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

Monday, June 6, 2022


Ida Knowles met her future husband at a real estate conference in Prague shortly after her 30th birthday. Her Great Aunt Susie (whom Ida called Snoopy behind her back) had finally thrown up her hands, resigned that Ida was fated to live out her life in single blessedness. The girl had turned up her... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Escape -- is it possible? (playing with a story idea)

Mama used to say a woman who marries for money earns every dime. I'm guessing she'd say the same for a man who does so, but in those days there were very few heiresses of the single persuasion available for an opportunistic lothario. I've been playing around with little scenes in my mind, characters... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

St. Boniface Church Celebrates the "official" start of summer

Bonifest is under way this Saturday morning. In fact it was under way at 7:30 a.m. The runners received their numbers and some ran warmup laps along brick street in front of the domain of the Backyard Squirrels. At 8:30 there was a prayer and the National Anthem. About a hundred of all ages lined up... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 3, 2022


It's National Donut Day! Counting calories is strictly prohibited. If you love sprinkles, gooey chocolate dripping over your glazed donut, if your cuppa coffee just ain't complete without the carbs and contentment of a donut - then today's your day. Enjoy! Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 2, 2022


In my experience one of the worst things about school was bullies. What started me on this train of thought was a story on this morning's online news feed about a girl in a St. Louis area school who was attacked by another while sitting at the lunch table. The assault was caught on a cell phone... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022


When I was a J-Student back in the early '80s, we studied the laws around the First Amendment, the Constitutional provision that covers freedom of speech and of the press. We learned about sunshine laws designed to protect the people's right to know what goes on in official meetings of legislators,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022


Amy sipped her coffee as her grandmother shared stories about the family, random bits of lore that seemed disconnected. They sat in her dad’s kitchen. The game was on, and dad and her brother Joe were so involved they might as well have been on a different planet. The old woman checked the progress... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Gene Soup

When I was a kid the idea of genetic testing, finding your ancestry through your DNA was a scientific development that may not even have crossed the minds of researchers. We did know that we got some characteristics from our parents and their parents - we were short or tall, athletic or roly-poly.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 29, 2022


My new neighbor, who worked as a horticulturalist for many years, has dug new flower beds where there was lawn, installed a lovely arched garden gate and some flagstone pathways with blooming border plants. She also set up a veggie garden alongside the back fence. Couple days ago she mentioned she'd... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Patience - cont'd

They’d been in charge long enough. The world was in chaos. More and more dangerous men had taken power, volatile guys with supremacist ideas, oligarchs and billionaires whose lust for absolute power was endless. Starvation, drought, oppression of women and so many other offenses against humanity... Sign in to see full entry.

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