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

Monday, August 23, 2010

I've fallen and I can't get up -- with a twist

Ed Jr. is 72, and not in good shape. Things don't bend and flex like they used to. So one afternoon last week when he fell in his workshop/garage, he didn't have anything to grab, no leverage to get himself back on his feet. He heard his new neighbor out in the yard next door, and began calling out... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Inspiration from Bob's Grabbag -- his poignant question

Do you still love me? Bob's Grabbag check out his poem. He wrote strong lines that caught my heart, and my comment began in rhyme. Then I cut and pasted my response here: it seems to fit my life this time. DO YOU STILL LOVE ME? That's a tough, tough question given the current situation and the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Bargain or scam? We'll asphalt your driveway if you do it right now...

I was watering my tomatoes in a big pot on the front porch when a big dressy pickup truck brakes to a stop at the curb. One of those black shiny things with Harley Davidson customizing, chromy wheel covers. Put a blonde 20-something girl in a tube top behind the wheel and every horny-toad in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Write Place, at the right time -- a stranger joins the group

The group met last night at Borders: Alan, Chuck and me, the rag-tag end of the writers' group. Alan was led in by his wife, who's brilliant and devoted to him, has a sense of humor. Clearly he functions because of her TLC. She replaced his hearing aid batteries in the few minutes before the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

fwd fwd... I usually delete. but this one was neat.

A Trip To Wal-Mart Yesterday I was at my local Wal-Mart buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for Biscuit the Wonder Dog, my loyal companion. I was in the checkout line when the woman behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had, an elephant? So since I'm retired and have little to do,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

School Days

Yesterday was the first day of school at St. B's across the street. I had posted the last installment of the Home for Christmas story and looked up from browsing my favorites to see the old familiar ritual taking place again. Angelic little girls in their spanking new uniforms, blue plaid skirts,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pick your genre: thriller, spec fiction, mystery, then write

I read that advice somewhere. Pick the genre first. Go to the bookstore and visualize where your novel would fit on the shelves. Bzzzzzzt! Wrong! This might be good advice if we were robots, if our mental computers included an insta-plot program with a template for today's best-selling genre:... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ten times ten and back again -- heat wave

I believe today is the last forecast day of 100 degree heat in the St. Louis area. We're supposed to have a "cold wave" and a high of only 89 by Sunday. The big news is that the nights will cool down to around 70, maybe a couple degrees cooler, and people in their 75th year can walk a mile in their... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Back to normal

While my daughter was here his past week, we went out to eat almost every day. But food wasn't the point. She's a bit of a miracle worker. Her dad, who's been hypersensitive about wearing his oxygen in public, meekly kept it in place because she told him to. He was able to maintain back and forth... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How's the weather? Hot! Hot! Hot!

Do we like it? Not! Not! Not! But we know it's sure to change if it didn't, it would be strange It's global warming come to thrill next summer may be warmer still Sign in to see full entry.

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