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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

THING 1 AND THING 2

Thing 1 A cleanout specialist plumber named Kurt showed up right on time, got straight to work, cleaned out the blocked pipe (100-year-old cast iron pipes accumulate gunk) and sold me a can of enzyme cleaner. He was out within an hour and a half, and I can now run the kitchen sink, the dishwasher... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 22, 2018

HAPPY MONDAY

When I worked a 40-hour week, the weekend was the busy time in my working mom schedule. Weekends were for catching up with the laundry and shopping for groceries, cooking some things in advance, ferrying kids to their activities, maybe a movie on Saturday afternoon, and all those surprises that come... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

NPR – SATURDAY SPECIALS

Yesterday as usual I tuned in to NPR, KFUO FM 90.7 in St. Louis to pick up the entertainment programming. Their Saturday lineup used to include “Car Talk” and then “Best of Car Talk” but that witty and practical show is now off the air. For years I’ve followed the Tappet Bros., Click & Clack, who... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

BY FORCE OR PERSUASION

Long before the ‘60s cultural revolution – the era of rock ‘n roll and women’s liberation – it was not unusual for law enforcement and regular citizens to blame the victim in the case of rape. If the offense was reported – unless it was extremely violent, a serial crime or murder – it might not be... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 19, 2018

THURSDAY WRITERS

Here in Mundane we haven’t had any of the winter extremes “enjoyed” by the south and east coast, thank heavens, but The Center and school districts have had closures. I was ready with writing topics: (then) tell about your ancestor’s arrival in this country, how’d it go for them, or (now) how do you... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UNDERDOGS, ETC.

There’s no thrill in sports like when the underdog comes from behind to beat the favorite. A Hail Mary pass in the last few seconds of the last quarter, when the expected winners are all but doing their victory dance, is sure to bring the crowd to its feet. All through the years I’ve admired the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SELF-DRIVING CARS – WHAT IF?

My story writing urge has been sparked this morning by a story on self-driving cars that came on TV last night. It seems General Motors is going to start mass producing them by next year – no steering wheel, no brake pedal; essentially they’ll be mini TV lounges on wheels. Let’s say 90-something Ida... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 15, 2018

ASSUMPTIONS

At SIUe some 40 years or so ago, the administration thought it was time to raise its staff’s cultural awareness. Our school’s majority from small towns and rural areas in Southern Illinois (semi-redneck and pretty much untraveled) rubbed elbows with city kids from Chicago’s south side, students from... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

SENIOR IMAGE TEAM - SIT

Retirees, grandparents, well-seasoned, or just plain old farts: here are the rules to join the Senior Image Team - aka SIT 1) In the checkout line: Pay for your purchase with exact change = 1 point. 2) If you hold up the line while doing so = 5 points. Accumulate 500 points and you are entitled to... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

THIRD TRY

I wrote a blog this a.m. about names; like Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin and Benedict Arnold that carry a weight an definition in themselves. Then I zapped that one as boring and maybe trite, and because I was tempted to include the name Trump and the weight it contains these days. B O R I N G!... Sign in to see full entry.

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