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

Thursday, July 12, 2018

JACK

Jack was Margie Baker’s dog, a super-sized part wolf, part Alsatian, with brindle–black fur and a way of sidling up to someone without their being aware of it. On summer evenings after supper the kids in the neighborhood often gathered at the Baker’s to play games, Kick The Can, Hide ‘n Seek, or... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

AND THEN,

After Charles and Ilse got back together, he apologized to me one afternoon. He said he realized it was rude that he hadn’t even told me he was no longer available and he hoped I didn’t take it too hard that our budding romance hadn’t bloomed. I thought it was polite of him to reach out, but the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

ARE YOU DATEABLE?

Charles asked me that question out of the blue one afternoon while I was tucking things away and clearing my desk to go home. It was half an hour after the official quitting time, after the phone had quit ringing, the others had left for the day. I needed that quiet interlude of uninterrupted focus.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 9, 2018

FIGHTING MY EVIL TWIN and RESCUING THE SOCCER TEAM

It's been a lifelong battle between the good angel perched on one shoulder, and the bad angel whispering in my opposite ear. I know the sarcastic comeback is neither politically correct nor socially acceptable, but sometimes it's funny. Sometimes it's impossible to resist a put-down comment to take... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

STORY COULD HAVE BEEN A SAD COUNTRY SONG...

In my senior year at MHS, our football team was the last to be scored upon in the state of Washington that fall season, and the team didn’t lose a single game that year, often winning by 40 or 50 points. This was even more remarkable if you consider there were only eleven boys in the senior class,... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

FIGHTING THE PACKRAT URGE

WINNOWING I’ve been a subscriber to “Writer’s Digest” for well over ten years, scarfing up the how-to bits on great beginnings, moving the plot with dialogue, characterization, setting the scene, avoiding too much narration, etc. What’s more, I’ve hung on to them. As a result it’s been necessary to... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 6, 2018

THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR

Yesterday as I piddled around on the computer I was listening to NPR as usual when the host – maybe it was “All Things Considered” – interviewed a guy about his children’s books based on his way of the warrior philosophy. I apologize for failure to catch his name. I don’t often follow the writers of... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

CHOICE; NOT A SIMPLE THING

All the talk on the news channels about 45’s most likely choice for SCOTUS nominee has hatched a new version of the old fight about Roe v Wade and whether or not legal abortions should continue to be available to women in America. Like most women’s issues, this one is complicated not only from a law... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

TIMELY TOPICS

When I was doing the weekly writing group and responsible for coming up with topics that worked toward the creation of memoir appropriate anecdotes, there were times it got to be a bit tiresome. But around the holidays, the topics marched right in and stood at attention. For instance, the 4th of... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

INVISIBILITY AS A PLOT LINE

Summer is when the TV networks and other purveyors of video series go back to the files and replay the premier editions of programs – sometimes they continue to be shown at their usual hour, sometimes they appear on secondary stations who make their bread & butter from the retreads. So last night I... Sign in to see full entry.

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