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Ten Years Ago (A Message From My Long Lost Love)

Greetings to you! After many years, I hope you are well. Take care and be safe!

That was the Facebook message I read on June 14, 2011. The last time I’d seen David was on the last day of school in 1972 when he kissed me goodbye and moved 700 miles away. I’d written him four letters. He’s written back twice and did not answer my last letter that summer. Life went on.

On June 14, 2011, I answered David’s FB message as I tried so slow my hopeful heart:

Wow! I knew it was really you when I saw Jethro Tull in your favorite music. What sweet memories. I am well, for 55 anyway. My profile picture is from the reunion we had in Sept with Sally, Terry and Caroline, after many years of no contact. It’s so nice to get your message. Hope you are well and safe too!

My profile picture back then looked like

His profile picture was an airport runway.

So I pictured him from my tenth grade yearbook:

David 1972. I did remember him!

People can change a lot in 39 years. I wondered what he looked like. He tells me now he was very busy in June of 2011. Maybe that’s why he took six whole days to message me back with:

“Would you mind if I called you sometime? I would really like hear from you. A lot of catching up!”

Want to read more about our true love story? Want to know what happened in those 39 years and what it took for us to be ready to find love again? Trust the Timing, a Memoir of Finding Love Again is written from both our perspectives. Find it HERE on my Amazon author page.

This is us in 1972


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SoCS: Drive In Movies

When David and I dated in the 70s, our friend Caroline took us to the drive in movies so we could be “alone” in the back seat. We weren’t really alone, because Caroline was in the front seat, but she watched the movie, and we might have watched a little of the movie. Neither one of us drove yet. David was 15, and I was 16 and hadn’t gotten the confidence to get my license yet.

At the Drive In, (why do I capitalize that?) you pulled up to a pole with the metal speaker attached, then you put the speaker in the window and rolled the window up (with a handle) to hold the speaker in place. I saw a lot of movies at the Drive In. It was cheaper than going to the regular indoor movie. Maybe it was hot and buggy in the summer, but I don’t remember that. Sometimes we’d sit on the hood of the car, and sometimes we play on the playground in front of the big screen after the little kids went to bed in their parents’ cars. But it seems like there weren’t a lot family movies at the Drive In by the time I was a teenager. Things could get pretty wild at the Drive In once I was in my twenties. There was a lot of running back and forth between cars.

By the time I was in my late teens, I worked for a movie theatre chain so got in free. By that time David had moved back to Connecticut. Things were very different, less innocent. Not going to go into detail about that. Where’s that thing I saw on FB….

… and those over 60 might just forget.

It would probably be best to stop there as far as my personal adventures at the Drive In Movies. Oooh, but once they had an all night marathon of all the old Planet of the Apes movies. That was cool. it was probably one of the last times I went to the Drive In. I’ve heard they have been revived during the pandemic. It’s a good idea to have options and be able to take kids who could play and fall asleep in the back seat and maybe mom and dad would make out in the front seat. I wonder if my parents did that. Probably not so much since I was a night owl.

I remember going to see The Bird Man of Alcatraz at a Drive In as a kid with my parents in the front seat. It was a memorable movie. That must’ve been at a drive in on a military base in the 60s. Come to think of it, my older sister met her husband at a drive in. He was in the Marine Corps and worked at night as a projectionist at the base drive in movies. But that’s another story.

The Bird Man of Alcatraz was based on the true story of Robert Stroud (played by Burt Lancaster), a prisoner who befriended and studied birds to the point that he became and expert. I hope you can hear all of the video. Some audio has been stopping in the middle.

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Today’s prompt was: “drive.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS June 12, 2021 | (lindaghill.com)


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One-Liner Wednesday: On Being Late

Sometimes being late is right on time.

Sometimes late is late. I have to admit that up front, because I tend to run late. I stay up late. I like to sleep late. I was a late bloomer. Often I’ll get to a WP neighbor’s blog post late, but it seems to be right when I needed to read it. I was generally on time for work – thank God I don’t have that obligation anymore. I’m on time for doctor appointments which I try to schedule in the afternoon. I’m on time for church since my husband is a morning person and my awareness that he likes to be early nudges me along.

