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MESSY PIANO TEACHER


A piano teacher lived next door to us in Southern California when I was a freshman in high school.  The only reason I remember her is that my grandmother told me that she was an artist, and that all artists are messy housekeepers.  She pops into my head occasionally when I clean house.  I don’t […]

OLYMPIC DICHOTOMY


 The Olympics are a peaceful celebration of our warlike natures, ie our contradictory natures.  F. Scott Fitzgerald believed that the mark of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to sustain opposing opinions. The athletes smile in a celebration of warmth and fellowship at the opening ceremonies, which then turns into a celebration of competitive virtues.  The opening ceremony […]

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BARBEQUED RATTLESNAKE?


One of my grandsons is a wildlife biologist.  They say you can tell what sort of job a person is suited for when they are children.  Well, we should have known about this one when he drove off for college with fishing and hunting gear loaded into his small grey truck.  They didn’t have an […]

THE POWER OF WORDS


We give great thought and read much about the harm or good we can do to children by our words.  We have the power to create good or bad memories.  And yet, the very words which did either harm or good are seldom remembered by us.  We can be either mentor or tormentor. The particular […]

LUNCH WITH THE GIRLS


I have lunch with my girlfriends every couple of months.  I guess I should properly say they are my women friends, because none of us have been girls for about 70 years.  But they were my high school girlfriends and it’s nice to fill in the lost years. Only two were my actual friends, one a […]

COMPENSATION


                                                                                 “Into the Storm”  Watercolor painting by Kayti Sweetland Rasmussen COMPENSATION KSR If it were not for the shadows We should never have the sun. If we never had the night-fall Then day had not begun. If we never kn ew a heart-ache Then our soul would never sing. If we never had a winter We […]