Ann Barnett Contributor

Ann Barnett After retiring from teaching I turned to writing, my first love. In a memoir writing course on Long Island I met the mentor of my dreams. My work has been published in Newsday.

Why I Keep Going Back To Bonaire

January 28, 2014
Bonaire snorkeling

When people ask “What do you do for nightlife?” I don’t tell them about counting bats or that I’m usually asleep by 9 o’clock. I might not even mention Wednesday movie night for fear of ruining it with popularity.
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Goodbye To The Summer Cottage

August 6, 2013
shifting sands

I’ve already scaled back from four weeks to three, and now two, but each year I see less and less of my grandsons.
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Crimes Of Summer

July 30, 2013
crimes of summer

The guilt that spawns nightmares and insomnia at three am is about what I did to them during the Summer of Sam 36 years ago.
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The Five-Year Rule

October 16, 2012
The Five Year Rule

Taking aim at a wastebasket across the room, I jettisoned the lifeless body with shocking fury.
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Thrifty Pleasures

September 4, 2012
Thrifty pleasures

In my backpack I carried a two-week supply of food scraps for the compost bin.
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Second Chances

August 7, 2012
scuba - second chances

When we flew to Cozumel, I planned to play tennis and lie on the beach. Worn out, middle-aged school teachers, we knew survival until June depended on a successful February vacation.
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Just Keep Patching It Up

July 17, 2012

Despite an ongoing commitment to maintenance, I have conceded that sanding and varnishing will not stop time.
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Forgiving Dad

June 12, 2012
Forgiving Dad

This Father’s Day I feel my father’s pain merging with mine in a pact of forgiveness.
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