If you’re playing along with Chantelle Ellem’s photo-a-day challenge, today’s prompt is: Match. When it comes to finding the right people for the right job, you couldn’t ask for a better match than my colleagues, Julie and Kim. They work together in the engineering department of a not-for-profit utility. Since chemistry can’t be forecast, I’m […]
The young woman running North Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard was tall, tone and slender. She had mahogany skin and matching hair that fell long and straight down her back, swinging like a metronome as she ran the sidewalk between high rises. I pegged her as an ex-volleyball player: graceful, athletic, with short bursts of speed […]
I’m not terribly keen on posting self-portraits, but today I give you this: Me wearing this year’s Volley for the Cure (cancer fundraiser) t-shirt. I don’t often speak about my cancer dance. But writer Jay Lake did speak of his, eloquently and often. I found comfort and courage in his words on days when I felt […]
Several friends have been dealing with health issues or loss this month. They’re facing each day with grace and courage. In a single turn, they inspire me and break my heart. In light of that, you’d think I’d have a deeper appreciation of my own blessings. But I still catch myself fretting over small things, […]
Welcome to Ice Station Zebra. The glaciers have receded from downstate Illinois, but we’ve a chance for snow today, and we’re due to wake up to subzero temps Monday. Our little square of the Midwest makes Sochi look like the tropics. It’s been a winter for the record books. I kept up with my gratitude […]
Today’s FMS photo a day prompt: Childhood. Before Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne, or Robert Louis Stevenson, there were bears in the night. They blazed a trail for many a teller of tales who followed them out the window, around the lake, between the rocks, up Spook Hill, and into the […]
Today’s FMS photo a day prompt: Something Orange. Here we see Shell, where Soulsby sold service by the Shell Station store.
Happy Groundhog Day. Here in the States, on February 2, at select cities around the country, we wake a woodchuck from its long winter nap and ask it to deliver a weather report. Makes sense. As the story goes, if there’s sun enough for the groundhog to see its shadow, it’ll be frightened, tuck back […]
I did a bit of reading recently. Not “curled under the covers with a classic novel” type reading–though that sounds pretty appealing with the temps wobbling to and fro around zero. This was more of a “read what you’ve written to a group of people with a taste and talent for literature” sort of thing. […]
Hibernation was the word of the week. In the U.S. Midwest, all creatures great and small hibernated from Sunday through Monday as snow fell on snow fell on snow, and temperatures dropped to killing cold. I drove to work about noon Sunday and left shortly before 6 p.m. Monday. I was lucky. I wrote and […]
Welcome to Twelfth Night. The day dawned with no horizon, no future, no past. Just snow swarming against the window, blanking land and sky, lakes and fields, cars and trees. When the air stills, the snow falls in powder-white whispers—in steam-leak sighs that smother the breath of every other sound. Twelfth Night. The eve of Sherlock […]
Among the gifts I opened this morning were a book and a gift card for another. Both were presents from my daughter. Which reminded me of this photo. Each time I pull this book from the shelf, I wonder about the father, the daughter, and the gift. Was he an avid reader? Did he fancy […]
Awesome Christmas gifts from a buddy who knows me well, but still chooses to be my friend. Huzzah! As we count down the minutes to Christmas, may yours be merry and bright…
10.3 photo prompt: You Today. Here are thoughts caught and pressed in paper, preserved for tomorrow.