Ghosts of my childhood

I see a hint of her from the corner of my eye as I walk down a busy street. There she is watching me through store windows that distort my already misshapen body like funhouse mirrors. When I try to catch her spying on me, she vanishes.Sitting in the neighborhood cafe, sipping coffee with two creams and a sugar, picking praline pecans from my cinnamon roll, I feel her disapproving stare on my exposed neck. Reaching up to settle my prickling skin, I nervously laugh at my foolishness....more

Amusement judgment

Amusement park view Above the maddening crowd Unprejudiced truth If we can rise above the fray, shutting out what the world’s carnival barkers are screaming at us about what we should think, or do, or believe, then we can think clearly, and come to our own conclusions about how to live our lives and let others live theirs. Tara R....more

Killing frost

 All the experts tell you to put back a couple of months salary as emergency money, you know, just in case. I never expected my “just in case.” Life was good. I wasn’t part of the 1%, but I was comfortable. Debt was under control, I didn’t live beyond my mean. Hell, I still reused plastic margarine tubs for gawdsake.It began with a serious illness in the boss’ family, then they decided to shut the office down. I had, maybe, a week’s notice. I expected to stay with the company until I retired, but that was supposed to be a few years away, not a few days....more
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Early Bird

Up before the sunThe early bird gets the wormThat's if you like worms Tara R.Thin spiral notebook...more

The content of their character

While my fam was in Greensboro, NC for our daughter's master's degree graduation, we visited the  F.W. Woolworth's lunch counter downtown at the corner of Elm and February One streets where we could order a complete turkey dinner for 65¢ or a slice of apple pie for 15¢....more

A beach holiday

Saturday dawned cool, but sunny. It was Dec. 1, I finished with NaNoWriMo (and successfully, thankyouverymuch!) and since I had missed my photo hike last weekend, I got an early start this weekend....more

Gone but not forgotten

I have a retired blog, one that ran for more than three years. I had over 1,000 posts and nearly 20,000 comments. I'm not saying that in any way to brag, not that it's much to boast about, but only to illustrate that I was actively publishing my stuff there....more
 @Tara R.  I really believe it comes in waves :) I also believe some posts respond different ...more

Roadside cutlery

One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.Which road do I take? she asked.Where do you want to go? was his response.I don't know, Alice answered.Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.~ Lewis Carroll...more

Do as I say, not as I do

Yesterday the Mister and I marked a quarter of a century married ~ our Silver Anniversary. When I was much younger, I imagined couples reaching 25 years together were, while not exactly old, at least considered mature. As a couple we have weathered many ups and downs, great joys and heartbreaking sorrows. As a couple we have gathered strength from each other and have grown both as individuals and as partners....more

Guerrilla warfare: special needs

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.~ Sun Tzu, Art of War As rigid and inflexible as rebar, I believed it was your Will I was girded against. My perceived enemy was your defiance, your reckless disregard for authority....more

As a fellow special needs mom I feel your words. I hear know your enemy too. I just wrote a post ...more