The last picture of Stanley

By Nancy Black My dear friend was sobbing. She’d been purging her house this past weekend and it had stirred up a lot of emotion. Boxes had piled up, furniture got moved from one room to another, and her home was now a disaster area of clutter. But that is not what bothered her the […]

Good-bye, old friends

By Nancy Black They have no idea who they are or were. Nor do they care. No. My children aren’t callous or rude. They were just born during a different time in history. I, on the otherhood, do know who Doris Day, Tim Conway and Peggy Lipton are/were. And I feel blessed to have experienced […]

Hear ye! Hear ye!

By Nancy Black Even though I didn’t want to get picked, I was still disappointed when I was dismissed for the day. My juror number was 2705, and the courts were already full of potential panels by number 1180. Darnit. My inner “Law & Order” and “Forensic Files” fan was truly let down. I did […]

This life is not a dress rehearsal!

By Nancy Black I thought it was about acting. My sister gave me a beautiful plaque one Christmas more than 20 years ago. I was just back from Hollywood at the time, so I thought the phrase on the pink ceramic artwork — “This life is not a dress rehearsal” — was a reference to […]

My child, my hero!

By Nancy Black My oldest brother died Sunday night, but not before my youngest child and I were in a horrific automobile accident earlier that afternoon. I had just left my brother’s hospice in Allen and picked my teenager up from a worship service in Plano. We headed south down 75, to 635 east. It […]

’Till death do us part

By Nancy Black My oldest brother Randy had a massive stroke while sitting in his barber’s chair on a Tuesday morning. The doctors said there was a 97 percent mortality rate for his type of stroke. That meant he had a three percent chance of surviving. That was three years ago this month. My brother […]

No up, up and away

By Nancy Black What’s up (get it?) with the helium shortage? I stopped by a local party store this past week and was shocked to learn they were out of helium. What? How can a party store be out of helium? I had to found out. Turns out, helium is used for a lot more […]

‘Snap out of it!’

By Nancy Black Cher’s famous words to Nicolas Cage in the movie “Moonstruck” are classic. His character is telling hers how much he loves her, and she slaps him across the face and says, “Snap out of it!”  If only snapping out of it were that easy. You can’t just snap out of love. And, […]

Don’t go M.I.A.

Don’t go M.I.A.

By Nancy Black Missing in action, or M.I.A. It’s not a term many children these days know. But children of my generation know what M.I.A. means probably more than any other. The Vietnam War was in full force during my childhood.  I don’t remember too much about the actual war; I was a kid, after […]