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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

What lesson has failure taught you?

That was the question that was posted on Facebook, and I answered, To not take things personally. Someone responded with how difficult it is to conquer this one. I posted: It is a habit embedded in the subconcious, and takes conscious intent and choice to overcome it. It feels like giving up one's... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Going to the Movies

Charlie and I have gone to a couple of movies over the past week, one of them I wrote here about: KING ARTHUR. Last night we saw the new GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movie. It was fun, there were clever bits and out-loud-laughing. But neither of these was really anything meaningful. So many movies these... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

They told me to read...

...that reading was the first key to getting a good education and succeeding in the world. I disagree. For one thing, reading is such a great escape, especially reading fiction, that it can be as effective as any drug to remove one from living life. For another, there is a greater key, and that is... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

To knot or not to knot...

Last night and today I spent winding some new yarn into a ball. Yarn often comes in a twisted hank, which, when untwisted, becomes a wide loop with two free ends. You choose an end, and begin to make a ball. Some yarns, especially thick ones, go from hank to ball pretty smoothly, but a fine yarn... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Before fear came

I have a certain antipathy to carrot-red-haired men. I'm not sure why, though I remember a certain boy of that description in grades school who was a bully. I never had anything to do with him, but I remember feeling disgusted by his personal habits and attitude towards other kids. Is this enough... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 7, 2017

inspired by blackcat's blog on doodling.

My teachers never appreciated that doodling helped me to listen to them. They generally tried to get me to stop. I never stopped, of course. My hands had minds of their own. As it turned out, my first really satisfying job was sitting at the Pike Place Public Market offering my services as a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

What has been your favorite part of parenthood?

I asked my daughter this, now she is a parent: What do you expect will be your favorite part of parenting? She thinks it will be introducing Elsa to new experiences. I always enjoyed that teaching aspect of parenting, too. One of the best things has been when my kids came to me for advice or help.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

writing advice

I have offered this one piece of advice to new writers and stuck writers, so it seems only reasonable that I recently followed it myself. There is a story lurking deep in me, something I wrote quite a few pages of many years ago, then lost. And you know how it is with lost writings: It was the best,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Earliest memories

I can remember just a few snatches of life when I was three, possibly two. I remember ducklings in a bathtub at my sister's kindergarten. I remember my mother taking leftover breakfast pancakes, buttering them, rolling them up and sticking a toothpick through, then dusting them with powdered sugar.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 20, 2017


A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. -Fyodor Dostoevsky, novelist (1821-1881) Sign in to see full entry.

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