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Nancy Riffer
Teacher of psychology, English as a second language, writing and more.
Interests: Sewing and making art quilts, reading, writing my story, gardening, Pilates, and simple living.
Recent Activity
Sometimes I buy clothes at the thrift shop that don't fit me or are a color or style that isn't flattering. I tell myself I'll use them for patterns or change the neckline or the way the skirt hangs. But I've never cut one up for a pattern. I can't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2011 at lifelong
The whole floor in my living room needs new supports. This means tearing out the wall-to-wall carpeting and the plywood subfloor. So the question is, What do I want for my new floor? I've decided on a hardwood floor. That's what I've lived with most of my life. Each time... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2011 at lifelong
Have you ever tried to share your early experiences of dating with someone who doesn't understand. It's like trying to explain baseball to an Italian tourist. Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at lifelong
I'm having trouble finding things. I carefully hid them when I was showing my house and preparing for the movers. My agent said, “Don't leave your medications out. It's just a precaution.” So I hid them in the large closet under the eaves. And when I needed something I couldn't... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2011 at lifelong
I lost my post last time I sat down to write. I'd almost finished writing a brilliant description of the colors of berries I had seen on my morning walk. My computer froze up -- that reminds me of the good old days. I haven't had my computer freeze up... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at lifelong
I started trimming the plant that hangs on my front porch while I chatted with my daughter on the phone. I cut off some of the lower stems that twined around each other. There was a stray twig that wasn't green. That was odd. With the scissors poised, I hesitated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2011 at lifelong
The first time I took an on-line course I was thrilled to discover hyperlinks. Inside the course materials were life-lines reaching out to additional possibilities. Instead of sitting in second grade waiting for the other student to finish reading before I could turn the page, I could follow ideas off... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at lifelong
I was never a neat housekeeper. My friends said my house was clean but that there were always a lot of projects in progress. In my old house, I felt overwhelmed by stuff. The mess didn't seem to be all projects. Some of it was just accumulation. In November I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2011 at lifelong
In my new home I live next to a small meadow. The first night I looked out the window and saw fireflies. Childhood memories of evenings with my Uncle Bill, trying to catch one in a Mason jar. In the morning, Queen Anne's lace, dark brown skeletons that formerly held... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2011 at lifelong