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

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Next door to Walter lived the Rice family – Margaret and Ray. Like Walter and Amanda, they’d lived in the neighborhood for more than 50 years. Ray had heart problems after retirement, and wasn’t allowed to do much, so he spent a good portion of his days on the front porch swing. He’d greet passers... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 29, 2017


Once upon a time I lived in a historic neighborhood, one that had as many oldsters as youngsters. Fang and I moved there when we’d been married about five years. We both worked at SIUe - he in the printing service and I in the purchasing department, which were at the time housed in the Wagner... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 28, 2017


The Poet Reads Damned once by faint praise her return is made cautiously, she waits just outside the circle, barely illuminated by the firelight. The poet is tempted to run again and hide but there is something calling: a truth - personal - perhaps universal: perhaps a clue for the one rather than... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


We’re in the midst (perhaps not the middle) of a cold snap. This is the biggest chill we’ve had since ’15, as the winter of 2016 was perhaps the mildest in memory – very little snow – didn’t even put my boots on once. Nice to have no ice to scrape from the car or slick spots underfoot. Makes today’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


I had dinner ready right around 12:30, and half of my guests arrived a few minutes later – bringing a cheese ball, which was totally unnecessary as I had already prepared a dip for chips and crackers… The turkey in the crockpot had filled the house with a yummy fragrance, the potatoes, stuffing,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 25, 2017


Y’ don’t always have time to cook a real breakfast on a holiday morning when there is so much prep work to do for the big mid-day meal. Such is the case this morning, as the stuffing rests in the fridge waiting its turn in the oven, the potatoes and onions, etc. are in need of assembling into the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 24, 2017


Got a Christmas card yesterday. Return address “Post Office.” Inside was a card signed by half a dozen postal workers, saying thanks for the hats. I’d had a last minute and probably late greeting to send to my sis Rose, and grabbed a dozen hats from “inventory” in the back room before I left. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Table Grazing...

One reason I don’t help myself to the free bread and bagels that Panera’s donates to The Center – stuff that’s unsold, day-old or so that would otherwise be tossed in the dumpster – is because gluten in wheat-based products turns my gut into a disaster zone. The other reason is the folks who come in... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Guess Where They Filmed Star Wars’ Tatooine

There was a Q&A on some program I was half-watching, don’t know now if it was Entertainment Tonight or some other news-style show. Q: In what country did they film the Star Wars home planet called Tatooine? Turns out the scenes on Tatooine were shot in Tunisia, in some desert area that fit the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Sgt. Pepper’s and Next Monday

There’s a diner on Main Street next to The Juicery and a couple doors up from the Metro Transit station. It’s called Sgt. Pepper’s, and it’s décor features Beatles posters, the sound track is only Beatles music, played a level that underscores but does not interfere with conversation. Their... Sign in to see full entry.

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