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

Thursday, August 16, 2018

ARETHA

Once again a light has gone out in this world, and a voice that linked us in joy has stopped singing. I am so sorry for the loss, and yet so grateful for all the Queen of Soul brought to us. Don’t give up. Keep singing your truth and joy and possibility. We are all children of the universe, we have... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

SCHOOL DAYS...

Doesn’t seem so long ago that summers were “endless.” We’d celebrate the last day of school and the report card that showed us passed to the next grade with little ceremony. We’d done what was expected of us. There was the old swimming hole, where we’d cool off on hot sunny days, and long mornings... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

THE GIRLFRIEND PARADOX

When the phone rang Monday morning, I checked the caller ID. It was Sweetie. I didn’t pick up. As I reported earlier, I’m out of the girlfriend business. I was a bit surprised, though. You’d a thunk she’d know better after our previous call. The day before I’d had breakfast with my sons, and it had... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 13, 2018

DOES IGNORANCE = BLISS?

Minnie Pearl was a headliner on the TV show “Grand Ol’ Opry’ in the days of three networks all in black & white and signing off at midnight to the national anthem. Her shtick was being a granny and a hick, wearing print housedresses and a little straw hat with the price tag dangling from the brim.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

NO LETTER TODAY

That was the title of a song from way back when – probably the ‘50s, maybe at the time of the Korean conflict. We were told it wasn’t officially a war, no matter that our soldiers were deployed. “Red Sails in the Sunset” is another plaintive old song from that era. I graduated from dear old MHS in... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 10, 2018

DID YOU KNOW ABOUT THE "GIRLFRIENDS RULE" ?

Just discovered a newish cultural phenomenon. I call it the "Girlfriends Rule." The way it works is this: girlfriends gather somewhere, talk and decide what someone might have meant when he said this or did that. They go over a chance remark or an everyday event like a prime-time CSI team. They take... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Blurbs and Bits

If you’ve been tempted to write about your family’s story but aren’t sure how to pull it all together, this program can help you bring the past onto the page. It features tips & tools, guided topics and helpful feedback. This blurb appeared in The Center’s August newsletter. It’s from a flyer I gave... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

TRUTH IN ADVERTISING (YEAH, LIKE THAT'S GONNA HAPPEN)

POLITICAL AD SEASON, THE NEVER-ENDING STORIES This is not a partisan rant. Nor is it an ain’t-it-awful listing of grievances against a political party, official, or candidate. I’ll leave that to those who find that crap endlessly fascinating. What it is, it’s a plaintive little kitten mew about how... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

WALKING WOUNDED

Soldiers after a battle learn to walk or manipulate prosthetic limbs, work their way through a lifelong recovery. So do those who face the long walk with them. Sometimes there are no scars, but there is a horrific amount of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD). Assault victims, survivors of shocks and... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 6, 2018

CHARACTER AND DIALOG as edited from WWZ

CHAPTER 9 - JOE ALVAREZ, IT COACH As a journalism major, Jake Campbell not only had to master techniques for collecting information and learn to use the reverse-pyramid writing style, there were IT and coding skills to master. Using cameras, TV production, direction: these were all within his grasp,... Sign in to see full entry.

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