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Monday, December 11, 2017

This time of year...

I cringe, walking through stores and public places where cheery Christmas music is making extravagant promises to kids who will wake to not much or maybe nothing on Christmas morning. The little ones who are too young to understand the mythology of it all, and the commercialism, will only know that... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 4, 2017

What's so funny?

Tonight we went to a class recital of student clowns. Setting aside the currently popular and tired old meme of the Evil Clown, let's consider clowns that are, in fact, funny. Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Red Skelton... Now, they were funny, and they were clowns in the classic tradition. Who are... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

writing tips

What are your best writing tips? Here is one of my favorites: The best prose comes from tapping the un- or semi-conscious mind, what is sometimes called the Right Brain, though mind-experts now say that model is not extactly a true representation of how the brain functions. For my purposes, it is... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A morality tale...

Imagine a big family where the parents send the kids out to work, and then take most of the kids' wages promising to fill the pantry, and save up for any medical emergencies or even routine doctor visits... to spend the monies more wisely than the kids would themselves. Then the parents take those... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Perfect Morning

What is your Perfect Morning? What is favorite, what is essential? For me, having had a good night's sleep is an essential. Without that, I am bleary and vague, my mind not willing to come online and do its many jobs, like remembering if I took my morning meds, or what day it is, and what things I... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Binge-worthiness

Not having actual television, but access to Netflix and Amazon Prime, and a couple of subscription channels--Britbox and HBO--I have made a habit of binge-watching shows from Season 1/episode 1, through to the last available episode. Some, that is the whole show; others, there will be a wait to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloweens of years gone by...

What are your first memories of Halloween? What are your best memories, and worst? What were the traditions you grew up with, and how have they changed? One of my favorite recollections is of the little paper-mache jack-o-lanterns we carried instead of flashlights. And our tradition then, when I was... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

What if you could have a magical or futuristic device, what would it be?

Invisibility cloak... 7-league boots... Universal translator that works for animals as well as other human-like people... I would suggest a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but if you have a smart phone, you already have that mostly covered, at least for the local stuff. How about a fail-proof... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What once was lost...

If you've read my other recent bloggings you know about my glasses that I lost at the Pirate Fest on Friday, and that turned up again on Saturday. Have you ever lost something, decided it was gone for good, and then got it back again? A thing, maybe, or a relationship, or...? And we all know what it... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

What's on the menu?

With the freeze-dryer up and operating, I am thinking more and more about what to process and seal away for future use. Some will be our emergency food supplies, some will be for camping and road-trips. Some will be ready-meals, some will be ingredients. The plan is to freeze-dry some stews and... Sign in to see full entry.

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