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

Monday, June 11, 2018


I finally did the right thing (for me) and unfriended someone on Facebook. Ever since I first met this gal she’s had a unique way of finding the dark cloud behind every silver lining. But we worked on projects together, so I treated her as a friend. After I retired we kept in touch by phone and... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Guy I know, let’s call him Dave, has been dealing with a controlling, vengeful on-again, off-again girlfriend for a year or so. He’s the kind of guy who’d give anyone the shirt off his back. He couldn’t resist rescuing the beyutch when she claimed to be trying to get away from an abusive ex.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 9, 2018


THURSDAY (continued) Our newbie, another Pat, had to follow Ibbie’s amazing bit about the day hope died (remembering Bobby Kennedy). She wrote about how her dad founded a dental supply business, how she stepped into it and had one of the top jobs in the new entity once it was sold. Clearly her... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Write Your Own Story Session

THURSDAY I have to admit that when I grabbed my tote bag and headed out for The Center and the WYOS session I was of half a mind to quit that gig. I was feeling picked on because they’d hired someone to take my Tues. slot and four other volunteers’ places. No need to repeat previous posts about my... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 7, 2018


“Once in a while, won’t you try to give one little thought to me though someone else may be nearer your heart?” This one comes from the age of crooners, Vaughn Monroe, Bing Crosby, Perry Como – so many others with velvet voices who could emote as they sang a ballad. It was fabulous music to slow... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018


TUESDAY The day was, as we used to say, was a mixed bag. Ye kitchen angels were warming up the pinochle deck at their table near the kitchen door, perched like three crows on a wire to observe the new gal at the front desk. When it had been my bailiwick, if they couldn’t figure out what was going... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018


MONDAY: Old saying: When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. Easier said than done. (Guess that’s two old sayings.) Today’s the first Tuesday in about 5 years when I don’t have any place to go. I’d held the front desk from nine to noon, rain or shine. It was ‘only’ a volunteer position, but it... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 3, 2018


Dr. Bill Ward was head of SIUe's journalism program in the late 1970s through the mid- to late-80s. He had been offered chairmanship of the department at one time, but told the dean to stick it – that he had zero interest in being a bureaucrat. Since retiring from a major St. Louis newspaper all he... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 2, 2018


In the Write Your Own Story group, which was formulated as a memoir- writing class, there’s been a gradual sea-change. What was conceived as a kind of scrapbooking exercise has turned into a whole ‘nother thing. The process we use has turned out to be a powerful, life-affirming tool. The way it... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 1, 2018

A poem I wrote as I listened to the Write Your Own Stories

OBSERVATION In the beginning was the word unwritten, unfettered, waiting to be captured, cultivated, defined and assigned to service in the sharing of ideas spurred, spawned by the word. Then came more words: reframed, alliterated, perverted, honed and fenced, for use only by the chosen who claimed... Sign in to see full entry.

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