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 […]

Excuses, excuses

By Nancy Black “Due to a combination of high generation outages typical in April and higher-than-forecasted demand from a stalled cold front over Texas, ERCOT may enter into emergency conditions this afternoon [Tuesday, April 13, 2021],” said ERCOT Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations, Woody Rickerson. Really, ERCOT? Really? You’re blaming “high generation outages […]


By Nancy Black Yippee! I’m fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and I don’t have to undergo brain surgery. Now what? No, I’m not going to Disneyland. I’m going to donate blood. I wasn’t sure if I could give, first because of my brain tumor treatment, which is now on hold. And second, because I was afraid […]

Three little words

By Nancy Black Benign brain tumor.  Say what? “You have a benign brain tumor,” my Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor repeated to me. “It’s called an acoustic neuroma,” she added. Flash back to 2017 when I first noticed hearing loss in my right ear. My primary care doctor suggested a hearing test, which I […]

S.O.S. — DDS is MIA

By Nancy Black I didn’t worry about them for the first few weeks of the pandemic shutdown. We were all kind of busy with other priorities. But then my teenager (them/they) pointed out it was time for new “trays.” Trays are the dental term for the plastic teeth guards custom-created to straighten teeth. My 16-year-old […]