Looking at two green dots

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy I feel like Frankie. In one of the early episodes of Netflix’s new series, Grace and Frankie, Frankie, an artist, paints two green dots on a canvas — and stops and stares at them. During the episode, she returns several times and stares at them...

A horse is a horse unless of course his name is … Potoooooooo?

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy What’s in a name? Quite a lot, if you’re a racehorse. Naming a thoroughbred isn’t quite like going to the pound and rescuing a pet you can name anything you want to — from Aalborg to Zyzzyva. The 43-page American Stud Book of Rules and Regulations...

Disliking grammar police patrols

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy There are a lot of “grammar police” around. I saw a piece on TV’s CBS Sunday Morning about a computer engineer in California who has gone through Wikipedia and changed every “comprised of” to “composed of.” There were over 16,000 of them. I didn’t...

A weeklong friendship feast

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy We have just finished another wonderful, whirlwind week of Friendship Force visitors. We hosted a lovely couple from Winnipeg, Canada, and while meeting new people is the best part of the Friendship Force exchanges, seeing new places is also a big...

In quandary over super-couponer

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Isaw another one of those pieces on TV about a super couponer who racked up over $70 worth of groceries for a total charge at the checkout of 2 cents. We apparently eat all the wrong things! I scour the Sunday paper inserts every week hoping for...

Spring colorful enough on its own

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Ah, spring, when winter finally gives up its cold, grey hold and lets in the glorious colors that warm our hearts. Pink and yellow and purple and white flowering trees and shrubs make a backdrop for the golden daffodils and jewel-toned tulips and...

‘Septic’ tax shock ends travel plans

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Shakespeare imbued the Ides of March, which falls on the 15th, with ominous overtones when Julius Caesar was warned about the date, and since our annual appointment with the IRS falls on April 15, I have always thought of it as the Ides of April....

When physicals get physical

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy Not long ago, there was a lot of publicity about doctors who said annual physicals are a waste of time and money because they seldom turn up devastating health problems. Maybe not, but I happen to think it is just as important to find out what is...

Played its last game

View and Reviews by Jean McCamy I really liked my old computer. We had been together for a long time, and I knew what to click to get where I wanted to go and do what I wanted to do. It occasionally got in a snit and locked up on me or hid something so I couldn’t find it for a...

Extended family treasured

Growing up, I had 10 aunts and five uncles. I knew some of them better than others, I liked some of them better than others and some of them were a little stranger than others, but as an only child, I was very pleased to be a part of two large extended families. With all those...

Blowing snow better than sand

Views and Review by Jean McCamy During last week’s big snow someone sent me a cartoon of two men, waist deep in snow, hiking away from their abandoned car. One was saying to the other, “Repeat after me: At least we don’t get hurricanes … at least we don’t get hurricanes … at...

We (didn’t) miss the snow

Views and Reviews by Jean McCamy We missed most of the ice, snow and bone-chilling weather last week. Instead, we were in Panama enjoying a feast for all our senses. It’s hard to decide what was the most enjoyable part of the trip — the people, the scenery, the flowers, the food...