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I Remember an Old Pool Hustler

I Remember an Old Pool Hustler

Willie Mosconi was a fast-talking national pool champion.

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Remembering a Chinese Threat

Remembering a Chinese Threat

I guess I was dozing when the aircraft commander spoke my name over the intercom headset I was wearing. “Mr. Edwards, look out the right side of the aircraft!”

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Remembering the Television Pioneers

Remembering the Television Pioneers

At the station break, the booth announcer was laughing so hard he could not coherently read his script.

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London: A Poem by Ross Anderson

London: A Poem by Ross Anderson

A poem by Ross Anderson of Sutter Creek, California.

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Eye on Town Hall

Eye on Town Hall

By Suzy Hopkins Donald Trump’s indictment of the news media as “the enemy of the American people” got me thinking. In essence, the press is supposed to be a representative of the American people — people who for reasons of

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I Remember the Space Needle

I Remember the Space Needle

As we pulled up alongside the airliner, we could see all the passengers with their noses up to the windows trying to figure out what this big, black warbird was doing.

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Single-Handedly #3: Stroke Isn’t Always the End of Life

Single-Handedly #3: Stroke Isn’t Always the End of Life

Read the full story of Charlie (a pseudonym used to protect her privacy) in the Winter 2016-’17 issue of Friends and Neighbors Magazine, available at these locations and many more. Read more from Charlie online in Readers’ Journal. By Charlie Rioux Greetings: This

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The Forgetful Frog #29: Adjustments

The Forgetful Frog #29: Adjustments

I just woke up from a nap. I spent a few minutes lying in bed, and the tears began to roll. They came, in fact, before I even had a reason in mind. Of course, I am never at a

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Single-Handedly #2: In Stroke Recovery, ‘Embrace Your Lightning Bolt’

Single-Handedly #2: In Stroke Recovery, ‘Embrace Your Lightning Bolt’

My recovery journey has spanned three broad periods of time and approaches to rehabilitation.

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Remembering an Old, Bold Pilot

Remembering an Old, Bold Pilot

There is an old axiom among us pilots that states, “There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.”

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The Forgetful Frog #28: In Celebration

The Forgetful Frog #28: In Celebration

Today I am celebrating the sharing of my writing. I hope, so strongly and sincerely, that it may be helpful or entertaining to others.

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Remembering an “Old Black Sheep”

Remembering an “Old Black Sheep”

Remembering an “Old Black Sheep” By Bill Edwards On October 23rd, 1976, I was shuffling papers on my desk in the headquarters of the California wing of the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. I

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Separation Anxiety: A Poem for Ishi

Separation Anxiety: A Poem for Ishi

Separation Anxiety A poem for Ishi By Mike McReynolds                   My Daddy’s gone, I don’t know where He went someplace with Mom. He took a big bag with him, But only Mom

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Four Dollars

Four Dollars

Four Dollars   By Laurel Leslie   I made a mistake on my taxes The mighty amount of four dollars The IRS took a very dim view Why, I could almost hear them holler Four dollars went off in the

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Single-Handedly: A Stroke Survivor’s Blog

Single-Handedly: A Stroke Survivor’s Blog

A lightning bolt to my health changed everything.

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The Forgetful Frog #27: Writing is Good Medicine

The Forgetful Frog #27: Writing is Good Medicine

Writing is medicinal. It can soothe anxiety. It can heal broken relationships. It can help sort out painful confusion. It can enable a person to let go of sorrow or fear.

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Santa’s Rewards

Santa’s Rewards

Being Mr. and Mrs. Claus carries a great responsibility. We become the embodiment of childhood’s most magical fantasy.

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The Forgetful Frog #26: Confessions of a Grammar Wonk

The Forgetful Frog #26: Confessions of a Grammar Wonk

All my life, I have held the line, with regard to spelling and grammar. Over the years, I have had no choice but to acknowledge that these things do, indeed, evolve.

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A World War Remembrance

A World War Remembrance

When July 4th, 1918 rolled around, the idle aircrews decided to celebrate by setting a bunch of petrol (gasoline) containers on fire in the middle of the airfield. The next morning they were summoned to the English base commander’s headquarters to suffer his admonitions.

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Through the Time Portal

Through the Time Portal

You would never suspect it to look at me, but I am a time traveler.

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Mind Orts from Marj #11: Why Is Everything So Complicated?

Mind Orts from Marj #11: Why Is Everything So Complicated?

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers

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The Polar Express

The Polar Express

The train explodes with noise as hundreds of excited kids clamor for Santa’s attention. Santa and the elves call back, “Welcome to the North Pole! Merry Christmas!”

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I Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis

I Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis

I went up to the bridge to get the latest news. After a short time, the radioman came onto the bridge to report an aircraft that approached from behind our group of ships.

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Andy’s Album #9: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #9: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part nine of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog for the blind, in which Andy is called up to the ‘big leagues’.

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A Glass of Wine and an Empty Chair

A Glass of Wine and an Empty Chair

  A Glass of Wine and an Empty Chair   By Laurel Leslie   A glass of wine and the empty chair, I will not look, I will not stare. My husband has left me, my heart is laid bare

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The Forgetful Frog #25: How Journaling Can Keep Loneliness at Bay

The Forgetful Frog #25: How Journaling Can Keep Loneliness at Bay

Okay, folks, I know you’re out there! I am 100% certain that many of you would thrive on creative journaling.

