Anne's Diary
Monday, January 21, 2013
Seven years ago, I wrote a diary called Evil Corn. Now I'm addressing Evil Wheat. After I discovered I'm a Type II diabetic, I lost 100 pounds (took me 3 years!) on a low-carb diet, and I still treat wheat products the way other people treat alcohol or chocolate--I think carefully before I indulge. Despite this, I used to scoff at all the...
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Friday, January 11, 2013
In the wake of what is only the LATEST massacre in a US school, the head of the NRA (National Rifle Association) gave a speech that emphasized the violence we tolerate--even enjoy--in our media--movies, TV and video games. He suggested that was the place to start in order to prevent such violence in the future. While gun control advocates...
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
I'm writing this after opening my Christmas presents, and getting some things I didn't like, some things I'm indifferent to, and some things I really love. In other words, a typical Christmas morning. Over the years, I've decided that males buying presents for the females in their lives is one of the situations that is most fraught with failure...
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
I've learned about yet another miracle. This keeps happening to me, and I don’t really know why, but I truly treasure these moments--when someone confides something to me which cannot be categorized, but which REALLY HAPPENED. It all happened in a very mundane situation, when I was having an initial appointment with a doctor. He asked me...
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Christmas is a feeling, more than anything. Whether or not we celebrate the date of Jesus' birth in the right month (we don't) or if the Bible describes the scene correctly (most theologians say it doesn't), we want to feel happy and in a giving mood at this time of year. Christmas decorations and lights help with this--they're like a...
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
I'm aging fairly gracefully, but I have to admit it: I have horrible hair. When I was in the hospital 8 years ago, I had a shunt put into my head, and I'll have that shunt in there forever, probably, so I've resolved to get used to it: As I wrote in an earlier diary, my scalp will always resemble Frankenstein's a little bit.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Whitley and I just celebrated our 42nd wedding anniversary. It's kind of hard to believe we've been together so long: I realized that we've been married to each other for over half our lives. We've had our fights (who hasn't?), but we're not tired of each other yet. I was a dumb young girl when I met Whitley, so I consider myself lucky, not...
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
The news has been rife with sex scandals lately--something you'd think our society would finally be mature enough to shrug off. The affair of General David Petraus, and the somehow related affair of General John Allen, don't make sense to a lot of us. It's true that high testosterone guys who like to take risks, such as politicians and soldiers...
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Whitley and I love cabaret, especially chanteuses singing the Great American Song Book. They closed our favorite venue for this in New York City, so now we're searching out new places to hear those wonderful old songs. We went to Disney Hall to hear the great singer Barbara Cook last night, but first we went to lunch with a friend who is about...
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Monday, November 12, 2012
In tough economic times, the Presidential election is practically handed to the other party. What happened this time? I think women made the difference. Woman make up the majority of voters in this country, so it's always a mistake to alienate them. First of all, a Republican made a major gaffe: Republican representative Todd Akin used the...
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Monday, November 5, 2012
We recently had a film crew set up their equipment and shoot an interview with Whitley in our apartment--for the second time (the first time didn't work out very well). They offered to send a car for Whitley to ride out to a studio to do the shoot, but because of his bad back, he didn't think he could sit in a car that long, so they came to us.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
New York City got an early Halloween surprise: A superstorm! It closed down the stock market and the subways, but that city is nothing, if not resourceful. I remember one time, years ago, when there was an incredible blizzard in New York City--people were strapping on their cross country skis in order to navigate the streets.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
In a recent diary, I mentioned that I will soon have to start taking driving lessons again. I also wrote a diary several years ago about nuns I have known. Putting these two seemingly disparate topics together brings me to the story of a former driving instructor's experience with a nun.
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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Whitley's back pain got so bad that he went to his doctor. He had been taking pain meds that made him too nauseous to eat or drink, so he lost a lot of weight and became weak and dehydrated. He recognized he was fading fast, so he went to our General Practitioner, who gave him three intravenous bags of what he assumed was saline solution, but...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Now and then you hear a magical story which makes you think the world is not really the way it seems to be, on the surface. A new friend of mine told me this: She was corresponding with a man on Facebook and finding him very compatible. Here's the story in her own words: "We kept in touch sporadically there, instant messaging each other...
