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

Friday, June 23, 2017


There’s an old song about tiny bubbles – in the wine – etc. The next line brings the idea of being happy, feeling fine. Now there are times when the crotchety kinks of elderhood make “feeling fine” a goal rather than something realized. But for the most part, the deficits have arrived over time and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

WYOS Group: Today's challenge

Bring a photo to class. Be prepared to write about it. Who, what, where, when, etc... No, it doesn't have to be a photo of yourself. Yes, it can be anything that interests you. Or, pick another topic of your choice. Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


We usually dismiss the storm warnings for places like New Orleans and the Gulf Coast as having little or nothing to do with those of us who live 800 – 1000 miles away. And heat waves in California and Arizona, tinder dry forests and wildfires – that doesn’t seem to be our problem. Except that it is.... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Story Poem

Santa Claus A wild Appaloosa stallion, sleek spotted wall of horseflesh grey as fog, is rudely roped and hauled from his free range in the Horse Heaven Hills, torn from his mares and rivals, tightly tied in a ramshackle stall next to a makeshift wire corral. God knows how far he is from home. He... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


1953 My first job out of high school was at the phone company’s accounting office in Seattle. Ma Bell paid a dime over minimum wage: $1.05 per hour. In those days waitresses made $.65 cents an hour plus one meal per shift. It was up to her to earn tips to bring her pay to minimum or more. Some did... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wrong Ocular Tom - a Salkum story

Wrong Ocular Tom Betty Fischer lived about three doors up the street from Talbott’s General Store and Post office. Betty’s husband Joe was an over-the-road trucker, out of town sometimes for a couple weeks at a time. There’s only so much time a woman can devote to dust bunnies and furniture wax, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 16, 2017


I had looked forward to Thursday’s write as an escape from political blather. Our topics for the day were light, memories of the playground, funny bits from school, etc. But… Since the topic was on all our minds, we got into a round table discussion of Wednesday’s news, all day breaking story and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


There’s a commercial I cannot stand to listen to. Any time it comes on I either change the channel or hit the ‘mute’ button. It’s the background music that makes my temper flare: a slow and somber version of “Tomorrow.” As in, “The sun’ll come out tomorrow…. Tomorrow… it’s only a day awaaay.” The... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Situation critical.

This morning a guy from this southern Illinois neck of the woods took an AK-47 style assault rifle and began shooting at a bunch of guys at a baseball practice in Alexandria Virginia, a bucolic suburb of Washington, D.C. It just so happened these ball players were republican congressmen preparing... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

But, was it appropriate?

Last week I posted the first chapter of “My Disco Ball is Broken” here on Blogit, a pathetic bid for feedback. In years past I’ve posted pages from longer works bits of dialog, plot ideas, character studies here. And your comments have always given me answers to my writerly questions. What works?... Sign in to see full entry.

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