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

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Sixteen plus years ago I lived in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, worked at Seattle Central Community College in the Capitol Hill area, and once in a while got together with my youngest son and his partner for lunch, or spent time with my grandkids – high schoolers at the time, who lived in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 20, 2018


I was in the kitchen, the two boys were in the living room watching cartoons. The animation that day was “Jack in the Beanstalk.” In a departure from the print versions, a musical background featured some character – Jack, as I remember -- singing a desperately sad song “my cow, how sad, I’ve got to... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 19, 2018


Lately my attention span is much shorter. I’m out of patience with “breaking news” over-explained by a panel of correspondents. I waste little time before switching channels when they start analyzing the subtleties of a hostile tweet. Dammit! I can read. I was disappointed our local paper didn’t... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 18, 2018


We all gotta find out for ourselves the ‘rules’ that govern what we do and when. Like we think at seventeen we know what life is all about and our folks failed to get the memo, all you have to do is …. (fill in the blank) and all the pieces will fall into place. Yup, we find out for ourselves the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 17, 2018


“For it’s a long, long time from May to December but the days grow short when you reach September.” “As the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame We haven’t got time for the waiting game.” “And the days dwindle down to a precious few, These last few days I’ll spend with you.” I do not remember... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 16, 2018


Once again a light has gone out in this world, and a voice that linked us in joy has stopped singing. I am so sorry for the loss, and yet so grateful for all the Queen of Soul brought to us. Don’t give up. Keep singing your truth and joy and possibility. We are all children of the universe, we have... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Doesn’t seem so long ago that summers were “endless.” We’d celebrate the last day of school and the report card that showed us passed to the next grade with little ceremony. We’d done what was expected of us. There was the old swimming hole, where we’d cool off on hot sunny days, and long mornings... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


When the phone rang Monday morning, I checked the caller ID. It was Sweetie. I didn’t pick up. As I reported earlier, I’m out of the girlfriend business. I was a bit surprised, though. You’d a thunk she’d know better after our previous call. The day before I’d had breakfast with my sons, and it had... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, August 13, 2018


Minnie Pearl was a headliner on the TV show “Grand Ol’ Opry’ in the days of three networks all in black & white and signing off at midnight to the national anthem. Her shtick was being a granny and a hick, wearing print housedresses and a little straw hat with the price tag dangling from the brim.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 11, 2018


That was the title of a song from way back when – probably the ‘50s, maybe at the time of the Korean conflict. We were told it wasn’t officially a war, no matter that our soldiers were deployed. “Red Sails in the Sunset” is another plaintive old song from that era. I graduated from dear old MHS in... Sign in to see full entry.

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