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

Friday, October 12, 2018

TIPS FROM THE DARK SIDE

So you got a job at state college or the county clerk's office. Here’s what you need to know that HR won’t tell you at orientation: The first rule of bureaucracy, one that is not printed in the official handbook, is CYA [i]. Remember that perception is often more important than fact. Success (even... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

REMEMBER POGO - THE COMIC STRIP?

Got a reminder call from the eye doctor’s office about Monday’s scheduled appointment. After I said hello … a rude, loud robot began offering options, ‘press 1 if ___’ ‘press 2 if ____’. I do not like phone robo sales pitches, campaign ads, etc. And I am not happy about having a robot give me orders... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CRAZY TUESDAY….

Yesterday was my morning at the front desk at the Main Street Center. It had been closed on Monday in observance of Columbus Day. It was Food Box day when volunteers deliver commodity boxes of canned goods and staples to low income people. Folks from the Rotary bring fresh produce that needs to be... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

MASTER CLASSES

For my birthday my younger daughter signed me up for a writer’s master class online – this one taught by no less than Margaret Atwood, whose dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” has been adapted for TV. I spent about two hours watching Ms. Atwood’s class – it is broken up into short segments, two... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 8, 2018

MUTT & JEFF: THE HOT STOVE LEAGUE

From about 100 years ago there was a comic strip called Mutt & Jeff about two “mismatched tinhorns.” Jeff was very tall, Mutt was very short. I remember the black & white comic strips, and we’re still using Mutt & Jeff to describe an uneven situation. There’s a family legend about just such an... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY - THURSDAY

At Thursday’s class we had a couple student observers from SIUe’s social work program observe our group: Clara and Jalyn. The deal was they could sit in but they had to participate. Our topics were childhood friends and for the fiction bit it was to write about a door. What’s behind it? Abdel wrote... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

STORY FROM THE CENTER (WYOS, THURSDAY)

JEEPERS & OTHER CHILDHOOD FRIENDS Washington State is a squarish state, divided from north to south by the Cascades. The western half is cool, damp, forested and exposed to the Pacific Ocean while the eastern half is hot dry desert. They’ve irrigated it now, but when I was a kid the open areas were... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 5, 2018

BENEATH CONTEMPT

It is one thing when a randy teen-age boy doesn’t take ‘no’ for an answer, and quite another when a grown man makes sarcastic, denigrating remarks about women who survive assaults but don’t report it until years later. We could make allowances for a kid who thinks sex is just another game where he’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

MINIMUM DAILY REQUIREMENT

If you’re feeling chilled and it’s 78 degrees in the room, if your skin is dry and your hair is thinning, if you’re frequently exhausted even when you haven’t done much – it’s possible you have a low-functioning thyroid. The thyroid – located at the front of your throat – is a small but mighty gland... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

TRUTH, JUSTICE & THE AMERICAN WAY

From early in childhood I’ve been aware that girls and boys are not equal in this world. Didn’t know the whys and wherefores then. But I saw that boys got balls and bikes and other active toys. They wore comfortable clothes so they were free to play games, run races and ride bikes. We girls got... Sign in to see full entry.

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