We were both in our 50s when the love of my life found me again. That seems late in life, but it was right on time. I had promised myself I’d stop looking for a partner until after my daughter graduated from high school. The day after her graduation ceremony is when my high school sweetheart found me again. It took 39 years of learning and growth for us to be ready to meet again. (Click my book cover on the sidebar if you want to learn more.)

I’m planning to share the FB message David sent me on Sunday or Monday. He says he sent it on Sunday June 13, 2011. FB says June 14. I’ll probably go with David. He’s always on time.

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Good News Tuesday: June 8, 2021: Animals X 4 and a Pregnant Mom Rescues Three Girls from Drowning

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My Good Newspaper issue #24 which arrived last week is all about animals, so I’d like to share a sample of those good news stories with you. The paper focuses on a different topic every month. To learn more about the Good Newspaper, visit, Good Good Good .

US House Reintroduces Bill to Ban Shark Fin Trade

On Earth Day, the US House of Representatives reintroduced a bill to ban shark fin trade. The bill had previously passed in the house but stalled in the Senate. I’m glad they’re not giving up. Shark finning is a cruel and unnecessary act and illegal in the US though there are still places where shark fins can be bought and sold. Here’s more from the Humane Society.

Philadelphia Dims Lights to Help Birds

Philadelphia is joining 33 other US cities in dimming lights to reduce the number of birds crashing into windows at night. In this voluntary program, lights are turned off between midnight and six AM in the spring and fall when birds migrate. It’s especially important to turn the lights off in of tall buildings. Learn more here.

First Drug Without Animal Testing Submitted to FDA

Researchers in Jerusalem have submitted a cancer therapy drug to the FDA. What makes this drug unique is that a chip with human tissue was used instead of testing the drug on animals. Your can read more about it in this article.

Poacher Arrested

A long time poacher of Bengal tigers has finally been arrested and charged with numerous violations of wildlife conservation law. Here’s more from the Good News Network.

Pregnant Mom Rescues Children from Drowning at Lake Michigan

Alyssa DeWitt was considering whether to take her children to the beach at Lake Michigan on a windy day. It’s a good thing she went. Alyssa, who is five months pregnant, ended up saving three girls from drowning. She said in another interview that she doesn’t usually go to that part of the beach and that her medical check indicates everything is okay. Here’s the story:

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SoCS: It’s Never Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood, featuring Raggedy Ann, Flo and Eddie

The Prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “yarn.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!

My mom grew up during the Great Depression. I don’t know if that contributed to her depression as an adult, but she got better after menopause. She told me that when she was a child, she had to put pieces of cardboard in her shoes to cover the holes. As an adult she had a lot of shoes.

“We don’t throw away food,” was her mantra in restaurants. I remember her wrapping leftovers in a napkin and putting the bundle in her purse to take home. Did they not have “doggie bags,” in the 60s?

One of the things my mom wanted as a child was a Raggedy Ann doll. She never got it during her childhood. One year my dad got her one for Christmas. Seems like I was about 9 years old, so that would’ve been in the 60s, too. When she opened the present containing Raggedy Ann, she cried, because she had always wanted one. Maybe she got both Raggedy Ann and Andy from my dad. They both had red yarn for hair and red and white striped legs and Ann wore an apron if I recall correctly. Maybe they had red triangular noses like the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz.

Personally, I don’t see the appeal, though my mom and I both had red hair. Mine’s still reddish, blond with a little grey blended in. I’m trying to imagine wanting a doll that badly and not getting it until you were in your 40s. Maybe they were expensive, or maybe they were just that poor and the dolls were an extravagance. When I think about all the toys I had as a child and that my grand daughter has, it makes me wonder if we had/have too much. But I’m glad my mom got her Raggedy Ann doll later in life.

I only wanted a pony as a child, and did have my own horse for a while in my twenties. Horses are a lot of work, but they gave me a little stability during a crazy time of my life. Speaking of horses, my grand dog went to the dog park and met a couple of great Danes. Leilu is a husky, so she’s big, but not as big as the Danes, named Flo and Eddie, or was it Eddie and Flo? – They were named after the leaders of the old rock and roll group, The Turtles back in the 60s?

First I’m going to share some photos of Leilu, my grand dog, with Flo and Eddie who I could not tell apart, though one is bigger than the other. Leilu looks crazy because she has blue eyes and a big smile which is real, not enhanced. She just got her stitches out from being spayed, so we didn’t have to worry about any hankypanky from the boys. She lives with her two sons who are also bigger than her, but that’s another story, or maybe it’s a yarn.