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The Forgetful Frog #24: Crooked Lines

The Forgetful Frog #24: Crooked Lines

The lines connecting points of accomplishment are important in their own right. It matters not a bit whether they are straight or crooked. It only matters that they connect points.

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Mind Orts from Marj #10: Measuring Up

Mind Orts from Marj #10: Measuring Up

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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The Forgetful Frog #23: You Write, I Read, We Talk

The Forgetful Frog #23: You Write, I Read, We Talk

Interested in creative journaling? Hop to it! Froggie becomes a creative journaling consultant! You write, I read, we talk. I give you feedback to help you strengthen your writing, and you send a tax deductible donation to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County.

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The Forgetful Frog #22: Creative Journaling for Pets’ Sakes

The Forgetful Frog #22: Creative Journaling for Pets’ Sakes

I would love to help others find the solace that I find when I write. This would help them, and also help me feel useful.

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Mind Orts from Marj #9: Could Right Just Be Too Far?

Mind Orts from Marj #9: Could Right Just Be Too Far?

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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Andy’s Album #8: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #8: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part eight of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog for the blind, in which Andy mentors a young whippersnapper.

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Erv Brandon: Over 60 Missions as a ‘Bat Outa Hell’

Erv Brandon: Over 60 Missions as a ‘Bat Outa Hell’

Mr. Brandon, 91, wrote this in April 2016 as an addendum to his memoir about his WWII service in the US Navy as a member of VPB-151, Crew #6. He hopes to reach either any surviving veterans from that squadron

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The Forgetful Frog #21: Cultivating Courage, Entertaining Hope

The Forgetful Frog #21: Cultivating Courage, Entertaining Hope

Froggy hops into limerick mode: “Words reflect kindness. I think you will find this, If compassion you have just a smidgen.

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Mind Orts from Marj #8: Who’s Getting Old?

Mind Orts from Marj #8: Who’s Getting Old?

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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The Forgetful Frog #20: Traversing a gamut of emotions

The Forgetful Frog #20: Traversing a gamut of emotions

If the day ever comes when my husband is disabled, I hope I will be able to help him as much as he helps me now.

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The Forgetful Frog #19: Saving Grace

The Forgetful Frog #19: Saving Grace

When will I remember that writing is a saving grace for me?

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Andy’s Album #7: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #7: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part seven of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog for the blind, in which Andy makes a feline friend.

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The Forgetful Frog #18: Savoring Reconnection and a Cheese Croissant

The Forgetful Frog #18: Savoring Reconnection and a Cheese Croissant

I can’t really explain why I recently reached out to my sister. We lost touch many years ago, because I was overwhelmed by the apparent responsibility of being an aunt to her six children.

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The Forgetful Frog #17: Appreciation

The Forgetful Frog #17: Appreciation

If there is anything good about my brain damage, it is the inclination it somehow gave me to reach out to my dear sister.

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The Forgetful Frog #16: On a Laughing Hiatus, Avoid Frustration

The Forgetful Frog #16: On a Laughing Hiatus, Avoid Frustration

My husband keeps reminding me that my job, right now, is to get stronger and recover completely. He keeps reminding me that I am on hiatus. I keep telling him that it’s a laughing hiatus.

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About Readers’ Journal

About Readers’ Journal

Readers’ Journal is a place where readers of Friends and Neighbors Magazine or visitors to the FAN website can share their own stories, poems, personal reflections and photos. Email submissions to readersjournal@seniorfan.com. Submissions will be edited only for significant grammar or spelling errors

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Andy’s Album #6: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Andy’s Album #6: Snapshots of an Aspiring Guide Dog

Part six of Andy’s journey to become a guide dog for the blind, in which Andy copes with the loss of a friend and doesn’t shred a yogurt container.

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The Forgetful Frog #15: Walking Toward Recovery

The Forgetful Frog #15: Walking Toward Recovery

I keep forgetting that my job now is recovery. My top priority is learning to walk. The more active I am physically, the more my brain also recovers.

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The Forgetful Frog #14: Banish Fear!

The Forgetful Frog #14: Banish Fear!

Returning to my blog is always the most satisfying thing for me to do.

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Mind Orts from Marj #7: What Happened to Mellowing with Age?

Mind Orts from Marj #7: What Happened to Mellowing with Age?

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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The Forgetful Frog #13: In Search of a Sister

The Forgetful Frog #13: In Search of a Sister

My relationship with my sister has not been uncomplicated. As a child, I looked up to her, without reserve.

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Mind Orts from Marj #6: The Right Direction

Mind Orts from Marj #6: The Right Direction

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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The Forgetful Frog #12: A Strange Phenomenon

The Forgetful Frog #12: A Strange Phenomenon

I often must remind myself not to focus on the frustrations, and to celebrate the successes.

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Mind Orts from Marj #5: Pearls of Getting Older

Mind Orts from Marj #5: Pearls of Getting Older

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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