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

Monday, December 17, 2018


Our Write Your Own Story class at The Center is modeled after the book Writing Alone and With Others, by Pat Schneider. She’s the inventor of the Amherst method where writers use a topic, write for half an hour and then read it aloud to the group. Unlike academic workshops, there are no critiques,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 16, 2018


Woke up thinking about Thursday’s writing topics. The first idea that popped up was this one. “You are writing your memoir. Pick three words or phrases that describe a period in your life. Use each word or phrase as the title of one chapter. For each, write an introductory sentence or two about how... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 15, 2018


AT THURSDAY’S STORY GROUP This week Sandy brought up a proposal for a joint activity between our Write Your Own Story group and that of some kids from the CAC’s after- school program. The Christian Activity Center (CAC) is located in a re- purposed church next to a housing project in the nearby city... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 14, 2018


I’ve been nagging myself to get at the task of sending out Christmas cards. It used to be a big deal, a box or two of 24 Hallmark or American Greetings cards, pull out the address book, and start addressing envelopes. And it was customary to include a status report letter about the past year’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Mama used to have a lot of homilies and sayings, expressions that are not used much these days – partly because the world has evolved and most people wouldn’t get them. I’d scribbled one of them on a slip of paper. “Independent as a hog on ice.” Visualize a hog. Heavy body, skinny little legs,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018


My friend Helen has been coming to the community center for as long as I’ve been volunteering there. She likes the puzzles & games room, plays bingo, donates items to the re-sale shop. She also volunteers at Emmanuel Methodist, serving lunches to school kids during the summer break and volunteers at... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


As for “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” it never was a Christmas song, per se. And it does illustrate the dating game as it was played in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Females were identified as targets in more than one romantic romp of a movie back then. But don’t get me started on that topic…. I’ve often wondered... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 10, 2018


Ore-Ida packs bags of frozen potatoes in various forms for warm-up in the microwave or toasting in the oven. Recently I bought one of those air fryer units that sit on your countertop – potatoes get soggy and chicken tenders get tough as shoe leather in the microwave. It takes a few more minutes to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 9, 2018


THAT’S ‘ONE’ It seems a farmer had gone to town to find a wife. He met the daughter of a shopkeeper and began to pay court. After a suitable interval he asked the shopkeeper for his daughter’s hand. After the ceremony, the farmer helped his bride onto the seat of the buckboard, set her suitcase and... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 8, 2018


Months ago when news of the Stormy Daniels payoff by Michael Cohen for DJT was breaking, Linda said she’d been following the story from sunup to sundown, glued to the TV. Well, she was glued as tightly as she could be, considering her hubby's recovery from a silent heart attack and her mother’s... Sign in to see full entry.

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