Getting it out there

I used to worry about each word of every post that appeared in this blog. In my quest for perfection, I’d often hogtie myself and not be satisfied with anything I wrote, writing and rewriting, ad infinitum. And then I heard a story about a pottery teacher who divided...

Influential life stories, Part II

The second Reader’s Digest story to maintain residence in my head for the past several decades (see June 25 blog) was called “Hyacinths to Feed the Soul.” In the story, a young couple was going away for the weekend and hired a babysitter to watch their children. The...

Influential life stories, Part I

When I was a kid, two anecdotes in Reader’s Digest captured a place forever in my emerging philosophy of life. The first was called, “I’ll Take the First Circus.” It told of a child who lived in a rural town where three circuses would visit that summer. The first...

Twenty years

I’ve had a two-frame comic strip posted on my desk bulletin board for decades. The date printed along one side says “King Features, 1988.” In the first box, a studious-looking kid is sitting at a desk, with books piled all around. He says, “High school, college, grad...

Four for four!

At the suggestion of a friend in my writers’ group, I took my book, “Just Joshin’, A Year in the Life of a Not-so-ordinary Fourth Grade Kid,” and boiled it down into a pretty decent one-act play. When I submitted the play to the Peninsula Players (see sidebar) for...
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