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

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Let's quit the kid stuff. I want more shows like "Hot in Cleveland."

To be honest, the thing that pisses me off the most about the under 30 set is that they can eat whatever crap they want, salt, sugar, potato chips, Big Macs, pizza, deep fried Twinkies. Their arteries apparently stay clear, their lungs and hearts keep working just fine. They can stay up all night... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Scary Mary...Cautious Carrie

It's been a creepy crawly summer so far. Bugs, slithery things. We upright two-leggeds may not be motating on all 8 cylinders in this blithey blasty summer, but the six, eight and hundred-leggers are doing just fine. So are the hoppers, the flyers, and the nibbling blood-suckers. And the vines! I... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 16, 2010

This is your brain on "heat" -- from drive to neutral

Yesterday's blog was about the heat -- the discomfort of it, the unrelenting meanness of it, the sweltering and its impact on temper and mood. Today's is about the danger of it. Yesterday I wrote from the relative cool of my office. I was feeling good as a writer, in one of those up cycles where the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Hot! Hot! Hot!

We're under a heat warning here in the heart of the heartland: 6 o'clock this morning the actual temp is 83, but it feels like 95. Humid: it's deep south, African jungle sweltering out there, and the sun's not even up over the tree line yet. Yesterday when I went out to water my tomato in the big... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

About Barry Hannah & making up for lost time

Sunday afternoon is library time for me -- get out the snacks, turn on the coffee machine, straighten the shelves, chat with patrons. And last Sunday I went looking in the official section for something by Barry Hannah. There it was! Yonder Stands Your Orphan. The cover is a muted grayish black and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What's the world coming to?

Night before last there were eleven shootings in one 8-hour police shift in the St. Louis area. In Kansas (?) a woman and her boyfriend kidnapped her young son at gunpoint from his father, who'd just been awarded full custody. Social workers didn't think she used good judgment. Hours later as police... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

New poem inspired by the Barry Hannah quote

Attending To Voices Not My Own It happens sometimes during a gathering where salient points are being made by wiser fellows than I; fundamental pro and con, although none leaves the faintest trace of an impression on my mind. Maybe they’re lamenting how the oil company has flooded the Gulf of Mexico... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 9, 2010

You can't escape Facebook...

I dropped it a few months back. Bothersome, boring, time waster. People rarely saying anything much. Turned me anti-social, or rather more anti-social. Folks I barely knew wanting to "friend" me, share stuff I couldn't care less about, ask nosy questions. I had blogs to write, yard work to do, and I... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The writing life

In the June 2010 issue of Harper's Magazine, Barry Hannah's essay "Why I Write" appears on page 13. Well into the article, on p. 14, comes this: "Once you are into the life of writing, you are never really rid of the inner voices, and they are certainly not all your own. They will exhaust themselves... Sign in to see full entry.

The creep shot himself.

There were hundreds of calls to the tip line, lots of detective work, they checked out known sex offenders, narrowed down the field to one "person of interest." He could be the suspect, but it could be someone else. Or he might not have been the only one involved. Turns out Mr. Smith wasn't living... Sign in to see full entry.

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