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Vacation fun over, unexpected sights appear

August 31, 2014 So, I’m lying in bed, and scratchy sounds slip into my dream. It’s just past noon. Yes, noon. I like being up in the night. So, I’m lying in bed just past noon. more »»

Lack of skill overtakes will to play the piano

August 24, 2014 I spend way too much time in my bathroom looking at the floor. It’s like looking at puffy white clouds in a bright blue sky. I see things. And these things change with direction. more »»

So much to know about hummingbirds

August 17, 2014 Last week I told you about hummingbird banding in Springfield, Ill. There's so much more to say. Catching a hummingbird in your bare hand has to be amazing. more »»

Hummingbird banding measures nesting success

August 10, 2014 You won’t believe this. I almost don’t, and I was there. I spent an evening in Springfield, Ill., at a hummingbird banding potluck. I took fried chicken. Now that seems wrong. more »»

Reason found for diminishing size of chips

July 27, 2014 Figured it out. Potato chip bags, newly opened, offer big chips, delicately flavored, to assuage that guilty pleasure-seeking hormone that wants nothing more than salty, greasy snacks. more »»

Chilling, glowing and sticking on rotating cycle

July 20, 2014 Sorry about last week, folks. I was sick. more »»

Memory connects all different kinds of thoughts

July 6, 2014 You’re welcome. It’s summer, and I'm pretty sure ‘'m the reason why, so you're welcome. I can't do a thing about all this water, but I really think I'm the reason it's summer. more »»

Odd happenings could be the work of spirits

June 29, 2014 Spirits surround me, I’m sure. It’s natural, and it’s good. Or has been good, until a few weeks ago. more »»

The idea of a ‘big crush’ adds a grin to reality

June 22, 2014 Not even the blues can hold up against the out-loud declaration “I had a big crush on you when I was young.” Nor can the quick addition of “I’m over it now” stop the grin. more »»

A crosstown drive at sunrise brings a big grin

June 15, 2014 Dawn makes me happy. Not my friend Dawn Bliss, though she has tickled my funny bone a time or two. No, I'm talking break-of-day stuff here. Dawn. more »»

Thoughts can too quickly go from happy to sad

June 8, 2014 OK, so I had a baby heart attack last week. Nothing serious, but still. Nearing midnight, I was in the bathroom and heard a knock at the front door. more »»

On minor callouses, mice hunts and losing a friend

June 1, 2014 Light callouses showed up on my right-click finger a while back. Dismayed, and within ear shot of my sister, I mumbled, “that's the hand I use to grab the mouse. more »»

It’s not often a 21-gun salute, Manson man says

May 25, 2014 Memorial Day. Bittersweet, to say the least. more »»

Cataract surgery offers varied look at the world

May 18, 2014 Decisions, decisions. What eye should I use? How best to see? I'm halfway home, folks, to seeing agai. more »»

Lots of stuff comes under heading of ‘Who knew?’

May 11, 2014 Just six people away from knowing everyone. That's what people in the know say. What "know" I don't know, but I do know I think they're right. more »»

Hunger turns TV commercials to iffy messages

May 4, 2014 Maybe hunger sparks distaste for TV commercials. When a person's hungry, nothing is good. But really, who writes these things? Oh, I've got plenty of for instances. Like the constipation medication. more »»

Soapbox built with missing check of each book

April 27, 2014 A soapbox popped up in my kitchen when I wasn't looking. There's nothing to do but stand on it and complain about feeling cheated almost every time I buy something I haven't bought in a while. more »»

Phone scam artist catches sleeper unguarded

April 20, 2014 Suddenly it's not a story any more. It's reality. We all know how early morning phone calls drive me crazy, but I try to remain at least cordial when I answer. more »»

Young 4-H’er is taking her cause to the people

April 13, 2014 I remember sixth grade. The first year of school reorganization took me out of my one-room country school where I was alone in my class into Vincent Elementary and a class of 12. I remember 4-H. more »»

Cleaning half the attic room can cause problems

April 6, 2014 Word of warning: never run out of everything all at once. Toothpaste, Efferdent, Vitamin C. Fish oil. And I would have been out of eye drops, too, except I keep forgetting to use them. more »»



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