And here’s a video of the Turtles, including Flo and Eddie, from when they were on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 singing, “Happy Together,” a song on the playlist for my wedding reception.

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Good News Tuesday for June 1, 2021: Four Years of GNT, Court Orders Shell to Cut Emissions, Police Making a Difference, Working Together in Israel, and a Second Chance Pays Off

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GNT Four Year Anniversary!

It’s hard to believe Good News Tuesday has been going for four years! My first GNT post was on May 30, 2017. THANK YOU to all my readers and contributors for supporting the good news, one Tuesday at a time!

Court Orders Fossil Fuel Giant to Cut Emissions

A Dutch court has ordered Shell to cut carbon emissions by 45% to comply with the Paris Agreement. “It is the first time a company has been legally obliged to align its policies with the Paris climate accords, says Friends of the Earth…” Read more about this historic decision in BBC News.

Police Officers Living in High Crime Neighborhoods Make a Difference

A program in Atlanta helps dedicated police officers buy homes in high crime neighborhoods. Even with the financial assistance and other benefits, it’s a big commitment. Officers are expected to work to help tackle issues in the community. Lt. Ralph Woolfolk, a 14-year police veteran, is one such officer. This article about Lt. Woofolk and the program includes a great video.

Working Together

This is a photo I discovered on Facebook shared by T. B. Shamir who wrote: “This too is happening in Israel. My niece Tali working in one of Israel’s main hospital in harmony with her fellow staff – Jews and Arabs coexistence in the work force!”

Jewish and Arab Hospital Workers

The Judge Gave Him a Second Chance

Judge Bruce Morrow gave a 27-year-old Edward Martell, a high school dropout/drug dealer, a second chance sixteen years ago. Instead of jail time Martell got probation and to challenge to make something better of himself. Recently, Martell passed the Michigan state bar exam to become a lawyer and was sworn in by the same judge who gave him the second chance. I first saw this story on someone’s WATWB post (remind me who please) and then on the Good News Network. The video tells the story.

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SoCS: Calling Collect, Sea Shells, and Spirals

Today’s SoCS prompt is the word, “collect.”

Back in the olden days we could make a collect call – long distance – which meant that the person receiving the call could accept or decline to pay the charges. This came in handy if you were calling from a phone booth or didn’t want to pay, or couldn’t, pay the charges. Local calls didn’t have an extra charge. If you were calling collect, you had to go through the operator who would ask the person being called: “I have a collect call from John Doe, will you accept the charges?” The person could then decide to accept the call or not. I guess some things are simpler these days, though most are more complicated.

Some things I used to collect as a child and adolescent were sea shells, rocks, records, books… I still have a lot of books, and a small collection of rabbits (not real ones) and snow globes. I also collect dust and cat hair, though that is not intentional. My mother collected angel figurines which I have inherited. Dad collected coins which I gave to my son. My x husband collected comic books. I think he cashed one in for a lot of money which was always the plan. My current husband has a lot of books, but so do I. And sea shells, I still have a lot of sea shells. And bottle caps, plastic ones, of a some day art mosaic. I probably have, oh, I don’t know, at least a couple hundred plastic bottle caps. Maybe I’ll make an mermaid, though something abstract – a spiral would be fun, too.

I like spirals and used to want a spiral staircase. Now, I think it might be too much work, and a little risky, but pretty. Fractals are cool, too. Repeated patterns, I think that’s what they are, but in a geometric design. Spirals and fractals are common in nature. Someone out there knows more than I do about their energy.

This window is somewhere in Texas:

A few of my favorite shells

Hey! I just realized that the telephone chord we used to have connected to the receiver was a spiral! In the beginning days they were only a few feet long. It was exciting when we got one that reached from the kitchen to the dining room! Who remembers talking on the phone and twisting the cord with your finger?

An old telephone from pixabay
1957: Should I accept this collect call?

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Good News Tuesday for May 25th, 2021: Cancer Killing Compounds, Reducing Damage from Natural Disasters, Arts Education, and a Hero Cop

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Scientists Discover Cancer Killing Compounds

Oregon university scientists discovered “a new class of anti-cancer compounds that effectively kill liver and breast cancer cells.” The scientists focused on specific types of cancer that are hard to treat. Read more on the research here.

