Monthly Archives: July 2014

onion rings in the car cushions do not improve with time – erma bombeck



it was

finally time


my car

the red devil

to move on

to a new owner


and steady

but not

a very hearty

long distance

winter companion


a friendly and loyal gorilla

who just can’t quite

make it up a hill


bought my shiny silver car

saleswoman said

i knew

you were the perfect person

for this car

when you asked me

to program in

the npr station


and i sang

all the way home


a silver canary

who was just a bit off-key.


“gossip is the devil’s radio.”

 – george harrison

wherever you go, go with all your heart. – confucius


by day’s end

my three daughters

will be

on three different continents

africa, australia, america (north)

and i

will be

like the moon


looking over

each of them

with light

and pride.

You teach your daughters the diameters of the planets

and wonder when you are done that they do not delight in your company.

– Samuel Johnson

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the only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once. – albert einstein


longs drugs 1938

stopped by

a local independent pharmacy

with a name that ends in ”II”

even though

they have no store with “I”

after its name


fell into a time warp


i was

in an old five and dime and drug store

both rolled into one

the aspirin

and many other things

looked like

they had been there for ages

with a slight yellow tint to them


were the only ones

left on the shelves

time stood still

in that little store

nothing had changed

in years

it had slipped

through the cracks

and then

i looked closer


 saw the rest


there were

tiny glass animals

 titanic coloring book

wild buck notecards

men’s dress socks

magic tricks

meercat attack animal warning signs

chocolate milk

grill mitts

mermaid activity books

comfortable chairs for waiting at the pharmacy

golden books

necco wafers

animal suction cup toothbrush holders

a metal cigarette box

with an exotic woman on it


‘i stole your boyfriend’

face powder

 ceramic neon sandal

fax service

 how to tie nautical knots book

 prescription delivery sign

kitten puzzles

postcards with puns

whitetailed_deer_note_cards_pk_of_20dream catchers

a grab bag for $1.00

filled with

old greeting cards

you had to take your chances

it was all whimsy

and old-fashioned-ness

mixed with

medical supplies and drugs and novelty

and a dash of

twilight zone

 i loved discovering

all of

the special things

about it

and the best of all


 the tiny woman over 80

standing vigil at the front register

who rang up the order for a total of



a young manager

quite pregnant

 on her way out


when she called to her for help

 came back

to fix the slight overcharge

and said,

‘now, don’t give her change for $3,400, she didn’t give you that much’

it was


for my tiny glass giraffe

she nodded




full of grace

her hair was done


matching earrings and necklace

 the beautiful older woman

was relieved

when i paid cash

i gave her 2 worn singles

 she gave me

a shiny quarter back

wrapped my animal

in tissue paper

folded it into a little bag

she smiled

and told me to come back very soon

 i will.

time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind.
– nathaniel hawthorne

image credits: longs drugs 1938, salvador dali, persistence of time 1931, getty images

in summer, the song sings itself. ~ william carlos williams



climbing the apple trees

flying kites

chasing fireflies


sending messages in a bottle

wandering through the library


playing big games

losing shoes


baking cupcakes

reading books


so many surprises

walking everywhere

finding clues


making costumes

singing made-up songs

talking into the sewer to invite the ninja turtles to a party


meeting the people all around

making up and telling stories

robots and legos


dancing like centipedes

playing in and out and around the water


sand in your pants

 tunnels and giant ants


making a palace for the fairies to move into


big, big messes

cardboard forts


cousins, cats, dogs, goats, bunnies, lobsters, frogs, fish

and more family of all kinds

and becoming part of the art


you are six shooting stars on a shining summer’s day.


yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun. –
john lennon

dedicated with love to all of the little stars who make my life so big

and all of my seasons so bright –





and today is the last day

for a while

that we all will be together

and we will share every minute of it

before heading on down the road

each in our own direction

and we know

we’ll find our way back together again

before too long

and i wish that this day could go on forever.

maximize every opportunity today. there is a lot of living and loving that can be done in 24 hours. 

– author unknown

nobody’s free until everybody’s free. – fannie lou hammer



found these two down the street

guess the price was too high

even with

that stripy, ratty love seat

thrown in as a bonus.

he who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.

– henri matisse 

little boys should never be sent to bed. they always wake up a day older. – peter pan


spending the weekend with grand baby joeys, f and m,

(who have a look of mischief in their eyes like the vintage lads above)

while their mom is away with friends

and it’s so very different

from time spent with our girl babies

yet every moment is equally exciting

in its very own way

where going swimming in a pool

counts as a bath

and waking up in bathing suits

makes us ready

for another day’s adventure

and it’s all about

perpetual motion

and peeing

and rocks

and bugs

and ghost tales

and staying up late

and everything is sticky

and wet

and dirty

and it is a delight.

boys are found everywhere – on top of, underneath, inside of,
 climbing on, 

swinging from, 
running around, or jumping to.

– alan marshall beck

image credits: everything,