The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Katie Gates Writes

        I follow a number of blogs.  Sometimes too many for my feeble mind to keep up with.  Some of the blogs I follow are gut-bustingly funny.  Some are serious and introspective. Some are teaching blogs. Some are writing ones.

         However, I am never disappointed when Katie has a new post.  Today's is a gem.

          If you are 50-something, you remember bench seats--front and back--in cars.  No seat belts, which meant corners involved some sliding at times.  It was a time when mothers dropped their kids off at the toy department at Target, and the kids were safe wandering the aisles until mom was ready to check out.  

         Although it was a different way of life then, now that we are 50- or 60-something, we are now the middle of the "sandwich."  Some of us have children and grandchildren. Some don't.  Some are lucky enough to still have their elderly parents with them. Some are not.

         Read Katie's post.  It's entitled "The Distance From Our Corners." She can say it so much better than I can... 

(Katie's novel, The Somebody Who, would appeal to anyone who has older parents or anyone who hopes to be able to enjoy their parents when they become elderly.  She generously has quite a few excerpts on her blog to pique your interest.)


  1. Hi Sioux! I read Katie's piece earlier today and I agree. It sure brought back some memories. I don't remember if I left a comment or not...but if Katie reads this, now she knows!

  2. Dear Sioux, Thank you so much for highlighting my "sandwich" post (and my novel). I also appreciated your comment on the post itself. There is indeed and always the "gravy" -- art, friends, etc., but blood is thicker than all those things, and it's an emotional phase of life!

  3. Becky--Thanks for checking out Katie's post. I think it's important to support writers who 1) take their craft seriously and 2) write about things that matter, and Katie does both...

    Katie--You are so right. Blood IS thicker than water. I'm adopted, so my family is an odd mixture of "nurture" that has been treated and viewed and embraced as "nature" for over 5 decades. I totally agree. Being the age we are, is an emotional phase of our lives...

  4. Hi Sioux,
    You are so right. Katie's post is great. I signed up to be one of her followers.
    donna v.

  5. I couldn't agree more! Katie's blog is awesome!! ... changing the subject.... I just read your touching comment on my recent post.. I couldn't help it... it made my cry... you are such a wonderful person Sioux, you have the gift to touch our hearts and to comfort our souls with your words. Thank you truly from the bottom of my heart!!!


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