President Biden Doubles Funding to Mitigate Natural Disasters

US President Joe Biden announced that his administration is doubling the amount of money the government spends “to mitigate natural disasters before they hit, along with developing a new climate data effort at NASA.” Good Morning America reports that $1 billion will go to FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program.

Including the Arts for Better Outcomes in Education

New studies from the Universities in the UK propose that students be taught arts and sciences together “…around real-world problems, and in a manner rooted in pupils’ lived experiences.” The movement seeks to add the ‘A’ of arts back into STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) turning STEM into STEAM. I found this to be an interesting article from the Good News Network.

Deputy Saves Woman By Lifting Car

Deputy sheriff, J. Holt, from Virginia lifted an SUV off of a woman saving her life. This happened three months after he saved two people from a burning house. You can read more from CNN, and watch the video below. Watch till the very end for extra good news.

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SoCS: Crocs, Gators, and a Birthday Hike

Our Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “roc.” We are to find a word with “roc” in it or use it as a word all by itself, and enjoy!

Crocodiles are different from alligators. We have alligators here in North Carolina. I’ve seen them at the lake and less often in the creek not far from my house. Alligators are not as aggressive as crocodiles. I have to admit that I researched the differences before starting this stream. I was curious! But I’m still writing in SoCS style and did a minimum of planning. I think that’s the rule.

I used to think there were no crocodiles in the US, but read that southern Florida is the only place where gators and crocs coexist. Crocs have pointier snouts. I guess I thought gator snouts were pointy because that’s how they look in the water. Crocs live in South America and Africa. I’m glad gators aren’t that aggressive, at least to people, but you have to be careful not to let small dogs or cats run around gator territory. Don’t want to think too much about that.

How about this sign?

WARNING: Beware of Alligators

Is that sign just weathered, or did the alligators come up and rub those letters so you couldn’t read them? Why would they do that? Why would I even imagine that? Too much imagination. Let’s move on.

Crocs are a brand of functional shoes. I love my crocs sandals with lots of cushioning. The first pair I had lasted at least two years. Then each pair afterward seemed to last less time. It helps if I don’t wear them to do yoga outside. Seems I need more and more cushioning under my old feet. No more going barefoot. Maybe that’s a good thing. My feet will be a little safer from crocs, gators, and snakes when I go on hikes to the creek or my urban forest.

On Tuesday we went on a birthday hike for my daughter’s 28th birthday to a nature preserve across the bridge in the next county. There were places where alligators might have been hiding. No crocs though. We did see a turtle. (It looked like a turtle, but there was no water nearby so maybe it was a tortoise?) We hiked lots of varied terrain – woods, fields, and swamp. Not many rocks though like up north in the mountains. Glad it was too early for the mosquitoes to be out in force. I’ve only seen a few, but it’s been very dry here lately. It won’t be long…. Anyway, here a few photos from my daughter’s birthday hike.

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS May 22, 2021 | (lindaghill.com)


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Good News Tuesday for May 18, 2021: The Dogs are Back, Baby Turtles, Brain Power, and a Persistent 9-Year-Old Chooses Her Hero

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The Dogs are Back in the White House

After the Biden’s younger rescue dog, Major, caused minor injuries to a secret service agent who who surprised him, the dogs went away to training. Now they’re back in the white house with plans for a feline sister. One thing I love about this story is that the Bidens didn’t give up on Major. They got him the extra help he needed to come back and be part of the family. Here are details from USA Today.

Baby Turtles Rescued from Storm Drains

Over 825 baby diamondback terrapin turtles have been rescued from storm drains in New Jersey and are being cared for at the university until they can be released into the wild. Here’s more from CNN.

Paralyzed Man Achieves New Record Writing with His Mind

Using a “brain-to-text” system, a paralyzed man typed 18 words per minute – more than doubling the the previous record for typing with this type of interface. CNN explains how the process works.

Honoring All Our Heroes

Nine-year-old Noa was assigned to write about Amelia Earhart. But Noa wanted to write about Bessie Coleman, the first black (and Native American) female pilot in America. Since there were no opportunities for Ms. Coleman’s training in America, she saved her money and went to France for her pilot training. Like her hero, Noa was persistent. Here’s what happened:

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