Life in the fast lane--where's the on ramp?

Thursday, October 19, 2017


One of the writers in my Thursday group at the Center is a recently retired activities director who had worked at several senior care facilities. She’s one who learns all the names and finds out what their interests are and comes up with things that make them happy. She grew up in a family of... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

On The Job - Conclusion

Late 1992 - Writing on the Wall I should have seen it coming. There were signs. Early on in his tenure, Lew had taken on a public service research survey involving several other colleges: our Carbondale campus, the U of I at Champaign, and several community colleges. The others did most of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On the Job - Part 2

1990 - How The Rug was Pulled Within the first month of his arrival at the department, Lew changed the work. He decided certain aspects – info gathering on zoning regulations and mapping the locations of undermined areas – should be put on the back burner in favor of his own most marketable talent... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 16, 2017


1984: Office of Area Development, SIUE “I want to exploit you,” Dr. K said to me after we’d met to talk about some changes he wanted to make in my job description. When my eyebrows went up and he saw my shocked expression he said, “I mean that in the best way, of course.” What he meant by that, I... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

No Blog Today.

Still ruminating. Not sure I can do it properly. As a woman. Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Abdel's Question

Thursday after the WYOS group met, I was headed out to have lunch at a nearby coffee shop with a couple of the women. Abdel asked me if I had a minute. Well, if you've read the previous post about communication, etc., you may remember I'd hinted this concerned a cart-before-the-horse bit... What he... Sign in to see full entry.


I don't need to be "educated" about the evils of a certain philosophy. I don't like being told that I just don't know what's good for me, and it really pisses me off when a blogger responds to folks who disagree with his point of view that they just don't know what they're talking about. Oh, and I... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 13, 2017


So yesterday when the WYOS group found their chairs and set their notebooks ready to write – me, six other women and Abdel – I was still of a mind to head off his intention to clear up their confusion about the Mafia vs terrorists. My intro focused on there being two parts to communication – the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Failure to Communicate

That line in "Cool Hand Luke" "What we have here is a failure to communicate," is a classic that fits so many situations these days. I'm midstream in just such a situation. Last week our friend Abdel read his usual "Topic of Your Choice" at the WYOS group. I don't remember now what he wrote about,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Yesterday I was at Walgreen’s – flu shot – and as I left the store I said Hi to Linda Brubaker, who stood at the edge of the parking lot, bike helmet, backpack, a couple shopping bags, looking up at gathering storm clouds. She came along with me as I headed for the car, mentioned how she hasn’t seen... Sign in to see full entry.

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