Jessie Raymond: Summer kicks off social season

In recent weeks, I’ve learned something about myself: I like people.

Jessie Raymond: Garden gets a break this year

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been having a delightful spring. I feel more at ease this year, more able to enjoy the longer days and warmer weather, and less worried that I’m falling behind on my to-do list.

Jessie Raymond: The sun is out; now so is my back

Last Thursday while lifting weights, I felt a twinge in my lower back. I corrected my form, finished the workout and forgot all about it.

Jessie Raymond: Discovering the fun of fishing

There’s nothing quite as enjoyable as spending a spring evening fishing. At least that’s what Mark says. But then, he practically grew up with a fishing pole over his shoulder. I grew up with a book bag over mine.

Jessie Raymond: Name that bird, audio edition

Statistics show that 73% of older adults develop a weird fascination with birds.

Jessie Raymond: It pays to choose colors carefully

When I’m in the mood for a home renovation project but we lack the money or time to start one, I turn to the second-best option: painting a room.

Letter to the editor: Columnist gave reader a good laugh

Who needs humorist Dave Barry when we have our own funnier Jessie Raymond? Every column she writes nails our life in these times.

Jessie Raymond: Rising prices are hard to bear

Inflation is crazy right now. As expected, it’s hitting groceries and gas. I had no idea, however, that the cost of bears would go up so much.

Jessie Raymond: What’s so funny? Good question!

These are the times that try humor columnists’ souls.

Jessie Raymond: Housecat is head of household

When it comes to humans and cats, we all know who’s in charge. In our house it’s our gray shorthair, Lily.

Jessie Raymond: What a tangled web I’m weaving

I’ve recently returned to my newest and, at the moment, least favorite hobby: weaving.

Jessie Raymond: Too-tight coat gives cold comfort

The tight fit limits my mobility; even the most basic movements, such as reaching across my chest to put on my seatbelt, become full-body workouts. I once hit my target heart rate just trying to close the back hatch on the car.

Jessie Raymond: Novice treasure hunter strikes pay dirt

This Christmas, Mark got me the world’s greatest gift: a metal detector.

Jessie Raymond: No shame in starting Christmas early

It was Saturday, Nov. 27. I asked Mark to take a circuitous route, so people wouldn’t suspect where we were going. He declined, instead driving straight to the Christmas tree farm.

Jessie Raymond: Quick photos require long exposure

All I needed were a couple of snapshots of me wearing the pullover I had just finished knitting.


The Addison Independent will be closed on Monday, July 4th. The newspaper will be published on Thursday, as usual.