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

Saturday, December 29, 2018

OMIGOD! GEORGE’S HOUSE IS ON FIRE!

When I was in high school we lived in the last house at the end of the street in the village of Salkum, which was in the middle of nowhere on the western slope of the Cascade foothills in Washington state. The former lumber mill cook-shack / dining hall had been partitioned into three rooms, painted... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 28, 2018

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

This morning I was looking through my bookshelf for an idea and came across a book by Eric Berne, M.D. “Games People Play.” It came out in 1964. The frontspiece in my copy lists 26 printings by 1966. Berne prefaces his text by explaining this book was intended to be a sequel to his earlier book... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

WANNA PLAY?

When I spoke with my son about my decision to use the name Al Dente as a character in a writing exercise with The Center’s Write Your Own Story group, he suggested it might be fun to come up with other food related names, and a plot. Olive Oil comes to mind, along with Poppie Kornacki. Or: Melba... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

JUST ANOTHER TUESDAY

Christmas season can be a hassle. We can get overwhelmed by the folderol, the expectations, the ho-ho-ho and red fuzzy hats. Some of us get downright Grinchy and depressed. So son Russ and I decided to change our focus. Christmas, we decided, would be just another Tuesday. We wouldn’t even exchange... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

WHILE THE CENTER IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

A LITTLE WRITING EXERCISE Long ago on radio Detective first grade Sam Spade brought poetic justice to the arrogant miscreant dirty deeds doers. He had it made in the shade. Has there been an iconic detective since Columbo with such a household name, and trademarked fame? It seems not. So, boys and... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 24, 2018

A SHORT WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE

Years ago – I won’t even tell you how long – we used to love to go out dancing. The Edwardsville Moose lodge hired a band on Saturday nights and they played all the big band music from the ‘30s and ‘40s.The fox trots and waltzes were great, but my favorite was the jitterbug, aka swing. Roy didn’t... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

IMPROMPTU

Four o'clock yesterday afternoon, after having put my 'puter in sleep mode, I came back to my desk after a crochet break, only to find that it would not come on. The cursor would fly all over the screen, but no programs would come on, no FB, no Blogit, no news page... nuthin. So this a.m. I took me... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 21, 2018

A LITTLE CLARITY FROM YESTERDAY'S POST...

ORGANIZED: This I am not. How I wish I could be one of those with a place for everything and everything in its place. It will take me a good hour to unstack my desk of unopened junk mail and things I intended to get to. I've bought new office supplies, wrapping paper, etc., so many times because I... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

HO! HO! HO!

For weeks my dining room table has been stacked with this ‘n that, little gifts for the great grandkids, things G-Grandma thinks they should have, like sketch books and pencils, and not whatever electronic or TV toy that’s all the rage right now. There were candy canes and packets of hot cocoa to be... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

PARTY AT THE CENTER

I packed up a couple crocheted hats and a jar of peanut butter and headed for The Center. It’s the last Tuesday before Christmas, Bingo and a special lunch were on the menu. Also a Christmas Concert with the song stylings of Dave at the keyboard. Dave is a member of The Piasa Project, a local band... Sign in to see full entry.

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