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What’s Wrong With Bedford Falls?

by Gwen Rollings

“We’re in the Witness Protection Program,” is my typical response when people ask why we move so often. From my earliest memories, my family relocated frequently due to my father’s work. Then I spent 35 years as a Marine’s wife. So, when people inquire, “Where are you from?” I just pick somewhere I’ve lived because […]

If You Believed You Wouldn’t Fail

by Gwen Rollings

What would you do if you believed you would not fail? Lucille Borgen at 91 won the Women 10 shalom and tricks event at the Annual Water Ski National Championships in 2004. Bill Anderson was 81 when he completed a bicycle ride from San Diego, California, to Jacksonville Beach, Florida, to raise $3,000 and national […]

Sunday Traditions

by Gwen Rollings

Sundays were full of traditions in my family. After church, we normally ate an Italian lunch which my mother prepared on Saturday. I remember the smell of what our Italian relatives called “gravy” in a huge stainless steel pot, gently bubbling tomatoes, garlic, spices, a pork roast, and hand rolled meatballs. My mother left the […]

Growing Older

by Gwen Rollings
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1. I talk to myself when I need expert advice. 2. Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud. 3. My people skills are fine. It’s my tolerance of idiots that needs work. 4. Even duck tape can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound! I laughed, then pondered that disrespecting others is not age […]

Whatever happened to imagination?

by Gwen Rollings
Whatever happened to imagination

Whatever happened to imagination? I remember talking about it in my elementary school back in the 1950’s. It seems like it started to disappear shortly after the invention of the black and white television. Now that we have six grandchildren under the age of 12, I don’t believe they have to imagine anything. Why should […]

Just Do What YOU Want!

by Gwen Rollings
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“Just do what YOU want,” my friend advised. I pondered that for a minute. Do what I want?? That might sound a little narcissistic to many Baby Boomers who, like me, were raised with a healthy dose of respect for authority and listen to your elder’s before you make a decision. Now that I have […]

Roads Less Traveled

by Gwen Rollings

I rented a car recently in Atlanta, and only by the grace of God am I alive to tell about it. How anyone survives especially in rush hour traffic in Atlanta is a mystery to me. Every time I successfully maneuvered throughout six lanes of traffic, cars speeding 80 mph on either side of me, […]

Hot Dogs and Sushi

by Gwen Rollings
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In the mid 1990’s I felt like a hot dog sharing the same plate with chopped suey. I was definitely placed on the wrong menu. I was transported to this “plate” (Okinawa, Japan) by my husband’s military orders. Although I exchanged smiles with the locals, that was the extent of our meaningful communication. Buying anything […]

THE STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT CHAIR

by Gwen Rollings

Growing Older: (Internet) 1. I talk to myself when I need expert advice. 2. Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud. 3. My people skills are fine. It’s my tolerance of idiots that needs work. 4. Even duck tape can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound! I laughed, then pondered that disrespecting others […]

The Pursuit of Happiness

by Gwen Rollings

The Harvard Grant Study spent 75 years and $20 million to determine what makes people happy. I think of my grandmother who lived to be 95 years old. Raised on a tobacco farm in the mountains of North Carolina, she ate whatever she wanted all her life. She frequently had fried eggs, biscuits and gravy, […]