Communication issues

Communication issues

Maybe the grandkids should have anticipated this. Grandpa, after all, is still driving a 1984 Chevy. But they live far away and miss him and wanted to communicate. Exchange texts, email him photos of their sports awards, do video chats on holidays. So time and again over the phone they talked him through the process. “Get … Continue reading

Rufusʼs rant

Rufusʼs rant

Stopped by to see old Rufus the other day and asked him how he was doing, and that launched a half-hour diatribe that covered everything from the price of potatoes to big government. Anyway, hereʼs some of what he said: If thereʼs a complaint about modern life it sure ainʼt about the antibiotics that fix … Continue reading

Life at the trailer park

Life at the trailer park

Alice lives in space number 14 at the Tranquility Trailer Park. A very organized person, she plans her days carefully. Today is embroidery day, and she’s adding floral designs to linen napkins that would form a set of four. She’s making separate sets with birds and vegetables. As her hands keep busy with her needlework, … Continue reading

Tammy’s Terrible Tale

Tammy’s Terrible Tale

Tammy wore her tam-o’-shanter at a tilt as she tramped along the Thames toward the Tower, humming tidbits from Tannhauser. She’d thrown a tantrum at ten when Tom taunted her tardiness, called her a tart, poured sauce tartare over her taut tights, and tore off to a tavern. “It was terrible tomfoolery,” she growled to … Continue reading

Condition orange

Condition orange

The color orange brings to mind a cozy fire in a wood stove, beautiful sunsets, carrots, and that fruit they make orange juice out of. And, of course, Halloween. Not to mention those beautiful California poppies that are are the state flower. And don’t forget pumpkin pie. Cantaloupe. Orange ball caps. Orange cats. Wonder if … Continue reading