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

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Around the time the Civil War ended in 1860-something, there was a family living in Missouri whose two sons, Frank and Jesse, had volunteered for the Confederate militia and took to a life of crime after Union soldiers attacked the family farm. As retaliation, the James brothers began a storied... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


WAZZUP? IS IT A FULL MOON? Yesterday at The Center there was intermittent chaos; The phone brought odd questions, misremembrances and confusion. One lady called The Center to complain the assisted care center where she lives will not send its bus to the community center and she doesn’t know anyone... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019


FOLLOW-UP TO CHANCE’S STORY When we had a farewell party for Klaus in the Humanities and Social Sciences conferences room, he asked us not to share with other faculty the fact that he was going to Arizona to stay with a friend and make sure Chance had a good home – and in a few weeks, into hospice.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 15, 2019


Hi! My name is Chance. I’m a Springer Spaniel and I live in Seattle with my human, a college professor named Klaus. He’s an old guy, and sad sometimes. My job is to cheer him up. He’s got something they call a job that takes him away for part of each day. He teaches English comp and creative... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 13, 2019


PERIPATETIC At Thursday’s write your own story session, JoAnn used the word peripatetic in her story, referring to the subject of that day’s write. It seems the family she was writing about moved ‘constantly’, following jobs or skipping town one step ahead of the landlord back in the days of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 12, 2019


April The frogs return and sing again, it is the time of love no matter that the snow was here a week ago or that storms are on their way. They float mesmerized, conjoined, spinning life out of the moment, never imagining forever after or a palace fit for a queen. A princess could do worse than kiss... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 11, 2019


Our topic at last week’s Write Your Own Story session was Chance Encounters. Have you ever run into anyone from ‘back home’ while you were thousands of miles away, maybe in a different country - or, anyone famous? Abdel wrote about this topic. He and a Tunisian friend who’d graduated from the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


ABOUT THE POLITICAL MERRY-GO-ROUND Is it just me, or is anyone else already sick & tired of the 2020 presidential campaigning? What would impress me is if they'd all stop the rallies and fund raising, settle in to their work of debating and deciding in Congress what to do about the astronomical cost... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


There used to be mirror balls hanging from the high, high ceilings of dance halls from back in the pre-WWII days, the time when Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers whirled and tapped in the spotlight, he in a sharp dark tuxedo, she in a swirly pastel gown and high-heeled dancing shoes. It was magical for... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 8, 2019


Last spring about this time, when the leaves were sprouting after the long cold winter, I noticed this one tree in the distance that looked like the profile of a bison against the sunrise. As the leaves filled in during the summer time, the image looked more and more like a surreal great plains... Sign in to see full entry.

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