Saturday, November 10, 2018


I’m frustrated.
Whenever I buy makeup in a store I choose a color that matches my skin, but when I get home I always discover it doesn’t really match. 
The artificial lightening in stores distorts the colors.
Am I the only one who has that problem?

Can anyone suggest a solution?

Saturday, November 3, 2018


My bumper sticker says, "If you don't vote, don't whine." I hope people follow that advice.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Off the Grid

I was completely off the grid and unable to get internet or telephone reception for several days. I can’t ever get any cell phone reception in my house so I was pretty isolated.

It’s amazing how addicted we are to being able to communicate instantly over many miles.

When I was a kid, we had a telephone. but message machines hadn’t been invented, and it cost a lot of money to phone somebody using Long Distance. Mailing letters could take over two weeks to arrive if it was for someone who lived far away and at least the same amount of time to get a reply.

But compared to people in centuries past when it could take months for people like the pioneers to get mail from people where they had lived before, we were already at a great advantage.

And, today, we expect messages to arrive anywhere in a matter of seconds. We’re spoiled.

Someday we may have brain implants instead of phones.

But just imagine if some evil world government were to take over those implants and control everyone on the planet. Sorry, but as a writer I have to use my imagination.

In the meantime, I’m grateful to be back online and having a phone that works.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


I'm moving this week.

Fortunately my new home will be only a few blocks from the current one, but it's smaller so I've been getting rid of lots of stuff. It's amazing how things accumulate.

The hardest thing about moving is that you can't go home from it. But I've learned from experience to set up a place in the new home where I can turn my back to the mess and relax for a while.

If you don't hear from me for a while, you'll know why.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Bedtime Stories

When I was a little kid my parents read to me and my brother every night before bed.
We would each get to pick one picture book.
To my dismay, my brother always chose the same book. It was The Animals of Farmer Jones.
I would get so frustrated because we could have been hearing two different stories every night instead of only one. 
I guess hearing the same one over and over gave him a sense of security.
But it’s a good thing that our parents read to us, no matter what the titles. Reading to kids at bedtime not only helps them relax, it stimulates their brains at the same time. And it encourages them to appreciate the importance of reading.

Did your parents read to you when you were a kid?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Bumper Stickers

My neighbor often has teenager’s cars parked in front of his house and I enjoy reading the multiple bumper stickers on their cars.
I only have a few on mine.
One I had made and it says “Bookaholics Unite” I consider myself a bookaholic and have no intention of getting into recovery. ;-)
Another one I printed out on my old label maker. It says, “Two wrongs do not make a right.”
At this time my third bumper sticker is very important. I was able to find and order it online. (Thanks Mike.) That one says, “If you don’t vote, don’t whine.” I hope some people will see it and decide to vote in the upcoming election.

Do you have any bumper stickers? If you do, what do they say?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Paper Procrastinating

I have way too much paper stuff. 
Remember when they said computers were supposed to eliminate paper? I use more paper now than I ever did before computers. Even as a college student I didn’t use nearly as much.
I guess I’m a procrastinater. I’ve been putting off cleaning out my files for a looooong time.
In my office I have rough drafts and copies of chapters with notes from writers critique groups I belonged to years ago. In the garage are files of guarantees for things I haven’t owned in years, and papers from jobs I used to have.
If I get rid of all those papers I can also get rid of several file cabinets I won’t be needing anymore. But doing that will require a lot of work.

Okay, I guess I’m procrastinating by writing this post. I’d better get back to cleaning out those files.