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Blossoms on the Vine—Chapter Thirteen

SANTA IN GREEN

Returning home to Emporia from L.A. for the Christmas holidays, I found myself once again in a quandary as to where I might seek work and go exploring next. I’d seen commercials on TV about the Red Cross needing personnel to provide humanitarian services to the troops in the field overseas. […]

Blossoms on the Vine—Chapter Twelve

BULLDOG

Although throughout the remaining ’67 summer and fall I did on weekends revisit my connections at The Potter’s Wheel in Hollywood, the days of the work week confined me to the Downtown L.A. area. The hotel where I rented a sleeping room occupied the two floors above a machine shop and was owned and […]

Blossoms on the Vine—Chapter Eleven

HOW A HOLLYWOOD WINO TAUGHT ME ECONOMICS

I completed the credits necessary to graduate from the University of Kansas in the midwinter chill of 1967. But—as I would countless times relate over the ensuing years—looking for a job commensurate with my college degree entailed a most frustrating conundrum. When interviewing at the “white-collar” […]

Blossoms on the Vine—Chapter Ten

 

Little Winking Lights

By the time my second summer following enrollment at KU arrived, the seismic shift in the nation’s culture was well underway. Protests against the war in Vietnam had erupted everywhere. The whole character of the music was evolving—Dylan, The Mamas and the Papas, Simon and Garfunkel, Joplin were all bringing […]

Blossoms on the Vine—Chapter Eight

Mister Muscles and the Music Man—Part II

The next weekend, as it turned out, would unfold some unfortunate and disappointing happenings. My old girlfriend from Kansas State, Linda, came through Lawrence Saturday evening returning from an educational conference and stopped by to visit me. It was strictly forbidden for women to be in […]

Blossoms on the Vine—Chapter Eight

Mister Muscles and the Music Man—Part I

He was waiting on the corner just beyond the student union, two textbooks nestled beneath his left arm, the ebb and flow of student bodies between classes energetically scurrying around and past, lending him that “forgotten” appearance like a lone leaf adrift on a stream. The […]

Blossoms on the Vine–the Memoir

As indicated in my former post, I’m forgoing for a time contemporary perplexities and reaching back into the past with a series of excerpts from my memoir-in-progress, Blossoms on the Vine: The Road and the People. I’ll be posting chapters as I complete them; however, some readers may recall three chapters have already appeared on […]

2018: Transitions, Cessations, and Resumptions

The big 75th-year signpost is dead ahead in January, and this old frame and motor has really begun to reveal its wear and tear. The latest, following on the heels of a prostate cancer diagnosis (the “watchful waiting” variety), was the sudden appearance of atrial flutter, a rapid and irregular pulse. One can adjust and […]

Defying Death, Hell and High Water—the Wendy’s Bunch Reloads

It’s been a spell since I updated my readers on the Wendy’s breakfast bunch and their goings-on, so I decided to take this occasion to make amends. The Mission “weed patch” to the east of the Wendy’s location still flagrantly displays its green glory, all efforts at revitalizing the construction project having so far slid […]

Missing the Smells

My wife wanted to get a peppermint plant for our deck – she liked the smell of it and said that it would help to keep the mosquitoes away. She decided that we would go to the “River Market” in Kansas City, Missouri – the city in which we have lived since 1979. The Market […]