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Rose Ann Sinay

Just Call Me Grandma

By Rose Ann Sinay

Just Call Me Grandma

“When are you two going to have a baby?” I asked my son over the phone, unable to keep from voicing the urgent question in my mind. I had just returned from lunch with my friends. They all had grandchildren – adorable, sweet infants and toddlers. One grandbaby had his grandfather’s eyes; another had her […]

Living on the Edge

By Rose Ann Sinay

Living on the Edge

“We should get a bunch of people together and play some volleyball,” my husband said as we walked by the volleyball net on Ocean Isle Beach. My husband and I enjoy walking on the beach late in the afternoon, after all the sun worshippers have gone home, and we noticed that the volleyball area was […]

Christmas Shopping, Part II

By Rose Ann Sinay

Christmas Shopping, Part II

We sat around the table after demolishing the second wave of leftovers from Christmas dinner, the day before. We had just filled the dishwasher with the late-lunch dishes. The pots and pans were still piled in the sink, soaking; the way we were feeling, they could be soaking there for quite a while. We eyed […]

Mother Nature Gone Glam

By Rose Ann Sinay

Mother Nature Gone Glam

Last week, I pulled out “the bear” – my nubby brown, seasonal sweater decorated with large leaves in brilliant oranges, rusty reds and mustard yellows. Fuzzy squirrel appliqués peek through the piles of leaves along the hemline as if the tiny animals were scavenging acorns for the winter. I’ve had the knitted pullover for at […]

Far, Far Away

By Rose Ann Sinay

Far, Far Away

It was the perfect getaway weekend: husband-free, guilt-free, do what you want to do, no-pressure kind of vacation with a bunch of girl friends. One of the women in our circle owned a cottage on a lake in upper state New York that could sleep as many people as showed up at her door. “Just […]

Defining Moments

By Rose Ann Sinay

Defining Moments

My cell phone dinged – a text from my son. Get Dad on Skype, he had written without preamble. It was his father’s birthday. I groaned. What was wrong with calling on the phone? I had just gotten a new computer and had spent the past few days trying to get used to it. Techie […]

Better Than Nice

By Rose Ann Sinay

Better Than Nice

My son was getting married in three weeks, and I didn’t have a dress. I had been searching for several months for the right gown. You know, the one that makes you look tall (I’m 5′ 2" on my driver’s license) and willowy (thank goodness it doesn’t list your weight or I would have to […]

Artificial Intelligence

By Rose Ann Sinay

Artificial Intelligence

Each December, my huge Christmas cactus is covered with hundreds of plump buds. By the holidays, the plant is in full, glorious bloom. The vibrant, pink flowers that explode from the leggy stems make me smile every time I walk into my living room. Just like clockwork, the blossoms see the old year out and […]

Stress Management 101

By Rose Ann Sinay

Stress Management 101

Stress management, my family would say, is a course I should take, not a subject I should talk about. For years, they have endured my last minute, stress-filled hustle that precedes every party, big project or serious responsibility. That last hour before the event is my “push time” – that short period that forces me […]

My Mother’s Daughter

By Rose Ann Sinay

My Mother's Daughter

My elderly mother, a native Texan, recently moved from Waco to San Antonio. I decided it would be a good time to visit Mom in her new home and do a little historical research for a book I was working on. When I arrived, she was already waiting behind the glass front door. My first […]

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