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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

APRIL FOOLS - conclusion

Fred came back the next week and the week after that, and much of our time together was spent driving around the countryside. Most of the time we took Rose and Jim along. One Saturday night, after we’d turned in I remembered I hadn’t brushed my teeth, so I got up in my pajamas and went to the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


When we got up into the higher elevations near park’s lodge, the snow alongside the road and parking lots was piled at least eight feet high, but the air was warm – we left our jackets in the car and ran around in shirt sleeves. After a brief look-see, we went into the lodge, wandered through the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Fred Crow proposed to me on April Fool’s Day, 1950. He’d driven down to Salkum from Olympia on Friday after he got off work at the State of Washington’s printing office in Olympia. He was twenty and I was fifteen – a sophomore at Mossyrock High at the time. I wasn’t really into dating at that time,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 20, 2017

About Today’s Self-assigned Blog

I would find a topic and run with it, some newly minted mental fit I’d do an ‘O MiGod” and say What is bugging me today, But have to put all on the shelves those leaves ain’t gonna rake themselves. So time to pull up my big girl britches and bag those fallen last fall’s… bounty. Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The day the music died...

Another Light Has Gone Out Chuck Berry, the father of Rock n Roll, died at his home in St. Charles County, a St. Louis, MO suburb, on Friday about 1:00 in the afternoon. As soon as the word went out, there were tributes from the biggest of the big music makers including Keith Richards of the Rolling... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Craft Item

PINK PUSSY HATS A woman told me she would march in protest at the Gateway Arch one day after Trump’s inauguration as president of this great nation. In awe I watched E S P N as women went to Washington a thousand here, ten thousand there, and millions more – they’re everywhere In crocheted hats all... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Write Your Own Story (at The Center)

In light of previous stories by our writers at The Center, many of which were variations on a theme of the lingering impact of dark things that happened when they were children, I thought we all needed a shot of encouragement. So I printed out the excerpt of Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese” poem (see... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

In these times we need Mary Oliver's lyrical view

Excerpt from “Wild Geese” Dream Work (1986) You do not have to be good You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves… The world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Plumbers Wanted ???

Someone I know told me a few days ago that finding a licensed plumber for repair or construction work is going to be a problem in a few short years. He said the ranks of the craft unions are thinning as older members age out and retire. Kids these days don’t want hands-on jobs, he told me. They... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday at The Center

It was cold this a.m. when I headed for The Center for my Tuesday shift at the front desk. I’d gone last week, gotten sick at work and left after a few minutes. But today I was feeling much better. The deep chest cold has eased, my bruises from the fall last Monday week are showing the greens and... Sign in to see full entry.

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