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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Readers' Choice

ABOUT 922 HOLYOAKE AVE. Each November there’s an online writing spree called National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If you’re up for it, you sign on, perhaps a couple days ahead of time, and then you write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Sounds like a monster challenge, but it’s only about 1,800... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


At The Center yesterday Edie was upset and in tears over a bitter custody battle being waged between her son and his ex over their eleven-year-old. I won’t go into the bitter details but it was the kind of story that makes it to Dr. Phil, or worse. So I got up from my receptionist chair and gave her... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Went to Michael’s craft store Monday afternoon since it is Daylight Savings Time and it was going to be light long enough that I wouldn’t have to rush so as to get on the road home before sunset. I’d run completely out of yarn just about three rows before finishing a beanie, and I couldn’t leave it... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Well, Victoria got my email about her story for the program our group is doing at The Center – the one where I suggested the Billy Goat & the Bees story was ok, but it wasn’t about her. I suggested she write the story about the photo where some guy she’d been ignoring had photobombed their school... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 11, 2018


There’s a photo of Martin Shkreli at his sentencing smirking like he was still in the catbird seat instead of on his way to seven years in prison. It seems he’s also got to pay about seven and a half million dollars in fines, which puts an itsy-bitsy dent in his net worth. If/when he gets out, he’ll... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Came home to find the message light blinking on my phone. Cryptic message: “This is Keith. I’m calling a meeting.” The caller ID showed “Wireless Caller.” The number was 618 920-9086. Don’t know anyone named Keith. What meeting? Where, when? I’m wondering if this is: · A prank? · A salesman bored by... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, March 9, 2018


The first indicator that there will be a primary election in this district is an avalanche of political ads. Without going into the specifics or dwelling on the pros and cons, let’s just say it’s causing a disturbance in the force. In addition to the governor’s race, there are any number of state... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 8, 2018


An old anti-establishment hippie I know seems to think it is his role to add his snarky teen-ager comments to my posts in Facebook. He thinks he’s supporting me, and may still think of me as that fierce, defensive fourteen-year-oldI was when he first knew me. He, of course, had no idea then (or now)... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Victoria wrote about abuse, my story came to mind

TRIGGER My piano he traded for a semi-automatic.45 caliber pistol. As they hauled the upright out the door I wept internally, not allowed so much as a pout of protest. But the.45 came in handy a year and three months later when the time came to assert myself. plh 6-15-2017 Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

You want coffee? I'll give you COFFEE!

I may have mentioned three ladies, volunteers at The Center, who at times get into other people's business and always have something to say about anything that goes on. I may have said they were Negative Nellies or worse - there've been a couple of times they got under my skin with their nosiness... Sign in to see full entry.

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