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

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Mama Bear's Lunch

Woke up way too early - 3:37 a.m. - and couldn't get back to sleep. A story came skipping & jumping into the picture show of my mind, and I saw an imaginary world where animals and people had not yet become separate tribes. A woman in the woods had gone foraging for berries/apples and found herself... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 12, 2019


I keep tabs on what’s going on in the neighborhood. Some might say I’m nosy, and I’ve got a mental checklist of the comings & goings of nearby folks, their routines based on the ins and outs of their cars. I’ve given names to them – the vehicles that is. My kitchen window overlooks the parking area... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 10, 2019


This morning I found on my FB timeline a post from KMOV – the CBS affiliate in St. Louis. Not unusual to see their posts, but this one caught my eye. It focused on Pres. DJT’s decision to pull FEMA support from the fire victims in California, blaming the whole thing on that state’s failure to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019


"Joy to the world All the boys and girls, now. Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, Joy to you and me." Wednesday’s the deadline each week. That’s when I have to come up with a writing topic for Thursday’s Write Your Own Story group at The Center. Sometimes the ideas bloom in a session as we talk... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


In the early ‘80s I was a part-time reporter for the weekly Journal newspapers as a J-student at SIUE. My beat was public service: city councils, school boards, township board meetings. The Journal’s photographer, Scott, only showed up if the editor had been tipped about something in the wind. My... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 7, 2019


So, just got back from the eye clinic, the 2nd Cataract surgery is done. It was so mild at 5:00 a.m. when I stepped out to test the weather, that I went in just the little fuzzy sweater I wear in the house. It all went without a hitch, and the dilation is wearing off, so I can focus with the left... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 6, 2019


BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN MUNDANE: Saturday… The regular and Non-fat containers of half & half sit side by side in the fridge at Schnuck’s market. I reach for the Land-O-Lakes brand but if they’re out of LOL I go for the local ones. But it’s got to be the real thing; I never touch the Non-fat. Eww, yuck! I... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 5, 2019


When I was 11, Mom was a stringer for the local Kennewick paper and got the assignment to cover the rodeo tryouts near the Horse Heaven Hills - a location somewhere between Kennewick and Richland, WA. Prior to the tryouts there was a roundup of wild horses from the open range. This tryout was a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 4, 2019


Mom used to tell this story about one of our distant cousins – a kid of 3 or 4 years old, and according to Mom, a spoiled brat who’d been catered to and overindulged ever since birth In those days when company came by, it was time to put your best foot forward. For a kid this often meant sharing... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 3, 2019


My son Rich spent Christmas and a few days with his grandkids in Florida – and got some great family time with his younger sister, too. He was raving about her excellent Cuban pork and other food she’d prepared for him and his son Matt who went for the family visit with him. A couple days ago his... Sign in to see full entry.

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