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

Monday, October 23, 2017


This has been a banner year for the next door neighbor’s walnut tree. Last year it barely produced two dozen fruits that landed on my side of the property line. This year my boys scooped up two five-gallon pails full, and left almost that many behind. Russ says he’s going to plant twenty or thirty... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Guys notice girls. They show some appreciation, not always in the most courteous way, sometimes it gets a bit aggressive, and in the powerful and entitled, it gets to the level of criminality. Every workplace I’ve spent time in has its “Handsy Andy,” the guy who tells sex jokes and/or propositions... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 21, 2017


Wednesday after Sandy and I delivered the car load of donations the CAC center, she dragged me to her monthly book club meeting. The book – which I hadn’t read – is “I Let You Go,” a best seller by Clare Mackintosh. All I knew about it was what I found on Google in a review. It starts out on a rainy... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 20, 2017


Well, I was almost late to class – by the time I stopped to make copies of the topics and pick up the sign-in sheet, I was three minutes past the opening bell. (there’s no bell) I’d been working on polishing/editing something & lost track of time. Our topics were 1) Your home town, and 2) Christmas... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


One of the writers in my Thursday group at the Center is a recently retired activities director who had worked at several senior care facilities. She’s one who learns all the names and finds out what their interests are and comes up with things that make them happy. She grew up in a family of... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

On The Job - Conclusion

Late 1992 - Writing on the Wall I should have seen it coming. There were signs. Early on in his tenure, Lew had taken on a public service research survey involving several other colleges: our Carbondale campus, the U of I at Champaign, and several community colleges. The others did most of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

On the Job - Part 2

1990 - How The Rug was Pulled Within the first month of his arrival at the department, Lew changed the work. He decided certain aspects – info gathering on zoning regulations and mapping the locations of undermined areas – should be put on the back burner in favor of his own most marketable talent... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 16, 2017


1984: Office of Area Development, SIUE “I want to exploit you,” Dr. K said to me after we’d met to talk about some changes he wanted to make in my job description. When my eyebrows went up and he saw my shocked expression he said, “I mean that in the best way, of course.” What he meant by that, I... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

No Blog Today.

Still ruminating. Not sure I can do it properly. As a woman. Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Abdel's Question

Thursday after the WYOS group met, I was headed out to have lunch at a nearby coffee shop with a couple of the women. Abdel asked me if I had a minute. Well, if you've read the previous post about communication, etc., you may remember I'd hinted this concerned a cart-before-the-horse bit... What he... Sign in to see full entry.

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