Rose Mary Clarke’s Story Archive

October Diary 2017, Part 2

They’re telling me that it’s a perfect October day outside, and here I sit, trapped in this “mud hole.” This became a family phrase many years ago when Bill and I went to visit our former school administrator who developed dementia when he was in his late eighties and began … Read More

October Diary 2017, Part 1

“I’m so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it?” — Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Every year I think about Montgomery’s wonderful character, Anne Shirley. With the exception of glorious … Read More

The Games People Play

Rose Mary is feeling a little under the weather. This is a reprint of a column from October, 2014 I woke up with a case of the literary doldrums. I even got out my file of quips and insightful sayings by people that I’ve saved for an emergency. I reread … Read More

Open Wide, Please, Part 2

While Dr. Daniel Maddigan’s drill went, “Brrrrr, brrrrr . . .brrrrr . . . whine, whine, whine . . . ,” I thought about how skillful a dentist must be. When he paused I asked, “Doctor, were you scared the first time you filled a patient’s cavity?” “Oh yes.” After … Read More

Open Wide, Please

I stopped making New Year’s resolutions because I never kept them. You know what I mean, don’t you? “I’m going to lose weight so that I can get back into the clothes I’ve outgrown . . . I’m going to exercise as my doctor recommends . . . I’m always … Read More