Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part XI

July 10, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston The question is: How do you live your dash? This is the 11th article written as the coronavirus rages on, with many states having a large number of citizens testing positive. Many years ago, I received an email with the following poem. It is quite amazing when I ponder the importance of
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston The Coronavirus Journals, Part X

July 2, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston The timing is off by a day. My daughter celebrated her birthday on July 2, and this issue comes out on July 3. But that seems to be the story of my life lately. I often get confused concerning the day of the week. Staying at home does have specific issues, like
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part IX

June 26, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston So many times, we continue to be updated about the coronavirus and how it is changing lives. I believe the past three days afforded me the opportunity to jump through a hurdle and find that I could indeed get interested again in cleaning my house. Last Sunday morning, Phil’s son called to
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part VIII

June 19, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston When the virus seemed to hit us like a slap in the face, I didn’t comprehend the changes it would bring to my household. For example, Phil and I decided to take some comforters and pillows to a laundromat. Within minutes of walking inside, I found myself laughing and conversing with strangers.
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part VII

June 12, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston When I began this article, I chose to write a poem expressing my feelings and thoughts. The sky was gray, the thunder was rumbling and the trees were blowing outside my window. My mood matched the weather, as I knew the skies would clear. It was a perfect day to share my
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part VI

June 5, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston My daughter came to my house on Mother’s Day and brought me scrumptious soaps and lotions. She also told me that I needed a break. I probably did look somewhat weary. I had become sad with everything that’s going on in our United States of America because of the COVID-19 pandemic and
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part V

May 29, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Mornings are not the best time of my day. I usually wake up with a sadness in my soul, and it takes me a while to remember where the negative feelings are coming from. My first thought each morning concerns my mother’s situation and that fact that I have been unable visit
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - The Coronavirus Journals, Part IV

May 29, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston My mission of journaling has given me the time needed to de-clutter my home. There have always been so many reasons to put it off until tomorrow, but tomorrow never comes. So staying at home has given me the advantage of tackling this project, which is comparable to a weed growing in my
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - journaling the coronavirus

May 15, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Many people have shared with me the ways the coronavirus has changed their everyday lifestyles, but because of copyright issues, they will remain anonymous. However, I can write about the many changes that have occurred. Perhaps the most traumatic event occurring within us is our fear that many loved ones may have
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - wishing, hoping, singing, praying

May 1, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Last week’s article seems like it was years ago instead of just a few days. Are you also watching the news several times a day? My family is keeping up with it. Each day is just as intense as the day before, as it involves the facts about the coronavirus. The title
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston - pandemic journaling

April 24, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston So many people are speechless as we deal with the coronavirus pandemic. I stay informed about it yet there are conflicts within me as I listen to different news reports from our government officials, switching between facts and opinions. Doctors and scientist are 24-7 searching for a cure. Many believe the reason of how
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

April 10, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston During the past few weeks, I have been filing papers found in a suitcase. It’s amazing the strange things I find to write on since I forget to keep a notebook by my side. I find myself grabbing anything I can to quickly write down my thoughts so I won’t forget them.
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston - Found on ladies' bumper stickers

March 16, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Found on ladies’ bumper stickers: * So many men, so few who can afford me! * God made us sisters, Prozac made us friends. * Princess, having had sufficient experience with princes, seeks frog. * Coffee, chocolate, men…some things are just better rich. * Don’t treat me any differently than you would
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston - Mom, I already miss you

March 6, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston It’s been 12 years since my mother’s illness began, yet it seems just like yesterday that I could visit with her, share books, watch funny movies, and talk on the phone at least once a day. I already miss the way my mom was when she was younger. This kind of situation
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston - Drastic changes in income

February 28, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston The main reason I am sharing this family situation with you, my readers, it is this wonderful newspaper who gives me the opportunity to continue to do what I love to do, which is to write and to share. It was two years ago when Phil woke up as usual to go
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

February 21, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Perched high in the cozy nest, in the limbs of a tree, the sparrow lifted its voice to sing a morning song. Quickly a thunderstorm brought wind and rain, the sparrow’s song was weak. And the beautiful bird’s song was lost. This storm shall pass, she convinced herself, and spread her wings
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Keep Smiling...with Rosie Preston

