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

Friday, April 15, 2022

PROTOCOL OF THE ROYALS

If you've ever spent a couple hours playing computer solitaire, you may have come to think of the face cards - and even the numbers - as characters in a story. You may speculate how the game would change if the queen could take a place at the head of an empty column, rather than the king. Of course... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

MENOPAUSE AS A LEGAL DEFENSE

My daughter Robin called earlier and we laughed together over a story she heard on her local news this morning. It seems that during the Covid shutdown a female judge had shown up for court every day, even though it was officially shut down and all cases postponed. She was charged with being mean... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Gentleman Caller ???

Was watching the umpteenth rerun of a "Family Feud" episode when I thought I heard a gentle knock on the front door. It was almost seven o'clock. Who would be just dropping in on Grandma Patch at this hour. Why, I'd already put my dentures in the glass and taken off that uncomfortable harness (the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

OH-OH!

The weather gurus on St. Louis Television predict severe weather for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13 in the greater St. Louis/Southwestern Illinois area. Urging everyone to be careful out there - winds expected at up to 70 MPH. There may well be power outages, as these have been common in storm tossed... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 11, 2022

TOP SECRET MISSION REVEALED ON NATIONAL TV

Watching the news, reporter on the scene at the White House, when an unidentified gray squirrel dashed across the driveway in the background and out of sight behind the tall landscaping. Wondering whether or not the Secret Service is trained to intercept squirrel incursions; will they have to call... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

LIFE IS BUT A DREAM...

For some reason I remembered the dream I had last night as I woke up. It was not a nightmare, didn't include a soul I know from the real world, but it was a bit weird. For a dozen reasons I keep getting reminders about mansplaining, about the way men will talk down to women (as certain GOP fellows... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Working right now on an idea for a story that is loosely based on a time in my life from my early 30s. There was an office supervisor at a privately owned freight company where I worked as a billing clerk who was a fire-breathing dragon at times. Miss Frances was a shareholder, a staunch... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, April 8, 2022

DAYS OF OUR BACKYARD SQUIRRELS

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." Peaches had been wondering what to tell Herb Junior about his father, about why he wasn't there to teach his son the secrets of squirrelhood. She heard through the grapevine her ex, formerly known as Herb, had been seen in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

TWO TRICK QUESTIONS AND A PUZZLER

1. What event prompted Teddy Roosevelt to make the "day that will live in infamy" speech? 2. What was Eleanor Roosevelt's maiden name? Actual question from a college entrance exam: "How long is a piece of string?" (There is a correct answer.) Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

CONNECTIONS

When we bought the house at the corner of Jefferson in 1966, it seemed to be the perfect place to make our home. It was one long block from the former factory complex where Fang and I both worked - he was foreman of the printing service, I worked in the accounts payable/purchasing office at the... Sign in to see full entry.

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