RP's Theatre of the (Almost) Absurd

Monday, January 22, 2018

Racial Discrimination & Profiling, My Rude Awakening

"You Can't Go in There..." Sandy and I have been best friends longer than many folks have been alive! Our friendship goes back to the 7th grade. We sorta look alike and sure do act alike. We may not see each other in person for a long time and then pick up just like it was yesterday, chattering,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Skinny

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pass the Salt, Please

"It makes food taste better..." The summer of my fifth year was very warm. My dad would spend Saturdays tending the garden in our backyard, and my Mom would often be outside also, tending my younger siblings. One Saturday afternoon was a particularly hot day outside, and after lunch I was treated to... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Freedom Riders - Honoring MLK Day

"All Aboard!" I had the honor, unbeknownst to me for a while, to work for a short time alongside one of the *Freedom Riders of the 1960s. She was a humble, quiet, understated person, and if someone had not mentioned her being a Freedom Rider in her presence, I would never have believed that she had... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Shoeshine Boy

Makin' a Buck My dad was the kind of guy who liked to work. He actually enjoyed earning a buck. Dad was just that way, something innate to his being. But even his own mother was surprised that at the age of four her son took a shoeshine box kit that was nearly as tall as he was, and proudly... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

I Called the Fire Department

"Go to Your Room!" When my children were small it wasn't often that I would send them to their rooms when they misbehaved. Why send them to a place of punishment where there lived their favorite books, toys, a comfy bed and assorted playthings - what would be the point? Much better to have them sit... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 12, 2018

He Came from Where?

Meet the Doctor This is Dr. Henri Ford, Chief of Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Without even knowing our language, this man came to the USA from an impoverished nation, learned English, worked very hard, was awarded a scholarship to Princeton and then went on to Harvard Medical School.... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

It's Hard to Measure Success (Part II)

You Never Know Yesterday you met Bjorn, who in his own way became the epitome of an American dream, or any country's dream, if one thinks about it in depth. Not born to wealth or privilege, he worked hard, invested well, and rose above some bad breaks of birth. Sally Mae was the girl at the other... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

It's Hard to Measure Success (Part I)

You Never Know In high school Bjorn was a big, light-haired, fair-skinned boy of obvious Scandinavian descent, and he also came from one of the least wealthy families of anyone who attended Plainsville High. He was a friendly guy, and even though his clothes weren't always so clean-looking (he... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

And the Rains Came...

Got a little wet today. Here in my section of California today it's a balmy 55 degrees with near zero visibility, rain, wind, hail, and flooding. And this ain't nothin'! The devastated communities of Montecito in Santa Barbara County, and other cities in Los Angles County are suffering much... Sign in to see full entry.

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