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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

HATS WITH SPIDERS

A couple years ago I learned how to crochet a giant spider doily to sew onto an orange & black striped beanie for Halloween. I sent a couple hats to my daughter, who celebrates the holiday with style. About two weeks ago she told me they need a few more of them as the gang is going glamping (glamor... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 9, 2017

PROPHESY

A few weeks ago I made the mistake of answering the door to a couple of Jehovah’s Witness missionaries. The two ladies were passing out the latest issue of the Watchtower and asked me about the neighbors – if I knew whether or not they were home… I pointed out that the people two doors up were nuns... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Truth can be stranger than fiction

Some time back I wrote a sci fi short story about an astronaut who couldn't wait to get back to base because he was jonesing for for a Big Mac. By the time he got through all the protocol and went to Mickey D's, he found the food chain had gone vegan. Today I saw an article that McDonald's is market... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

GO, CUBBIES! (stop trump)

107-YEAR PLANETARY ALIGNMENT… Once again this baseball season, the Chicago Cubs are in the playoffs – and may very well compete for the World Series championship for the second year in a row. After a 107-year dry spell, when they couldn’t even buy a chance at bragging rights, it’s been a great... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 6, 2017

WRITE YOUR OWN STORY (WYOS)

THURSDAY: THE CENTER Our group has been together for upwards of two years now, long enough to have covered ancestry, childhood, school days, life changes, celebrations, hard times, sickness and storms, etc. So, we often write about the here and now, discuss politics, and of course “Kids today.”... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

OBSERVED, TUESDAY

It’s tough being an old person in a town where the bus service runs only along the main routes and at inconvenient times, when your eyesight or coordination has gotten to the point that the DMV won’t trust you to drive. Most of us don’t have relatives who can drive and have flexible schedules so... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

SOLITAIRE, THE CARD GAME

Life doesn’t usually play out like a game of Klondike, the original game of Solitaire, but a writer could use the deck as a basis for a story. Let’s say the King of Spades rules one kingdom, or he’s the CEO of a criminal enterprise. And the King of Diamonds runs a very successful not-so-criminal... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

WHY COLLEGE?

At various times college professors and high school teachers ask students to think about the purpose of getting an education. Why college? The obvious and immediate answer is ‘so I can make a decent living.’ One of the most irritating askers of this question was Sol Saporta, a teacher of linguistics... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 2, 2017

DAYS …

I’ve been rolling my eyes at the plotlines of “Days of Our Lives” for several years now – amazed that bringing back a character from the dead could be such a consistent story line. Years ago it was a bit confusing when the actor in a role was replaced by someone. The one playing – let’s say Jillian... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

FOUND IN AN OLD FILE FOLDER

1966 At 9:00 a.m. her shadow lies halfway across the red graveled asphalt street – a dusty beige etching of roof line and chimney. When rain caresses her shingles, floods her gutters, floats the sparrow’s nest tucked in the southeast corner gutter, the house rests quietly. She draws herself up to... Sign in to see full entry.

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