February 14, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Love is everywhere! If you don’t have it, you want it, long for it and look for it. If you’ve got it, you want to be reminded of it, especially if you are female or a child and it is Valentine’s Day. We are reminded daily about love through different sources. One
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Keep Smiling...With Rosie Preston

February 10, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston New Year’s Day is a way to measure time to us, with the importance of a birthday. It is an exciting day for me, even though I’m embarrassed to say the last two years, I fell asleep before the midnight hour! Still, as I thought about it last night, all comfy in
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Keep Smiling...With Rosie Preston

February 7, 2020 chris
By Rosie Preston Many times, I have shared stories about the many homes I cleaned for different families to make extra money. I can loudly voice, even scream it from the rooftops (of those houses) that there should be a Cleaning 101l class. The first lesson should be to have a friend to help. The
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Keep Smiling...With Rosie Preston - The History of New Year's Day

December 31, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston  New Year’s Day is a way to measure time to us, with the importance of a birthday. It is an exciting day for me, even though I’m embarrassed to say the last two years, I fell asleep before the midnight hour! Still, as I thought about it last night, all comfy in
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Keep Smiling…

December 6, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston This is the season to be bombarded with trying to fulfill our loved one’s Christmas wishes. It is a wonderful time of year and I love to buy gifts, especially for the children. Most kids request what they have seen or heard about and will entertain them for a while. The true
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Keep Smiling... A woman’s view of football

November 27, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston Well, it’s almost time for the Iron Bowl, the most exciting game for all football fans who live and breathe the game. I will tell you right away that my husband is an Alabama fan. I come from a long line of Alabama fans, and I am experienced with the excitement of
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston: An open letter to my mother

November 15, 2019 chris
Dearest mother, How the time has flown, yet each year has brought joy, love, pain, and yes, even rejection. I’ve learned to live with all of it during my lifetime. But yesterday as I visited with you, I was so happy to see your sweet face. It had been almost four weeks since I’d been
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Keep Smiling…

October 25, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston Every day, I wonder if I will ever feel wise. I think I’ve reached the Golden Years, and I’m remembering the days when children listened to their elders and didn’t question a word. I’ve found my children will listen and roll their eyes. They don’t believe that my memories have any value.
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Keep Smiling…Two parties are better than one

October 11, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston During my lifetime, I’ve attended many parties, all involving friends making plans to celebrate different types of events. So you can imagine when I tell you that I’ve recently attended the two wildest parties ever! It seemed everyone was arriving at the correct time. Cars were being parked and re-parked as drivers decided
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Keep Smiling... Memories of Noccalula Falls

September 27, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston I hold many dear memories of Noccalula Falls, the first being that I grew up on Lay Springs Road in Gadsden, about two miles from the falls. When I was barely able to walk, my dad and I would follow Black Creek until we reached the falls. It was quite a walk
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Keep Smiling… “Nana, your hair is wet!”

September 20, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston One wrong move on a certain morning caused a ripple effect on the rest of the day. May I explain? The alarm clock woke me at 5 a.m. and I jumped into the shower. After using my towel, I threw it over the shower rod. The towel hit the bathroom light, which
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

September 13, 2019 chris
When it’s least expected… It had been a while since I had used my steam mop, but this was a day I really needed it. I filled it with water but no steam came out. With a screwdriver, I took it apart where the water was supposed to go through a little tiny tube, and
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Keep Smiling...School daze, then and now

September 6, 2019 chris
By Rosie Preston Strange title for a column, you think? Even though I looked forward to my granddaughter beginning another school year, I find myself daydreaming as I watch her enter her school. I think back to my very first day of school. There was a special kind of electrical current in the air! Carrying
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Keep Smiling with Rosie Preston

August 12, 2019 chris
How to choose a daycare, Part II A class I took in college, called “Early Childhood Education” ended with our last grade based on writing a thesis on the subject of positive aspects of owning or choosing a daycare center. I’ll never forget the end of my paper, which said, “A daycare does for money
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