Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
With age comes both privilege and loss
By Carole Townsend

 

Note:  This is a version of a piece I wrote in 2013, just a few months before my father passed away at 93 years of age. I thought, in light of present circumstances, it might deserve another look. I have added a few more thoughts, three years after his death. If any of you is caring for an aging  (originally written in January 2013)

Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
Voting is a hard-won privilege
By Carole Townsend

Today, I went to vote. I saw young people, some sporting piercings and tattoos, others wielding briefcases and braving high heels. I saw older Americans, many walking to stand in the voting line, stooped over and moving only with the aid of a cane.

Carole Townsend

My childhood memories, most of them anyway, are as sweet and comforting as the very smells that I associate with them. Mine are vanilla and cinnamon. Mmmmm the very thought of those two smells makes me feel all warm and well, happy.

Published: 2016-10-25 13:52
Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
What others think of you is none of your business
By Carole Townsend

No one likes to be told that, do they? “This is none of your business.” I don’t. Sometimes I think I believe that everything is my business, simply because I believe my opinion has value to anyone and everyone. Well, it’s not, and it doesn’t. That’s a good thing, by the way. When we finally learn the lesson about circles of influence and the things that really should matter to us, life is oh-so-much simpler.

Carole Townsend

My mama always taught me that there were two things we ought never to talk about, and those are religion and politics. As is true of so many things she taught me, she was right about that. I’ve pondered over the years as to why this is true, and here’s what I’ve come up with: religion and politics are both things about which we Americans are very passionate. That’s a good thing, by the way. 

Published: 2016-10-11 13:52
Carole Townsend

(Not So) Common Sense
I visited a psychic. But you knew that, didn’t you?
By Carole Townsend

I have a girlfriend, a very dear girlfriend, and we’ve known each other for years (nearly 25 years, as a matter of fact, oh my!). She is the kind of woman I always aspired to be – beautiful, genuinely kind, gracious, and even-tempered.