As a cat owner, I have been amazed at the “smarts” demonstrated by my 4-year-old Ragdoll cat. Do cats really have intelligence?
BY LOUISE R. SMITH | January 17, 2024 at 6:07 p.m.

Getting Rid of Stuff

I have lived in my present home nearly 50 years...plenty of time to accumulate things.


Height of Insult

I hate to bore you with the health complaints of a 76-year-old, but I’m hopeful my experiences will help others

Pike Place Market: A Seattle Reminiscence

We had a sauerkraut barrel "working" on our back porch, but it and the backyard garden that kept it going was running out of cabbage

The Grocery Shopping Experience

In view of my advanced age and the fact that human beings have to eat, it’s safe to assume that I have spent a good measure of my life in grocery stores

Skate Bells and Blizzards

For me, Jamaica was a neighborhood in Queens County, where only a sporting goods store, called Davega, had perfect ice skates


Cemetery Slogans

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of advertisements and letters from funeral homes. Do they know something I don’t know?


Craving New Experiences

Someone once passionately expressed to me that they wished to make sure they really lived before they died

Finding Your Feet, A Legacy

Let’s choose kindness. And hope. Not just for ourselves, but as a way of holding the door open for the young ones behind us

My Existential Crafting Crisis

...trailing was its cord neatly stowed in a shiny green and gold contact paper-covered toilet paper tube! ARGH!


Christmas Grace

The first thing I saw was Grace sitting under the Christmas tree in my own little, red rocking-chair, which could only mean that now she was mine!

Paul De Dea’s Wonderful Life

I asked my dad if he had it all to do over, would he do anything differently...


The Neighbor’s Dog

Harley was a marshmallow – all licks and love

Revenge of the Cat

The gift left me speechless. He was adorable, but I had never liked cats.


Brain Trust

The "Keep Your Brain Alive" book encourages you to use each of your senses in new and innovative ways to create new neural pathways