I miss my friend

Sandy Holthaus My neighbor Ann lost her Dad this year, she wrote a lovely tribute to him about all the things she missed doing with him this Spring. As I read it, I thought of how much I miss my frien…

Spring, please!

Sandy Holthaus In the spring, it feels good to wash away the dirt and grime of the muddy season. It’s time to shake off the dull and put a fresh spin on everything. For me, I usually have a project or…

Find a penny

Sandy Holthaus I was shopping with my mom on Friday in Buffalo. If I ever see a penny on the ground, I pick it up saying to myself “And all day I’ll have good luck”. I found a flattened, grubby coin i…

The perfect spouse

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” After spending the last three decades with my husband, I’ve learned marriage isn’t what I thought it would be. In some ways it is harder. In myriad ways it exceeds my exp…

Refresh my memory

Sandy Holthaus We have a three-year-old great nephew staying with us for eight nights and nine days while his parents and older brother go on a cruise. He is a treasure. Really cute, super sweet and d…

Cardinal red

Sandy Holthaus When I woke up this morning to almost nine inches of fresh snow I was struck by how beautiful and white it was outside. Just then a cardinal and his bride landed right outside the windo…

Drinking in the sun

Sandy Holthaus This is the winter of all winters and I have recently read that many, many people are suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency. Until I was an adult, I had never heard of Vitamin D, and un…

Tidying up

Jill Pertler “Slices of Life” We all wake up in the morning,  unless we work the night shift. Then we go to bed in the morning and wake in the evening. But despite differing schedules, we all have som…

Touching gestures

Sandy Holthaus I wrote my fist column for the Annandale Advocate in November of 2006. That’s more than 300 columns collected over the years. My mother has kept a copy of each and every one in scrapboo…

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