Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

I, a sedentary book worm, have become an avid exerciser. I have been a walker since college days, but a few years ago, my muscle-head husband introduced me to weight lifting. Twice a week, I visit the gym to push and pull my way to a better me. I like weight lifting for many reasons. …

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Last week, I was reading a book catalog as part of the constant effort to improve the collection and to keep up with the mail. Some of the titles were so amusing I decided to have a little fun. The bits in italics are book titles – yes, real book titles. The rest are my …

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There was talk of dressing as a red neck during homecoming week. The idea was nixed but I must say, it cut a little close to home. Red neck is often associated with Southern – small, rural towns where people speak with thick drawls, brew moonshine, and marry their first cousins. I remarked that I …

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“Can you save money by switching to Geico? Did the little piggy cry ‘wee, wee, wee,’ all the way home?” The commercial then moves to an hilarious scene. An adorable little pig leans out the window of a minivan, waving sparklers and crying, “Whee!! Whee, whee, wheeeeeeee!” In the adjoining seat, sits an embarrassed, annoyed boy …

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Another school year has begun, full of hope and optimism.  Students arrive bearing backpacks and laptops. The fans hum, trying in vain to beat back the heat and humidity. The library was 81 degrees this morning, not too bad for September. The halls are heavy with footsteps; the rooms ring with young voices. Students come …

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My grandmother was a wonderful cook, a veritable wizard in the kitchen. In fact, her entire family were accomplished cooks;  her sisters, brother, and nieces to a (wo)man could hold forth in the kitchen.  Family dinners were always delicious. Our appetites were whetted by the good smells that greeted us on the front porch. Savories …

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