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July 23, 2019

My mother died on August 30, 1999. With some money she left me, I fulfilled my life-long dream of getting my own horse. Against all advice, I wanted a baby horse I could raise myself. Once a year, a nearby couple used to bring back a semi load of foals from a “urine ra...

November 1, 2018

In 1981, I worked in the Hancock Building in Chicago, at a place called IFMA - International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. I was the secretary to the Vice President of Marketing, who once said to me, “I like you. You’re not large-breasted, but I like you.”


July 15, 2018

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Finally, sunshine and an end to the rain. Actually, it only rained Friday and Saturday. Yesterday we had our first snow showers of the season.

But today was great. I was outside more or less non-stop from about 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., except...

June 27, 2018

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 2:43 a.m.

Ellis actually thought I would sleep better, now that Tucker is dead. Isn’t that cute?

3:55 a.m., after taking a hot bath with epsom salts and baby oil:

“I was fascinated to hear of the suicide of an octopus, trained for a circus, that h...

June 10, 2018

September 11, 1989, Monday


My rear-most molar on my upper left side was loose and it hurt. I kept pushing it with my tongue and it got looser and looser and it hurt but I couldn't stop playing with it.

There was something irritating about it. I kept playing with th...

June 10, 2018

(I mentioned in another blog that there's something synchronous about the random volume-picking process in these posts. It happened again.)

Saturday, September 16, 1989

Now it's after 11:00 p.m. I feel better after spending some time with friends.

We watched the Miss Amer...

May 18, 2018

Saturday Morning, July 9, 1994

Last night I treated Ellis to a late dinner at a cheesy Mexican restaurant (intended) called “Pedro’s.” 

Pedro’s was voted the #1 Mexican Restaurant by Madison Magazine readers in a poll of “Best of” places. It’s a chain and the atmosphere...

April 5, 2018

In April of 2010, my sister and I went to Aix-en-Provence, France, to visit her daughter/my niece, who was studying abroad for one semester while in college. This was my first trip to Europe. The week we went was the same week the Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, d...

March 14, 2018

December 16, 1981, 20 to 12:00 am, Wednesday Night

Every once in a while I flash back to one certain episode of the tv show, “Bewitched.”

I can’t remember the exact situation, but either someone was concocting a spell, or someone  (most likely Der-Wood or Dag-Wood) was u...

March 8, 2018

Monday, February 12th, 2002

A Typical Winter  Day ~~

5:00 - 6:30 am - Lie awake waiting for Tina to call (to see if I have to substitute teach)

7:00 - realize she’s not going to call - fall “asleep” with relief, plan the day in my head: paint, wrap Mar’s Valentine’s prese...

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