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Opinions

Memories

Walkin'

We’re visiting Mom and Dad in Chicago this weekend.
Mom likes to employ Sabra’s green thumb and have her help plant the garden the past couple of years, and brother Bob is taking Dad and I fishing.

Where’d it go?

Food For Thought

While cleaning out a drawer the other day, I came across an old typewriter ribbon. (I never actually “clean out” a drawer in the sense of emptying it and putting its contents somewhere else; mostly I just look through stuff and put most of it back.) I don’t know how long the typewriter ribbon has been there, but it must have been a good long time, as it was a ribbon for a little portable Olivetti I had while in college and used for maybe 25 years afterward.

Ghost story: true or false

Walkin'

Most of what I write is true.
Sabra, for example, was moving our raised bed garden boxes 50 feet to the right for no apparent reason, and I was watching her from my office window overlooking the backyard. It was a blustery, cold day and I did pull down the shades because it was distracting to see her drag the heavy frames 1 inch at a time to the new destination.
But she did not dig a trench for the asparagus. You think me a total cad? That was my job.

A little nostalgia goes a long way

Food For Thought

Indulge me for a few minutes; yesterday was my birthday and, after this many years, everybody is entitled to a little wallow in the past once in a while. I spent a good deal of the day writing birthday cards for a number of my friends who are also April babies. At our age, receiving cards on or before the exact birth date is immaterial. The big thing is just to have people remember we are still around and able to read and comprehend.

More than ghost troubles

Walkin'

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, our move in 2005 to our current home in Iowa City was supernatural in another way: Sabra was phenomenal in getting every last detail accomplished.

A purse that’s “big enough”

Food For Thought

It may be coincidence but about this time every year, I find myself going through my purse and weeding out all the old expired appointment cards, credit cards, receipts, shopping lists and other leftovers of my life. I’m always surprised at how much of that stuff loiters around clear at the bottom amid the chewing gum wrappers, paper clips, assorted coins and what appear to be cookie crumbs, though I swear I never carried cookies around in my purse.

Ghost busted

Walkin'

The ghost is back.
Long time readers of this column know I have history with the other-worldly dating back to the 1990s when I lived in one of the half-dozen, 100-year-old, two-story brick buildings that make up downtown Solon. My loft apartment was originally the meeting place for the local Masonic Lodge, a mystical, civic service organization with roots in the Middle Ages.

April

Food For Thought

Sometimes cloudy, often rowdy, wet and warm, calm then storm, hot then cool, April fool!

Gene the plugger

Walkin'

One of the plusses of this past year is I made a new fishing buddy.
Gene and I met through the First Christian Church, in Coralville. During idle conversation, I learned he goes trout fishing regularly in Northeastern Iowa, and he invited me to join him for several trips last summer.
It didn’t take long to realize there’s something quirky and endearing about Gene. While driving to his favorite fishing holes, for example, he is on the constant look out for good rocks.

Pleading guilty

Every so often, things from my past come creeping out of the dark and bite me in the conscience. I try to dismiss them as soon as possible, but sometimes they persist and I can’t seem to forget about them. I do know confession is good for the soul, or wherever our conscience resides, and there may be some value in sharing such experiences with others. If nothing else is gained, at least someone might be warned by my experience and avoid the same mistakes.

AAADD or a runaway train?

Food For Thought

Being one of those people they refer to when they say someone can’t walk and chew gum at the same time, I used to think that implied a lack of physical coordination, but I’m more inclined to believe it’s a matter of having a one-track mind. There may be people who can drive a car and talk on a cellphone simultaneously, but I know myself well enough to know I’m not one of them. I can’t even read the newspaper and drink coffee at the same time. Sip. Read. Sip. Read. Throw in a doughnut and watch me short-circuit.

Pet updates

Walkin'

Pearl was miserable while we were gone to Mexico.
Even though we have Curt and Sue, pet sitters extraordinaire, Pearl still misses her parents, especially Sabra. Adding to her misery, she’d been wearing the cone of shame for nearly a month when we left. It wasn’t too serious, just a small cyst that needed removing on her paw. But she’s a licker, and had to be stopped, so the cone was brought out. As I write this, she’s through the trauma and licking away at, well, let’s just leave it at that.