memoir · memories · Memory · mother

The Power of No

Dropping out of college was not an option, until now. Gritting my teeth, I repeated my refusal like a mantra: “No Mother, I won’t quit school,” I declared in my most forceful 20-year-old voice. In five months, I would grab a sheet of parchment from the hand of an unknown man, and stride off the… Continue reading The Power of No

Cee's Which Way Photo Challenge · Ladders · photo · Photo Challenge · Photo of the Week · photographs · stairs

Steps and Ladder for Cee’s Which Way Challenge

This is my contribution to this week’s Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge. There are two ‘which way’ objects in the picture: the stairway on the right, and the ladder on the left. See many more pictures at:

Freedom · July 4th · protests · Uncategorized · United States

July 4, 2018

July 4, 2018 Can I celebrate this day the way I have past Independence Days: without thought, concern, doubt, fear, disgust, or alarm? The question plagues me as I watch the sun rise on this two hundred and forty-second birthday of the United States of America. On this day more than two centuries ago a… Continue reading July 4, 2018

Cheers · Linda Hill · Stream of Consciousness Saturday

Cheers for Winners

This is my contribution to Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Challenge with the prompt of Cheers. Read more at her blog:   The police car urged me along from behind, inches from my scuffling feet, impatiently forcing my forward progress toward the finish line. Okay, okay. Don’t rush me. I struggled the final 100 yards,… Continue reading Cheers for Winners

Cee's Flower of the Day Challenge · Photo Challenge · photographs · tree stump

Flower of the Day

Yes, this looks more like a picture of a tree stump than that of a flower, but when enlarged, it speaks to the death of one plant (the tree), and the life of another (the flower). The life cycle of all things continues to amaze and interest me. Find more flower pictures at Cee’s Flower… Continue reading Flower of the Day

Chico · Chili · doglets · humor · puppy · Wire-hair Dachshund

A new boy in my life

A new boy is in my life. To be clear, no old boy is being replaced, in case you were wondering. This youngster is challenging my tranquility and consumes way, way, way more time than I had anticipated. Babies demand constant oversight, and at 76 my attention span is not what it once was, to… Continue reading A new boy in my life

Cee Flower A Day Photo Challenge · Glow · roses · White

Roses Are Aglow–Cee’s Flower of the Day

My contribution to Cee’s Flower of the Day Photo Challenge is of two white roses. After photographing them, I realized they both had an inner glow that I did not notice while taking the shot. Maybe it is the sunlight’s angle, but it appears there is a light deep inside the flowers radiating light through… Continue reading Roses Are Aglow–Cee’s Flower of the Day