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Slinky Theory

I spent a couple summers in the late 1960’s working “construction crew” at a summer camp in the Appalachians (most of the time I cooked and baked….). The camp was one which espoused meditation, cooperative living, and, though it was not yet a “thing,” could have been called New Age. Many of us kept in touch through the years, and in 1999, we had a reunion of sorts. You could call it our hippie reunion. Continue reading

Henny Penny Says…..

Henny Penny had been around the office for years, first appearing in one of my exam rooms as a practical joke. The rubber chicken was set up in stirrups for a pap smear on a particularly stressful and busy day as a joke perpetrated by my nursing staff. She then hung by her feet in the lounge for years as a reminder of the fun. One night my phone rang at 3:30am, the alarm company Continue reading

I’M BACK!!!!

Old ladies and computers are dangerous. I made a (miniscule…..  🙁     ) change to a snippet in The Hroost’s admin page…..and locked myself out. You all may know that this site was a birthday gift to me from my son, Steve. He did the artwork, the coding…the….everything. My grief at losing Steve is everlasting…my fear was that I had also lost access to his gift. I spent days working with GoDaddy, to whom I had Continue reading

You know my name…

“Peace, Dougster!” said Rick as he shook Doug’s hand at the peace today. “Dougster?” I queried.  “I pick up nicknames like that,” Doug replied. “Could be worse,” I said. “I grew up being Smelly Chele and Stinky Klinke.”  The names were cruel, but made worse by the fact that as a child I had recurrent urinary tract infections, and thus had frequent accidents…..Doug suggested I should blog about that. The choir members were having fun at my Continue reading

Salmon “64”

Today is DH’s 64th birthday, and I wanted to make something special for dinner. I had a taste for green papaya salad, and so I bought a (I thought) green papaya at the grocery today. But, it was not green….it was actually a bit overripe. I improvised, and used the overripe papaya, its seeds and some other stuff to make a sauce for the salmon dinner I planned. Ingredients: Ripe papaya 2/3 cup with the Continue reading

My God, why have you abandoned me….

In the dream I was driving a convertible down a winding mountain road. On my left, a gaping chasm cut between mountain peaks. As I rounded a curve, I lost control of the car and went through a barrier…over the cliff. In the car with me was my co-worker Elizabeth. I woke, knowing that two people died in that crash. In January of 2014, shortly after that dream, Elizabeth was newly pregnant, and I had Continue reading