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The Thing(s) is Gone (part 2)….

piano ….long live the thing(s). In 1976, I bought a Hammond X5 portable (jobbing) organ.  It was  “portable” in that it could be folded up and carried to gigs-even though it weighed more than 100lbs). Paired with a Leslie 760 speaker (5′ x 3′ and >75lbs)….it was an honorable attempt at the B3 Hammond sound.  It “jobbed” through innumerable weddings, graduations, Bar Mitzvahs, and fests…. And it followed me from Warren, Michigan…to Phoenix, Arizona…..to Reno, Nevada…to Continue reading

Out, Out Damned….

…earworm. An earworm is that snippet of song that persists in your head long after the song has ended. A psychologist may call it perseveration. I tend to picture this worm as a leech….tenaciously sinking his teeth into those brain synapses and refusing to loosen his grip. This past Sunday was not only the feast of Christ the King, but also the feast day of the Holy Sovereigns -the commemoration of when King Kamehameha and Continue reading

Out, Out Damned Spot……

KODAK Digital Still Camera …..light. The beautiful blue splash maran hen that I bought several months ago in order to get the dark chocolate colored eggs they produce,  and which turned out to be a rooster instead of a hen…. ……has done a fine job of breeding with my Austrolops.  When I realized she was a he, I hoped that breeding him might pass the almost-black-egg-gene along. I successfully had two hatchlings a few weeks ago, and like a Continue reading

A Little Bitty Tear…..

…is all I’ll shed when Sears finally shuts down-it would appear that it will be soon. ….A tear because of the memories of Uncle Fred.  He was a Sears’ repairman, and I remember when that MEANT something, because (in the good ole’ days) one could count on Sears’ quality and “backing” of their products.  He made a good living, supported his family and earned a generous pension which afforded him (and his widow after his Continue reading

Be Careful …..

My Buff Orpington hens are going on seven years old now….definitely geriatric.  One of them has ALWAYS been broody (she will sit in a nest box for days on end trying to hatch eggs that may not even be there.)  So when my Blue Splash Maran hen turned out to be a rooster, I decided to take advantage of the broodiness.  I took six newly laid eggs (I had seen that the rooster had been Continue reading

I’m Somebody!

Many years ago, I joined a group of women for breakfast at a local spot after our Saturday morning Centering Prayer (followed by church cleaning) session. Thus, my clothes were dusty, my (in need of a cut) hair was disheveled. Several other women who I did not know also joined our table. I sat at one end, and a stranger (to me) woman sat a couple chairs to my left.  We were introduced but she Continue reading