Shipping woes? Why?

By Nancy Black I’m one of the original Shop Local Saturday consumers. I used to shop every Saturday when I was a child. Why? Because my mother was Bronson the Artist, and she had her portrait studio in Olla Podrida. Olla, what? Olla Podrida. It was THE place to shop in Dallas during the 70s […]

Boo Bee

By Nancy Black It’s a silly children’s joke. “How do you scare a bee?” The unknowing subject of said joke responds, “I don’t know. How?” “Boo bee!” the jokester responds, as he or she pokes the other person’s chest. Funny, right? What’s not funny is when you have to take your boo bees to get […]

The Fair is in the air

By Nancy Black Sweater weather! I love those two words. And I love what they mean. They mean it’s time for cool mornings, chilly evenings and, of course, the State Fair of Texas. I’ve missed the State Fair, though, I must admit, I was a bit hesitant to go this year.  But I am going […]

Loyalty can be costly

By Nancy Black I thought I had the best of the best. I was part of an elite crowd. I would always be protected. Now, I feel ignorant, befuddled and really disappointed, mostly in myself. It turns out, the insurance company I have been a member of for more than 32 years has been charging […]

Casper would be ashamed

By Nancy Black Ghosting. If you’re not familiar with the term, here’s the definition from Psychology Today: “Ghosting is abruptly ending communication with someone without explanation. The concept most often refers to romantic relationships but can also describe disappearances from friendships and the workplace.” I was ghosted recently, and it really hurt. I hadn’t spoken […]

Fighting off the biting!

By Nancy Black Fourteen hours later, I woke up. My right eye was not only still swollen, it was now crusted over. So much for taking Benadryl at the first sign of an allergic reaction. It all started with a simple mosquito bite. I live next to a creek. I know to slather myself in […]

Surviving stupidity

By Nancy Black I had thought of everything, until I didn’t think at all. I’d covered all my bases, except my home base. I thought I was smart but learned my intelligence can fail me.  Let me set the stage. I was selling my dearly beloved Toyota van, which I no longer needed now that […]

Lunar or lunatic?

By Nancy Black I’m blaming it on the full moon. Or maybe it is because my youngest child is getting ready to graduate from high school. Then again, it could be because I live in a state that now allows anyone and everyone to carry a gun, whether or not they know how to use […]

Let go of past to protect future

By Nancy Black The woosh of energy swirled through my house. Adrenaline was pumping through my veins. And the sky erupted with thunderous booming and pouring rain. All this happened after the document shredding company pulled away from my house on Tuesday. Years and years of bills, banking and medical records had just been ripped […]

Freedom from cooties!

By Nancy Black I finally did it. And it was great. I’ll do it again soon, too. For the first time in more than a year, I flew in an airplane!  My heartstrings were pulling a week ago after a phone call with my son, who is in the Navy. He ended the call by […]