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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Last Tuesday when I went to work the morning shift at The Center’s front desk, I took along a couple of crocheted hats to donate for the door prize drawing at Bingo. In keeping with the Halloween theme, they were orange and black, each with a giant crocheted spider perched at the crown. The Center’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Something that has been floating in my mind has settled now, the hot disappointment that kept it aboil has cooled. I’d been talking trash back at the TV as newscasters showed clips of campaign yapping as the man who’s supposed to be our leader again makes every situation fractious. The icing on the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 29, 2018


Most nights I’m awake every hour and a half, due to OAB. Some nights it’s hard to get back to sleep, but every once in a while I get in a solid three or four hours, time enough to dream, and sometimes wake up remembering it. A couple nights ago, perhaps because of all the political ads on TV and the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 28, 2018


A week or so ago my son, now 57, reminded me of the time when he was a kindergartner and his younger brother was a year behind and they were always together growing up. Some old song came on the radio as we were driving someplace and he said he remembered when his dad and I would shove the kitchen... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, October 27, 2018


Even though I was Oscar the Grouch, and didn’t want to poke a whisker out of my own private garbage can, I pulled up my big girl britches and went to The Center for Write Your Own Story. Things were good and bad once I got there. Good: someone had made coffee. Bad: the printer was on the fritz, so I... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 26, 2018


I was fog-brained, coming down with a cold. I did not want to be there, and was dead certain the topics I’d chosen were stupid. #1 was nursery rhymes and stories: Did you read the Mother Goose stories when you were a child, did your mom or dad read to you? #2, the fiction topic was a situation;... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Little Donnie Twohats, exhausted by the events of the day, sat on the curb outside a tower, leaning against a large, sleepy hog, one arm around its neck. Just then his friend Sarah Beach walked by. “Donnie,” she said, “You shouldn’t be sitting here for all the world to see. Don’t you know a man is... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018


On Monday our family gathered for a funeral service for Lily, my former sister-in-law. She’d been disabled following a stroke several years ago, but less than two weeks ago they discovered she had stomach cancer. Apparently the stroke had disabled some nerves so that she wasn’t in pain, or at least... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


You see it every day, so commonplace you may not notice, but then there’s one telling photo on your news screen. It’s a couple, late middle age, crossing from the parking area to the front door of a Kmart. He’s about three steps ahead walking in that let’s-get-this-over-with impatient stride. She’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 22, 2018


ODE TO A WINDOW SCREEN I am amazed, Ms. Spider sings, at your perfect symmetry, the manufactured geometricity of those fitted, finite squares. Although unfazed, if truth be told, for I have synchronicity; I can spin ad hoc specificity into quite capable snares. Plh 10-21-2018 Sign in to see full entry.

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