OCTOBER 27, 2014 7:53AM

Little Boxes

boxes

I am a hoarder of memories. I keep them all in little boxes stored in a special Closet of Time in the attic of my mind. I carefully pack the good/happy memories in sturdy boxes wrapped in  special mental wrapping paper tied with bows, the elaborateness of the paper and bowsRead full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2014 7:44AM

Ursula's World

Ursula

I've long ago given up wondering what triggers my thoughts and memories, but for some reason I found myself thinking of my friend Ursula. I'd never in my life met anyone like her before, nor have I since. And doubt I ever shall again.

I met Ursula while I was livingRead full post »

OCTOBER 20, 2014 7:44AM

When "Then" Was "Now"

Me

Every now and then I like to go back to the letters I wrote to my parents so very, very long ago, when I was a wide-eyed kid stepping out into the big world for the first time as a sailor aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga. I consider it aRead full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2014 7:44AM

The Bouncing Ball

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While it is unlikely that you are of a sufficient age to remember when movie theaters, as part of their programs, would include an assortment of "short subjects" along with the feature film. "Sing Alongs", in which the audience was encouraged to...well, sing along with some well known old songRead full post »

OCTOBER 13, 2014 7:53AM

The Sound of Laughter

Laughter 2  

Laughter is one of the greatest gifts bestowed on humankind. And while certain other animal are capable of it, laughter is part and parcel of what makes us human. The sound of laughter is often associated with our warmest memories. (A teacher onceRead full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2014 7:43AM

Ah, If Ye Only Knew....

Mail (USE)

While I don't often presume to speak for others, I think I'm on safe ground here by making an exception and speaking not only for myself but for every other writer I've had the pleasure of knowing over the years. 

This blog was prompted by a totally-unexpected e-mail I received fromRead full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2014 7:26AM

Hourglass

Hourglass

Each human life is an hourglass filled with a specific number of seconds/minutes/hours/days/years, and I, for one, am excruciatingly aware of each one that passes from the top of the glass to the bottom. Since they are numbered, they are precious, and the waste of a single one of them is… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2014 8:01AM

The Gourmet Chef

Hot dog

I know, I know, I've regaled you with heart-rending tales of my inability to eat like normal people and my incredible bravery and nobility in dealing with this challenge. But this does not prevent me from being a superb cook...I may be so immodest as to say "chef". I've frequently consideredRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 7:37AM

Of a certain age

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I bought my first house in 1968, in Los Angeles, when I was 33 years old. My parents had to cosign for it because, as hard as it is to believe, at that time banks would not give home loans to single men. Up until that point, I had either livedRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 7:39AM

More!

Dragon use

I once saw a TV show about a young boy with a rare disorder which leaves him in a constant state of extreme hunger. No matter how much he eats, it is not enough; he is still ravenously hungry. His parents have to lock the refrigerator and the kitchen cupboards andRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 7:44AM

Once Upon a Town

Pence

I moved from northern Wisconsin to Chicago some eight years ago, now, but every now and then I think of my 23 years there and shake my head in contemplating the differences between the two.

Pence, Wisconsin, is a tiny, time-warped town in an economically depressed area of the Great NorthRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 8:58AM

The Illusionist

magician 2This is the second blog I've done recently touching upon the lengths to which the mind will go to avoid the unpleasantness of reality, but I think it is sufficiently interesting to warrant two posts, and hope you agree. 

I'm always intrigued by a really good magician. How can they possibl… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 8:49AM

The Illusionist

magician 2This is the second blog I've done recently touching upon the lengths to which the mind will go to avoid the unpleasantness of reality, but I think it is sufficiently interesting to warrant two posts, and hope you agree. 

I'm always intrigued by a really good magician. How can they possibl… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 8:49AM

The Illusionist

magician 2This is the second blog I've done recently touching upon the lengths to which the mind will go to avoid the unpleasantness of reality, but I think it is sufficiently interesting to warrant two posts, and hope you agree. 

I'm always intrigued by a really good magician. How can they possibl… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 7:32AM

Words as Food

food  

Long before I lost my physical sense of taste, I fortunately had developed a “taste” for words—their flavor, their texture, the pleasurable sensations they elicited in me. I delight in and savor them. According to my mother, the first word I ever spoke,Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 7:42AM

The King of Romania

gold

Dear reader. I have for you a non-refusable offer to which I require your most urgent response.

I am proud to announce the formation of a new business with an astonishing potential for unlimited profit. Effluvia Unlimited is dedicated to enlightening the world through the medium of internet spRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 7:31AM

Comparisons

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Because we humans are solitary creatures in that our minds are confined within a single physical body, it is impossible for us to really know or fully understand anyone but ourselves—and few of us can really manage even that. As a result, weRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 7:40AM

Ladies and Gentlemen

Lladies

There is a lady who lives in my building who I see frequently...on my own floor when I'm coming or going, or occasionally on one of the floors to which I go when I'm trying to find an available washing machine...always with a mop or broom, diligently cleaning the hallways. SheRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 7:36AM

The Delusionist

delusion

I’ve been a delusionist all my life. Never comfortable with the harshness of reality, I early-on developed the ability to pretty much ignore it unless it was somehow physically impossible to do so. It worked well for seven decades. If I chose to see the world in a certain light, IRead full post »

AUGUST 7, 2014 7:53AM

Running

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The “Flight or Fight” reflex is one of the basic human survival techniques. But “Fight or Flight” refers primarily to external threats, and there are many traumatic situations in life where the problem is internal and emotional, and “fight” isRead full post »

AUGUST 4, 2014 7:50AM

"It was the best of times, ...."

radio  

I’ve always taken little-boy delight in sharing things which give me great pleasure, in the hopeful if perhaps incorrect expectation that others will enjoy them, too.

But I note that as I grow older, it’s more and more difficult to directly share thingsRead full post »

JULY 31, 2014 7:31AM

A Conversation with My Muse

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You rang?

Yes! I just realized I've got to do a blog for tomorrow.

Relax. No hurry. You've got all day.

Oh, yeah. We know how that goes. I get up at 6 a.m., have a cup of coffee, pet the cat, andRead full post »

JULY 28, 2014 7:33AM

Mr. In-Between

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You're probably much too young to remember one of the top songs from 1944, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer's "Accentuate the Positive," but my mind's radio was playing it when I woke up this morning. (You've got to Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate-the Pos-i-tive, E-lim-I-nate the neg-a-tive; Latch on to the afRead full post »

JULY 21, 2014 7:53AM

America's Voice

Kate Smith - God Bless America  

One of the regrettable and inevitable things about aging is that the older we get, the more things which were familiar to us from our youth fade and are lost to generations which come after. I was reminded of that recently when IRead full post »

JULY 17, 2014 7:50AM

"One Ringy-Dingy"

Phone 2

I've never been much of a phone talker since my teenage years—I don't do all that much talking off the phone, either, but that's another story. So when I moved back to Chicago in 2006, I decided not to have a land-line phone at all, and instead bought a cell phoneRead full post »