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Rose Ann Sinay

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 […]

Let Them Eat (Christmas) Cake

“Mom, do you think the Christmas cake is appropriate to bring to an adult dinner party?” my daughter asked during our phone conversation, two weeks before Christmas. “Of course,” I said. It’s the perfect holiday dessert.” But I knew what she meant. It was “our” special cake that we’d been making together since she was […]

Dance Lessons

By Rose Ann Sinay

Dance Lessons

When I was ten, my mother signed me up for ballroom dancing. It wasn’t because I was graceful or loved to dance. She signed me up because it was free. Living on the American military base in Japan had perks for its service families. There were activities for almost every interest, offered for the price […]

The Next Breaking Headline

By Rose Ann Sinay

The Next Breaking Headline

Every week day at 6:30, I sit in my favorite chair and watch The Evening News with Diane Sawyer. She delivers all the information I need to know in a warm, empathetic and competent manner – all in less than thirty minutes. Thirty minutes – that’s the key. She (and her staff) filter through the […]

The Art of Packing in the Rain

“One bag,” my husband said. “Why can’t two small children share one big bag?” He asked the same question every time he loaded the car trunk for our vacation destinations, repositioning coolers, toys, suitcases and canvas sacks of miscellaneous extras. “Next time you can do their packing,” I retorted. “Okay,” he agreed. “Kids don’t need […]

A Uniform of a Different Kind

My father was a career serviceman. Of his twenty-three years in the Air Force, three of those years were spent away from his family for months, and even a year at a time. He was the textbook military type: crew cut hair – sharp as a bed of nails with spit polished shoes – shiny […]

The Picture on the Box

By Rose Ann Sinay

The Picture on the Box

I walked into one of the popular beauty specialty stores and began searching the shelves of the philosophy® brand section for their newest promotional kit. “Can I help you?” a young saleswoman asked. “Are you looking for a cleanser? Bath and shower gels? This brand makes a wonderful moisturizer.” She opened a tester jar, dipped […]

Library in the Sky

By Rose Ann Sinay

Library in the Sky

My Kindle broke. It may have had something to do with dropping it, screen face down…on the tile floor…hard. First was that feeling of disbelief. I had over 500 books saved on it, 450 unread. Mostly free books mind you, but behind this compilation of titles was two years of summary reading and slogging through […]

An Heirloom in the Making

By Rose Ann Sinay

An Heirloom in the Making

I was surprised, to say the least, when my daughter informed me that she would not be wearing my gown on her wedding day – the dress that had been cleaned, boxed and stored with the thought that one day my little girl would wear it down the aisle. The many rows of flat lace, […]

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