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Sweet Talk

May 20, 2013

Word from the Sweet Talker

By Guinn Sweet

I understand that my most avid followers have been contacting the Index regarding my present whereabouts, my reason for dropping out of literary presence, temporarily, and when I might reappear. Today, after a couple or so months (you say it seems much longer? It does to me, too), I am up and eager to restart my “Sweet Talk” and renew contact with my longtime friends via this means.

At present, I am sitting in Room 201 in “Fairfield Residence and Rehabilitation,” about 5 miles from our recently established home on our daughter’s country property. This location has been our home for the past six/seven weeks, following a series of illnesses, falls and hospitalization of both Colon and me (myself?, I?), and the possible reduction in my literary skills and practices.  

It is one of the last locations upon which we never considered residing; the others being the White House, a downtown hotel in Fort Worth, or New York City.  

However, our presence here has been pressed upon us by a series of revelations that our age and conditions require round-the-clock attention and all-too-often pill-swallowing. Yes, we resisted at first, but we talked it over between the two of us, discussed the reality of the approach of our “90s,” and then agreed with our son and daughters that we needed to make this move. And it has become obvious that it was the right one.

Will it be permanent? We are making no definite plans – we expect that coming decisions will very possibly be made for us by conditions and needs. One thing is sure; we will be able to stay here indefinitely, enjoying the love we feel from our caretakers, both from family and friends, and staff who do care for us around the clock. (Do I have take that pill right now? I am doing something important.) Gulp!  Thank you, Nurse! Now, let me describe some of our daily activities.

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  • Word from the Sweet Talker

    I understand that my most avid followers have been contacting the Index regarding my present whereabouts, my reason for dropping out of literary presence, temporarily, and when I might reappear.

    May 20, 2013

  • Reminiscing on columns

    The older I get, the more reminiscent I become … and I think that is the normal process of memory when we pile it up behind us. This is the nineteenth year of my writing a series of weekly columns, articles and travelogues for the Mineral Wells Index. I have observed the changing complex of reporting, beginning with my old original typewriter and continuing through the electric typewriter, the word processor and, now, I have worn out three or four computers. Since the latest one is nearly eight years old, I can see ahead to being forced to advance to a new one, an iPod or even becoming a “texter” on a little bitty hand-held thingy.

    February 2, 2013

  • Longing to Quench a Spiritual Thirst

    “Blessed is the (wo)man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are thy ways, who going through the vale of misery use it for a well … they will go from strength to strength”

    January 28, 2013

  • Sweet Talk: Guinn’s Guns

    “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed,” states the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution. The Supreme Court has ruled that this right is not limited to a connection with an organized state militia.

    January 19, 2013

  • Between ‘prissy clean’ and ‘post-tornado’

    “It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house,” Proverbs:21:9, KJV

    January 14, 2013

  • Sweet Talk

    When I was a great deal younger, the only things that talked back to you were your children. Nowadays, every toy, stranger, automobile and kitchen utensil has something to convey to anyone who listens and others who would rather have quiet. The world is seething with idle conversation, insults and instructions, be it desired or not. Some of these things I invite into my life; some are intrusive and unwanted. Some are complete surprises, yet are talking to me as if I were an idiot cousin, come for an extended visit.

    January 6, 2013

  • SWEET TALK: What would you title this?

    A long time ago, English poet, Thomas Moore wrote, “Oft in the stilly night, ere slumber’s chain has bound me, fond memory brings the light of other days around me.”

    December 23, 2012

  • Of Payback and Coast Fishin’

    “Break forth into joy, sing together…for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem”  (Isaiah 52:8, kjv)
    Colon fell this morning.

    December 17, 2012

  • The Lord provides words, strength when needed most

    “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed; for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” Joshua 1:9, Holy Bible, KJV.

    December 10, 2012

  • Stan Musial was truly a hit with my father

    “But he ‘his musical finesse was such, so good his{eye} ear, so delicate his {swing}touch made poetry a mere mechanic art; and every warbler has his tune by heart.” – William Cowper.

    November 26, 2012

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