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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


FAMILY TREE The leaves of this tree are its glory, its memories -- Curling now, and deepening. Spring’s breezy ways and summer’s windy days Are never forgotten, even in this season when all leaves Hang heavy, waiting for the rain, and the fall. The limbs of this tree are the parents – Though... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 14, 2017


Last Tuesday during my usual shift at The Center’s front desk, Theresa asked me if I could sub on Thursday afternoon. She assured me Thursdays are always quiet. I said I’d do it. Thursday started off slow. The Pinochle players were busy in the meeting room, I brewed a fresh pot of decaf, mainly to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Abdel has become a regular and a volunteer, even a member of the advisory board at The Center. In addition to signing up for the “Write Your Own Story” group on Thursdays, he joined a book club that meets Wednesday evenings. Last week he informed me he had suggested they read my book, “Bloody Hell... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Friday Night Follies

Around 8:30 in the morning son Rusty called to say The Two Mikes would be playing at Stagger from 5-8 that evening, would I be interested in listening to them. I was. So he picked me up. We settled down at a table where we had a direct line of sight to the bandstand. He ordered a beer, I had my... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Honestly, man, if it's over...

If you don't love me any more, just tell me. Don't leave me hanging on when all hope is gone. It's not a kindness to keep on keepin' on with a relationship that has worn out its welcome, with an idea whose time has passed. I mean, I'm still young, there's still someone out there who needs someone... Sign in to see full entry.

Al Franken explains the Pivot

When Stephen Colbert of The Late Show asked Minnesota Senator Al Franken if he plans to run for the presidency in 2020, the senator responded, “In my new book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate I stress the importance of levelheadedness in the White House.” This, Franken said, is an example of “the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 3, 2017


It looks like the bromance is over between DJT and Vlad now that Vlad has tweeted D was “weak” to allow Congress to lead him by the nose and impose sanctions on Russia. Clearly the guy is not familiar with democracy’s checks and balances. For the past 6 months we’ve been treated to hourly updates... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


At different stages in life, the “perfect” room temperature can range anywhere from 72 to 80 and most women will be relatively comfortable. Guys don’t seem so sensitive to minor fluctuations, but for the ladies, a degree or two either way or an overhead fan can turn a comfort zone into the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


SIUE, Student Center, Non-academic Scheduling Office, 1972. Came back to campus after maternity leave, first available job in my pay grade, working as receptionist/scheduling clerk for a Jamaican immigrant named Donna. The elegant Mrs. G., as she preferred to be called, took care of upper echelon... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 31, 2017


At Seattle Central’s Broadway campus, right in the heart of the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, it wasn’t unusual to have a homeless soul approach my desk in the Humanities and Social Sciences office. We were on the 4th floor, halfway between the north end and south end elevators. There were small... Sign in to see full entry.

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