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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


My niece Patti spent a lot of time on genealogical research a few years back, and a few days ago she sent a newspaper article from to my son Rich. It was from The Alton Evening Telegraph. Rich sent me a copy, and although I well remember the incident itself, I never knew it had made the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


TOPIC 1) FIRST PAID JOB I was going on 16, spending the late summer with Aunt Ella in Kennewick, Washington – a small blue-collar town on the fringe of the Eastern desert area of the state. Aunt Ella worked the day shift as a waitress at the Pollyanna Café in town and got me hired on. This was... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Daydreams & Memories

If I owned a café there’d be a good bookshelf/lending library on one wall and people would be encouraged to bring their own cups to save me the cost of go-cups or hiring a dishwasher. There’d be no bottomless cups, one free refill per serve – and warmups would require the coffee drinker to get up... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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