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Wednesday the 27th

There were wildflowers, yellow and purple, growing wild in the fields. The kind of flowers you would make me pull over for. To take a picture of. Or maybe to pick a few.   Two stops back I thought I saw you in a blue rusted pickup, chewing gum like it was trying to escape your mouth. It wasn’t you, just someone with the same gold hair. Why is everything wild painted yellow?   I think the rain is washing away all memory of you....

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Tuesday the 26th

I think I came here once before. There was two or maybe five of us following lipstick clues written on recipe cards. I’d found one duck taped to the bottom of the bench, the lipstick smeared and ripped off along with the tape.   We laughed, tossed it to the wind and went for shots of bourbon. Then again, I could have been alone. This time, there are no clues. Just me, driving north.   Looking for something I can’t remember....

Elysium and the Underworld

Speaking of the underworld…Elysium

The Underworld has its nasty corners with the whole gnashing of teeth and crows eating out livers and, well, you get the idea. But if you play your cards right, you could end up on the right side of the tracks. Or, the right side of the river Lethe. It is a blessed land without cold or snow or rain, with golden flowers, ocean breezes and shade trees to shelter the happy souls. The days are filled with music, dance, games and poetry. I'd like...

House on wheels

Just think, you can pull it behind. Oh, you don't have a vehicle. You have a bike. A motor bike? Oh. BMX. OK. Well, it does have a sturdy shell and the blinds mostly work. There's even room for entertaining. You don't entertain? Well then...

lone shopping cart

Survival

They left it there. As if it hadn't held all they owned––the scrounged up, the stolen and the bartered. There was a time when it was full, heaped with what they thought of as survival gear. The first day out, on the road outside the city, they knew only two things would keep them alive, water and weapons. Water they had. A whole case of it hidden on the bottom of the cart. Weapons were another beast all together. They'd never believed in carrying. Never...

Tartarus

Speaking of the gods…TARTARUS

In Greek mythology, Tartarus is the deep abyss where the wicked––the badest of the bad––were sent to live out their days in torment and suffering. It is also where most of the Titans and those that helped them, ended up after the war against the gods of Olympus.   Think hell, but lower. Tartarus is a part of the Underworld but said to be far below the realm of Hades. It is a place of horror for those who are bound to it, their punishment fitting the...

UGLY IS THE NEW BEAUTIFUL!

Most of you who know me know I love to walk downtown alleyways and the not so attractive areas of the city. There's something about the b-side of a building or a street––a realness, an authenticity that the front doesn't always show. Ever notice that?   You could call the windowed entry, the colorful door, the beautiful potted plants or the funky sign 'a facade.'  Call it what you will, but most put their money and their attention towards the first thing people see––first impressions baby! It's understandable,...

KICKING IT OLD SCHOOL:  AND OTHER THINGS I’M OLD ENOUGH TO SAY

It's not my birthday, not even close. But with the big Five Oh coming in just over a year, I've been contemplating life more than usual. How so many things have and are changing. This past week while  making dinner, we reminisced about having to get off the couch, walk over to the TV and manually change the  channels. Of course my son had heard this before, but he and most of his generation can't relate to this.  And a rotary phone? What?   I got an email from my mom...

There’s Nothing Like A Good Sidekick

I have a thing for Marvin the Martian.  He can breathe in space, grow space aliens from a seed and he keeps Bugs Bunny on his toes.  Sure he looks angry all the time (could be because of the plastic skirt he has to wear) and even though Bugs always seems to have the upper hand, Marvin still rocks the galaxy with his crazy voice and his tenacity in dealing with an intergalactic bunny who always wins the carrot.   This little guy (below) was a birthday present from...

Spin it your own way!

People say there is nothing new under the sun.   I heard this phrase again recently––and I still don't buy it.  I was reminded why I don't buy into this while I watched the Grammy's this month. I'm not usually an award show watcher but this year's show hooked me in as soon as I turned the channel, I mean Metallica and Lady Gaga––need I say more?   As good as many of the musicians were, the highlight of the show was the tributes to two entertainers who greatly influenced my...