Author Archives: Barb Knowles

About Barb Knowles

The things that are important to me are family, friends, teaching, writing, languages and using my sense of humor to navigate this crazy world. Please join me on this blogging adventure...

How Old Are You?

I would give credit where credit is due, if I knew who started this on social media. But I don’t know. It’s fun though. I am aspergum years old. I am had the measles and chickenpox but not mumps years old. I’m wore white … Continue reading

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Deenie And The Problem With Names

When working on memoir essays, I frequently change names to protect people’s privacy. Except my own, of course, which if I did, would probably mean that I was turning my essay into fiction. I’m sure that many of you change … Continue reading

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Tell, Don’t Show

  CW: Sexual assault, non-graphic It sounds a little callous to say I heard Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s heart-wrenching testimony in front of the Senate committee and the nation, and immediately thought about my writing. But I related to her … Continue reading

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On Finding My Grandfather

100 years ago this month, the world saw the end of the Great War. This day has special meaning for my family. While my father, two brothers, two uncles, and one nephew served in our military, some as career officers, … Continue reading

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No Horsing Around

  Spaces or Stalls?     p.s. There are no horses here.  

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Catching Fire (The Hunger Games)

     

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Can’t Talk Now…I’m Hydrating

Oh boy. I don’t know about you, but I listen to doctors. Take this antibiotic, Barb. Okee dokee, antibiotic it is. Take this heart medicine. I like being alive, so absolutely oh favorite cardiologist of mine, I will take it … Continue reading

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Oh, I’m Sorry Thief

I was raised to be polite. To have social skills. Etiquette was a requirement, not an option. Yes ma’am. Yes sir. Excuse me. Curtsying. A month or so ago my husband and I were in New York City. We have … Continue reading

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#legit

Grandson: Mamoo, you aren’t a stereotypical grandmother…..you’re legit. Me: What’s a stereotypical grandmother? Grandson: One who knits ugly sweaters and does boring stuff. I’m legit. That was such a cool compliment. He did have an ulterior motive, though, because he wanted me to … Continue reading

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The Oral Surgery/Heart Attack/Vegan Diet

If you meet me, you will think I’m a healthy woman. I’m 64 years old, but don’t feel that way at all. I’m always unpleasantly shocked when I glance in the mirror and think who is that person? Now that … Continue reading

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