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

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Thoughts While Getting Dressed

As I was hitching up my jeans and putting on my shoes - double knotting the ties for safety because there's no way I could bend over and re-tie them if they come undone while I'm shopping - a thought occurred to me. If you've decided to make friends with a bear, never forget that deep down in his... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 21, 2021

computer solitaire

Sometimes, as I manipulate the cards while playing Klondike solitaire on computer, I think of the face and number cards as characters, looking to match up with family. The queen of spades is hoping to move in line with the king of hearts. The six of clubs, all alone in a stack, hopes to be chosen by... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

FATHER'S DAY AT SEATTLE CENTRAL

In the late '90s I took a post-retirement job at Seattle Central Community College as an assistant in the office of the dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. I was a multi- tasker - receptionist, file clerk, textbook orders, set up data bases, created flyers to advertise SCCC's Coordinated Studies... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

ISABEL'S GHOST - Cont'd

Isabel often looked over Lucy Amanda’s shoulder into the doll house, listening as she moved the little housewife, speaking a pretend dialog. "Daddy will come home from work soon. So mommy has to hurry up and put supper on the table. Daddy will be tired from a hard day's work," she turned to look at... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 18, 2021

ISABEL'S GHOST - Cont'd

Isabel was thrilled with the children. There was Lucy Amanda, a charming toddler with blonde ringlets and, Isabel soon realized, the ability to see her. Sometimes when Lucy Amanda woke up from her afternoon nap she would find Isabel perched on the railing at the foot of her bed. They would chatter... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

ISABEL'S GHOST - Cont'd

As the deputy and the estate agent made one last look around, Isabel wished she could send her father a little message. She wanted him to know she was all right, that the daughter he’d loved was not the damaged shell he had looked upon so sorrowfully at the morgue. But there was no way... or was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

ISABEL'S GHOST - Cont'd

CHAPTER 14 - IMAGINARY FRIENDS George refused to set foot inside the house at 922 Holyoake Road, even though he’d bonded out of jail to await trial. So his sister Effie agreed to meet with the sheriff’s deputy and Alexander Darragh’s agent who came to collect Isabel’s things. Effie asked her friend... Sign in to see full entry.

About Isabel's Ghost

The story has become a bit of a downer - so I'm gonna skip the gory details about George's trial, even though there are some direct quotes from defense and the prosecution quoted verbatim from the 100-year-old newspaper accounts. The judge's comments and orders are right out of a TV script. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

ISABEL'S GHOST - Cont'd

On Friday, April sixth (the Friday before election day in Illinois) Alexander and Elizabeth Darragh checked into the Coates House hotel in Kansas City. He had meetings scheduled with a local builder. Later the couple were to meet friends and attend a performance at a downtown theater. The meetings... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 14, 2021

ISABEL'S GHOST - Cont'd

Two months after Paul Beaucage's visit, on the afternoon of April 12, there was a knock on her front door. “Are you Miss Phoebe Montgomery?” “Yes, I am.” “I’m Lieutenant Joseph Jedlicka with the Edwardsville Police Department, and I’d like to ask you a few questions.” She invited him in and they... Sign in to see full entry.

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