Missing Words: the Quandary of Being 50 Plus Some

I’ve been forgetting things for a year. Is this what’s supposed to happen when you turn 50? It was like clockwork: I got my invite from AARP to join the party and I started forgetting things. Not things, per se, I can still find my keys and my car (not counting supermarket parking lots), no, I’ve been forgetting words. Not all words, not words when I’m writing, but when I’m speaking. All of a sudden, in the midst of a conversation, when it’s my turn to talk, I freeze up....more

The Children Are Back!

My memory was fractured in early childhood. I have always been able to recall with great clarity the house and neighborhood in which I grew up. We moved in when I was four and live there until the summer after I turned seventeen. To this day I can close my eyes and take a detailed tour through our two-story home and up and down the street. However, until recently no people animated this inner playback. No parents, no siblings, no one –and our block was filled with children I played with as a child....more

Not Even for a Minute: Children Left Unattended in Vehicles

The Meanderings of a Toddler   ...more

Is Grandma Okay?

Grandparents can play so many different roles in the lives of their grandkids. Sometimes it's patient teacher, sometimes it's walks in the park and kite flying, sometimes it's chief caregiver. Whatever their role, inevitably their grandchild will see them change and grow older. This story, Is Granma Okay? by Laura G. of rebelliousthoughtsofawoman.com, explores that topic through the eyes of a young girl.  ...more