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Night Wanderer

Night Wanderer
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photo by John Sandel It’s 9:18 pm. Late for me but tame for anyone else. Tame time, tame night, tame street.  I step outside. My crappy slippers from Sears, with the cardboard bottoms, give the cold cement sidewalk direct access to my soles. I huddle my arms around myself, though I’m wearing a sweater. When […]

Pharrell Makes His Mark and it’s a Plus Sign

Pharrell Makes His Mark and it’s a Plus Sign

By now you’ve heard Pharrell Williams’s worldwide phenomenon, “Happy.” The song, from the film “Despicable Me 2″ was nominated for a 2014 Oscar. I have a feeling Mr. Williams doesn’t mind that he didn’t take the prize. Do you remember the song that won? I don’t. I knew nothing about the International Day of Happiness, […]

Boz Goes to Sleep

Boz Goes to Sleep

Today marks six months since Boz died. For posterity’s sake, I want to write down a few things about him. Also for myself. So, a tale, one last time. ***** The first night we brought Boz home from the shelter to live with us, he had a good meal and passed out from exhaustion on […]

10 Things You Should Do If You Meet King Arthur In A Dark Forest

10 Things You Should Do If You Meet King Arthur In A Dark Forest

You have time-traveled to southwest Britain in 500AD. (You probably drank too much on the plane.) You’ve landed in the woods and there’s this guy with a bloody sword. What do you do? 1.    Duck.       (He has a sword.) 2.    Cover.       (See item 1.) 3.    Speak in soothing tones like you would to an angry […]

Birthday Month

Birthday Month

It’s birthday month and I’m celebrating in all my favorite ways: world travel, lavish meals, jewels–you know, jet-setting. I’ve also got a couple of sales going on the Camelot & Vine ebook: Get it now: only through tomorrow (March 8, 2014) at Smashwords, enter the coupon code REW50 at checkout and get C&V for 50% […]

Canned Lions

Canned Lions

photo: Julie Hartz You just want to cuddle them. You mustn’t, of course, because they’re dangerous. Unless they’re drugged. Then they can’t put up much of a fight, and you can shoot them like tin ducks at a carnival. This, believe it or not, is an actual sport referred to as “canned lion hunting.” Big, […]

Dad Words

Dad Words

Waldo W. Burchard, 1939 (age 23) If you don’t know the meanings, please ask. I’m sure we’ll all be happy to share our definitions. And don’t forget to add your favorites in the comments! DAD WORDS balderdash bumbershoot canoodle claptrap dungarees (with thanks to Eric Baker) flibbertigibbet flummoxed gumption hornswaggle nincompoop nitwit numbskull pipsqueak post-prandial […]

Migraines

Migraines

Sometimes I can go for almost two weeks without a migraine. In the past two weeks I’ve had nine. Nine! And I’m not sure why. A doctor can give you pills, which is great, but it’s not enough. Everyone who gets migraines experiences them differently. Some people don’t get help from drugs. Some drugs help […]

A New Voice

A New Voice

  Recently my life has changed quite a bit. It’s not a tragedy, but some important things are gone and they’ve left some empty space. I finished writing a novel I’d been working on for years. It was a passion project, a story I had to write. I wrote it and wrote it and wrote […]

Random Acts of Reading

Random Acts of Reading

Here’s my way of keeping visitors from sitting on a bench that would collapse if they did. I call it backyard art. It has nothing to do with today’s post, but I didn’t have a picture of the library. Come one, come all to the Central Library this Saturday, February 22nd, 10am-12pm, for the Love […]

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