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

Monday, May 16, 2022


Poll parrot had been living in the woman's house, in the huge brass cage near the patio doors since she'd been captured as a chick and hauled rudely through so many dark and noisy places. She had a lovely view of the trees outside, safe from the dark storms and deep snows. Poll could preen and doze... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 15, 2022


As Mazie buzzed a new territory she spotted a perfect nest site. She fell in love with it immediately, but her warrior instincts set her into think-twice mode. Yes, it was on a thick limb, but she'd seen no cats nearby. The cut limb had cured, and the hole at the center had deepened as the tree's... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 14, 2022


In 1958 - 1959 the powers that be in the state of Illinois took action to acquire a tract of land, some 2,600 acres, in Madison County. The tract was largely farmland, a site that fringed the city of Edwardsville. The purpose of this acquisition was not disclosed and there was opposition from... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 13, 2022


Unexpected visitor last night has me thinking maybe I'll invest in a security system that has a motion sensor and lights up whenever there's motion within 15 or 20 feet of my porch. Problem is the yard is small and dozens of people walk their dogs or jog past my front yard every day - and now, I... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 12, 2022


Freddie and his dad were mechanics in the pit crew of a race car. They also worked with the track officials who ran the weekend drag races that some of the guys from dear old MHS went to. Some of them had fast cars, they were called gear heads, and loved the spectacle and the noise even if they... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022


If you were around in the 70s or maybe the 80s, there was a pop song about an "Itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie yellow polka-dot bikini," and the cute girl who wore it. It was cute and rhythmical and who can find fault with cute girls in bikinis and picnics at the beach, some danceable music over the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022


Is it just me or does it seem like being on the highways and byways is twice as scary as it used to be? For one thing, there are inattentive jerks who can't put their cell phones away to save their lives (or mine). And there are those jerks who dart in and out but don't bother to signal, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 9, 2022


We've all had teachers who were strict grammarians - our perfectly delightful idea was smothered in criticism over misplaced commas, apostrophe marks in a word that was a plural and not a contraction - and especially the difference between its and it's. Other strict composition errors - mismatched... Sign in to see full entry.


If you're looking for an inspirational focus this morning, sick of the war news, the pandemic brouhaha, dismal economic forecasts, and especially the nasty divisive politics, maybe you'd enjoy the lyrics to John Lennon's "Imagine." The song began in my own head, in Lennon's own wistful voice.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

The grateful earworm... I keep hearing it this morning.

I was riding on the desert on a horse with no name, It felt good to be out of the rain... La la la la, la la la la la la... Don't remember the actual title of this song, the composer or singer. I just remember it from 50 years ago or so, and thinking how it soothed me when the household chaos of six... Sign in to see full entry.

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