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Wash Possible

My mother told me this story about a brusque doctor from her youth in the 1920’s:

A woman came to see the doctor and he told her she smelled bad and needed to wash. She earnestly told him that she did wash. She washed as far up as possible and she washed as far down as possible. The doctor pointed his finger at her and said “That’s it! Go home and wash Possible!” I LOVE this story.


Latest book reviews by Ruth Curtiss

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda – A marriage between two doctors, a man from India and a woman from the USA with an adopted daughter. Complications arise they don’t anticipate. Interesting and well written. Information about customs and culture in India.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake – A WWII story from a different angle. A young recent bride is left in a small town in the States while her doctor/husband volunteers to go to London to help during the bombing. She writes a letter to him every day and he writes as he is able. The last letter has a much longer journey. It reminded me of the daily letters I wrote to my husband when he was overseas in the South Pacific for three years during the same war.

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees – A fun book to read with the author telling the story of Louisa May Alcott’s life as she thinks it was in the mid 18th century, feeling the Jo of Alcott’s book,” Little Women” was really Alcott herself.

Ruth Curtiss is my mother and a lifelong avid reader.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford: Book Review by Ruth Curtiss

Portrait of Ruth Curtiss on her 90th Birthday

Ruth Curtiss

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford held my interest from beginning to ending. It is a story based on what actually happened when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941 and war was declared. Thousands of Japanese lived in this country and since the government didn’t know which were spys and which were loyal Americans it was decided to pick them all up and put them in camps in fenced in areas with guards for the duration of the war. Although Chinese and Japanese families lived in their own communities within large cities there were many young people who fell in love with someone of a different nationality or race and this is at the core of this novel. A story that was hard to put down.

Note: Ruth Curtiss is my mother. At age 93 she continues to read at a phenomenal pace. Check back for more contributions by her.
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