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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 […]

Patience, Patient, The Doctor WILL Call You

You try to trust doctors with your life, not just your health. They are the ones who studied hard so they could be able to get the big bucks to tell you when things were up, down, right, wrong and very wrong. You sit before them, naked as the day you were born, physically and […]

Lent

Lent

 

I went to church today, Ash Wednesday, with my mother. We arrived on time and I said hello and shook hands with Mike, the usher usually stationed on the east side of the church. We took our place in the last pew of the front section of the church, prayed the Confitor, listened […]