Betty J. Slade

 

  • 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…

  • Everyone has a story, but not without flaws

    Everybody has a chapter they don’t read out loud. It might be the most important thing that happens to them in their life story and the most embarrassing. It could be that moment when we fall below our standard and discover who we really are. I have had those chapters in my life, which I don’t even pretend to write about. Believe me, those were the most significant and hardest times. After I went through the experience, I said, “I needed that lesson. I don’t think I could have learned it any oth…

  • Sweet Al's Sandbox on the Blanco

    I was sitting in the dark with a cup of coffee enjoying 5 a.m. on the Blanco. I was rolling over in my mind a recent comment I heard. My Sweet Al rolled out of bed, turned on the light and said, “Okay. Now what are you up to?” “Only people over fifty read my articles.” “So.” “I didn’t want to believe it, but when my friend told me that, he planted a seed in my mind. Maybe, that’s my niche’, writing articles to an old people’s magazine about old people. Do you think it’s come to that?” “It’s too…


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