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

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Long before the ‘60s cultural revolution – the era of rock ‘n roll and women’s liberation – it was not unusual for law enforcement and regular citizens to blame the victim in the case of rape. If the offense was reported – unless it was extremely violent, a serial crime or murder – it might not be... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 19, 2018


Here in Mundane we haven’t had any of the winter extremes “enjoyed” by the south and east coast, thank heavens, but The Center and school districts have had closures. I was ready with writing topics: (then) tell about your ancestor’s arrival in this country, how’d it go for them, or (now) how do you... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


There’s no thrill in sports like when the underdog comes from behind to beat the favorite. A Hail Mary pass in the last few seconds of the last quarter, when the expected winners are all but doing their victory dance, is sure to bring the crowd to its feet. All through the years I’ve admired the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


My story writing urge has been sparked this morning by a story on self-driving cars that came on TV last night. It seems General Motors is going to start mass producing them by next year – no steering wheel, no brake pedal; essentially they’ll be mini TV lounges on wheels. Let’s say 90-something Ida... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 15, 2018


At SIUe some 40 years or so ago, the administration thought it was time to raise its staff’s cultural awareness. Our school’s majority from small towns and rural areas in Southern Illinois (semi-redneck and pretty much untraveled) rubbed elbows with city kids from Chicago’s south side, students from... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Retirees, grandparents, well-seasoned, or just plain old farts: here are the rules to join the Senior Image Team - aka SIT 1) In the checkout line: Pay for your purchase with exact change = 1 point. 2) If you hold up the line while doing so = 5 points. Accumulate 500 points and you are entitled to... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 13, 2018


I wrote a blog this a.m. about names; like Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin and Benedict Arnold that carry a weight an definition in themselves. Then I zapped that one as boring and maybe trite, and because I was tempted to include the name Trump and the weight it contains these days. B O R I N G!... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 12, 2018


This weekend is MLK weekend. I remember seeing a giant billboard featuring the honorable Martin Luther King, Jr. as I drove from Beacon Hill to Interstate 5 one January morning in 1999. I’d just gotten the call that my mother had passed after a long struggle with dementia (possibly Alzheimer’s). I... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


Several months ago I was at Target when I happened to bump into a young woman who’d been my son’s high school sweetheart. She’d broken up with him at some point not long after graduation. It happened to be a time when my own marriage was dissolving. Rich and his older brother soon left for Dallas,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


It seems there’s no end to the devilment nature can devise to prove the big-brained species (humans) ain’t all that wise, As fire and fury fall about their ears Some hunker in place, the silly dears. Even small folk from forest and glen realize they must go, they quickly ken the need to flee has... Sign in to see full entry.

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