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AT A MEETING OF THE GIRLS


I wish I could show you what the luncheon table looked like the other day when the Alameda High School friends met for lunch. Going to the same restaurant in Alameda almost ensures us of the same table for eight we have become accustomed to. It is on the water overlooking the whole of the […]

THE NAMING OF CATS


THE NAMING OF CATS, BY T.S. ELIOT The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn’t just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. First of all,there’s the name that the family use daily, […]

MY COUSIN RAIMA, WORLD WAR 2 HERO


Raima was an Army nurse in the second World War, and as such, she was my idol, and I joined the R.O.T.C. thinking I was following in her footsteps, but as it turned out, her footsteps were far too big. Raima did not have an easy childhood, her mother died when she was only six, […]

ON SUNDAYS


ON SUNDAYS On Sundays students who can afford to, take English lessons to work for parents who work in English because English is where the money is. But she doesn’t teach English, Sundays she walks two miles deeper from the building, where she lives with other teachers, to find students weaving bamboo baskets while watching […]

SPC 50, A HAT & SUNGLASSES


I won’t say that Dr. Advice is thrifty, but he does like a bargain. One of his most recent finds was a lovely pair of sunglasses which were tucked into a bin at a Thrift Store, much like candy bars at the check out counter at the grocery store. Through the years he has gone […]

WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT?


I woke up a month or so ago and took a good look at my thinning hair and its effect on the wrinkles on my face. It was clearly a cry for help; namely another wig/hairpiece/style. There seems to be some sort of stigma attached to the wearing of a wig, so we will refer […]

TRANSLATORS


“Georgia Abeita” original watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmusse The job of a translator is to interpret, explain or even to change into another language, and taken in that context, we are all translators. Every day we are trying to reach common ground with someone, to convey something that we know, but which they do […]