Betty J. Slade

 

  • Walking through one's life

    I braced myself and snuck up on the situation. I knew I would face resistance from my Sweet Al when I told him I was going to get rid of some of his things. I made arrangements with Lisa, “The Organizer aka Marriage Therapist.” She would help me sort through Al’s closets, his man cave, and my office, all which occupies the loft of our log home. My office space is 1/4th of the loft. I have a Canadian goose flying above my desk as I type this article. On the wall is a bear hide and thrown over the…

  • Freeing the Monkey

    Should we free the monkey or keep it and feed it? That’s where we are in our lives. I’ve tried to free the monkey off my back and My Sweet Al keeps his on a leash. He’s even named his, “It’s Mine.” It was time for Lisa, our Organizer, aka Marriage Therapist, to help us again. My Sweet Al spent hours telling stories to Lisa about every item that came out of his closet. I found it humorous as I listened to the two of them. She treated his things with the upmost respect and his stories with patient…

  • The Ugly One

    “When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.” Abraham Lincoln My friend Judy said, “Its pajama weather and we need to put pajamas on Jake (the dog) again but Sam says, ‘Don’t tell Betty anything, she will write about it.’” “Oh don’t worry about Sam; he loves reading about himself in the newspaper. He just acts touchy,” I assured her about her husband. My daughter, Allison, called and said, “I …

  • Failed Her Way to Success

    I’m amazed as to how many mistakes I’ve made and yet my life has turned out pretty good. I could sum it up by saying I failed my way to success and I did it by making scenes. It was my turn to teach the writers’ group about writing scenes and sequences in their novels. The last time I taught the group about putty and pebble people, the whole group came unglued and cried. I lost total control and the teaching didn’t go as planned. That morning’s teaching turned out to be a scene. This time I kne…


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