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

Monday, May 17, 2010

Moment of Hope -- idea for a story

Introduction There’s that interlude of hope that comes just after you’ve done something totally unlike yourself. In that moment you think maybe, just maybe, you’ve gotten away with it. Maybe the fates weren’t watching, maybe Karma was busy elsewhere. There was no witness who knows anyone you know.... Sign in to see full entry.

Book Review: "Shadow Tag" by Louise Erdrich

A woman begins keeping a separate diary after she realizes her husband is reading the one in her desk. She lies in the one he reads, explains the truth in her private journal. I could see this story unfold in my mind's eye, like they'd already made the movie -- the settings, the characters. And it... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Rush to Judgment

I'm a fan of Court TV. They broadcast live trials, real opening and closing statements by prosecutors and defense attorneys, real questioning of real witnesses. There's a lot of "expert" opinion back at the studio by a panel of on-camera talent (lawyers, former prosecuters, etc.) and field reporters... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

(not just) another cable guy

This absolutely adorable guy rang my doorbell yesterday. I'd just started playing the latest edition of "The Marriage Ref" from my On Demand channel, and wasn't thrilled about the interruption. This was the edition with Bette Midler and Howie Mandell, and I'd missed it a couple days ago. So I opened... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Robin's Nest in the Grapevine

I’m worried about the robins who set up housekeeping on the grape vines that wind among metal crossbraces on the grape arbor. Through the kitchen window I saw them location shopping like would-be home owners in a new neighborhood. They visited several times, considered other possibilities. I thought... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Amy's story -- conclusion "Invisible Children"

Amy's friends, Blake and Ronnie, told her about the Invisible Children organization in September, and asked her to be part of their project to make a video. They got busy calling others at Oakville High, including student groups, teachers -- and they got Jimmy John's to sponsor the event. It was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Invisible Children -- Amy's words

My granddaughter Amy is a Freshman at Oakville High in St. Louis. In September two friends, Blake S. and Ronnie B. talked to her about the Invisible Children "roadies" who are taking the message to students and schools across the country. The students at Oakville put together a video clip to get the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Have you heard about "invisible children"?

It's a non-profit organization dedicated to ending Africa's longest-running war, and taking on the job of educating a generation of children who've never experienced peace. My 14-year-old granddaughter Amy has a story to tell, how she met the "roadies" for a traveling... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day -- neato!

On Friday my oldest son Dan came over for a visit. We talked about life and what it means, as we usually do: the way we spend so much time making a living we don't have time to really live. He's turning wiser, growing intellectually deeper all the time as he explores the history of this country and... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Real Men, Part 2

We had fifty-four kids in our freshman class, one of the largest in the history of Mossyrock High. Somewhere between then and graduation, our numbers dropped to twenty-two: eleven girls, eleven boys. We lost classmates as logging operations moved on and kids moved, at least half a dozen girls got... Sign in to see full entry.

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