“Necessity is the mother of invention.” – Proverb of Unknown Origin “Lack of storage space is the impetus for emotional breakthroughs.” – Me The small lower cabinet where I store surplus bottles of water, juice, and sports drinks waiting for their turn in the refrigerator was full. I’d reached the limit for the number of… Read More Mom’s Mugs
Rough. Look it up. This word has many definitions: 1. Not quite exact or correct 2. An irregular surface 3. Full of hardship or trials 4. Violently agitated and turbulent 5. Unpleasantly harsh or grating in sound 6. Unkind, cruel, or uncivil 7. Not perfected Any number of these definitions could be creatively applied to… Read More A Moment To Smooth The Rough
I like iced tea. In fact, other than water and a couple of different fruit juices mixed with water, iced tea is all I drink. Occasionally I brew it myself from tea bags and then add ice. Okay, truth? By “occasionally”, I mean maybe twice a year…but I have honorable intentions. When I was a… Read More Use The Iced Tea Spoon
The sun fades. The twilight grows. The sky melts into pale, hazy, blue, pink. The last rays shoot over the roof onto the branches of the wide spread maple tree. I sit on my white folding chair watching them run, crouch, chase in circles around the apple trees. It is The Bunny Hour. I see… Read More The Bunny Hour
I hope you enjoy my short stick figure tribute to the lifespan of the Christmas decorating season! Merry Christmas!
We’ve got two outs here in the bottom of the 6th… The count is three balls, two strikes… Swing and miss, strike three! He got ’em to chase the high fastball to end the inning. Let’s pause ten seconds for station identification. You’re listening to the XYZ Baseball Radio Network. I heard a lot of… Read More Baseball, Radio, And Childhood Memories Of My Dad
If you’ve thought the words, “I wish I could just…”, followed directly by the words, “…but what would people think?”, then congratulations, you are part of the human race. My day started out well enough. I woke up in a good mood. I did Saturday-ish stuff. Along about midday I started getting frustrated with a… Read More The Crazy Lady Who Circles Her Yard
I played all my games on Earth. Now when I venture into the realm of youth sports, it sometimes feels like I’ve wandered onto another planet. My youth sports career… No, let’s not call it a career. Sports are not a kid’s job, they’re a life experience. My youth sports journey followed several distinct phases.… Read More I’m A Youth Sports Success Story And My Parents Didn’t Morph Into Aliens To Make Me One
I’ve been sick going on eight weeks now. Fifty-seven fun-filled days and nights of sore throats, swollen tonsils, fevers, headaches, joint pain, exhaustion…yep, it’s been a real party. In an effort to try to keep a positive attitude even when I feel lousy, I decided laughter is often the best medicine. So, on the nights… Read More When Germs Attack
Who to choose for your kickball team? Grape or strawberry jelly? These are important decisions for a kid, but the most life-affecting decision a kid can make in elementary school? What to dress up as for Halloween. Months of agonizing debate and firing of ideas and creativity take place in the minds of young people,… Read More Raggedy Ann To A Dracula Snoopy T-shirt The Evolution Of My Halloween
One minute you’re driving home from work, listening to the radio and planning what to have for dinner, the next you’re pulled onto the side of the road, taking pictures of what used to be your car’s bumper and exchanging every number that’s ever been assigned to you and your vehicle with a stranger. Last… Read More Back Off My Bumper
Is there anything to compare to those first fresh days of Spring after a long cold Winter? The warm breezes, the shining sun, your overconfidence in your gardening abilities and your unrealistic expectations for your commitment to working outdoors all Summer long? As we head into the first days of Autumn, I look back at… Read More Super Plant Lady
Who hasn’t wanted to grab two fistfuls of food and swing upside down from the cafeteria salad bar while you stuff your face? What? No one? Yeah. Me neither. But, Winston the Squirrel loves to ride his gravy train like a spinning disco ball in the middle of a Prince song! A few weeks ago,… Read More This Squirrel’s Gonna Party Like It’s 1999!
If the title of this post sounds like the opening line of a joke, that’s because apple trees are funny. Well, not inherently, but place them in your private backyard next to a public sidewalk along a busy road and the comedy script writes itself. I feel like the punch line to this joke should… Read More A Tourist, A Chef, And A Dad With Questionable Judgment Walk Up To My Apple Trees…
“Beautiful, night, isn’t it sweetie?”“Mm. Yes. That breeze? Refreshing.”“Feels like a perfect night to hop in the pickup and go steal another homeowner’s property, don’t you think?”“Ooo! Yes! Let’s do that! I’ll tell the kids to put their shoes on!” That’s what I feel the conversation must sound like every year when people around my… Read More Kind Sir, Get Your Hands Off My Apples