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
An angel has been appearing in Whitley's life recently, and she's brought physical healing and a healing message as well. This is the deceased mother of the goddaughter whom I got that urgent message to contact after I awoke from my coma 8 years ago. About a week ago, Whitley said, "I had the most incredible dream last night." He had...
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Friday, October 5, 2012
There's a wonderful old gospel tune that goes something like this: "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine (repeated several times) then: "Hide under a bushel--No! I'm gonna let it shine (more repeats)." This refers to Matthew 5:15, Mark 4:21 and Luke 11:33, where Jesus says, "No one takes a lamp and puts it in a...
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Anyone who is around hummingbirds for any length of time discovers that they would rather fight than eat. We have a hummingbird feeder on our balcony, not (I admit) because I think they need food--our neighborhood is filled with delicious flowers--but because these extraordinary little creatures are so much fun to watch. I'll see a hummer...
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Monday, September 17, 2012
We're having something unusual for people who live near the ocean: a heat wave. Surprisingly, Whitley (who grew up in Texas without air conditioning) is having a harder time bearing it that I am. As the thermometer creeps up into the 80s and 90s, I get a inkling of what the future may be like for many of us here on Earth. When we lived in New...
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Or maybe through the minefields, when it comes to 9/11, because it has a different meaning for everyone. We all remember where we were when events like that happened: when the Kennedys were assassinated, when the planes hit the Twin Towers. Whitley and I had only recently lost our cabin in upstate New York and moved to his hometown of San...
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
One of the most startling things you learn when you interview (and talk to) "contactees"--as I do-- is that the Visitors SMELL bad. In a past diary, I speculated that perhaps the Grays are autistic, based on the idea that autistics are often "savants," making them a higher form of evolution. I also noticed this from the...
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
There's a wonderful song and dance number in the middle of the film "Singin' in the Rain" in which Donald O'Connor sings a song called "Make 'Em Laugh." I'm in that strange position right now--we have a seriously ill friend far away in another city whose kids are asking us to send her amusing jokes and stories to cheer her up (...
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
We have a grownup friend with the sense of humor of an 11-year-old-boy. He lives in another city, but that doesn't stop him: he likes to phone us and tell us jokes from the kids' section of the Sunday cartoon supplement and now he's purchased a joke book filled with this kind of half-baked humor. Throughout the day, he calls and tells one of them...
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Occasionally I read a biographical note about someone (usually a celebrity or writer) who is wedded to one specific place--a homestead, a landscape, a state or a country--has found complete happiness there and has vowed never to leave. I envy them.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012
As I write this, we have just finished watching our friend Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' excellent documentary about aging models: "About Face." Tim was the director of XXX, a documentary about porn stars that Whitley appeared in. I grew up with these ladies, thumbing through the pages of fashion magazines, while wondering if I would...
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
When I look at the list of seemingly senseless massacres that have occurred in the US over the last few decades, I notice that a good number of them have occurred in the West, especially in one state: Texas.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I've been hobbling around in what I call "das boot" after a recent operation to correct my "Greek foot." If you've ever seen images of Greek statues (or the real thing), your eyes start at the head, then travel down to those fig leaves supplied by the Vatican, then further down to the feet, where you notice that, for some...
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
The recent conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on several counts of pedophilia brings that awful topic to the news again. We've all heard hundreds of stories about pedophile priests, as well as similar actions by prep school teachers, to the extent that this seems to be some sort of epidemic. What's going on?...
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I recently read a magazine article that said something to the effect of, "Women can have it all" (meaning a career, a happy marriage, and motherhood)--"They just can't have it all AT ONCE." I think men are now in the same leaky boat. Longer life spans and the recession have combined to mean that both sexes live their lives in...
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Thursday, June 14, 2012
I have written about annoying "critters" in this column before, and I was discussing bugs with someone the other day, and we both agreed that both fleas and roaches will be with us forever, since they seem to be impervious to things that would kill any other creature, including humans. It's been discovered that roaches can survive high...
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