Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
Out of the mouths of the elderly...
By Carole Townsend

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to South Carolina to talk to several groups who had invited me to do so. Often, I'm invited to talk to groups about the wellness of the family and domestic violence. More often, however, I'm invited to talk to folks about one or more of my books.

Carole Townsend(Not So) Common Sense
Happy Mama's Day, ladies
By Carole Townsend

I read something a few years ago that had two effects on me:  first, it made me laugh. Second, it stuck with me. Ready? 

"Raising children is like being pecked to death by a chicken."

Carole Townsend(Not So) Common Sense
As the parent goes, so goes the child…sort of
By Carole Townsend

There are a lot of ways to say it.

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

“Monkey see, monkey do.”

It’s pretty simple, really. Children mimic their parents. Oh sure, there are a few years thrown in there when they behave as though they don’t even know us. It seems that their friends are their entire world, and we are simply ATMs and cab drivers. But make no mistake. They’re watching, and they take notes.

Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
What's the village to do?
By Carole Townsend

Grocery shopping. It's become more of a social event for me than it is a matter of necessity. The florist and the produce guy have become friends of mine over the years, and we always make a point to catch up when I'm in there. I like that; so many of the "hometown" niceties are falling by the wayside these days.

(Not So) Common Sense
Run on ahead; I’ll catch up.
By Carole Townsend

I’m a dog person. That one short sentence says an awful lot about somebody, but it’s true. I’m a dog person through and through. Don’t get me wrong; I love all animals (even cats, only because I think somehow I’m commanded to), but dogs just melt my heart. They are everything that’s good, and nothing that’s bad, in our natures.

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Summertime in the South
By Carole Townsend

Ever notice how people who come here for one reason oranother, never leave? I've heard jokes about it all my life, but I don't think I really understood why it happens until I had a family of my own.

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