"One Day at a Time"

  • Kalmia latifolia

    September 16, 2020 by

    The kalmia latifolia is, appropriately, our state flower of Pennsylvania. Stepping off the path where this fact lives, according to vacationideas.com, it makes sense that hills, valleys, ups, and downs would be associated with our great commonwealth: “While the mountains do not reach the highs of their bigger cousins in the West, Pennsylvania is home… Read more

  • Thank a lot

    September 12, 2020 by

    The title is as hard to process in your brain as it was for me to type. “Thank” needs an S happily attached to its back end, right? I knew this when deciding to write, but did it anyway because sometimes our gray matter needs a jolt away from normal. Happy to oblige. Now that… Read more

  • Simply, Roberto Clemente

    September 7, 2020 by

    He would have been 86 years old this past August 18th had a plane crash not taken his life. Simply one of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game. Period. I’m a little too young to have ever seen him play in person. There aren’t enough film clips from the era to satisfy… Read more

  • It Was Nuts

    September 6, 2020 by

    Flam, paradiddle, and ratamacue. Give any high school snare line sticks, drums, and each player the promise of a Big Mac upon completion of the exercise, and they’ll crack off those rudiments faster than you can say, “Two All-Beef patties, please.” I sell all-beef hotdogs at my concession trailer – almost as long as those… Read more

  • Elsa and ‘Bones

    September 4, 2020 by

    Frozen in time are memories of Mr. McGee lumbering into the bandroom with that predictable scowl on his face. I don’t blame him, knowing what I know being, now, the age he was back then. Having to listen and direct a hoodlum bunch of blowing junior high quasi-instrumentalists – day after bad note day –… Read more

  • Incredible Feat

    September 2, 2020 by

    6 feet. We’ve all known the rule for at least that many months as well. Completely unrelated, seventy-two inches just happens to be my exact height. One being a guideline for the pandemic of the century, and the other an out of control genetic mutation caused by parent’s wine-and-dine how-do-you-do nine months prior to my… Read more

  • “Table for One”

    August 30, 2020 by

    Title in quotes because I didn’t name this beautiful picture; nor did I possibly leave boot prints in muddy puddles, or quiet sandal steps along stone pathways, to sneak up on this flower and its momentary inhabitant. That glorious moment belonged to my wonderful friend. A dear person. The kind of behind the lens, shy,… Read more

  • Ten and Two

    August 28, 2020 by

    I rolled over on the sofa the other morning because my back hurt. Something creative came out of that spinal soreness – at least from my point of view. This: Now, you may not agree with my creative assessment, however, you’d be going against a few Facebook friends who found that post to be somewhat… Read more

  • Where’s Chloe?

    August 27, 2020 by

    She didn’t intend to be Waldo. I have my doubts she even knows who Waldo is. I’m positive Martin Handford and Chloe never met, so, in my asking, “Where’s Chloe?”, there’s no chance Mr. Handford will answer, “There. Right there … snuggling in her pink doggie bed!”. His character Waldo (better known as Wally in… Read more

  • The Lab, King

    August 22, 2020 by

    He’s a handful. A handsome one, according to my good friend, Joel. His outlook? I’m inclined to agree. A king in his lavish world. So much so, he’s named, “King”. Not hard to imagine why his name is beautifully attached to royalty from any imagined canine country. Labrador-Latvia, Canine-Croatia, or Doggie-Denmark would each welcome his… Read more

  • Show Me Chloe

    August 20, 2020 by

    Ok. Since you asked. Here she is once again. This past July 3rd, I introduced you to Chloe, the puppy. She’s still scampering about in our neighbor’s yard, tethered to – in her happy, anxious mind – a rather annoyingly short lead. If not, every whim and whisper nature provides would have her half way… Read more

  • Life is Grand in Small Pieces

    August 17, 2020 by

    It’s most likely the pianist in me. Eighty-eight keys arranged by white and black pieces, 52 + 36 = 88. Simple math. Ten little fingers gracefully stroking the correct ones – at precisely the correct moment – to create music directly from the Masters’ hearts is so special. A purely divine plan easily devised, but… Read more

  • Straight Turn from the Center Lane

    August 17, 2020 by

    This may be surprising to very few. I have friends on social media who complain. Politics, relationships, food, religion, … any and all subjects are spouted about sporadically – as the mood strikes – by ordinarily calm, peaceful folks in my life. My cell dings not-so-happy notices from the fingers of these upset pals and… Read more

  • S’pots and S’pans

    August 13, 2020 by

    I love how light bounces off these four lids. Yes, the kahlua bottle proudly standing in the background reflects an inner beauty as well, but I’m referring to “being lit” in a less colloquial sense. Literally, I love the way four identical scenes glide from one to the other on sleds of light … as… Read more

  • Forks In My Drawer 2: Be a Fred

    August 9, 2020 by

    Having never been to Kansas, knowing any real spinning Dorothy, or nick-namingly connecting Dots in my life, I can say mid-western wind is nothing I’m all too familiar. It’s as strange as trying to properly place the word “with” in that last sentence. I have, however, been close to a fictitional Dorothy in my life.… Read more

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