Betty J. Slade

 

  • 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…

  • It Isn't Greener on the Other Side

    “It is good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good too, to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.” George Lorimer, Editor of Saturday Evening Post. Money makes it look greener on the other side until you are on the other side. Al and I were in Placitas on a Sunday morning; looking out at a view of Albuquerque. I marveled at Al’s brother’s home with the indoor swimming pool and the outside infinity pool. David, Al’s brother, wan…

  • Your Truck is Too Big for You

    “Al, your truck is too big for you.” “No, it’s not. I drive just fine. I know how wide my truck is.” “You ran over the last two curbs?” “I didn’t see them.” “Of course, you couldn’t see it, the truck is too big.” “I’m a good driver.” Honey, I know you are, but you can’t handle big vehicles like you use to. Give yourself permission to say, ‘It’s okay.’” I was gnawing on a bone and I wasn’t letting it go. So, the conversation went from the truck and landed on the dinner table with friends. “I tol…


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