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

Saturday, September 18, 2021

On a scrap of paper found today, in my mother's handwriting:

Salutation To The Dawn Look to this day, for it is the very life of life. In its brief course be all the verities and realities of your existence: The glory of action, The bliss of growth, The thunder of beauty. For yesterday is but a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes... Sign in to see full entry.


Friday, near dusk: Itchy and Trubbles moved cautiously along Brick Street, sticking to the patch of grass next to St. B's school playground. They each climbed one of the Linden trees just outside the fence. Both of these advance scouts observed the same things: their Backyard Habitat was ready to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 17, 2021


(How the grandmother, leader of the Last Door Troop, got her name.) Long ago, in a habitat far, far away, a pup was born to the troop leader's mate. The infant was small, her birth a bit too soon, and so she was named Mini. But Mini was alert and eager to learn, and was soon poking her head above... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 16, 2021


Mother said that once after she'd had a strange conversation with some snooty woman in the J.C. Penneys where we'd gone shopping for school clothes. I couldn't understand why mother was so polite to her after the woman had reached in front of her to grab something practically out of her hand. I... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021


My fourth grade teacher was an older woman. Mrs. Mock wore navy or black dresses with long sleeves, with white lacy collars and a cameo brooch. Like many older women in those days she wore heavy cotton stockings and those thick-heeled lace-up grandmotherly shoes. She wore her steel-gray hair in a... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021


I've written at least three times lately about some of the shit I lived through in my younger life. I started a blog here, in the form of a letter to my mother to tell her things I'd never shared about my life after I left her home. The tone of it was way beyond what I'd thought it would be when the... Sign in to see full entry.


With apologies for bringing politics to the table: Yesterday, one day BEFORE the California recall election, MSNBC and Rachel Maddow reported a post they found on the Larry Elder (or GOP) web page. The right wing conservative organization posted chapter and verse about how hackers had stolen the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 13, 2021


Today a woman I know had a bit of a problem with a good old boy who works for her in a large company. He had failed to complete some task and was quite hostile to her as she called him about when she could expect him to do so. Then she told him he needed to get his Covid shots and submit the proof... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 12, 2021


When you're a kid and you've got siblings, you learn that conspiracies are dangerous. If your kid sis or brother was in on the great cookie raid while she was snapping beans on the back porch, then your secret is safe. You both know that if one of you breathes a whisper of it to Mom, there is... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 11, 2021


I just heard President George Bush give a speech at the memorial for Flight 93. It was a touching tribute to the heroes of that flight and to our nation's response to the terrorist attack, the immediate coming together of all Americans. He also said it's different now that we now must deal with... Sign in to see full entry.

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