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Katie Learns To Knit

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday and the start of another summer weekend. I hope you’re all well. Harry wants to go fishing tomorrow, so if it’s not raining, we’ll go down to the river. I don’t enjoy fishing much, but he likes me to keep him company. Harry baits…

The Colic Story

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you’ve been enjoying the cooler weather before the heat returns. My daughter and grandson came over for a visit, and he still has a touch of colic where he tenses, pulls his little legs up and cries with what seems like stomach pains. We…

Katie’s Childhood

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Over the weekend I had time to delve more deeply into my Katie character as I cleaned my kitchen cabinets. My daughters had come for a visit, and we sat in the living room laughing and sharing stories about their lives. As I watched them, I…

Gardening With Rose

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Please take special care to stay hydrated in this summer heat—water, ginger ale and sports drinks are a good combination to keep your electrolytes balanced. Harry and I had to stop doing the gardening before we passed out. “Come on, Pris, we finished the weeding, and…

Katie’s Mindset

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Harry and I just got back from having lunch down at the pier where there’s always a nice cool breeze. We strolled along the water’s edge where we had our first date, and Harry took my hand. We reminisced about our romance and had a good…

Shadow Of A Doubt

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Over the weekend, I watched the film SHADOW OF A DOUBT again on the old movie channel. My father loved 1940s black and white films and introduced me to them when I was a kid. On Saturday afternoons, he would take me to the movies, and…

More On Katie

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s a cool wet Friday, and my garden and I are so happy after yesterday’s heat and humidity. It’s my youngest daughter’s birthday tomorrow, so I’m busy baking a birthday cake from scratch—eggs, flour, sugar, butter and vanilla. I beat seedless raspberry jam with a…

Reilly Update

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s mid-week, and Harry and I just got the results of Reilly’s x-rays from the radiologist who concurred with the vet that Reilly does not have a fracture and his hips and pelvis are fine, but that he has a floating knee cap and advanced arthritis…

Learn About Hope House

Our Mission Statement Hope House’s mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing safe refuge and supportive services that educate and empower those affected by domestic violence. Hope House will advocate social change that protects and enables a person’s right to live a life free of abuse.…

Reilly In Distress

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Monday, and I hope you had a peaceful weekend. Unexpectedly, we were busy taking care of Reilly. On Saturday after his breakfast, he suddenly began to limp. His back right leg was sticking out, he was whimpering and couldn’t put any weight on it. Fortunately,…

More About Claude

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you’re all well and looking forward to getting some rest and relaxation over the weekend. This morning Harry and I took Reilly to the vet for a booster shot. He didn’t even feel it—not a whimper. The vet gave us a new medication for…

More On The Katie Character

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Here we are mid-week and the day after the 4th of July. Fortunately, the weather was beautiful, and we had a wonderful family celebration except for poor Reilly who went crazy with the fireworks. My Grandmother had passed down information to my mother, and she…

Happy Fourth of July!

Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy holiday. Travel safely and love each other. Remember those less fortunate and struggling. Lend a hand, lend an ear and share your love. xo Priscilla and Family

Developing The Claude Character

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend and are getting ready to celebrate our Independence Day tomorrow. Harry’s outside cleaning the grill for our family cookout, and I just finished giving Reilly a bath in our kitchen sink. I use baby shampoo. He stares up at…

Developing The Katie Character

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope all is well as you start this summer weekend. Harry and I are getting ready to celebrate July 4th with our family. The family is coming here, and that means lots of cleaning and preparation. We have so many papers to throw out and…

Breaking the Cycle of Violence:A New Hospital-Based Program

In emergency rooms across the country, victims of intentional injury — such as wounds from guns or knives — often report thinking about retaliating or making significant life changes. Now, a hospital-based violence intervention program, called Healing Hurt People (HHP), is using this pivotal moment to provide medical services and…

The College Fund

    Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Harry and I save change, and we’ve been filling up penny, nickel, dime and quarter rolls to take to the bank to contribute to our grandson John’s college fund that we just opened. He’s only four months old, and we’ve found that starting early…

Getting The Message Out

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Monday and the start of a new week–what a beautiful summer day!  I hope all went well over the weekend. I had a quiet couple of days with Harry and Reilly. The heat and humidity don’t agree with me anymore, so we went out for…

My Writing Process

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday and the beginning of another weekend—except now it’s summer—more time for gardening, barbequing and exercising outside in the warm weather. After this past weekend, we’re taking it easy. My geraniums need pruning and watering, and Harry will cook something out on the grill. We’ve…

First Day Of Summer

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I went to the Farmer’s Market with a friend this morning to buy some organic vegetables and salad for dinner. We were nurses together at the hospital, and she has retired, too. I was feeling guilty about all the high cholesterol food we’d had for Father’s…

Cherry Pie

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you had a peaceful Father’s Day. Saturday night, Reilly and I had an early Father’s Day celebration for Harry. He loved the cheese soufflé and Father’s Day cards. “Pris, you’re the best, thank you, sweetheart—and you too, Reilly,” he gave him a pat.…

Writing In Class

Happy Friday, Priscilla Bennett Friends, The weather has cooled down, and we’re getting ready for the weekend. I bought a couple of Father’s Day cards for Harry from myself and Reilly—separate cards—Reilly wants his own and so do I. The two of us are having our own Father’s Day celebration…

Don’t Worry, You’ll Get Used To It

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Here it is the middle of the week and June—soon summer will officially be here, and Father’s Day is this coming Sunday. Our daughters are organizing a family lunch for Harry. It’s going to be at Jennifer’s my eldest daughter’s house—a ten-minute drive—and all I have…

Getting Ready to Leave – A Guideline

Make a plan for how you are going to leave, including where you’re going to go, and how to cover your tracks. Make one plan for if you have time to prepare to leave the home. Make another plan for if you have to leave the home in a hurry.…

Doing The Carrots And More

  It’s Monday, the start of a new week, and I hope all of you Priscilla Bennett Friends had a peaceful weekend. I used to love the heat, but now that I’m older, I find it doesn’t agree with me. I was happy to stay inside with Harry. He had…

The Next Step

Thank goodness it’s Friday for all of you hard-working Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s the end of the week, and I hope you are well and can catch up on some rest. I keep thinking about how I wrote my novel and wanted to continue with my thoughts. My next step…

The Beginnings Of My Novel

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s mid-week, and I hope all of you are well. I’ve been fighting a cold, and it’s kept me quieter than usual with time to reflect on the process of writing my novel. I knew I wanted to write about domestic violence and bring a…

How I Began Writing

  Dear Priscilla Bennett Community, I hope you had a peaceful weekend. I did some long overdue spring cleaning and took some clothing that I knew I’d never get into again over to the women’s shelter. They always need contributions. The cleaning process is good for me—getting rid of unnecessary…

My Father’s Birthday

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday June 2, and my father’s birthday is today. He’s no longer with us, but I always think about what he gave me as a parent—unconditional love, stability and support. Gifts so many daughters don’t get from a parent that should be their birthright. I…

First Barbecue Of The Season

Hello again, it’s Harry here! Checking in after Memorial Weekend to let you know that I’m thinking of you. I am a Vietnam Vet and am so proud to have served this country. Our family had a terrific time together grilling chicken and fish and barbequing pork ribs with home…