The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

A knew Letter To My Good Friends

Here I am again frends with a difficult spelling of words. But I am ready to do my best once more. Just a few weeks ago I red your recent responses to me, and they were so sweet that I decided to write again now even though writing correctly is still difficult for me. So this time I will try to explain some of my problems and how I try to deal with them.

For about three years I have ben living in a large and handsome building that is very well managed and contains a hundred or more men and women of different ages, backgrounds, and interests. When it comes to time for our evening dinner several people-mostly men-chose to eat alone in there private apartments. But for the most part large numbers of men and women choose to dine with friends in our large dining room. Even then however people have different choices. Some eat dinner their regularly but don’t seem to notes anyone else. They just want to eat there food and then leave the room. On the other hand many women–not men– are eager to eat with different people every day. I think they want to become friendly with fokes they haven’t met yet in there classrooms.

When it comes to breakfast all of us eat inside our rooms every morning. After that I go downstairs in an elevator, with my cart because I need important items with me. Actually, they are just pieces of paper and a pencil that I will use later. I will write all the important things I need to remember because my memory doesn’t last very long. So I try to carry everything I need everyday, and also get to the right time for dinner in the evening. There I always want to eat with my friends. Here recently eating times have ben changed, and I have trouble remembering when to go down at the wright time.

Strangely, my best memories are the songs I learned to sing long ago and the foods I always liked to eat. But I cant remember easily the names of all my friends. Even though I try to write down names and everything else that is important to me, I often forget to look at what I have written down. In addition I am not a good speller anymore, so I have to check all the words I’ve written before I mail any of my letters. And sometimes I also forget how to speak ordinary words. For example, I may not remember to ask for “milk” when I order tee after dinner .

Although all the things Ive mentioned today may have suggested that I lost most of my abilities, I wrote this message to you today without help from anyone else. When I misspelled some words that I wrote, I did recognize them afterward and tried to correct them before sending you this paper. Altho many of the abilities I used easily in the past are now more difficult for me, that is actually normal for most people of my age. Just later this week I will be celebrating my ninty year birthday, and I will still be able to exercise with young women every morning. ( Men don’t usually get up early around here) So I am pleased that I still remember your faces and voices as I did before. In addition I wrote this letter to you without help from anyone else except the owners of this company who regularly put red lines under any words they think are written incorrectly. Although I appreciate there help when I need it, I also think that some of them are too critical of smart people like me.


A Message to My Friends

My Dear friends,

Today, I am ready to go outside and walk in the streets for the first time in several months. Although I don’t know if it’s warm enough outside, It looks good from my window. And I think it’s ben far too long for me to stay inside every day. It should be good to go out in the sun today because the ground is not icy anymore. But before I go outside I will wright abought a few of my recent experiences for your information

In our home building things are beginning to turn more pleasent for all of us. Although we must still ware our masks when with our frends, we have ben vaccinated twice, already and now we are considered to be safe. So I hope we will soon get rid of the messy masks we must ware every day and be safe without them. My concerns abought masks are not ther cousts or bad smells, but it is very hard for us to understand what people say when they are waring masks. All we can hope for know is that important words will be written and sent to us for reading and remembering. That would certainly help our memory .

It’s really strange that smart people, like me, often forget they’re abilities. And my biggest problems are words I need to speak. When I go shopping I often can’t name the foods or clothing I want to buy. But fortunately I can point them out. Only when I’m alone writing do I remember all the words I need to say, even if I can’t spell them correctly. Actually writing is easier for me than speaking because we then have time to relax and think while no one is watching us.

The worst problem in my apartment is not having enough help from others. Once a week It is cleaned by a pleasant. women, but the rest of the time it’s my job, and I am pretty good at washing my closes, cleaning up any dirt, and putting things away. I also feed my cat every day and clean his place whenever that is needed. My only problem now is that he prefers to sleep in my bed at night rather than in the box I bought for him long ago. And he tends to cuddle me too closely. But at least he doesn’t try to bight me anymore like he did before for no reason .

All of what I’ve discribed today is true. But I wanted to give you a taste of my new world. In many ways it is kind and helpful, but it isn’t an easy place to be wen parts of my body and mind are not working as well as they did before.

P.S Please forgive any misspelled words. I don’t know correct spelling anymore


A Letter To All My Friends

Dear friends I haven’t written to you for a long time, and you might have thought I was too busy working everyday or no longer able to write. But neither of those things were true. I have thought about writing to you all many times, but unfortunately I haven’t been writing well enough recently. For sometime I have had trouble writing words correctly or repeating them too many times. But recently I have been able to write some short pieces that I consider understandable and important to send tool you people. So I decided to wait for a time when I felt I could write correctly.

Because of my changes that I can’t explain, I think I have become able to write well at leas ounce more time. So I won’t stop writing unless I am unable to continue. Recently I have remembered most of my recent experiences. My most important changes were good health and fisical ability. And on good days I’m strong enough to write correctly, hear people speak, and talk understandably. But sometimes I forget the names of the foods I like to eat or the people I know by sight, and those experiences are very embarrassing.

In April this year I will become ninety years old, and fortunately I still hear most words that are spoken near me. But the machine in our auditorium is poor and very difficult for me or anyone else to understand words. I also have trouble understanding the words people speak when they are waring masks. But I remember the words of songs I once loved to sing when I was young and I still enjoy doing that. In adition I go to the exercise classes here regularly. And when the outside weather is also warm I walk there carrying a cane in order to avoid falling. At lunch times I enjoy eating the foods offered in our building’s dining room. But unfortunately some spicy foods that are offered frequently do not sit well in my stomach. So now I try to avoid them altogether.

