Archive | February 2013

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A SOLITARY MAN


I’m sure I would never have made the acquaintence of Percy Shelley, William Butler Yeats or any of the English poets if it hadn’t been for Mr. Lorimer’s second period English class. I was assigned to a front row seat, not because of any favoritism, but because of my nearsigtedness, for which I refused to […]

THE STRANGE POWER OF DREAMS


We all dream, whether we remember them or not. Most are pleasant, others sometimes not so pleasant. Some dreams remain with us for years, still with the power to please or to frighten. But what triggers dreams? A true nightmare sometimes causes us to cry aloud, and prevent resuming a quiet night’s rest. A sexual […]

A PERFECT CHEESE SOUFFLE


Do you know someone who does everything perfectly, and do you still like them? Seriously, sometimes the perfect people like to assure you of their superior perfectness. But not my friend Maryanne. Maryanne is a dignified English woman, living single in a charming little condo which she has equipped with every imaginable convenience, making her […]

THE ‘ROSE’ THAT WEIGHED A TON


How does a museum display a piece of art weighing in over a ton? One which would easily overpower a small gallery if it could even get through the door. How do the art handlers involved in transporting it handle it? Rather carefully! The difficulty of displaying “The Rose”, a 3,000 pound work by artist […]

A VALENTINE FOR MY HUSBAND


“How do I love thee let me count the ways” Robert Browning wrote these words to Elizabeth Barrett early in the 19th century. Have you ever sat and listed the many ways and reasons you love someone? It’s quite difficult isn’t it? It keeps changing day by day and as more and more time goes […]

A VISIT WITH AN OLD FRIEND, DP Challenge


I hadn’t actually visited with him for some time. Oh sure, I see him a couple of times a day, maybe more, but that’s not the same thing as an actual dig-down-deeply visit. But surprisingly he has been a loyal friend for many years. He’s tall but not too tall. A little taller than I, […]

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BETTE DAVIS?


Navajo Grandmother”, original watercolor painting, Kayti Sweetland Rasmussen I met an young man of 17 today who made me realize how far out of the loop I really am. He acts in his school plays wants to be a character actor, not a leading man, because they are more interesting to portray. We talked about […]