The Process Of Writing

I probably should have titled this, “My” process of writing because I’m sure that for as many writers as there are in the world, there are as many processes. My process is unique to me although many may be similar. Today, I am inspired to write. That’s how it begins. As with a musician, (something…

Northfield, Minnesota

From 1998 until 2017 my wife Ann and I lived in the Faribault, Minnesota area, the last six years of which were spent in an old farm house on a lake surrounded by corn fields. In November 2016, Ann got sick and in December we found out she had Endometrial Metastatic Cancer. She died in…

Surreal World

So here I am in the surreal world of cancer. My earlier post let you know that my wife has cancer. When she started having symptoms and we got the diagnosis, everything changed. And I mean everything. It is amazing how this happened. She started having breathing problems. Suddenly cold air makes her cough uncontrollably.…

The “C” Word

About a month ago my wife starting having some health problems. After many rounds of tests and biopsies we now know that my lovely wife Annie has cancer. The “C” word. It started in her uterus and has moved into her lungs. She will start on chemotherapy next week. This is devastating to us both…

The Tarot

In my last post I mentioned that I was learning to read tarot cards. The older I get the more I want to do and learn new things. My spiritual side seems to be awakening more all the time and maybe that is in response to the current political farce we find ourselves in these…

On Turning Sixty

I’ve never given much thought to birthdays, but as I turned sixty on Wednesday, I feel compelled to write about it. Birthdays, like the calendar and the clock, are man made measurements of time. I’ve never felt that time, specifically the measurement of it, was all that important. Except maybe when you’re wondering what time…

Independence Day

Ah yes, the 4th of July. Here we are once again celebrating our Independence Day, our freedom from the tyranny of the British Monarchy. Taxation without representation and all the other reasons our Founding Fathers had for becoming treasonous led us to our freedom. I’m sure the British King did not see himself as tyrannical…

Pain

I’m sitting here at my computer today with my foot resting on a bottle of frozen water. I have Plantars Fasciitis in my right foot. I’ve been hobbling along for several weeks now, the pain coming and going, but yesterday was really tough. And this morning it was so sore and swollen that I couldn’t…

Music

Music is important. Yesterday, me, my wife and our friend Bill played music at my mother in law’s 90th birthday party. Several people there told us how nice it was to have music at the party, even though most of it was in the background. If pressed, most people could not put their finger on…

Religious Freedom Laws

The great state of Mississippi, with the Confederate flag as a part of its state flag is the latest state to try to pass a “Religious Freedom Law.” Here is a link to a Washington Post article about it. We have been hearing a lot about these kind of laws lately and since this one…

I Believe

Now that our country (U.S.A.) is embroiled in politics once again with this year’s presidential election, I thought I would make a political statement for my own purposes as well as to share with others. I know that their are many more things I could add to this list but I think these are the…

Big Blue Trains

When I was young I remember going to sleep with my bedroom window open during the summer months and listening to the sound of trains in the train yard of my town. The yard was only a few blocks from my house and it was easy to hear the whistles, the big diesel engines roaring…

Sunday Morning

I would like to say thank you to all who follow my blog and read my writing. It is gratifying to know that my words have meaning. Every time I write, I do it thinking about the impact it will have on others. I also do it for my own satisfaction and because words it…

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

This morning while on our walk, Sophie and I saw an eagle standing on the lake ice. Adjectives like beautiful and majestic came to mind in describing what I saw. As we walked I started thinking about beauty and why it is important to us. Beauty is important after all, let no one tell you…

I Lost A Friend

I sit at my computer not knowing what I’m going to write about. I lost a good friend on the 9th of this month. I could write about that I suppose. We first met in the 6th grade. His name was Gus. Is, Gus. His name is Gus. I am a drummer, and have met…