TAPS' Take

Friday, December 29, 2017


Of all the thing that one might have to do on a day that's cold, and the temperature not rising, and the snow not melting, and the sun not shining but rising somewhere beyond in skies that are covered by thick clouds, my favorites are not on the list. A cup of steaming black coffee would be first on... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Gelid Is The Night

White the snow, shines against the blackness of the sky, and empty the surroundings of anything living...Gelid is the night. Cold and age do not mix well. It seems the mind becomes a slush that moves slowly and will not expel properly, the words and thoughts for spitting out what I know is in there... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Thirteen Quilts And A Hot Brick

Thirteen handmade quilts piled one on top of the other, a brick heated in the fireplace on the remaining hot coals before it was banked for the night, homemade thick rag rugs on each side of the bed, and a chamber pot beneath. The warmth of the dwindling fire gave out but our bodies huddled together... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Time Of Destruction

I think I'm too old for Christmas--not the spirit of Christmas, not the singing of Christmas, not the giving at Christmas, not the happiness of Christmas. It's all there in my heart. What is it then that I'm too old for? Well, mainly, why does everything have to be wrapped up in pretty paper and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

No Restraint

I bought lots of candies today (mostly variations containing chocolate) and cookies covered in sugar crystals, and then put them all in my biggest and prettiest crystal containers. I did this for two reasons--first because it makes a pretty Christmas decoration, and second to offer to guests that... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Shine On Christmas Star

It is too bad that at this time when all things should be beautifully decorated and all people be gloriously happy, and music in the air everywhere, with wonderful goodies to share with people who come to tea, and the house have the aroma of cinnamon and spice or fresh evergreen tree, that little... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Starting Early

Very shortly I'm off to a Christmas Luncheon with loved ones who do not have to go off to work every day and can celebrate when and if they will. It is very cold, but the sun is shining and the clothing is warm. On my head is a crocheted hat made by one of my favorite ladies. Not only is it colorful... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Life With Ribcage

Laughter is what I remember when he was little and has continued since his birth at the Christmas Season of 1960. He has always made everyone laugh with his wit and dry sense of humor. His younger brothers have always loved him and appreciated his leadership and his accepted responsibility to watch... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 8, 2017

It Does Make One Wonder

Ribcage: "Did you know it is only three weeks until 2018?" TAPS: "Yeah, I've been thinking about it and wondering if I should make any changes in the way I've been living. Have you any resolutions for the new year?" Ribcage: "Actually I do, but only in my head. I'm not telling a living soul!" TAPS:... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 7, 2017


At the corner where two roads meet across the way within our forested complex, I do believe an insane person lives. He stays to himself, but in a way he shares his life with others here. He has glass patio doors facing both directions with no drapes or blinds and his rooms lit up. He has two... Sign in to see full entry.

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