About Anne

080714 AM in mountainsI am a reformed letter writer whose words bubble out through ten fingers. It began when my husband, three children, and I lived in England in the early 80’s. Transatlantic calls were a rarity because of the cost, so the only way to let people know what was happening was to write letters. The tradition continued back in the US when e-mail became common. It was the best, most controlled way, for a motor-mouth to communicate with family and friends. The goal was to transmit daily events amusing enough for people to want to read about them.  Blogging seemed the next step.

I saw a comment recently about family that tickled my funny bone. It said I looked around at my family and thought, “We are two clowns short of a circus.” We have friends who happily join us in the center ring.

Our cast of characters include husband John, older daughter Lise, middle child Kate, and caboose child $. $ is short for John Spencer. When $ was born, his four-year-old cousins called him John Spensive, as in expensive, so we began to spell his middle name $pencer. The abbreviation was inevitable. Grandsons David and Nate appear when we visit them in New York or they visit us in the mountains of North Carolina.

Bio information includes 20 plus years as the secretary for an accounting firm concurrent with being the organist and choir director at our church. Those were wonderful years, but I am now thrilled with retirement. I grew up in West Tennessee, confused people on Long Island with my accent for 50 years, and now sound more normal in the South again.

Anne Mehrling

19 thoughts on “About Anne

  1. Respected Anne !
    It was so nice visiting your blog.
    I used to wonder that people have stopped writing letters, it is so good to know you have continued the charm of writing through emails and now through blogging.
    It only shows how much you give value to your life and the people around you.
    I have come to know that through your about and the other posts on your blog.
    Congrats !!!!
    I wish you good health and cheers to life.
    Shiva

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  2. Anne, I want to thank you for a comment you recently posted on my blog (WordWacker). It was very kind of you. Unfortunately when I clicked Like my fat fingers hit Trash instead, and it was gone! I didn’t want you to think your comment was unappreciated.

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  3. Hi there follower Anne,

    Just to let you know that I updated my blog, which is now called: I Just Had It Here. No action is required on your part. I’m writing to let you know the new URL is ihadithere.com Cheers! Kim

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  4. Hey Anne, just looking at your lovely about page this morning to remind me where you lived. Glad you are safe, I guess the hurricane was less of a big deal than they made of it (thank God). Our news in Texas said it was going to be devastating and we saw the millions of people evacuating Florida and on up the east coast. I’m so glad it turned into a rain event instead.

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    1. We were on the wrong end of NC to see Hurricane Matthew. I’m not complaining!!! I looked at videos on line and enjoyed the weather we had — light rain, interesting clouds, and lots of strong breezes. We had one bit of minor flooding — the birdbath overflowed.

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  5. Anne! I deserve 10 lashes with a wet noodle (as Ann Landers used to say). All this time I thought I *was* a follower of yours, and just now realized I wasn’t! Call me clueless. This has now been rectified! 🙂

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  6. Anne, I thought I was following your blog but couldn’t understand WHY I wasn’t seeing your posts in my reader. All that education was for nought. :/ I’m following now. Cool bio! I’ve been to Dyersburg. Is that close to your hometown? I used to teach in Wilson County, TN about 10 years ago — that’s in Middle TN.

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    1. Yes, Michelle, Dyersburg is close to my hometown! I think Ripley is about 20 to 30 miles south of it. I don’t know much about Middle TN, but I hope you had a very good experience teaching in Wilson County. We see my husband’s cousin in Nashville occasionally. Thanks for following me. I’ve been enjoying your uplifting blog.

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  7. You sound positively enchanting! 😀 Your family/circus comment would pretty much sum up my fam to. Love your son’s nick! Keep up the writing and the humor; seeing life through the lens of laughter sure makes it easier to look at!

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