Author Archives: Fran Gardner

I’m on Substack now

If you have not had a chance yet, please check out my writing at I’ve been writing there since Septembe 2022, and I’m getting great response. I hope you will choose to subscribe; it costs nothing To start you … Continue reading

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Dear God, Make this the best day. Let it be the day I love the most The day I am loved the most The day I am most just The day I act with the most integrity             Listen with the … Continue reading

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And this was then

I found this item while rooting around in my old daily exercises. It’s like a fever dream. Every thought engenders another. My life was full then, and it is now. January 9, 2014 11:14 AM As I work in the … Continue reading

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“To thine own self be true.” “Never get involved in a land war in Asia.” “Plastics.” Most advice I’ve gotten over the years I’ve forgotten or ignored. Sometimes I listen. Lately, two pieces of advice from 50 years ago and … Continue reading

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Pressman’s hats

September 17, 2019 It was Crazy Hat day a few days ago here at Hawthorne Gardens, my new home in assisted-living land. Robert and I are wearing historic hats—the kind worn by generations of newspaper press workers dating back to … Continue reading

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A dot of happy

I use vintage handkerchiefs, found over the years in a dozen places. Some are in better shape than others, and as I carry them about from day to day, they wear out in their different ways. Some of them I … Continue reading

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Same as it every was

I’ve been reading History of the Great American Fortunes, a book published in 1909 by Gustavus Myers. Myers may well have been a Marxist, but his social commentary is right on the mark as he calls out the rich and powerful … Continue reading

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Bucket baloney

Despite my resolution for this month (February), to avoid thinking, saying or writing negative things, I can’t get a recent Editorial Notebook from the New York Times out of my head. The title is “Last Things First for Patients With … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday. I saw it on Facebook.

My birthday is in a couple of days, January 1 to be exact.  If this year is like previous years, I will get several dozen Happy Birthday messages on Facebook, most of them from people I know more or less … Continue reading

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Don’t sweat the pumpkin seeds

  Just a seasonal reminder: if you are roasting seeds from your Halloween pumpkin, you don’t need to clean off all the pulp from every last one. Separating the seeds from the pulp is messy but fun in a visceral sort of … Continue reading

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