Swansea, South Carolina, USA
September 01
Retired academic as well as a Renassiance woman constantly reinventing herself . I have been fortunate to taste many of life's delights as a health care professional, radio producer/on air talent, foreign policy analyst, now in twilight of my life organic gardner and exhibitor of pure bred dogs keep me busy.


Don’t Tell Me THAT Came Out of MY Mouth!

Part 3 of the series: Dementia from the Inside Out

Parts 1 and 2 can be found at:

(There are too many)…experiences to make peace with (thus we must learn the art of) partial accommodation and accept that (symbols a/Read full post »
JUNE 19, 2012 9:14AM

I Don't Have the Right----Repost

Part 4 of the Series Dementia From the Inside Out

Parts 1-3 can be found at 

I cannot find anywhere that these two posts (Ghosts and I cannot Believe That Came Out of My Mouth) have showed up so I am reposting them.

A briefRead full post »

APRIL 28, 2012 10:01AM

Ghosts and Dementia

Ghosts and Dementia

Part 2 of the Series: Dementia from the Inside Out

I’m having a post nocturnal dementia hangover this morning. What does that mean? Well it means that I jolted myself awake, gasping for air and sensing something was off. Something was off: my c-pap mask which had been… Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2012 9:15AM

Dementia From the Inside Out

Dementia From the Inside Out

After about a year of being anything but settled, I put my 2nd cup of coffee on the edge of the desk and looked forward to reading some of my friends’ essays on Open Salon. I had sworn when I joined Open Salon that I’d never/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2010 8:11AM

Apropos of Normal

You know, we just never know what is going on in people's lives. In the early 1980s I had the privilege to interview Kurt Vonnegut. Looking back on it I remember him as one of the most helpful and kind interviewees that I'd ever interview (Alan Ginsberg falling into that category… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 9:04AM

Abortion a half century ago

This is a parallel posting to Dr Spudman's piece on abortion. It started as a comment and just became too long despite editing.

 I've been away letting the magicians work to keep my bits together well enough to stick around for a while.   I thought I'd drop in for a few seconds… Read full post »

My ‘child’ is now 45 years old and has been living with me off and on for the past six years. But one does not expect a middle-aged child to return home in such awful shape. I could manage for myself okay but to add another human with huge needs into… Read full post »

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JULY 8, 2010 9:25AM

Open Call: A Garden Sanctuary

We are hardly urban living in or next to a nature's sanctuary. It is quite isolated so we still have Bambi and her tribe (I"m winning organically thus far this year!) foxes, coyotes, feral cats (thank yew! thank yew! to all the idiots who dump their animals on the old kindly… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2010 8:20AM

Remembering Skip Two Years Later

Repost with updates

It's four days  past July 4th the celebration of our nation's birthday. It is also the second anniversary of my brother, Skip's death. Much has happend in these two years including Skip missing out on the grandchild he deeply wanted to see and touch. I thought I'd like… Read full post »

In Saturday's Essay in the Wall Street Journal Ron Chernow set forth a fascinating and sometimes scary look at partisanship in America making you wonder how the word civil ever got into the lexicon.  Read and enjoy! full post »


Many of you were kind enough to comment on my post from last week, When Jockeys were Rock Stars  where I spoke about the love and fond memories I had of my maternal grandparents, Vergie and Morris.  Without intending to suggest that I am OLD one commenter pointed outRead full post »

JUNE 19, 2010 8:45AM

When Jockeys Were Rock Stars

I have enjoyed reading the stories of other writer's dads this weekend and how I wish, oh how I wish that I could write about what I learned  with all the positive experiences from my dad. I can't. And I really don't want to dwell on the stream of men thru myRead full post »

MARCH 4, 2010 8:11AM

What Dogs Know

What Dogs Know

Doggie Update: Many have asked me to post photos as they got older. You do not know what you ask for! lol   So rather than clog up the OS machinery I'll direct you to a couple of YouTube videos I have posted and you  just click theRead full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2010 12:42PM

For an Irish Fiddler

For An Irish Fiddler 


I've only lived in this house 3 years soon but it seems I can only turn relinquish pieces of my identity a chip at a time. I ran across this the other day and thought I'd share it.


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Night time in the Country 

It's been 2.5 years since I retired from the college where I had taught for about 14 years . I am a Southerner by birth and by choice. Although born and reared in Texas, South Carolina had been my home for almost a decade as I ploughed through to my… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2009 2:00PM

Chicago Stories: Tobacco

When I first entertained the idea of becoming  an academic (or rather it was foisted upon me) I also entered the beginning of the electronic text page. Don Mabry, Professor Emeritus of Mississippi State University, began by  establishing the Historical Text Archive   (HTA), w… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2009 9:30AM

Women of the Wind and Rain

A million years ago I was scheduled by my good friend, Ahmos Zu-Bolton, to read at a very large poetry festival being held at Xavier University in New Orleans. It was very much a 'busman's holiday' where there were 500 in the audience sat ready to confront and enjoy otherRead full post »
NOVEMBER 22, 2009 9:19AM

Journey by Joanne Jimason

My Apologies for this not getting out in the proper way..I sent a message instead of a post.  I actually know the difference but apparently don't know it THIS morning! 


JoAnne Jimason from Blowing the Blues Away, Copyright by JoAnne Jimason 1981
What a pleasure it was to see the… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2009 8:26AM

Remembering Skip Two Years Later

It's four days  past July 4th the celebration of our nation's birthday. It is also the second anniversary of my brother, Skip's death. Much has happend in these two years including Skip missing out on the grandchild he deeply wanted to see and touch. On this day , I thought I'd… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2009 8:36AM

Blowing the Blues Away

Joanne Jimason, Blowing the Blues Away

Energy Earth Communications

Copyright Joanne Jimason 1981

The lights at the radio station had been turned down, the mood mellow as we , my engineer Ted and I, entered  the  late night section of poetry on the radio. Our shift was soon to be… Read full post »

Arriving at the Riverside

Poetry Review: Arriving at the Riverside

By RT Castleberry

Reviewed by P McRae

 My first encounter with RT Castleberry   was after  my first poetry reading at the Hard Thymes Soup Kitchen in  Houston almost thirty years ago.&nRead full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2009 11:01AM

Book Review: Spies In Warsaw



Review: The Spies of Warsaw

By Alan Furst

Random House Trade Publication

pp 226

Copyright 2008

I have, apparently, arrived late at the ‘celebrate Alan Furst’ party. But I am not going to let that deter me from sharing the book with other latecomers who might … Read full post »

Angel Lush with Pineapple 

This is an absolute fab lo cal tasty desert! Thanks to Kraft Foods for putting it out. The recipe and nutritional ingredients may be found in my recipes link to the left. The one think I wish Kraft had included was a revised nutritional information  list for those who decided… Read full post »

When I found myself plummeted down in the middle of this roiling milieu of musicians, artists, writers ....and then me producing and directing two  radio programs, it never occurred to me to feel lost. I knew what Juneteenth meant in Texas, tho not many outside the state did. The did not kn… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2009 9:52AM

The Nuances of Lying or When is it a Lie ?

So the phone rings around 8 this morning and I'm thinking it is my morning call from Baby Girl (BG) to let me know if her follicles are folliculating. Nope. It was A from Dr. D's office.

She #1says: Dr. M, Dr. D wanted me to call you to let you… Read full post »