My kind of HIGH school . . . . .

Apple Tre

The Interview

What did you first write on?

I believe I wrote on the edges of a page from the Sears and Roebuck catalogue.

Where did you study writing?

In the apple tree, reading books and eating apples

Does anyone help you with your writing?

Most certainly. Voices speak to me with ideas I had never thought of.

What do you enjoy most about writing



Writing and Wishing . . . . .

Baby card cover

I ran across this greeting card this morning. It is one of the many, many that I wrote for Hallmark back in the 70’s and 80’s. This is one of my early ones. Later ones gave my name. Maybe I’ll post a card now and then, although most of my cards I never saw.

People ask me if I studied writing in school and I have to say no, I never had a class in writing. Probably because I was in college during WW2 and our choice of classes was  limited. Still, I’m glad I didn’t. Right or wrong, what I write is me, and my mind was never tampered with by a far out professor with his own ideas and conditioning.

Imagine this. Hallmark asked me to write thoughts and feelings in words that have never been used in cards (thousands of them) before. That challenge was one of my teachers. I learned about writing things you can see and feel, also, in the 25-or-less words contests I entered for a few years, in which every single word was important and I was competing with thousands of writers. Still,  I filled wastebaskets with them before I sent one off.


Baby card 1

Baby card 2 - Copy


















African violets . . . Swedish humor . . .


Here is a picture of the Aftican violets in my kitchen window niche. Isn’t it amazing how neatly the leaves are trimmed in white?  That was not done by humans.  I do not have a green thumb so I appreciate every day this plant looks so beautiful and so healthy.

Today my niece Vida posted on Facebook a funny list of definitions. Made me laugh out loud. I come from a Swedish family and the Swedes have a great sense of humor. We used to laugh through an entire family reunion and remember to this day some of the things that made us laugh.  They would have loved this:


Artery:  Tue study of paintings

Bacteria:  Back door to a cafeteria

Caeserean section:  A neighborhood in Rome

Delate:  To live long

Fester:  Quicker than someone else

Fibula:  A small lie

Labor pain: Getting hurt at work

Medical staff:  A doctor’s cane

Morbid:  A higher offer

Nitrates:  Higher than day rates

Node: I knew it

Outpatient:  A person who has fainted

Pelvis:  Second cousin to Elvis

Post Operative:  A letter carrier

Recovery Room:  Place to do upholstery

Seizure:  Roman emporer

Tablet:  A small table

Terminal illness:  Getting sick at the airport

Tumor:  One plus one more