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Protect The Children

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope you had a restful weekend. Now it’s the start of a new week, and I wanted to share more on the effects of domestic violence on children. They are the innocent victims that don’t understand what is happening—filled with fear, helplessness and self-blame—they try…

Practicing Humane Medicine

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Friday and it feels like summer—amazing weather for November. I hope you have some relaxing plans for the weekend. Harry and I are going to the Farmer’s Market tomorrow to pick up some fresh vegetables, honey and fruit. This week was difficult for Harry who…

Children And Domestic Violence

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and here are some statistics from different articles on children that I wanted to share. Each year, an estimated 3.3 million children are exposed to violence by family members against their mothers or female caretakers. American Psychl. Ass’n, Violence and the…

Women And Domestic Violence

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, To honor Domestic Violence Awareness month and to expose this epidemic, I wanted to include more statistics from an article that I read. Every 9 seconds a woman is battered in the United States. AMA, 1998, Georgia Department of Human Resources, 1999 Nearly 5.3 million intimate…

The Epidemic

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the color purple represents it as a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence. I have a purple scarf that I wear in respect to those that have been killed and who are suffering. We’ve…

A Coincidence

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Today Harry and I had lunch at our favorite pizza restaurant—pizza margherita with extra cheese—it doesn’t do much for our cholesterol, and for that reason, we only indulge once in a blue moon, making it taste even better. We sat at a table for two next…

Morgan and Reilly

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, The cooler weather over the weekend was refreshing, and it looks like this week will be temperate. Harry and I straightened up in the garden—pulling weeds and dead flowers—we left my geraniums alone with their green leaves and red blossoms. They’ll last a while longer. I…

Jet Lag

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Here we are mid-week, and it has been so warm here, I can’t believe it’s officially Fall. Harry and I picked Reilly up at the vet where he stayed while we were away, and it was a joyous reunion of tail wagging, barking and jumping. At…

Across The Pond

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s Monday, and I hope all of you had a good weekend. Harry and I have been packing to go across the Pond to take care of a family issue. Harry’s sister is very ill, and her family has asked us to come. We don’t like…

The Mouse

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, This morning Harry and I weeded the garden in the rain. It wasn’t heavy— gentle temperate rain—the wet earth easily gave way. I did the easy stuff like crab grass, and Harry clipped the hedges and low-hanging branches. My mother always told me “to water after…

Labor Day

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I can’t believe it’s Labor Day. The summer went so fast. I always want it to last at least another two months—the daylight becoming twilight until 8:00 pm, the scent of the watered earth, geranium and tomato plants from the garden. Harry and I have breakfast…

Sailing

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, On Saturday, Harry and I went sailing in the harbor with a friend of his who has a Daysailer. What a beautiful day to sail and there was a terrific breeze filling the sail and pushing us along. My father taught me how to sail a…

Silly Putty

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, This morning Harry and I went to his hand therapy place to strengthen his hands. They’re painful, and due to arthritis he’s lost a lot of strength. He was working with a blob of green silly putty—pulling, twisting and then snapping it into little balls —two…

The New Vet

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, I hope all of you had a good week and are looking forward to another summer weekend. Harry and I took Reilly, our ten-year-old dog, to a new vet to get a second opinion. As a nurse, I learned how important it is to get two…

Barnacles

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, Welcome to Friday and another summer weekend. I hope all is going well. Harry and I had lunch with a friend of his, Joe, who had been an officer in the navy. We sat at a pub on the Charles River and watched the boats go…

Tommy And The Computer

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, It’s already August, and soon summer will be over. I had a dream that Harry and Reilly had disappeared, and I couldn’t find them anywhere. I was running through the house, through the woods and down by the river. I woke in a panic—sweating and my…

Computer Challenges

Dear Priscilla Bennett Friends, On Saturday, Harry caught two flounders and a blowfish. He threw them back in the river to swim free, and we went out to dinner with my youngest sister, Kelly, who is also a nurse and not yet retired. She’d just gotten off work on the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…