covering that she inherited from her grandmother’s estate. As Pam downsizes and clears out cabinets and closets (something we all do, or should do), she … Continue reading

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The Ride

I am so damn tired. In a given moment I have no energy, no motivation, no spark. In another I’m smiling and laughing and enthusiastic. But for this moment, I’m tired. My mother died two weeks ago tomorrow. She had … Continue reading

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I didn’t get old, you got old

I worked earlier this week at the polls for the State primary election. I see people I haven’t seen in a while, others I haven’t seen in forever, and some I’ve never met before. It’s fun work and I’m always … Continue reading

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Ham for Thanksgiving

I killed a turkey yesterday. I hit it with my car and as it bounced off the grill and hit the ground in front of the passenger-side front tire, I added death to injury when I ran it over. The … Continue reading

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“The Story Teller” Introduced

I am pleased to announce that I am expanding my work as a Justice of the Peace to include memorial and eulogy writing. I planned to launch this service in another month or so, when I could update my web … Continue reading

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Ringing the Bell

I’ve been volunteering at the infusion center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Danvers, where my daughter worked. It’s been a dream on mine to work there, certainly not in her place (I am not a medical professional) but in her … Continue reading

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Country Apple

I’m snowed in (temporarily) following two days of snow and thought it a good day to clean out the hall closet. It’s cathartic to throw away things I haven’t used and see no reason to keep to use in the … Continue reading

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The question I hate to answer

You can ask me anything you wish and I’ll probably give you an answer. Whether it’s the truth is another matter. There’s one question that I hate to hear and hate answering. ”How’s your daughter?” or any variation thereof, like  … Continue reading

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The New Monday

I’m rumbling my way into retirement. Time for so many things I let slide off my radar, like writing. I self-designed Monday as Clean Up-Clean Out-Donate Day (in part because Tuesday is trash day). These are worthy efforts by one … Continue reading

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