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Rose Ann Sinay

Family Recipes

By Rose Ann Sinay

Family Recipes

My grandmother, Alice, was a big, tall woman with a penchant for going shoeless. With her high cheekbones, long dark hair (parted in the middle) and her wide, leathery feet (the only trait I inherited from her), she could have passed as a full-blooded American Indian. My sister and I were very excited at the […]

The Love Shack

By Rose Ann Sinay

The newspaper listing described it as the coziest Cape on the street, which was just another way of saying it was probably the smallest house in the neighborhood. That didn’t deter me. After all, it was just the two of us. How much room did we need? And besides, I loved the address. Who wouldn’t […]

Bachelor Number 1

By Rose Ann Sinay

It was a blind date, facilitated by a friend of mine and a friend of his. I worked at a dental office; he worked at the pharmacy next door–but we’d never met. The pharmacist and the dental assistant that I worked with conspired, and my phone number was given to this unknown whom was deemed […]

Finding My Jig

By Rose Ann Sinay

Exercise has always been a dreaded chore. The adrenaline high my athletically motivated friends talk about has always eluded me — so have the benefits. I’m a bookworm sort of person, exercising my mind instead of my body. But, as I grow older, I think more seriously about my physical well-being since exercise always tops […]

A Grateful Heart

By Rose Ann Sinay

A Grateful Heart

“We’re going to a movie, and then out to dinner for Thanksgiving,” I replied, smiling brightly when my friends asked what my husband and I were doing for the holiday. Our son was living in Spain at the time, and our daughter had gone on a two week vacation to Arizona after graduating college and […]

In Perfect Harmony

By Rose Ann Sinay

In Perfect Harmony

When the folk-rock duo Simon and Garfunkel split up, my teen-aged heart broke in half. I cried and prayed that they would mend their relationship. I didn’t think there were any other singers that were as introspective and talented as they were. It was a huge crisis in my young, impressionable life. Of course, I […]

Committed

By Rose Ann Sinay

Committed

“You can always look them up on Facebook,” my daughter said after I told her another one of my old, high school stories with my daring partners-in-crime. Though the tales were funny, it made me nostalgic and sad. I never saw those friends again. “You don’t have to commit to a lifetime of unwanted photos […]

Life at 42 MPH

By Rose Ann Sinay

Life at 42 MPH

For our military family, “vacation” was the gap of time between reassignments. We traveled from one base to another – six months here, two years there. Vacation meant visiting family in California, Texas, and Virginia, because we weren’t sure when we would be stationed close enough to make another visit feasible. I was 12 in […]

Underneath the Paint and the Tarnish

My parents were collectors. They went to auctions, flea markets, garage sales and church fairs and never came home empty handed. They knew about storage auctions decades before the TV show Storage Wars made bidding on abandoned lots an exciting, cut-throat pastime. I rarely went on these expeditions with them. Their enjoyment of these adventures […]

A Gleam in the Eye and a Casserole in the Oven

My husband had walked into the house with a grocery bag in one arm and a bouquet of my favorite flowers, white Gerber daisies and red roses, in the other. I hadn’t sent him to the store with a list, so I was curious as to what other surprises were in the bag. The flowers […]

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