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Monday, November 5, 2018

Voting Incentive

Bad politicians are elected by good citizens who don't vote. I plan to vote tomorrow. Of course no one knows what tomorrow will bring, especially when the one doing the planning is an old one, and the weather is not cooperative, and related aches and pains seem at their worst, and other problems... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Trauma Comes In Many Faces

Life brings many unintended jolts and most often leave no lasting scars. Often people laugh, even at themselves. But sometimes scars are left behind, both visible and unseen. Trauma is a part of life. No one seems to get through this world unscathed, and often traumatic experiences make us what we... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The smell of smoked oysters is permeating the place, even to my bedroom where I sit at my desk and play with my computer. I say "play" because I'm doing nothing important....a game of Scrabble via Facebook with Sis (she definitely is winning), a solo Mahjong Solitaire, and a video of "Beloved... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


We didn't have anything like transformer costumes when I was a kid. When we dressed up for Halloween, we took old bedsheets and turned into ghosts, or black crepe paper and dressed like a witch and that was about the extent of our ingenuity for costumes. Once, though, I did make like a pirate with... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Death's Surprise

The meadow is strewn with red and gold, yellow and brown amongst the carpet of green, and yet the trees have not let go their grasp of the bright colors of autumn. The colors are at their peak, and the weather exhilarating. The beginning of the turning, Color creeping day by day, Green is going,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

I Don't Go Looking For Trouble...But...

I knew it was on its way here. The smell of trouble has been in the air, especially around the weekends. It seems to come looking for me...trouble that is. As much as I try to stay away from trouble, it is impossible to stay free from its environs. Tonight, an hour or so ago, I noticed there was a... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Who Stole The Cheese?

My quandary is quaquaversal at this time. Not one person who lives in this low-income housing for senior citizens is exempt from suspicion, not even my Sis, who has called me in to help her prove her innocence. It all began with this note that was attached to the bulletin board in the community... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

You, But Not Me

I'm finally going to go get my flu shot for this year. I've been putting it off but my sons are so insistent, and I am a believer in flu shots helping out with a terrible disease that kills many people. Actually, I have no idea how many flu shots I administered myself in the years that I was an... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What's With Wiggy?

The winds of autumn blow now and then, sometimes lightly fluttering the yellow leaves of the shagbark hickory, sometimes hard enough to already be making bare the top of the sugar maple. With the record cold, and rain, and early snow of this area the landscape will soon be laid bare and winter will... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Suddenly At Midnight

All was dreamy quiet and I was falling asleep when at midnight, almost on the dot, without thunder or flashing lightning, the heavens opened and a sudden downpour of flooding rain began falling on the roof, the grounds, the streets.... I jumped up to see if the bedroom window was totally closed and... Sign in to see full entry.

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