It was the 1980s. New York. Marketing department in a huge, powerful corporation. Our boss was a confused — and confusing person. She claimed credit for our best ideas, badmouthed us to senior management, and spent days behind closed doors doing who knows what until she would bolt out, rage at her nearest direct report (unfortunately usually… Continue reading Pigs Are Flying!
White dog poised. Cars stop. Dog crosses with great purpose Walk must be finished. He asked for it. I got to come along as his necessary companion, attaching the leash and tossing the treat once offered years ago to coax a reluctant puppy to take a long walk, that memory so cherished that it… Continue reading Bring a Dog Along…
Rupture safe limits Tell a good bad break story When others inquire A librarian friend is wearing a large black medical boot to allow a torn tendon to heal. It’s a necessary, inconvenient evil during summer’s long, hot, humid days. She wants it off as soon as feasible. When I exclaimed over the boot… Continue reading Here’s How It Happened
Albert Pujols halts Poses with his rabid fan Resumes food shopping True moment, true story. Extraordinary Major League baseball player Albert Pujols was spotted, pursued, and trapped into posing for a photograph. The two men are framed by a refrigerator case of cheese and shelves of cookies. In the photo, the fan beams complete… Continue reading Rabid Pause
Dog hurtles joy Darts, dashes, feints across field Flashing, looping home She pierced early morning drowse with a short whistle blast and commanding “Bailey!” I heard her long before I came upon the field where she stood, hands on hips, toddler in the stroller behind her, watching the dog flash across the field in wide… Continue reading Dog Joy
In learned, modern hands Sacred texts, myths are transformed Thank a classicist Yesterday, I cited the excellent writer J.R.R.Tolkien and the line that has accompanied me ever since I first encountered it in his Lord of the Rings stories: “All that is gold does not glitter/Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R.Tolkien was… Continue reading Classical Gifts