Just when I thought I was safe

By Nancy Black I knew the moment I woke up Thursday morning that something was wrong. I had no use of my nose or sinuses, and I had a dull, throbbing headache.  “Is this what COVID-19 feels like?” I thought to myself as I struggled to get out of bed. After pondering my situation all […]

Beware of the dangers

By Nancy Black They were a typical family gathered at their home to light the grill for a back yard barbeque. Four children, a mom and a dad. The dad lights the grill, it makes a huge poof of flames, and the children dance around with delight. But then a light wind blows through. Sparks […]

Many hands make for light work

By Nancy Black It was like being the first person in line at Fletcher’s Corny Dogs on the opening day of the State Fair of Texas! The grease was fresh, the smell of funnel cakes was in the air and the party was just beginning. Lake a Palooza, at the Bath House Cultural Center, was […]

It was an honor

By Nancy Black Immediate respect. That is what I saw. Forget all the divisiveness around air travel and mask mandates happening in our world today. The moment the pilot told us of the situation, we all acted accordingly — with the utmost respect. I flew to Annapolis this past weekend to visit my midshipman. After […]

Thank you, Mr. Rogers!

By Nancy Black Betty White, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Fred Rogers. They are a few of my heroes in life. Unfortunately, they are no longer with us. But their legacies live on. They were all kind, caring, talented trailblazers who made the world a better place. Will Smith used to be one of my heroes. […]

The Big Chill

By Nancy Black My tulips are confused, and so am I. I just got through taking all my plants back outside, after moving them inside to protect them from the cold. Now I have to bring them back in? I have winter weather PTSD. Post-traumatic stress syndrome is a very serious disorder, so please don’t […]

A Red Ribbon Day!

By Nancy Black My mouth dropped open in disbelief on Tuesday as I worked at my desk while listening to the national evening news. Especially because the tone of voice of the anchor was so calm and nonchalant, like what he was reporting was no big deal. “A woman was cured of HIV, the virus […]

Careful, smart, joyful

By Nancy Black “Duck and cover.” That’s what my generation was taught as children. The Cold War was very real. Most school cafeterias were designated as fall-out shelters. Ducking and covering was also designed to save people from tornadoes. We actually had to duck and cover one day when I was a child at a […]

Tiny bubbles

By Nancy Black The entrance to my house during the holidays was more of a revolving door than a front door. Throughout the month of December, I hosted little bubbles of people in my home. No large gatherings. Just a few select souls at randomly scheduled times.  Personally, I was stricken with bronchitis before Christmas. […]

Gratefully giving

By Nancy Black My friend answered the phone crying. I was calling to cancel our meeting. It was Saturday morning.  She was emotionally distraught because she was watching news coverage of tornadoes, which had just devastated five states overnight. I was canceling because I was sick with a cold and had been asleep since about […]