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A cluttered affair to remember

“I’ve got clutter, clutter, clutter, clut, clut, clut, clutter,” Bone Hampton sings. “I’ve got clutter. I use an electric slide to get through all the clutter. I have nightmares I…

Staying relevant to younger generations

It is important to stay relevant with our grandchildren. We have thought of relevancy as compromising and watering down our convictions. It means staying closely connected. We are relating to…

Wired for the occasion

“Do you snore?” “My Sweet Al says I do, but I don’t think I do.” “Do you quit breathing when you sleep?” “I don’t know. I’m still here.” “You need…

Everyone has a story, but not without flaws

Everybody has a chapter they don’t read out loud. It might be the most important thing that happens to them in their life story and the most embarrassing. It could…

Summer commitment, long nights and small-town fun

Roll out the pizza dough and throw it in the air. Add the marinara sauce and sprinkle shredded cheese. Toss on a few pepperonis, slide it in a hot oven…

Scale down to one life and live it well

My friend, same age as I am, said, “I’ve been thinking about how five years will look from now. Do I still want to be doing what I’m doing? I…

Giving others a voice

Monday morning. It was my turn to lead our writers’ meeting. I opened with a devotion, which I titled “Giving others a voice.” Someone said to me, “You are a…

Everyone has a narrative

Pagosa is a beautiful place to live and has its own narrative. The story for most of us this summer is entertaining guests and staying very busy. We’ve had a…

Staying modern at a photo shoot

“We’ll use the vintage Corona typewriter. Grab that lace curtain off Grandma’s bedroom window. Take the sage green desk to the river and we’ll use that black wire chair with…

Hoarders and artists are not the same

I am sending a message to John: “I lost the bet. You can collect your money. Sweet Al has filled up my garage with all his junk. I told you…