Category: Nora’s Corner

Small Town Christmas

I didn’t even need a sweater outside in late November this year, but Christmas decorations have had already started to bloom in all the stores and shopping centers near the community where I live. In fact, I’ve seen signs of…

Treasuring Small Gifts

One day a few weeks ago the mailman knocked at my door. “Package for you,” he said, and I opened the door. Leaning against the wall was a small jiffy envelope with the return address of my great-niece in Springfield,…

Traveling Alone

You’re here by yourself?” a fellow traveler asked me on a recent cruise I took from Baltimore  to Halifax, Nova Scotia. “Yes, indeed. I’ve been traveling by myself for a long time,” I reassured him. “I can go where and…

Savoring Steinbeck Country

Ever since I read “John Steinbeck: A Writer” by Jay Parini, I’ve longed to visit his literary landscape of Monterey County, Calif. I’ve yearned to see Cannery Row in Monterey, Monterey Bay, and especially Salinas, Calif., Steinbeck’s birthplace and now…

The Way Grandmother Rode

I never knew my Grandmother Nora. She had died more than a quarter-century before I was born, but my mother used to tell me stories about her. One in particular I can still remember: “Your Grandmother Nora rode on a…