SoCS: Lips and Gremlins

It’s been one of those weeks. Blipping tiring and frustrating. Mostly work related with a bit of messed-up weather. The Elevator Story I was out of town for a couple days this week, at a business meeting in Madison. One of my peers had been bemoaning the fact that “the gremlins” were after her all day Monday. Anything that could go wrong, went wrong. I sat next to her during the Tuesday portion of the meeting. At about 4:00 pm,Read more

Guessing Game

Last Saturday, I asked Natasha an important question. “Guess what day it is?’ After a few seconds of intense thought… “Is it my birthday?” No. “Is it Saturday?” Well, yeah, but…no. “Is it Star Trek Day?” Every day is Star Trek Day. “Is it Columbus Day?” No. Natasha guessed a few additional days related to Star Trek and whatever bounced off the top of her head, but I don’t remember the exact words. In trying to recollect them several hoursRead more

A Bee’s Life

Busy as a bee That’s me Can’t you see? Somewhat of a crime  Always filling time Giving reason to rhyme Must do everything The brain sings Harried schedule rings Want to read a book Bicycle past a brook Engage in gobbledygook Want to socialize Take time to spiritualize But not mathemetize Want to visit mom Engage in Trek geekdom Sample a taproom Want to curry rice Add a little spice To others be nice Need to go work out ToRead more

Poetic Subjectivity

“It’s all about people. It’s all about the subjectivity of what people love.” ~Joe Pantoliano~ A week ago, I finished a five-week poetry class at UW-Fox Valley. This class was definitely more subjective than it was technical. Rather than learn about different styles of poetry, pentameter or best use of the English language, we engaged in free-write exercises, read works of published poets, listened to short lectures, recited our homework (poetry) out loud, and listened to feedback from the restRead more

The Identity of Mary J

“In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.” ~Erik Erikson~ What is your identity? Do you have a definition of who you are? Are you a unique individual with purple hair and a nose ring or a combination of your parents and life-long experiences? I’m not sure what to say about myself. I’ve been pondering my own identity of late and what that might look like in print. I’llRead more

Engage in Boldness

What does it mean to boldly go when there is no star ship in sight? How do I get to where no one has gone before when I don’t know if I should go left or right? When do I make choices to go past the stars and live without fear of a wrong turn? Can I live long and prosper this year and from life find lessons to learn? Does temporal time stand still while I decide what toRead more

Flewn Time

I often look for the answer to the question… “How did it get so late so soon?” Does anyone know? It’s almost December, three weeks and five days before Christmas. We haven’t seen much snow. Why do the days go by so fast? Does anyone see? Until January 1st, when time seems to stop around here. Most northerners will agree. Why does Saturday suddenly turn to Monday? Does anyone care? We need another weekend day to finish what we started.Read more

Nothing and Everything

It’s 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon and I have nothing. Nothing in the “inspiration to write something cute and funny” department. Nothing in the “I have a story for you!” department. Nothing in the “here’s another poem or cat photo” department. And, yet… I have everything. I have everything in a job that affords time off during the holidays. I have everything in friends who invite me into their lovely home for Thanksgiving and present a royal feast of turkey, stuffingRead more

A Trekkie’s Tale

“Live long and prosper” ~Spock~ And we all say… “Peace and long life!” Some of you knew this was coming. I announced at the beginning of September that as part of a month-long birthday celebration, Natasha and I would be attending a Star Trek Convention in Chicago on the 15th. We went, we saw, we laughed (a lot) and we bought a T-shirt. Here are the details: The Tickets Tickets for a Star Trek convention can be very pricey. ThereRead more

SoCS: The Big Uh-Oh Birthday

It is my birthday month A September baby I am I have a sneaking hunch That I will soon be on the lam I cannot let this one pass by Without a celebratory note About my age I will not lie I’m old enough to vote It’s a banner year, this one Another decade older Which deserves lots of fun And a girl embracing bolder A weekend in Door County is planned For friends, shopping and wine Where laughing isRead more

SOCs: Waiting on a Prompt

It’s Friday, 4:57 pm. I’m waiting on a prompt, waiting on a word that I’ll insert [HERE] Wondering if I can rhyme it with something or nothing or a noun that sounds like [INSERT HERE]. Perhaps there is a story within [INSERT HERE]. It’s hard to write a story without [INSERT HERE]. Linda? Hello? It’s Friday, 5:02 pm. Still waiting on a prompt. Linda is probably busy writing her post with a prompt and the new SOCs badge, created byRead more

Armpits

“Sometimes, when I get nervous, I stick my hands under my armpits and then I smell them like this!” Yes, I know William T. Riker didn’t really say this one-liner to Captain Picard. I couldn’t help myself. The photo… So, who actually said those words circa 1995? Fifty bonus points for the correct answer! Extra 25 points if you’ve used your deodorant today. Hint: Her character had absolutely nothing to do with Star Trek or Riker unless an encounter with alienRead more