All posts tagged: Springfield MO

In My Brain Today: The Help

By Leslie Lindsay When the book, The Help (Kathryn Stockett, Berkeley, 2009) first came out a couple of years ago, I’ll admit–I didn’t really have much interest in reading it.  I was in the midst of running around like a chicken-with-her-head cut off raising two little girls then 2 and 4 years old.  Like I had time to read.  Pfff…it was more like me who needed the help.   But now I am in the middle of the book.  (Well, not exactly the middle).  And I love it!!  I can’t get enough.  It makes me want to read all day.  (Of course, duty calls and I can’t).  But I am utterly amazed at how author Kathryn Stockett can weave together the lives and stories of these southern women.  It makes you feel like you’re right there alongside of them like a fly on the wall.  Not only does the author bring you right into the colorful world of Aibileen, Hilly, Celia, Millie…she breathes life into their voices.  Her point-of-view is absolutely to die for; those …

In My Brain Today: Cute & Sassy Grandma Celebrates 92 years

By Leslie Lindsay She is round and plump.  She’s a little bit sassy and downright funny.  She’s my grandma.  And today she is 92 years “young.”  As a little girl, I can remember going to her home–which smelled vaguely of cat pee and cake–to be engulfed into a giant Grandma hug, complete with large bossoms pressed against my cheeks.  Ahh…grandma.  A lover of animals, she had at least one cat (who would skitter under the bed when anyone came for a visit), two birds, and a beagle pup named Sparky (aka, “Lil Son”). Her home was a haven for grandkids–crayons and paper, cookies and milk.  “The Price is Right” would blare from the television, her chair sqeaking in the corneer with every rock and caress. Just this month, her retirement home featured Grandma Effie on the “cover” of their newsletter.  The article covers everything from her early days as a little girl in Branson, Missouri to her days at Culpepper Place….things even I didn’t know. For example, as was the custom back in the day, the …