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

Monday, February 19, 2018


Had breakfast with “the boys” yesterday, we went to Panera’s, also known as the St. Louis Bread Co., which is almost a fast-food restaurant. Panera’s is the outfit that donates day-old unsold bagels, French loaves and pastries to The Center and other agencies around town. One reason we have so many... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

…. when the muse is AWOL

What are little girls made of? Fire and ice and sugar and spice. And what are little boys made of? Hammers and nails and puppy dogs’ tails Oh, where is the boy who looks after the sheep? (While texting online he fell fast asleep.) If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride; If turnips were... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 17, 2018


In the information age times ten – digitalized and coded and free as the air – it should not be a surprise to any of us that our adversaries have weaponized social media. Making each of us mad at everyone not in our specific tribe is basic divide-and- conquer propaganda. They keep doing it because... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 16, 2018


Michelle sent me an email on Tues. evening that a new writer was interested in our Write Your Own Story class on Thursday. A guy; she said. My first reaction was Oh, bother! Just when we’re wrapping up our stories and author profiles. Not a good time to welcome a newbie… When I arrived at The Center... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


I’m beginning to be a bit discouraged about the way things are going in this old world. Tempers are short, drivers jump out of their big ol’ pickup trucks to throw punches at other drivers, freaks with AR-15 semi-automatics are shooting up high schools. The president can’t prove deniability about... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


At The Center yesterday I picked up the March 2018 edition of “Discover” magazine. I seldom read the housekeeping and women’s issues in print, no longer have any desire to be the hostess with the mostess or find new ways to work the abs (in my case flabs). Even on those full-moon rainy days when... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


She was a hypochondriac. At fourteen I recognized all the symptoms. Thanks to mama’s constant complaints about headaches, back aches and neuralgia, dyspepsia, smoker’s cough, the governor’s desire to see all mothers on welfare reduced to prostitution, too much rain, not enough rain, the damn... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 12, 2018


After yesterday’s plea for your assistance in coming up with a couple of B-words for the title of a story that’s teasing my fuzzy little brain, I realize this is a wait-for-it situation. I have a couple of Thesaurus (is the plural thesauri? Or thesauruses?) that work in different ways published in... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 11, 2018


Have been trying to come up with a good title for a story I’m beginning to play with – perhaps a biographical novel about a small town girl’s attempt to overcome adversity and find happiness in a world where the cards seem stacked against it. It begins with the Native American – perhaps Salish tribe... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 10, 2018


First thing each morning after the mandatory stop at the bathroom I make coffee. The kitchen sink sits below a window that looks out over the deck, the garage and beyond the fence to the roofs of the apartment complex below. Sometimes, as I measure the coffee and run water into the brewer, I see... Sign in to see full entry.

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