Hello Newman

Hello Newman

My friend Cathy is creative, compassionate and, like a lot of us these days, confined. As a result, she's gone a little squirrelly. She and her occasionally ornery friend Newman have provided all of us with a delightful distraction from all the angst 2020 has wrought. "This is Newman," she posted one day. "He is [...]

Small pox, big celebrations and treasured friends

Small pox, big celebrations and treasured friends

Our favorite ballroom dancer turns 90 tomorrow and, if you think she is even mildly daunted at the prospect of hitting that milestone in the midst of a pandemic, you don't know the unflappable Janet Mahr. She and her husband of 64-years kicked off their lives together in the midst of a local pandemic when, [...]

A hitched wagon and a bashful star

A hitched wagon and a bashful star

My friend Amanda likes to keep things low key. Reflexively kind, she operates under the Midwestern mantra that says see a problem, solve the problem and then move on. Last Monday evening, she noticed her 92-year old neighbor Armin outside pacing his yard in obvious distress. When she found out what had happened, Amanda offered [...]