Marie Wells Coutu


White rose tradition
At the beginning of the movie Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye proclaims, “Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as… as a fiddler on the roof!” We celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, and I thought about a tradition we had when I was growing up. The tradition was to […]

Traditions, Traditions!


Collecting shells at the beach is almost mandatory, especially if you live inland and don’t get to visit the ocean very often. We have jars of shells collected from beaches in Maine, Massachusetts, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Florida. We even have a book to help identify them–not that […]

Shells Hide Amazing Secrets



sight
The man had struck a pedestrian with his car. Or so we thought. We passed a car stopped at a corner the other day and realized the driver was a man we knew. He stood, looking bewildered, with his door open. Another car was stopped nearby. Our friend is older […]

What You See Isn’t Always What Is


Double rainbow
Who doesn’t love to see a rainbow in the sky? Rainbows are caused, according to Wikipedia, ” by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured circular arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly […]

What Makes a Rainbow?



Stage of my dreams
Do you ever wonder where your weird dreams come from? The other night, I dreamed I was supposed to act in a play. Now, my second major in college was drama and I’ve been in numerous productions. But in this dream, I had signed up to work backstage managing props. […]

What’s Your Nightmare?


Cross equals Love
Maybe I don’t know love at all. There’s an old song to that effect, and as I sat in Easter services this past weekend, I realized how true it is. Oh, I love my husband immensely, and I know he loves me. I love my children and my grandchildren so […]

I Don’t Know Love



Shocking news came this morning of the sudden, unexpected death of a sweet woman I had only begun to get to know. I’m saddened, especially for her daughter and other family members, but also for those of us who were blessed by her life and looked forward to spending more […]

The Grave Is Not Sealed


The eye medication I use at night gives me cloudy vision. Once I put it in, there’s no more reading in bed. But if I forget to use it, by the end of the next day everything looks blurred. The blurred vision probably comes from working on a computer so much […]

Cloudy Eyes, Blurred Vision