Jul

03

Keep Calm And Dispatch On

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 […]

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Jul

01

Track Record

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 […]

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Jun

01

Still Waters

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 […]

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Feb

16

For The Birds

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, […]

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Feb

09

Cold Cask Files

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 […]

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Feb

04

Bears in the Night

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 […]

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Feb

03

See Shell

Today’s FMS photo a day prompt: Something Orange. Here we see Shell, where Soulsby sold service by the Shell Station store.

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Feb

02

Every Hog Shall Have Its Day

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 […]

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Jan

29

Chit Chat With A Cheshire Cat

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. […]

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Jan

08

Snow Going

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 […]

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Jan

05

Map of Days

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 […]

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Dec

25

Christmas 1939

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 […]

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Dec

24

Cool Yule

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…  

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Dec

23

Christmas on the National Road: Greenville, Ill.

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Dec

23

A Christmas Carol : 2013

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Oct

03

Journal

10.3 photo prompt: You Today. Here are thoughts caught and pressed in paper, preserved for tomorrow.

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