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The Abortion Decision: A Christian woman decides

The abortion decision of a religiously conservative woman is not simple.  This is a decision she will never be able to take back, so she will want to get it right.  For a woman raised in the uncompromisingly anti-abortion atmosphere of conservative Christianity and Catholicism, the number of churches that support abortion rights might beContinue reading “The Abortion Decision: A Christian woman decides”

Doing Yoga in California

My husband and I were meandering up scenic Route 1, soaking up the shoreline and coastal hills of California, when we saw a sign Dillon Beach and decided to drive there.  It was quite a long way, out of cell phone contact. The first thing we saw was a gaggle of rundown trailers with roomContinue reading “Doing Yoga in California”

Publicity for Writers: Fie on four talking points

A friend caught me up with the latest in publicity strategy:  have four talking points and be sure to get around to them in every interview.  No matter what questions they ask you. Why is it that the appearances I remember on Johnny Carson are the times when Orson Welles did magic tricks. Yes, IContinue reading “Publicity for Writers: Fie on four talking points”

Nothing's Free After Sixty

I was on the cover of a national magazine, eldr, in spring, 2008.  (This excellent magazine has since stopped publication.)  I am sitting back in the arms of an attractive man, and only a careful look reveals that I am wearing any clothes at all.  The website,, uses not only the cover photo, but photosContinue reading “Nothing's Free After Sixty”

Life's secrets

“Do you mind me asking you something?” “No.  Go ahead.” “Do you have sex?” The woman asking me was about 45 years old, a friend of my younger daughter, who was standing right there.  My daughter had just told her that I was a newlywed, at 66. “Of course!”   I didn’t want to be cuteContinue reading “Life's secrets”

Grandpa and Grandma need snuggles, too

My church asked me to teach their sex education curriculum.  It was difficult to find that fine line between telling too much and telling too little.  My two fellow teachers and I laughed with each other over the fiction we were creating that we knew enough about sex to tell others about it. We knew aboutContinue reading “Grandpa and Grandma need snuggles, too”

Sleeping together

In a bar watching the Giants win a game in the football playoffs, we were sitting at a table opposite a couple who were watching the television behind us, while we watched the television behind them.  She was never more than a few inches from him — his shoulder, his head, his hand, his leg. Continue reading “Sleeping together”

Precious love

Love is precious, though many people don’t act as if it were. For all my adult life, I have sought love, and now I have found it. My definition of “love” might be different from yours – what I have sought is the completeness and serenity which comes when you feel you are not alone,Continue reading “Precious love”

My legacy

I have begun to think about my legacy.  Brooke Astor just died at 105, and if I live as long as she did (a dubious goal) I’ll have 40 more years, but not all of those years would be productive ones. My children are a big part of my legacy, and I also would beContinue reading “My legacy”