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

Thursday, December 1, 2022

IN LOCO PARENTIS

When I was a little kid, "in loco parentis" was the rule, not the exception. The translation means "acting as a parent." Every grownup neighbor, auntie, uncle, etc., was to be respected and obeyed in the event your mom wasn't there. Like, if she was home tending the house and we kids were running... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

TURNING THE DAY AROUND

Yesterday I woke up with extreme brain fog and the need to weep. I didn't help my mood by reaching for the decaf. Nothing in the news changed it. Looked at the little display on my fireplace mantle, sent a telepathic rest-in-peace to my departed son John, whose ashes rest there for now. Alongside... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

COTTON BALLS AND BLUES SONGS

My brain this morning is a wad of cotton, dripping wet and stuck to the grimy sidewalk. Coffee didn't help. The sunrise when it got here was framed in bright red clouds, and the old saying came to mind. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Perhaps the guys on the weather channel are correct... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

FRAGMENT OF A DREAM

We were standing on the sun porch, with its solid row of windows. A ledge below the panes was made to hold plants in small pots, starter tomatoes and peppers, a variety of flowers. Somehow they had been tipped or knocked off the shelf. I could see my hands, picking up the pots, scooping up the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

DAYS OF OUR BACKYARD SQUIRRELS

Peaches, who patterns her daily activities after White Ears, the leader of the Brick Street troop, had established a large and luxurious nest in one of the upper branches of an oak tree. This particular oak is across the yard and outside the fence of the house next door to the walnut. From her nest,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 25, 2022

BAD MOOD STORY IDEA

It may be that some errant flu bug got me while I was shopping for pecan pie two days before Thanksgiving, or it may be that I got to feeling sorry for myself because nobody called to invite me or to ask what time I wanted them at my house. One son has two of his adult kids hanging out with him. One... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

SPEAKING UP

The mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs two days ago was the cherry on top. It's time for common sense and respect for the rights of other people to reign here in the land of the free and the home of the brave. It's time for people who believe in liberty and justice for ALL to speak up. So... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 21, 2022

MAMA SANG

This morning I was remembering the kitchen in Salkum, that rustic little shack where we lived during my formative years. We three kids would come home after the school bus dropped us at the corner, half a mile away to change clothes, do our homework and try to "gauge the room." What kind of a mood... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 20, 2022

ABOUT THE NEWS

The reason ABC network can claim their evening news with David Muir is the most watched program on television is simple. It is just news, served up plain without opinion or interpretation by a panel of pundits. And it's presented in a professional style. The academic way to write a paper is pretty... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

FROM THE ARCHIVE

DOROTHY AND JOE – 1949 I’ve heard people say the first baby can come any time, but the rest all take nine months. In Lewis County there was a different saying: if newlyweds don’t have a baby within six months of the wedding, they must be infertile. It was one of those warm July days when the sun lit... Sign in to see full entry.

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