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

Sunday, June 24, 2018

THE LAWN MAFIA or beating round the bush

JJ has been taking care of my weeds and keeping the grass within city codes for maybe three years now. On super-hot days I’d take him a bottle of chilled water and we’d chat about the weather and howzit going topics. He was working for a landscaping firm out of Granite City known as The Lawn Mafia.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

CLOAK OF INVISIBILITY Knitted of gray hair, hesitant steps and wrinkles, the cloak of invisibility settles around the shoulders. Suddenly irrelevant, no opinion is solicited; rather, all is discounted, waved away. * * * You cannot see what is right under your nose, but I see for myself: your day is... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 22, 2018


After posting yesterday’s story about the grandson’s mysterious method of dropping a small plastic bag by a cord from his upstairs window, I remembered an earlier incident – also involving one of those small white bags. This was a couple or three weeks ago. I’d been raking up the mulch bed by the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Yesterday something weird happened that’s still got me wondering. I was dragging my empty recycling bin back from the curb when out of the corner of my eye I saw a white plastic baggie dangling on a cord from the upstairs window in the house next door. What caught my eye was the movement as it... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


or ONCE UPON A CARWASH I was seventeen, new graduate from MHS, got a job in Seattle, and Mom set it up for me to board with her cousin Hazel’s family. She and her husband Michael had three kids, Mike Jr. 18, Richie 15 and 6-year-old Johnnie Huckleberry. Mike Jr. was into cars and drag racing and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


You have no idea how much harder it is to skip my morning blog that it is to write one. Still reading y'all, though. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 18, 2018


Maybe I'll be back in a few. Right now I'm feeling un inspired. Peace to all persons of good will. Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 17, 2018


I’m not going to write about my own father. He wasn’t in my life when I was a kid, or ever for that matter. But I’ve done some fact-checking and come to a resolution about the why and how of that. It’s no longer an issue for me. About time, since I was 80 before I let it go. I’ve seen and known so... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A little poem from yesterday

POINT OF VIEW A housewife sweeping her porch saw a girl with a backpack walking by. She thought how nice to be so unfettered and free. A girl, walking away saw a woman sweeping her porch. She thought how nice to be so settled and safe. Plh 6-15-2018 Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 15, 2018


THURSDAY - THE CENTER So yesterday a new couple showed up at the Write Your Own Story session: Ray and Gloria. They’d been invited by Sandy and I could see they were feeling a bit tentative. But they had brought yellow legal tablets and pens – so they were more prepared than many first-timers who... Sign in to see full entry.

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