Roy’s Sunday Letter for May 14, 2023

  • Many, younger than 60, do not know their family history. We enter work, civic arenas and faith places like cut flowers. Knowing, listening and telling your generational stories are a vital part of developing community, the intimacy of connections and bridging over skin color, gender, and age. For me, cut flowers is not where we find community.

** Wendy’s is testing an “AI Chatbots” for drive-thru. The chatbot will be able take your order and answer questions. Wendy’s says Covid, economic changes, and staff shortages are the reasons. Wendy’s drive thru now provides 80% of all their food orders. Gear up people, the times are indeed changing.

  • Seen on Face Book poster: “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” I will add…Never go away. Stays at the table until there is a “we” answer, be a solution dedicated person and find common ground.

** I use Mailer Lite to distribute the Sunday Letter. Their analytics report the Sunday Letter has a regular “Open & Read” rating of 76.53. I think this is a good report, and yet, not experienced enough to really know.

  • What is one thing that has not changed in the past 10 years for you? Just one among all the change after change? Answer: The Floss string (teeth cleaning this week).

** I waited for Lamar Jackson to apologize. But not. In 2023 America, his new agreement to play NFL quarterback in Baltimore is $56 million for one season, $260 million for five seasons. There are schools, disease solutions, caretaking of dementia, abuse, the isolated and left behind in Baltimore. As best I could, I searched for his Foundation, his Cause…found none. These sentences are not personal to Larmar or his family. His $56 million represents the separations and the gaps we permit…even encourage.

  • I had an Ophthalmology assessment this week. I had worry and apprehensions. Letters on the screen or print book not as clear, blurry (just a little). To my delight and surprise, one eye 20 – 20…the other 20 -30. I used 175 inexpensive readers. So, I will upgrade the quality of my readers and say Thank You.

** In the midst of all the noise and distractions of daily life, we have found a sense of calm in “Moving Arts,” a Netflix feature of 30 minute videos. Search to find the right image, pace of movement…whether forest, animal, or water. We watched “Forest” as a slow down before end of evening…a nice way to say goodnight.

I decided to add a short Face Book post Monday – Friday mornings. An Encouragement, words of support, perhaps a thought as morning comes to us all. Tomorrow, I will ask readers about their “Re” words…Reconnect, Recommit, Reflect, Redecide, Return….we each have our own “Re.”

Roy on a nourishing Sunday morning!


  1. Roger Gullickson on May 14, 2023 at 6:41 am

    Regard for you my friend!

    • Roy Bowen on May 14, 2023 at 1:10 pm

      and to you solid citizen, excellent communicator, balanced and level suggester of what’s next and what about.
      & Thank You for positive regard……

  2. Frank Long on May 14, 2023 at 7:07 am

    You have 20/20 insight, Roy.
    Blessings to you and Beth
    Frank Long

    • Roy Bowen on May 14, 2023 at 1:08 pm

      you are quick on the 20/20…..
      i really was “concerned” I was heading some kind of invasive treatment
      I now have two pair of $23 readers
      I found out most are producing thee 175’s I have used past 3 yrs.
      So, 200
      Much clearer, easier reading
      By now you two are unboxed, met neighbors, swore to the pledge of never, never moving again.
      Simply the best of best thoughts to you both……..

  3. mike davis on May 14, 2023 at 8:16 am

    Good morning Roy and wonderful letter.. your delicate ricochet amongst the widely varied topics is fun and engaging. Happy Mother’s Day to all Roy’s readers…. and happy Sunday from Central Oregon. mike davis

    • Roy Bowen on May 14, 2023 at 8:49 am

      many and consistent thanks….I do really try hard to present an enjoyable one page…..challenges, comforting, informative. thanks for hanging with me.

  4. Linda M on May 14, 2023 at 9:39 am


    I don’t do FB but that popped into my mind. Love to you Roy and Beth—forever in my heart.


    • Roy Bowen on May 14, 2023 at 1:03 pm

      delighted to be connected, always
      you have to be old to do face book; you are far too young….an Instagram young one to be sure

    • Roy Bowen on May 14, 2023 at 1:12 pm

      I did not see the top line of Renew
      A good, forward leaning word from a forward leaning friend

  5. Richard on May 15, 2023 at 9:12 am

    Thanks for the “Moving Arts” recommendation. Gonna look for that. Need a counter-balance to the nighttime political talk shows.
    Sounds like a “Peace Out” at the end of the day.

    Cheers to you and Beth!

    • Roy Bowen on May 17, 2023 at 10:12 am

      Beth has become a regular Moving Art person as she does and prepares her art
      For some reason she prefers the images and background music over NASCAR.
      I hope easy and healthy days for you two and all of family.

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