Joyce Minor

Memories can hurt

Memories are powerful, especially childhood memories. No matter how old I get, certain childhood memories are so strong they can burst forth as fresh as this morning’s dew, especially when triggered by something simple like a familiar smell or...
Published: 04/24/16

Sometimes opportunity drops in

When I was a sophomore in high school a disaster happened that changed my life — the roof of our town’s junior high school collapsed. The building had been slated for demolition as soon as a new one could be built, but the roof couldn&#...
Published: 04/17/16

They make my skin crawl

I hate creepy crawlies. I don’t care if it’s an insect or an arachnid, a crustacean or an amphibian. If it buzzes, crawls, slithers or slimes it’s way around, I hate it — period.
Updated one month ago

The day the Easter Bunny died

When I was a kid, Easter was a time for new clothes and picture hats and, of course, Easter eggs.
Updated one month ago

It runs in the family

Celesta Batterbee woke with a start as her granddaughter came into the room carrying a tray of breakfast food.
Updated one month ago

Choose wisely and live well

Since the beginning of time, teenagers have been rebellious, doing whatever they chose despite the risks, as a way of expressing independence from parents and teachers, who try to limit their freedom.
Updated: 2 months ago

Keeping up the cousins

“Cousins are joined heart to heart. Distance and time can’t keep them apart.”
Updated: 2 months ago

Still star-struck after all these years

I have always loved movies. When I was in grade school and junior high I would rush home after school to watch a show called “Afternoon Theatre.”
Updated: 2 months ago

Don’t ignore the big C

I have been writing this column for nearly nine years. Most people who have followed it for any length of time know that, beginning in early 2013, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had surgery and began treatment immediately, all the while record...
Updated: 3 months ago

This is winter?

Whatever happened to winter? I was just enjoying wearing sweaters, long jeans and closed-toed shoes, sipping hot soup for lunch and turning off the air conditioning.
Updated: 3 months ago