Author: Fred Swan

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...

The Tough People In Our Lives

The summer – in addition to its magic – can also bring us together with people who elicit our negative feelings.  With so many family gatherings and social functions ahead, and with the summer...

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...

Events

The AIR Gallery, an online magazine, presents my art, the work of other local artists, and encourages one’s creativity.  click here Shows and calls for art  October 2018 Call For Art • “Pedals and Paws” •...

Trees Calm Us

In spring – as the mirror of autumn – we are more aware of trees than in the other two seasons of the year. Quite apart from providing oxygen, food , material necessities, and shelter,...

The Afterlife, A Book Excerpt

Excerpt from Parentheses, A Memoir by Fredrick Swan “Journal entry: October 15, 2013 Late Saturday. Art show at People’s Gallery tonight. Colder mornings but still warm enough to sit outside in the afternoon. In...

Old Bowls, Bacon and Butternut Squash

This easy to make autumn soup is served best in old bowls with a slice of crisp bacon leaned on the side. Dig out your mother’s or your grandmother’s soup bowls, the ones that...

A Powerful Tool That Can Change Your Life

As fall begins and many of us start to consider changes we could make in our lives,  things we could learn, redo, makeover – start – I’d like to revisit the subject of a blog...