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To the Female Driver Who Nearly Killed Me on Friday, the Thirteenth

What could have been, but (thankfully) wasn't _____________________ “Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer _____________________ On open letter to the female driver who nearly killed me... You, going east on Route 30 in your snazzy blue and white striped Camaro, ran a red light as my husband, westbound, was making a left turn onto North George Street from Route 30 (York, Pennsylvania), almost T-boning the passenger side of our car, missing by inches. Where I was riding. Had my husband not sped up, God knows what might have happened. Serious injury for sure, perhaps my death. It was Friday, the 13th, June 2014 – in my case, a lucky day and a driver (my husband) with excellent reflexes. As my husband carefully navigated around a disabled car stuck in the left-turn lane and nudged into the intersection, the traffic light had just turned yellow, so I know that your light was still red because o

So What Happens When a Airplane Drops Altitude Dramatically?

The mark of fear is not easily removed.  – Ernest Gaines   _______________________ I can tell you what happens from firsthand experience.  In 2006, Jerry and I were on a flight to Minneapolis – I think it was Delta or Northwest – when, suddenly, the plane dropped several thousand feet in a few seconds. You notice it; your stomach feels as though it has been left behind, somewhere up in the sky. And you know you’re in trouble when the airline attendants are rushing up and down the aisle, and the pilot, voice shaking, says, “Attendants, take your seats.” You really are convinced that you’re going down – I even asked the flight attendant, “Are we going to be okay?” No answer (gulp). Too busy battening down the potential projectiles. No time for announcements. We leveled out and continued flying over Pennsylvania at 10,000 feet. The pilot (bless him) announced on the intercom that something had possibly gone wrong with the environmental controls (the same proble

Memoir Madness: Driven to Involuntary Commitment