Leo obsessed with saving African wildlife. Passionate about environmental issues and healthy living. Love a great cup of coffee or bar of dark chocolate. If I’m not traveling the world, you’ll find me on Twitter.
Cloaked in Dragonflies
There weren't always dragons in the Valley. Explaining to my daughter what life was like before the era of flying fire-reptiles was a nightly ritual of questions; answers, were in litanies and melodies, sometimes until the glow of daybreak.
I Learned Euchre At Ma Bell
MA BELLE The telephone company where I began working at the age of seventeen was a great employer with opportunities for women. In those times it was allowed, and the woman hiring manager asked me the question, “If I hire you, are you going to get pregnant and quit?” Those were the days prior to laws against such personal questions.
ADVENTURES IN CHAOS My gut warned against marrying the blowhard ignorant ass, such a contrast to his sweet neighborly parents and sister. He was an adopted child, and his sister was born two years later. My parents disliked him immensely which made the marriage even more difficult for me.
Freedom Means Responsibility
Widely traveled, I say with certainty there is no better place to live than the United States (in my humble opinion). Americans have freedom to travel across the country and outside of it, at will. The pandemic over the last two years has placed some restrictions on the American people we are not used to; however, we're not oppressed nor experiencing the destruction of homes, schools, hospitals, churches, and apartment complexes. We don't have soldiers rampaging towns, raping, murdering, and committing genocide, as the Ukrainians currently are at the hands of the Russians. We can't imagine explosive mines on our streets, yet the Russians have mined the cities of Ukraine as they exit. Obviously, Putin is committing war crimes, and just like the Nuremberg trials so many years ago, those guilty should be found and tried.
Ruby and Mariah
After we euthanized Jezzie, our seventy-pound Australian Shepherd, adopted nine years earlier, my husband Ralph decided he wanted another Aussie. I found one online at the Wenatchee, Washington no-kill shelter. We drove from Lakewood, Washington across the mountains to see her in person.
Inherited Bungalow My deceased Aunt Lorraine’s small farm was willed to me upon her death. The scanty acreage abutted the Fermilab near Batavia, Illinois, with a bungalow house and a small barn. A covered porch stretched across the entire front of the bungalow, and the barn sat in a semi-circle of sycamore and mulberry trees.
A Living Barn
I could see eyes watching me, a large white head bobbing up and down. Twilight hovered, as if she weren’t sure of her timing this evening, and a few bright planets were already shining in the dimming sky. A jet skimmed miles above, and a large murder of crows headed home to roost in the forest abutting the crooked stream, cawing as they passed. My head swiveled back toward the faded, mostly red barn, just in time to view a smaller head peeking out. Then there were four, bobbing in unison.
Childhood Friends Many, many years ago we kids played cops and robbers on our bikes, and softball in our yards in the seemingly endless Midwest summers. The 1950s through the early 1960's it was safe playing outside, although there was an incident of a girl being abducted, and one girl was hit by a car and killed on a different street a few blocks away. All in all, our parents felt it was safe enough, and set outdoor perimeters we weren't to cross. All of them enforced the sacred rule of being home by dark. Stay inside the bounds of several blocks, and be home by dark, and in our own yards. Some kids had different boundaries than their friends. Listen for our parents to call to us (one could only hear the call if inside the bounds). That was it. Exceptions were made as long as they knew where we were!
We can’t leave the caves with our fragile eyes and skin. A thousand years underground has mutated humans into mole-like creatures, pale of skin and nearly blind in bright light, tunnels our pathways to underground rooms. Some mutants could go to ground but only in small fractions of what the old world knew as an hour. One thousand years, yet no life came forth on the super heated cinder-scape above.