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INDEPENDENTLY SPEAKING

Writer, Public Speaker, Writing Instructor

 

March 27, 2020

People think I’m old.

I find that surprising.

Sure, the beard is completely white and so is what’s left of the hair on the top of my head. The aches and pains are significant, and on those rare occasions when I glimpse myself in a store front window from a distance, my g...

March 20, 2020

We had guests for lunch. In honor of the occasion, I put on pants with a belt and a shirt with buttons.  They’re probably going to be our last guests for a while.

I’m pretty good at social distancing. My ordinary work day has me by myself, and no other human beings with...

March 13, 2020

I’ve always thought that my dislike of Washington stemmed from the time I spent two days there, in July, wearing a suit and being nice to people.

Which was, apparently, one day beyond my capacity for politeness.

This weekend I started thinking about the one other time I...

March 6, 2020

An old woman raises her hand in church to testify.

She says, “I only have two teeth left in my mouth, but praise God, they’re hitters.”

I wonder if rich people are funny?

It’s a serious question and I’m having trouble finding the answer.

I’ve asked most of my friends, but...

February 28, 2020

Perhaps I just don’t have enough people who dislike me. I’m working harder at that.

I’ve been feeling a little down lately. It was another bad year for the Sexiest Man Alive contest.

I didn’t win.

Again.

I realize the award is announced in November, but it takes a while to...

February 21, 2020

We had a house full of grandchildren, and when I went to make supper, I pulled a package of what I thought was barbecued pork out of the freezer. It turned out to be pureed roasted tomatoes.

Which is different.

Sometimes in life, you have to be flexible.

So, the menu went...

February 14, 2020

There a lot of days when I feel like my life gets worse as soon as I go past my mailbox and enter the larger world.

Many, many days.

It makes me not want to go any further than our local diner, or talk to anyone I wouldn’t ordinarily meet there.

It’s not just seeing peopl...

February 7, 2020

I’m exhausted.

We spent the weekend with two thirteen-year old girls, having big city adventures. Two lovely, well behaved young women, but never the less…exhausted.

Granddaughter One just had a birthday and for her gift, my wife and I took her and a buddy to the Twin Ci...

January 31, 2020

I need to get some cabinets painted.

So, I spent a week taking a propane furnace apart and putting it back together. 

Many, many times.

Don’t worry, I was careful. This project involved propane gas, electricity, and fire. I’m not a fan of explosions, particularly if I’m p...

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