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Saturday, August 27, 2016


Here's another prompt prompted by Pat's post today about teachers. Truly outstanding teachers make the greatest difference in a student's life. I remember some of mine, particularly Miss Mihalik, my 7th grade science teacher. She was one of the most enthusiastic people I've ever known! She took a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Computer Rage

It just happened to our Pat, again! That thing where you have written out the best words of your life, spontaneous and exactly right... and one odd click, and it is all gone. Worst, it is gone from your head: you just poured it all out onto the e-page, and to recover it and rewrite... Often, that... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Storm Stories

Such fireworks last night! Big, big storm in the mountains! Flash flood warnings... Do you remember hearing of the Big Thompson Canyon Flood here in CO, in 1976? It was a busy summer weekend, lots of campers and fishermen and hikers... It's just a few miles northwest of Denver and Boulder, so there... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

When it is just too darn hot...

What one word describes how summer heat feels to you? What do you like about hot days, and what is your comfort range? What do you do to cool down? This prompt is to inspire simple answers to the questions, but maybe pondering on heat and summer will inspire something poetic, or a photo that... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


There are words we use in English that are not considered actually English, though in time, they are likely to be absorbed and understood as English. We use them because they express something for which we have no equivalent. Like 'schadenfreude,' that German word that means finding pleasure in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Defining terms

Some words are powerful on the surface, but they don't mean as much as they would if they were actually and specifically defined. Aside from 'good' and 'bad' and all their permutations, there are words like 'love' and 'peace.' There are so many kinds of love, and it seems the Greeks had different... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Circus and Zoo: An exercise in re-invention

There is an emotional/philosophical revolution happening in the relationship between our traditional, Western, civilized selves and the rest of nature, particularly the animals we think of as wild, the ones we capture or breed for our zoos, and exploit for entertainment. There is a powerful push... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ripped from the headlines... of Facebook...

My son-in-law shared this on Facebook today. He is English himself, and he and my daughter now live in Lancashire. He has, from time to time, posted something about the Ins and Outs of the UK: tomorrow's nationwide referendum to decide whether the UK will remain in the European Union, or make an... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jury duty...

What's your experience with jury duty? Do you look forward to the opportunity, or do you resent the inconvenience? If you have ever served on a jury, what was the case, and how was the experience? I've been called twice in the past 20 years, the latest time was this morning. The first time, I was... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

here is the poem promised a few days ago

When I am a ghost Freed of body hungers and gravity and time… I will stay to tread and swim and fly Where in life I could gaze only, deaf and blind, With my inadequate human heart And boundaried human mind. I will soar on wings of dream Over vasty desert dunes Great swathes etched and shaped... Sign in to see full entry.

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