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How to water a dream like you water a sugar snap pea seed

A few weeks ago I planted sugar snap pea seeds in the front yard. Every day I go outside to see if the seeds have sprouted. The information on the package said we could harvest the peas in sixty-five days. Our dreams need water just like the sugar snap peas do. Then I realized we won’t […]

Dear Mother on the highway texting with your baby in the back-seat

The black car almost side-swiped me. The tires of the black four-door sedan crossed the orange line and they were partially in my lane. Dear Mother on the highway texting with your baby in the backseat, put down your phone. Dear Mother, I saw you today, 2:38 PM, on Highway 422 West. You were driving […]

What did you eat for breakfast today?

This morning I ate sardines and peas. And, not just any sardines and peas. The sardines are Season brand imported Sardines, skinless and boneless with a new easy open lid. The peas are organic from Watt’s Brothers farms. 24% of one serving of peas has   6 grams of dietary fiber. What did you eat […]

The #1 reason why it’s bad to procrastinate

Late at night, like, at the last-minute, I write my story for a writing challenge I’m in. Write a slice of life story every day in March. Tonight I sat down to write, and then it happened. The #1 reason why it’s bad to procrastinate.   Can you guess the #1 reason why it’s bad […]

On pets, death and remembering

Harper, my cat, sat in my lap today when I was writing a review of  two Fleischer animations: Tantalizing Fly, 1919; and Betty Boop’s Kerchoo, 1932, for my animation class, Art 238 Animation 1. Harper placed her paw on top of my hand and fell asleep. She reminded me of Pooh, Pooh Hodges, the cat […]

Where did The Last Supper plate at the thrift store come from?

In the middle of a stack of decorative commemorative plates at the thrift store was a plate of The Last Supper. I put the plate on top of the stack and took a photograph.  I didn’t turn the plate over. I was content to just take a photograph. A plate of The Last Supper was […]

I am sorry I burnt the bacon again

I am sorry I burnt the bacon again. I wasn’t paying attention. The pan was too hot and I burnt the bacon. Will you forgive me? I am sorry. Wil you forgive me? I am sorry I burnt the bacon. Will you forgive me? “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” ― Reinhold Niebuhr Making […]

Why you should not burn the candle at both ends

You should not burn the candle at both ends. A candle is made to burn one end at a time. This allows for the tractor to get out of the barn without blowing out one of the burning candle ends.   Why you should not burn the candle at both ends. Reason #1 Why you […]

What are you thankful for today?

Each day is a gift. A present. A present of sunshine in the morning and breath to live. The sun comes up to open the stage for our day. And the sun sets at night when the curtain closes. I just went through the photographs on my computer looking for a photograph that would illustrate […]

Would you crawl into the refrigerator to get the best date on your milk?

All of the milk in the front of the refrigerator was dated SELLBYMAR23rd. But way, way, way, in the back was a gallon of milk dated SELLBYMAR30th. Would you crawl into the refrigerator to get the best date on your milk? Even the milk in the front of the refrigerator has a shelf life of one […]