Today I want you all to know that I have found good friends and interesting activities here in Pennsylvania. My apartment is comfortable and has pleasant views of the outside. And I clean it up when necessary. There is also a weekly worker who cleans up my apartment very well. In addition a small cat has been living with me for some time. He behaves very well, makes no dirt, and eat’s without creating a mess. He also likes to sleep in my bed with me at night rather than in a small box I bought for him long ago. He docent make any trouble for me as long as I scratch his back every evening, and fead him regularly. But unfortunately I can’t take him anywhere outside my apartment because there it is too dangerous for him. So his greatest pleasures are to climb up to a window in my apartment and look outside. Then he never complains or makes any dirt. I have enjoyed his friendship for more than ten years and I hope it will continue.

Because it will soon be a new year I’m afraid that my ability to write may drift away. For that reason I will check twice what I’ve written here and try to clean up any of my mistakes. In the future, I hope to be able to write to all of you more than once, and that many of you will also write to me. I am still fiscally healthy and interested in keeping contact with all my friends for as long as posable. And of course I hope that all of you will remain healthy, remember me, and keep writing. Maybe we will even get together again. Whodunit that be Wonderfull?

Joanne Yatvin



Songs to Sing

From this Vally you say you are leaving. Do not hasten to bid me adue. Just remember the Read River valley. And the sweathart who loved you so true.

I have promised you darling that never Will a word from my lips cause you pain, I will stay by your side dear forever If you only will love me again

Come and sit by arm if you love me , Do not hasten to bid me adue Just remember the Read River value And the sweethart who loves you so true.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, You make me happy when skies are gray. Youl never know dear how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away

The other knight dear when I was sleeping, I dreamt I held you in my arms, When I awoke dear I was mistaken, I just held my head and cried

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are gray’. You’l never know dear how much I love you. Please don’t take the sunshine away.


Give my regards to Broadway, Remember me to Herald square. . Tell all the boys at forty second street that I will soon be there

Tell them of how I’m yearning to mingle with the old time crowd Just tell them xxxx and I’ll be there here soon


Oh, I ain’t got a barrel of money, Maybe its ragged and funny. But we’ll travel along singing a song , side by side.

Oh we don’t know what’s coming tomorrow. Maybe it’s. trouble and sorrow. But we’ll travel along singing a song, side by side.


On top of old Smokey all covered with snow, I Lost my true lover come a courtin to slow Though courtin is pleasure and parting is grief A false harted lover is worse than a thief.

He’ll hug you and kiss you and But a false harted lover will leave you in your grave. And the grave will decay you and turn you to dust, But a false harted lover will bring you to rust,

So come all you maidens and listen to me, Never leave your affection on a green willow tree. For the tree it will wither and turn into dust But a false harted lover will give you no trust

He’ll hug you and kiss you and bring you to lust, But a false hearted lover will turn you to dust. So come all you maidens and listen to me, Never leave your affections on a green willow tree.

For the tree it will wither and turn into dust Not more than one-man a poor girl can trust

On top of old smokey all covered with snow
I lost my true lover for courting too slow
For courting’s a pleasure and parting’s a grief But a false harted lover is worse than a thief

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The History Of American Reading

Dear readers, I have decided to repost this article every three years in order to help people who haven’t seen it before, especially children who are learning to read with their parents help. My strong belief is that reading is really easy to learn and should easily be taught to young children. I don’t want them to suffer with difficult or anger, only to enjoy and be pleased by the gift of being the ability to read.

Today, English readers understand how writing began in the world, changed over time, and now works easily for those who have learned to ignore the letters of written words, and instead remember the pictures of words. Even though what I’ve just sed may sound ridicules it is the only way we can read English words without going crazy.

Although phonics promoters encourage children to use letters to learn words, ther process doss not represents our speech or make sense to young American readers. So In order to explain the development of written English from the beginning of time to our present lives, and how we are able to understand it, I will do my best to describe worldwide events that created written words and then turned them into our way to read as accurately and simply as I can.

According to world history as reported by scientists, ancient human beings began to communicate with each other by making oral sounds, or carving stone shapes that represented people, animals, or events. Over time however, peoples abilities increased, and they were soon able to change ther human grunts or howls, into distinct sounds that we now call “words”.

Over hundreds of years many new words were created and then understood by people who lived in the same parts of the world,. but did not spread to other countries,. But words still continued to grow and change their forms. People moved from place to place, and the words changed again. As a result, thousands of words and their spellings became unreadable to people living in the same places. But at the same time the most popular words were carried into largest countries. As a result those words and there spellings were remembered by people who lived in large areas, and many of them still exist in our country today. But, those words may also make big problems for young American children because they show letters together that don’t make the same sounds of young readers speech. .

Fortunately however, many young learners are saved by the fact that ther teachers have found an easier way to teach reading. Instead of insisting that all written words must be sounded out to be understood, teachers now focus there students attention to the appearance of new words, and then show them in combinations until the students can recognize and name them easily . Sooner than you might expect, normally developing children become readers. Although ther processes may sound complicated, healthy children learn to read easily, and with pleasure .

Our ability to understand written messages without sounding them out grows from our visual skill to recognize a variety of objects and respond to them appropriately. For instance, even very young children recognize their parents among a group of people, choose the foods they like best from a mixed food platter, pull there favorite toys out of a full basket, and even point out which house on the street is theirs and then run right to it.

Like it or not, many of today’s written words no longer represent their speech sounds. Although children have been urged to “sound out” words for centuries, they don’t need to do that anymore. All of today’s successful readers, young or old, are better able to recognize words by sight than by sounding them out. If you don’t believe me, below are some ordinary words for you to pronounce as if you’re an inexperienced student rather than a capable adult reader.

“where“plough” “character” “knight“gnome” “knew” “weather” ” Quite”

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