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Swimming Lessons


Every morning I have a physical therapy time in the's supposed to be good for arthritis. (This is a being written in 1990). I go through many sets of exercises, stretching all the muscles of my body. Much of the time I do swimming strokes, butterfly, breast stroke and dog paddle.

A voice comes to me from the 60's when we lived on Sausalito in Canoga Park.

"Skim the water....pull....skim....pull...."

The voice is Maryanne Kerns who was our next door neighbor then. She taught swimming lessons in their backyard pool. My thing at that time was sitting in the backyard with a portable typewriter on my lap writing the great American novel and soaking up rays. That was where I had painted the psychedelic butterflies and bees on the garage wall and with huge brush strokes LOVE!.

We were not friends then, but every morning her voice carries over that backyard fence of long ago and helps me to churn up the water and loosen up my joints.


I still can't swim, but I go through the motions real good. Thank you Maryanne.

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