The Pope is coming! The Pope is coming! And some of it fell on my city.
I admire and respect this Pope, even though I’m not Catholic. But he’s not a rock star. I don’t understand the magic of being in the crowd when he speaks.
I live in the green zone. That means that buses won’t be running through my neighborhood when his eminence is here. If I drive a car out of…Continue
Added by Geezerchick on August 21, 2015 at 2:47pm — No Comments
In 1978, I wrote a picture book story: Ladybugs for Loretta. My friend Francie illustrated it. Because our only publication option was print (ebooks hadn’t been invented yet) we decided to limit the colors to black and red. That meant two pieces of art for each…Continue
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This summer I reverted to elementary school.
I met up with a couple of women who were my friends in 3rd grade nearly 60 years ago. Anne brought jacks, and Alison reminded us of the rules.…Continue
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I just signed the petition, "The Ontario Government: We are concerned Ontario citizens who urge our leaders to act now to change Section 115 of the…Continue
My husband and I just celebrated 48 years of marriage. I feel incredibly lucky. Lucky that I met him. Lucky that he has been my friend this long. Lucky that we still enjoy the same things, and doing things together. Lucky that we are still both alive and healthy. But knowing that we have taken care of each other, and can do so again if necessary. We have managed to survive when we both lost our jobs and had to survive on food stamps and…Continue
Added by Geezerchick on July 3, 2015 at 12:31pm — No Comments
My mother has become the newest member of our gang here at the nursing home. When you think things could get no weirder, well they do.
I haven’t really come to grips with how I feel about this yet. I know that I am angry over how mom ended up living her…Continue
Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on June 29, 2015 at 6:01pm — No Comments
Over the weekend I attended a movie entitled, “I’m not Racist ... Am I?” by Catherine Wigginton Greene.
Here’s the summary that got me interested in seeing this movie: “What if this next generation could transcend racism? One year, 12 teens, on a remarkable journey to face racism and white privilege, and to have the conversations most of us are too afraid to have. Once they push through naivete, guilt and tears, what…Continue
Added by Geezerchick on June 29, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
I have a bad habit of repeating conversations in my head. Or, sometimes, I use past conversations as a model for future conversations and play them in my head. Either way, I’m having conversations with someone who isn’t there – which I freely admit is insane.
I have sat or walked or tried to go to sleep while these crazy conversations play in my head. I know exactly how they will go before they finish, but I…
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I’m reorganizing my house and giving away stuff I don’t need.
I had a comfy couch – not new, but certainly presentable. Habitat for Humanity said they’d take it if it was on the 1st floor. I…
Added by Geezerchick on June 17, 2015 at 11:39am — No Comments
When I got seated at Jack Browning’s new steak house on a Sunday morning alone I immediately thought this was a ridiculous idea and I needed to stop reading all the self-help stories online. The newest ones were things to do alone and I was doing one of them right now. I was at a very expensive restaurant…Continue
Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on June 14, 2015 at 8:22am — No Comments
You may think, “Why bother going to a farmer’s market when there’s a grocery store a block away?”
Farmer’s markets give you the opportunity to eat local, so you know where your food is coming from! There is a larger variety of produce; instead of an orange carrot, why not a purple carrot?
These are all reasons why you should shop at farmer’s markets, and the following are some of the best farmer’s markets in Toronto as featured…Continue
Added by Wafa Masri on June 12, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
I was at the device charging station, keeping m mouth shut while a fellow charger ranted loudly about how Obamacare is worse than having no insurance at all. I figured anybody who could say that was not interested in, or capable of, a conversation about health insurance.
Then he switched the topic. He was suddenly angry about Cain killing Abel in Genesis. Cain must have been a truly evil person, and God should…
Added by Geezerchick on June 10, 2015 at 1:55pm — No Comments
The dismal and darkness hangs on me like a wet coat that is covered in the rain soaked blood of my memories.
May this be the essence of survival and may I win the award for withstanding the turmoil for so long.
I can feel the whisper of a lifetime that…Continue
Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on June 10, 2015 at 5:02am — No Comments
The feelings of defeat and closer inevitability to death comes when family members or loved ones inadvertently begin to pull back, to push away just a little from the current normal circumstances. Whether the actual moving away is true and happening the fact that the one involved in the…Continue
Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on June 4, 2015 at 8:38pm — No Comments
There’s a little tiny woman here who is named Nellie. Nellie is all twisted sideways in her wheel chair and always covered with like four blankets. Her voice is a strained harsh voice that comes from her little frame.
Right next to her room is Rob’s room. Rob is deranged…Continue
Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on May 25, 2015 at 12:04am — No Comments
My Big Red Monsterby Lois June Wickstrom
A big strong red monster lives under my bed.My brother doesn’t believe me.
My brother says, “There are no monsters! Tell it to come out! I dare you!”
One evening, when my brother isn’t looking, I lean over the…
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Out of nowhere, well it had to do with Nathan’s intervention and a couple other things the director decided to move me into a private room where I could have me and all of my art stuff, music stuff and computer electronic stuff. They moved me today.
Man what an unbelievably beautiful…Continue
Added by Michael Todd Cheeseman on May 8, 2015 at 7:47pm — No Comments
Why doesn’t my family believe in nepotism?
I wish they did. I feel like many doors are closed to me because of their belief system.
I totally get why Satan in the Bible stories was mad at God. Satan had been a good and faithful servant and a friend to God for aeons. Then along came Jesus and – who gets to inherit the kingdom? The…
Added by Geezerchick on May 8, 2015 at 2:06pm — No Comments