One-Liner Wednesday: Flies

“Time’s fun when you’re having flies.” That’s what the frog says. Considering a schedule that’s been busy and will continue to be through the month of December, I’d consider a little down time with Kermie. He can catch flies and I’ll catch my breath. Consider heading over to Linda G. Hill’s blog page. Click HERE and check out Linda’s weekly One-Liner Wednesday challenge series. Feel free to join in on the fun and tag your post with #1linerweds.Read more

Dr. Gibbershteen

Dr. Gibbershteen: “Love is the only thing that can save this poor creature, and I am going to convince her that she is loved even at the cost of my own life. No matter what you hear in there, no matter how cruelly I beg you, no matter how terribly I may scream, do not open this door or you will undo everything I have worked for. Do you understand? Do not open this door.” Ziva: “Yes, Doctor.” Bug on the Wall:Read more

The Measure of Thanksgiving

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” ~W.T. Purkiser~ On the eve of Thanksgiving, I stop and ponder over all of my blessings and I wonder Do I “use” them in a thankful way? How do I mold them to glorify this day? My blessings are many, tis true. A bright-hued rainbow in full view. Family, friends and the faces at work A roof, a job and two grayRead more

Catholic Rite of Passage

June 26, 1966 This was the day of my First Communion in the Catholic Church. I remember many of the faces, but very few names. I recognize twin sisters Jean and Joan, along with a Dawn and Mary Jo. The rest draw a blank, but this was 50 years ago and I didn’t stay in touch with this group after high school. Can you guess where I am in this photo? “Of all seven sacraments, the Holy Eucharist, or HolyRead more

The Almost Perfect Leader

Tuesday will come with many mixed emotions. My boss, Rose, is retiring after 33 years as a public employee. I’ve worked with her for 16 of those years, through many changes in our work and personal lives. I’m happy for her, but sad for myself…for the loss of someone who inspired me in so many ways. She is the Almost Perfect Leader. “Be a leader with a ladder, not a boss with an order.”  ― Debasish Mridha My boss is theRead more

Fifteen Doors Full

Baa, baa, blogger, have you any doors? Yes sir, yes sir, fifteen doors full… One for the Normster, One for Joanne, And many for the followers and melange of fans. Baa, baa, blogger, have you any doors? Yes sir, yes sir, fifteen doors full… A couple of weeks ago, I published a post about visiting my hometown and breathing in memories. What I didn’t include in that post are the many photos of doors I took away from said hometown. They areRead more

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” That is the correct one-liner from the Wizard of Oz, the epic 1939 movie classic starring Judy Garland. When the general population quotes this memorable line, they don’t always get it right (myself included). But more on that later. Last week, I was reminiscing about the days early into my current job. It was 1992. I had left a position in the Business Office at one of our state’s correctional facilities. AlthoughRead more

When Pigs Fly!

“The phrase ‘when pigs fly’ is an adynaton—a figure of speech so hyperbolic that it describes an impossibility. The implication of such a phrase is that the circumstances in question (the adynaton, and the circumstances to which the adynaton is being applied) will never occur.” I don’t believe Tank the piglet can fly, but he might be dreaming of it. Tank, the Kunekune piglet, lives on the farm from which Natasha and I purchase organic chicken and duck eggs. He andRead more

Random Acts of Autumn

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery I am too. I have a love/hate relationship with autumn. I love the color of leaves, the crunchy cool air, the blanket of leaves on the ground, and the late farmer’s market, where there is an abundance of pumpkins, squash and root vegetables. On the other hand, autumn signals that winter is coming. I don’t know if I can say that I “hate” winter. Most often, IRead more

National Cat (ur) Day!

Hey, pssst, Gibbs! Do you know what day it is today? Ummm…Queenie, it’s 1:00 a.m. and I’m trying to sleep. Why are you asking me stupid questions? It’s not a stupid question and don’t give me that crap about trying to sleep. You wake the human when she’s trying to sleep and that doesn’t seem to matter. That’s different. Well, okay, you can tell yourself that and believe, but I’d like you to answer my question. Do you know theRead more

Breathing in Memories

I’ve desired to do this since early spring. It took me until October to comply, to get in the car and go. Something was pulling me toward home – the home of my birth and early existence. It is the home that I eventually wanted to escape out of small-town boredom. It is the home that I rarely visit, but is within a 35-minute drive. It is the home of special places, friends and family. I had to go andRead more