Thursday Tidbits

Posted on July 31, 2014 under Thursday Tidbits with 2 comments


The second viewing stand at The Landing



I never tire of walking around The Landing. My granddaughter and I went for a nature walk the other evening. A six year old has so many questions. A 63 year old has so few answers!

Going for a walk is one of life’s simple pleasures. There are lots of others too, many of them experienced as a child. I fear that many children these days will never experience the things we did. Back in the day, we were thrown out of the house and we had to manufacture our own fun. There was no adult supervision. Today, a parent can be charged for leaving a child unattended in a park. So sad.

The other day on my way to work, I found myself kicking a stone. We used to do this all the time.  I wrote down as many things as I could remember from my childhood and wrote a story called “ A Few of My Favorite Things.” Do you remember sitting at the beach and digging a hole all the way to China? Did you ever build a fort in the woods? Do you remember what spruce gum felt and smelled like? When was the last time you waded through a field of tall hay or perched in a tree surveying your universe? This is a story any one of you ( of a certain age! ) could have written.

I attended a party out in the country a few weeks ago and offered to be the designated driver on the return trip. I’m sure you’ve all encountered the macho male who thinks ( mistakenly ) that he can drive, with a few drinks under his belt, better than his sober wife. My friend luckily wasn’t one of these people.  As it turned out, I did not have to be the DD. There was a funny sequence of events when my buddy’s wife almost got caught for speeding on the way home. There is always a rush of emotions for about ten seconds when a Mountie car goes by and you’re not sure if you’ve been speeding or not. Your heart rate goes up. The palms start to sweat just a bit. You stare in the rear view mirror waiting to see if the red roof light will go on. While all of this is unnerving, the thought of getting a ticket when you’re the designated driver, is almost too embarrassing to ponder. “Ticket To Ride” examines those precious 10 seconds in detail.

I have met some of the loveliest people through my writing. Every week I get a handful of e-mails from people who confess to liking my material. While I am grateful for the compliments, I get a big kick out of their stories.  Don’t hesitate to drop me a note. I answer all correspondence and I’m always on the lookout for new story ideas.

Have a great holiday weekend.

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