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

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.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I left out something on the earlier post today. Sorry if it misled you.

The front desk replacement isn't just on Tuesdays, "my" shift, but every morning. She's not retired, but lost her job and is being retrained, getting her skills upgraded so she can qualify for a full-time job. She will be working every morning from 8-12, not just on Tuesdays. Her pay will come from... Sign in to see full entry.


It was 2013 when I got the call from Michelle at the Main Street Center asking if I were still interested in volunteering. They had an opening at the front desk, Tuesday mornings. I jumped at the opportunity. The weeks were feeling long and empty. Volunteering would “keep me out of the pool hall” as... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


I knew when he told me he was taking the job at the minimum security prison he wasn’t going to like it there. My two sisters were married to corrections professionals. One was a sociologist/caseworker, and the other eventually moved up to a director’s position. Any prison has a dark vibe, one that... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


The other morning a TV anchor on Channel 4 announced someone had spray-painted swastikas on a hundred gravestones, and my first thought was that it had happened in some metropolitan area where there’s a lot of trouble. Second thought was that it had to be some smart-ass teen ager trying to stick it... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 28, 2018


PBS 100 FAVORITE BOOKS - THE GREAT AMERICAN READ While in hiding from the 96 degree heat and high humidity even on my shady front porch, and sick of wall-to-wall commercials for this or that ad for meds, furniture, cars, meds – I turned to PBS. Channel 9 was featuring America’s top 100 favorite... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 27, 2018


Already? The season hasn’t even started yet, but here you are, storming across the Gulf, threatening the southern states, on your way north to the middle tier or along the Atlantic coast by end of week. Maybe it’s nothing to do with you, tropical storm Alberto, but the humidity here in the greater... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 26, 2018


I’ve been whining a bit about the parking lot construction up the block, the road closures that complicate getting out of my own driveway to get to The Center or run other errands. As I thought, they didn’t get the paving done, the road graders and earth movers the construction guys cleared out... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Chicken Hearts & Gizzards

I never ordered organ meats if I had a choice, but there are people who really love deep-fried chicken hearts and gizzards. The summer after Fang and I got married, I took a second job as a barmaid / short order cook on Friday & Saturday nights. It was at the Coachlight Bar & Grill, and there was... Sign in to see full entry.

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