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

Saturday, December 22, 2018


Four o'clock yesterday afternoon, after having put my 'puter in sleep mode, I came back to my desk after a crochet break, only to find that it would not come on. The cursor would fly all over the screen, but no programs would come on, no FB, no Blogit, no news page... nuthin. So this a.m. I took me... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 21, 2018


ORGANIZED: This I am not. How I wish I could be one of those with a place for everything and everything in its place. It will take me a good hour to unstack my desk of unopened junk mail and things I intended to get to. I've bought new office supplies, wrapping paper, etc., so many times because I... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 20, 2018


For weeks my dining room table has been stacked with this ‘n that, little gifts for the great grandkids, things G-Grandma thinks they should have, like sketch books and pencils, and not whatever electronic or TV toy that’s all the rage right now. There were candy canes and packets of hot cocoa to be... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018


I packed up a couple crocheted hats and a jar of peanut butter and headed for The Center. It’s the last Tuesday before Christmas, Bingo and a special lunch were on the menu. Also a Christmas Concert with the song stylings of Dave at the keyboard. Dave is a member of The Piasa Project, a local band... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


I’m talkin’ about hats, here. Crocheted hats. Red Santa hats with long narrow peaks and a fluffy pom-pom at the ends. Grinch hats made the same way but in a color they call spring green. Son Rich dropped in a couple days ago with my grandson Matt, the Air Force Sgt. who’s currently stationed in... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 17, 2018


Our Write Your Own Story class at The Center is modeled after the book Writing Alone and With Others, by Pat Schneider. She’s the inventor of the Amherst method where writers use a topic, write for half an hour and then read it aloud to the group. Unlike academic workshops, there are no critiques,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 16, 2018


Woke up thinking about Thursday’s writing topics. The first idea that popped up was this one. “You are writing your memoir. Pick three words or phrases that describe a period in your life. Use each word or phrase as the title of one chapter. For each, write an introductory sentence or two about how... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 15, 2018


AT THURSDAY’S STORY GROUP This week Sandy brought up a proposal for a joint activity between our Write Your Own Story group and that of some kids from the CAC’s after- school program. The Christian Activity Center (CAC) is located in a re- purposed church next to a housing project in the nearby city... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 14, 2018


I’ve been nagging myself to get at the task of sending out Christmas cards. It used to be a big deal, a box or two of 24 Hallmark or American Greetings cards, pull out the address book, and start addressing envelopes. And it was customary to include a status report letter about the past year’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Mama used to have a lot of homilies and sayings, expressions that are not used much these days – partly because the world has evolved and most people wouldn’t get them. I’d scribbled one of them on a slip of paper. “Independent as a hog on ice.” Visualize a hog. Heavy body, skinny little legs,... Sign in to see full entry.

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