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

Monday, January 7, 2019


So, just got back from the eye clinic, the 2nd Cataract surgery is done. It was so mild at 5:00 a.m. when I stepped out to test the weather, that I went in just the little fuzzy sweater I wear in the house. It all went without a hitch, and the dilation is wearing off, so I can focus with the left... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 6, 2019


BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN MUNDANE: Saturday… The regular and Non-fat containers of half & half sit side by side in the fridge at Schnuck’s market. I reach for the Land-O-Lakes brand but if they’re out of LOL I go for the local ones. But it’s got to be the real thing; I never touch the Non-fat. Eww, yuck! I... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 5, 2019


When I was 11, Mom was a stringer for the local Kennewick paper and got the assignment to cover the rodeo tryouts near the Horse Heaven Hills - a location somewhere between Kennewick and Richland, WA. Prior to the tryouts there was a roundup of wild horses from the open range. This tryout was a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 4, 2019


Mom used to tell this story about one of our distant cousins – a kid of 3 or 4 years old, and according to Mom, a spoiled brat who’d been catered to and overindulged ever since birth In those days when company came by, it was time to put your best foot forward. For a kid this often meant sharing... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 3, 2019


My son Rich spent Christmas and a few days with his grandkids in Florida – and got some great family time with his younger sister, too. He was raving about her excellent Cuban pork and other food she’d prepared for him and his son Matt who went for the family visit with him. A couple days ago his... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


. It was the Scots poet Robert Burns who said it best. “The best laid plans of mice and men go oft astray.” The reason for this train of thought today has to do with my own procrastination or whatever it is that has stopped me from a) getting my ducks in a row with the will, durable power of... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019


I don’t know whether Rose felt I was watching out for her or just trying to be the bossy big sister. She was nine and I was twelve, and we were new to the farm at Lincoln Creek. We’d never been around huge animals like cows and horses. Back home we’d had cats, dogs and chickens, which were not at... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 30, 2018


SALKUM, 1950 – Our link to the outside world was radio, and it was on whenever Mom was in the kitchen. We listened to the news, to popular music and dramatic programs. There was a daytime soap opera: “Young Widder Brown.” Its intro was “Can a young woman from a small mining town in the West be happy... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 29, 2018


When I was in high school we lived in the last house at the end of the street in the village of Salkum, which was in the middle of nowhere on the western slope of the Cascade foothills in Washington state. The former lumber mill cook-shack / dining hall had been partitioned into three rooms, painted... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 28, 2018


This morning I was looking through my bookshelf for an idea and came across a book by Eric Berne, M.D. “Games People Play.” It came out in 1964. The frontspiece in my copy lists 26 printings by 1966. Berne prefaces his text by explaining this book was intended to be a sequel to his earlier book... Sign in to see full entry.

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