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

Thursday, November 15, 2018


More than 500 closings – schools, senior centers, day care, colleges, etc. today. Here in beautiful downtown Mundane we had 4.8” of snow, and more is on the way. The plow went through on Brick Street in the wee hours, but there are all kinds of warnings on TV about slick overpasses and bridges. In a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


"A soft answer turneth away wrath." We’d had a snowfall Monday afternoon, preceded by freezing rain, which left poor old Suzie, my ancient Corolla, glazed with ice and in need of attention before I could head out. I misunderestimated the time it would take to prep and ended up being 5 minutes late... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


I don’t know exactly how the romance is going between son Rich and his girlfriend Gigi. I know son Russ and I can barely tolerate the girl and haven’t trusted her as far as we could throw her since that incident when she acted in cahoots with Russ’ vindictive ex. That might not have been... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 12, 2018


This has been a busy year for St. B’s parish and school. Early on their contractors tore down the big yellow store building that had been on the corner of our brick street and Vandalia Ave., the main east-west drag. Three lots including the one where the bargain center had been became an asphalt... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Out of consideration for your peace of mind, I am not posting today. November always puts a damper on my mood, holiday-related anxiety and the sudden awareness that once again I've let the shopping season catch me unprepared have made me into a Grinch of the first order. Catch you on the flip side. Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


The farm on Lincoln Creek was a dairy operation with a herd of 20-plus Holsteins. The “girls” lined up each morning at five a.m. at the pasture gate, waiting to parade in orderly fashion to the milking parlor in the barn where they were fed a bran ration and had the pressure on their udders... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 9, 2018


A week ago, as I mentioned here somewhere, Larry came by The Center and asked our writing group if we’d help him out by reading and judging the essays submitted to his VFW Post’s annual contest. The topic this year was “Why I Honor the American Flag.” The grand prize is a $5,000 award – at the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Wednesday the Main Street Center held a spaghetti luncheon to honor veterans. I volunteered to help serve, showed up an hour early to help set up the tables – but it was already done – red, white & blue table covers, flags & red white & blue flower arrangements on all the tables, and the scent of... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


The big win from yesterday, Nov. 6, Election Day: no more attack ads on TV. They were so awful, so nasty, and so UNINFORMATIVE, it seems to me they only served to make every candidate a prime suspect. Other governments need not waste time and energy hacking our social media or planting seeds of... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


“You’ve got some nerve, after I put this whole project together, to treat me like some silly woman here,” I know anger made me bigger and louder than usual. Lew’s eyebrows went up. “This is a professional magazine, with ad sales to vendors who deal with cops – it’s not a mom and pop deal where we... Sign in to see full entry.

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