Tag: This I have learned

This I Have Learned: Living in Arizona

Mary Jo Bellner Swartzberg It goes without saying that we all have moved to the state of Arizona for a multitude of reasons: the weather, the topography, the dark skies, the ability to be outdoors every day of the year, and the myriad of activities that can be had, especially while living in an over age…

This I Have Learned: Oh No! Not Today, of All Days!

Mary Jo Bellner Swartzberg Ten-O-Six, Clearasil, Noxzema—remember these products from the past? They comprised the acne arsenal for the teenagers of the 1960s. Perhaps you used one, or all of them? Surely, we all know the pain of getting up one morning on a special day when, after weeks of planning for a special event, you…

This I Have Learned: Happy Valentine’s Day from Around the World!

Mary Jo Bellner-Swartzberg Much has been written about Valentine’s Day over the centuries. Shrouded in mystery, Valentine’s Day has the vestiges of Roman, Catholic, and pagan traditions. History has indicated that Valentine greetings date back to the Middle Ages. It may not surprise anyone that Valentine’s Day is big business—in 2019 Americans spent $20.7 billion for Valentine’s…

This I Have Learned … Thank You and Giving Thanks!

Mary Jo Bellner Swartzberg Research published in Royal Society Open Science has revealed there is an unspoken expectation of co-operation in many societies around the world and so (the phrase) “thank you” is surplus to requirements. (U.K. News, May 2018) Further, researchers determined that in some of the languages they observed there was no phrase…

This I Have Learned…

Mary Jo Bellner Swartzberg It was time to get my hair—ahem—colored again. So, I visited a nearby salon. When I walked into the cramped salon the owner was busily tending to a customer. He casually turned to me, sized me up and down, and said: “Do I know you?” I said that he had given…

This I Have Learned . . .

Violet

Mary Jo Bellner Swartzberg Violet In 1985, a little-known film was released by the name of The Trip to Bountiful, starring Geraldine Page and John Heard. It is a fictional story of an elderly woman who lived for 15 years with her son and his crabby wife in a cramped apartment where the bickering is plentiful…

This I Have Learned – Pondering

Mary Jo Bellner Swartzberg I sometimes think about: My grandparents. My maternal grandparents perished in 1919, from the flu pandemic. My paternal grandmother died in 1937, but my paternal grandfather lived until 1966. Not having the connection to one’s grandparents is tragic. Luckily, I wrote a letter to my paternal grandfather from college and, my…

This I Have Learned…A Movie for All Time

Mary Jo Bellner Swartzberg With the extra time I have on my hands these days, I decided to watch one of my favorite movies, South Pacific, on Turner Classic Movies. Leave it to Rodgers and Hammerstein to write the lyrics for its third and uber-successful panoramic movie. The other two, Oklahoma! (1955) and Carousel (1956), were equally as…