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I woke this am with a song from South Pacific running through my head. On the way to work I was astounded by this double rainbow (and the while-driving-photo does NOT do it justice….). Just felt like sharing…..  

I fought the horse…..

I intended to do a beach day yesterday, but the (very long) grass needed to be attended to. So I reluctantly mounted the red Toro Timecutter and set off, telling myself I could beach another day this week. Big Red had other ideas though, and threw off its cutter belt, necessitating a trip to big box store to get one….and since I was in town I also picked up a few groceries. Adding a small Continue reading


Another PSA: Youtube and Youtube TV (among others) have been problematic on our Roku tv. Constant buffering, sound lagging behind video by several seconds made for very unpleasant viewing. So, as is my wont, I delved deep into Dr. Google and found….in a link buried in a link that linked to another link…..this: “Clear the Roku’s cache. On your Roku remote, press Home five times, Up once, Rewind two times, and Fast Forward two times Continue reading

TTY help

So, Dad is deaf, lives alone and recently lost access to his land-line (something to do with a software change at his condo community: all three-hundred land-line only users have no phone service and AT& T has apparently been less than helpful). He cannot hear through a cell phone due to hearing-aid interference. So he bought a Jitterbug phone, enabled the hearing-aid compatibility and downloaded the Hamilton Caption app. He enabled RTT (real-time texting). I Continue reading

Hit me with your best shot…..

Today is the fifth anniversary of my son Steve’s death from cancer. Some of you may recall the story I wrote about finding a poem he had written to me while I was organizing my music files about a year after his death. Today, as we are preparing to move the music equipment upstairs to the new “music lanai,” I again was sorting through my….again….hopelessly unorganized music. Our friend Michael Purdue is a gifted musician. Continue reading

Lost and Found: A Poem For Lisa’s Birthday

Every being spends time at the lost and found. You know that place where one glove…..or one earring Or one relationship is thrown into a box in a closet Because one person threw it away or misplaced it or didn’t notice it slipping away.   And you can come into the lost and found and search through the boxes To find a matching purple sock or a green hair bow Or the words to say Continue reading