WD-40

Lubrication is a simple solution to the rusty friction of life. Apply where needed. * * * Friction is a fact of life. It’s everywhere. From body joints to nuts and bolts to frozen-up friendships. Things lock up, get rusty. They need a regular lube job. The porch screen door is open. I close it. …

Act Your Age

“I write for myself, to save what’s left of myself.” Charles Bukowski, poet * * * Today I spent the morning on the porch, under the fan, reading poetry and hoping the humidity evaporates. Not much luck. But the poetry is good even though Bukowski and many others are dead. Good poetry lives on. It’s …

An Artful Escape

Trapped by our very own words. How do we escape? * * * It can happen anywhere, anytime, all you have to do is just show up. It’s the experience of life. You try to be nice, cordial, friendly. Yet, even with caution your words can sometimes entrap you into a dilemma of our own …

Whole Hog

If some part of the hog is not in your refrigerator or vocabulary, your lineage is questionable. * * * The hog lies there in its watery wallow, muddy from snout to tail, happy as a ‘pig in stink’ to use the vernacular. How would language express the inexpressible without the aid of this animal? …

Routine…Blessing or Curse?

Ruminations on the subject of routines. Love it or loathe it. *  * * It’s another day. We all have them. Beginning again. We show up. Some days begin autonomously, on cruise control, no adjustments necessary. No deep cognitive thought, just rote responses, picking up where we left off yesterday. Others can begin chaotic, out …

Joints I Have Known

Joints: Places where things or people get together. * * * It’s July. It’s hot. I’m sitting on the porch under the ceiling fan, thinking. Thinking is a euphemism for hard labor. Today I’m thinking about joints and drawing comparisons between arthritis and the wisteria vine creeping up the wall. Age is expert at thinking. …

Firework & Freedom

“And it shall come to pass afterward, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions…”  Joel 2:2 * * * What we have here is a minor 9th Century BC prophet projecting his prognostication …

It is What It is

Chance has a way of untangling things that wisdom leaves dangling. * * * We read a lot about Russia these days. Churchill took his best shot at defining it: “It’s a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”  Insightful, but leaves us hanging. Al Franken, a comedian and former U.S. Senator, (is there …

Dusting Erasers…Back to the Future

 “I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.” Jonathan Winters *** It’s May, graduation time, when our educational systems turn out their inmates to the general public. Beware –everything is in danger of change. Everywhere they stand, waiting for the final exhortation of great wisdom from the commencement speaker. Then, in collective …

Distracted by a Fly

Fly in the ointment, worm in the apple? Both, a distraction. *** It’s one of those weather-perfect early May mornings. Low humidity, nice breeze, quiet.  So far, anyway. Perfection is a relative term. Disruption is waiting. I sit on the porch with the dog, the Bible and coffee, a perfect trifecta to aid in squeezing …