Author: Fred Swan



The Impressions You Make I have a picture of my grandfather as a young man. It is a faded sienna photograph of Charlie loading barrels of maple sap onto a horse drawn wagon. It...


The Joy of Mopping a Floor

Tomorrow, January 12, 2016 – on the 6th anniversary of having died and been resuscitated after 40 minutes of CPR – I’m going to mop the huge floor of an art gallery that I am...


Somewhere In Heaven

(Author’s note:  I’ve always kept journals.  I read them from time to time and wonder.  I’ve continued to wonder about Toby). Journal entry December 8, 2008, 11 p.m. At the beach cabin by myself....


The Anniversary Effect

The anniversaries of our traumatic events need not only our awareness but our own gentle and sensitive responses to our personal needs.  2nd Tuesday recommends the following link:


Coffee Liqueurs and Swimming Pools

Tastes change.  There was a time when I was younger that sugary liqueurs had great appeal.  A highly alcoholic and sugar laced coffee liqueur mixed generously into milkshakes on a hot day once resulted in a...


Drift Away From Stormy Spring Weather

Christian Lindquist’s Solo Piano Diary series is a soothing set of music that will carry you across a stormy spring day.  Within his work you will find strong classical influences as well as jazz, new age,...


Finding Closure With Parents · Excerpt

Chapter 13  The Facts of Life · from a memoir by Fredrick Swan My son Joel told me, “Mom acted so calm, but I knew that she was tired — probably afraid like the rest of...

A Gift For You

“If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently. When you look into infinity, you realize there are more important things than what people do...