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

Saturday, August 4, 2018


I was watching CNN after I got bored with reruns and reality programming on the major networks. I noticed myself reading the crawl at the bottom of the screen. Reports of suicide bombings(in Afghanistan, I believe) toted up the damage to life and limb. There was an update on the Carr fire in... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, August 3, 2018


Bob the bus driver has been posting some interesting political commentaries on FB. Now, Bob is one of the bus drivers for the senior center, and works the morning shift three days a week. He picks up folks at their home (or one of the homes for the elderly in our town) and gets them to the store, or... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 2, 2018


I got a phone call on Monday from a woman my son Rich is seeing. She was his high school sweetheart when they were sixteen. Don’t remember why they ever broke up, but both married other people. Life went on. He’s been on his own for years. Her divorce was final a few months back and they’ve been... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Tuesday was the plumber’s last day on the job at the medium security prison, a facility built into a former high school a fifteen-minute commute from his home. He’d taken the job somewhat reluctantly, but he’d finished the work on a new hospital three months earlier. He’d finished the little fixes... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are

Drowsing in my La-Z-Boy, the Rachel Maddow Show on TV with the volume turned down, letting the “ain’t it awful” debate between three panelists fade from my awareness, I suddenly heard in my mind’s ear, these words: “Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.” Knowing I would forget them if I didn’t... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 30, 2018


Several years ago when I was working on the Salkum stories, I put together the story of my neighbors across the street during the time I lived in that village in the western Cascade foothills so many years ago. Charlie had been permanently disabled when a widow-maker fell on him while he was working... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Will write something tomorrow...

Got up feeling under the weather this a.m., so now it's 4:30 p.m., and I'm unable to resist checking on everyone here at Blogit. See ya later, Alligator... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 28, 2018


When we’re seventeen there’s no sag, no sign that grief or stress or misbegotten reality may amend the fine fair curve of cheek, the clear expanse of forehead. But time etches, using biology and DNA to revise, realign. Edits and revisions amend the preliminary sketch: add shading, slacken the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 27, 2018

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: A STUDY (see disclaimer)

Lately it has seemed to me like half the screen time for this daytime drama has been taken over by commercials and network promos. But is that true, or does it merely seem that way? I decided to keep track yesterday. Starts off with a five-minute opening that includes a brief recap of the cliff-... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 26, 2018


Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. She couldn’t count the number of times Ronnie had said those words. He accused her of lying to him, of leaving work early to be with other men and forgetting the time. He said this any time she was delayed in rush hour traffic for... Sign in to see full entry.

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