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

Friday, November 17, 2017

Me, Too

We’ve tried to be nice about it, given him good feedback, listened to his stories just as we do for the all writers in the story group. But Abdel disturbs the natural flow without really intending to do so. He didn’t show up yesterday. We had the room to ourselves for once, six of the seven Write... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

From my file of story ideas:

Cheese Mining on the Moon. It had been a lovely evening, unusually cool and comfortable for mid-August. Jolie opened the sliding doors and set up the buffet table on the terrace. It was the first time she’d played hostess to her friends for several months – she’d been out of town for some time.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Yesterday was my day at The Center’s front desk. Michelle had asked me on Thursday to meet with her and Geoff, a writing professor from SIUe to talk about our WYOS group, maybe find a way to cooperate on a presentation or event at The Center. So I grabbed my Thursday tote bag, the one with my... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

FUTURE TENSE - (note, adult subject matter)

FUTURE TENSE I’ve come to the end of the list of ideas to post on Blogit, humorous bits designed to get people chuckling or take their minds off the crapstorm that is the news these days. Thing One It feels like a nonstop assault, woman after woman coming forward to identify her offender, usually a... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 13, 2017


In the late ‘50s one of my favorite shows on TV was a western, Have Gun, Will Travel. The star of the show was Richard Boone, and according to an article on Google, he was the sixth great grandson of Daniel Boone, the pioneer who explored the frontier and “killed him a bear when he was only three.”... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


I’ve been urging the writers in the WYOS class at the Main Street Center to read one of their stories in a future program. A week or so ago I did a mock-up, a very preliminary rough-cut of a newsletter- style publication, titled “Stories From The Center.” As with many titles, this one has a double... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Fly away home. Your house is on fire, your children will burn.” When I was a kid mother sent away to some seed catalog for a batch of ladybugs. It seems she had a problem with aphids munching on her rose bushes, and the ad said ladybugs’ fave food is aphids, those little green dots that could be... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 10, 2017


When I got there The Center was bustling as the staff set up for the Veteran’s Day luncheon. There were more than 60 expected guests: WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans and their loved ones. The catered lunch was spaghetti, a tossed salad and bread, topped off with home-baked donated Bundt cakes.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 9, 2017


It was the ‘80s. I was single again, thinking of joining the feminist revolution, “I am woman, hear me roar,” etc… I had kids who spent every other weekend with their dad, was taking two classes a semester, and my job was becoming more a career. There was a conference in Champaign, economic... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


You know how it is some days you get up “on the wrong side of the bed.” You have a borderline headache, and it lingers even after a shot of coffee. Your stomach feels growly and that keeps going even after a bowl of oatmeal. At 8:45 you put on your winter coat. It’s cold outside. November gloomy.... Sign in to see full entry.

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