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Mother Ship

Mother Ship
West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
February 14
Old enough to know better, but I still try anyway. Dedicated to the concept of how daily life is; all the moments, big and small, sublime, ridiculous (the more ridiculous the better) and the knowledge that its the small moments that define a life. Favorites Books: Jacob's Ladder by Donald McCaig This Much I Know Is True by Wally Lamb Columbine by David Cullen The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst The Dive from Claussen's Pier by Ann Packer A Quote to live by: The Definition of Success: To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty and find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. -Ralph Waldo Emerson-


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FEBRUARY 14, 2015 12:23PM


cat starter kit
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  I am sixty three years old today. Wow. That sounds really old; as in ready to enter Geezerdom old. And I do have cats; two of them. One I rather like and the other, well she is allowed to live here.  So/

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OCTOBER 31, 2014 5:11PM



A friend of mine has made it her public stated goal to divest herself of extraneous stuff, clutter, and excess possessions, including memorabilia. The rules are: get rid of one useless, worn out or otherwise outgrown item every day for a year - - that is

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MAY 3, 2014 5:26PM







   It is the weekend before the gathering of the clan.  My family is returning. It is the first time in many years that we have all been together in the same place at the same time-my place as it happens. My dau/Read full post »

sweetgum summer

 This is a sweetgum tree. Do you see how lovely it is in the summer-full, green, abounding in abundant cool shade?  Makes you want to put up your hammock and lay back with a tall one.


sweetgum winter

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How May I help you?  Where can I direct your call.  Let me see if I can take care of that for you.  That used to be what customer service looked like. You remember that don't you? The nice lady on the phone or… Read full post »
AUGUST 20, 2013 8:02PM

The Letting Go



cd cover  The goodbye begins on the day your baby is born.  The moment the umbilical cord is snipped, separating one into two-the rest is the letting go. 

  I didn't know this until my oldest went to kindergarten; when she stepped off the bus and&n… Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2013 3:37PM

August Lilies



This is a repost of a piece I wrote two years ago, but since it is the beginning of my New Year I thought it would bear re-posting with updates at the end.


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AUGUST 17, 2013 12:00PM

Out To Lunch

Beaver Island 


  Beautiful isn't it? An empty beach, quiet ocean views with nothing but the sound of the surf rolling in, and seven days in a row to enjoy it all.  There is nothing quite so relaxing as a week on a white sand beach in Florida. 

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JULY 18, 2012 9:19PM

Family Idiot Trip

Niagra falls 

   From the time I was small in the late 50's and 60's my family engaged in a tradition known as "the family idiot trip."  We had no money, no expensive condo at some resort destination, or expensive Lake Tahoe chalet. What we had was a 1960 rambler, a mom,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2012 11:55AM

It Must Be In the Jeans

MR Snips adjusted 

 A girl and her horse. That was me circa 1968 or 1969, looking very tiny and trim. You can't tell it in the photo, but my hair was red then too. Most people don't know that about me-seeing as I have been graying since thirty.  I haven't looked at this photograph in… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2011 10:53PM

Christmas Tree Selection Sunday

  I called my blog Christmas Tree Selection Sunday so you, the reader would think this is an event that is comparable to NCAA selection Sunday for the Big Dance.  For us there is no comparison-Christmas Tree selection Sunday is a much bigger event. 

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NOVEMBER 29, 2011 8:56PM



Growing up odd…not to be confused with Growing up Gotti, growing up Kardashian, or growing up Bonaduce and the rest of his avian family. Nor is growing up odd to be considered synonymous with growing up weird, psychopathic, stay away from those kids, or “but they were alwayRead full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2011 8:51PM


   It’s been a quiet week in River City. The event of the week was the football game under the lights over at the back yard university.  We have all been somewhat suspicious of the abilities of the team-though there has been lots of huff and puff from the/Read full post »

  Well yuk.  There it is, large and ugly, the symbol of my college orientation experience.  A green felt beanie. Beautiful isn’t it?

 I entered college in the autumn of 1970.  The school I chose was my backyard university, chosen mostly because it was easy.&Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 25, 2011 10:04PM



 Today I decided to clean the garage. Why on earth would I want to spend a Sunday doing that you might ask?  I’ve been asking myself the same question for almost three years.  And I found any number of answers that easily distracted me from the mission.

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AUGUST 13, 2011 10:48AM



 This is a repost of a piece I wrote two years ago, but since it is the beginning of my New Year I thought it would bear re-posting with updates at the end.


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  “I got the job!” Hallelujah, praise be to Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Michael and all the Saints in Heaven.   My recently graduated college daughter has a job!   And miracle of miracles, not just any job, a job in her field.

  For many 2011 college/Read full post »

JULY 24, 2011 10:32AM



  “Sure is hot out there.”  “Do you think it can get much worse?”  “I never thought I would be wishing for last January.”  “Hot enough for you?”  I am pretty sure we can all agree it is intemperate to the high side thes… Read full post »