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Linda O’Connell

When My Bosom Hit the Big Time

Recently I visited my family physician. I had been experiencing tingling in my left arm and tightness in my chest during the day which inexplicably subsided at bed time. After endless probing and numerous tests, the doctor ruled out impending heart attack and other serious maladies. “Your tests came back negative. Nothing serious. Probably just […]

We Do

By Linda O'Connell

We Do

It wasn’t love at first sight when Bill and I met twenty-five years ago. He was just the nice guy in a group of friends who liked to dance. For me, it was LIKE at first sight, and I swear I heard my late grandmother whisper in my ear one evening as we were saying […]

The Other “M” Word

By Linda O'Connell

The Other "M" Word

Indeed, with age comes change. I’ve heard it said that age is only a number. Well, my numbers keep adding up. I went to see my young, thin doctor who doesn’t have an ounce of fat on her body. I looked at the pictorial display posted in the exam room of her with her bicycling […]

Remember Us Young

By Linda O'Connell

Remember Us Young

Sheila and I have often said that it is a miracle we survived that brutal Alaska winter so many years ago. She and I were teenaged, newlywed wives when we joined our soldier husbands stationed at the top of the world. We linked elbows and hearts in summer as we walked through fields of fireweed, […]

Paw-Paw Always Believed

By Linda O'Connell

Paw-Paw Always Believed

There’s something very special about experiencing all of the “firsts” with your first grandchild, especially if she is as verbal and precocious as ours was. Four year old Ashley was madly in love with the first guy she ever “dated.” She showed him off to her girlfriends, and she bragged all evening about how much […]

Gym Dandy

By Linda O'Connell

Gym Dandy

One look in the full length mirror, just one month before vacation, was the impetus I needed to get myself to a gym. The rules stated that members should wear tennis shoes and bring a hand towel; also jeans were forbidden on the exercise equipment. If I could have gotten away with flip-flops and stretch […]

He Married Me Twice

By Linda O'Connell

He Married Me Twice

Most brides-to-be plan every detail of their weddings and consider their grooms their “prize.” I didn’t have to plan a single thing because I won the grand prize! On a whim, I entered my favorite local radio station’s Valentine’s Day contest. I penned new lyrics to an old song about my fiancé. Two weeks after […]

A Stair-Step Christmas Carol

By Linda O'Connell

A Stair-Step Christmas Carol

I love Christmas carols. I can’t carry a tune, but I keep my car radio tuned to the Christmas station during December and sing holiday music at the top of my lungs. One song in particular brings tears to my eyes no matter how often I hear it. The melody takes me back to Christmas […]

Most people zip down the interstate highways like they’re at a race track; young people flash by me a in a blur, and whenever I see an old guy in a Corvette, I just signal and move to the slow lane, as I know he is reliving his youth, a time in his life when […]

If the Shoe Fits

By Linda O'Connell

There was a time in my life when I clomped to work in fancy dress shoes, and I danced the metal tips right off every pair of high heels in my closet. These days I prefer my shoes cushy-soft, and I wish with all my heart that winter didn’t come to the Midwest. Like most […]

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