The upstairs lobby is even better than the downstairs, with its cacophony of sounds and announcements on the PA system.
My beverage was Yogi Tea, St Johns Wort -thanks to Marf for introducing me. I clumb up the stairs and was shocked to see our people: Rem, Judy, Marf, Allan, and Linda already gathered.
Last nite before sleepytime, I worked on my true story "The Disappearance of my Psychiatrist" due on March 31.
Then I worked on a short story. Got two pages done and went to bed, looking as I always do at the pink bedroom walls that Eddie and John painted for me.
Judy read a short prose piece she wrote in 2010. Wonderful! "The United States of Miracles" talked about everyone everywhere is starting over in the New Year. The snow has come and purified everyone with its white light and crispness.
Real good, Judy. Real good! She attended shul this morning and gave her older prayer buddy a copy.
Martha read a story The Gift which described something her husband made for her. She uses pseudonyms. It touched upon "dollies" that her parents would make the kids, including their clothes and cradles, as they were less expensive to make than to buy.
Husband's gift was a huge cutting board. He used her daddy's tools in the basement and produced a masterpiece, plus a smaller trivet.
We all loved the names of characters. How did you think of em, asked Judy.
Often he would take a real name, roll it around on his tongue like chop suey and come up with a very convincing new name.
When I spoke with him yesterday on the phone and told him my short story was about driving to Scranton, he mentioned he had visited a monastery out that way.
St Tikhon Monastery
Let's look inside by clicking the above link. Or, better yet, stay for services.
I took two photos of Rem neither of which came out.
What? I didn't pay enuf money for my new Nikon camera?
Rem read us the first chapter of his novel. It's a series of repetitive dreams he's had. Each chapter is a song by the band America.
He began it on Xmas day. He's got a great knowledge of music, hockey (back when the story begins) sports and lively characters.
Nice that Rem didn't insist on reading more than the one chapter, tho he brought in the first two.
We're quite the thoughtful cooperative group.
On another blog post I put a heart-shaped card I made for our Kym, who is losing her battle with cancer.
I regifted a spritzer I got for my b'day and thankfully Linda wanted it.
She wrote two terrific poems.
Alex on his guitar. Beautiful descriptions of the instrument including the deep mahogany wood. She's working on a better ending.
Bless This House was rhymed perfectly. A blessing to God to bless a house.
As I said to my friend Ellen R on the phone last night. You should see Steve Miller's huge knot of a neck when he played on Charlie Rose.
Mine's pretty bad, I told her. Ellen said her mother taught her neckercises at any early age and today she has a lovely neck, a perfect target in a murder mystery.
Speaking of which, the moment I came home from the Giant, I began to eat the salad I bought at the Giant. What violent program, you ask, did I watch on Netflix?
Am doing neckercises right now and I type.
Hey! Just got an email from Beatriz. She wasn't able to make it but said perhaps next week we can meet at her place.
YES! She wrote a piece "The Boy and the Frog," told to her by her late husband. She had to brutally cut the piece to adhere to the word count.
Sure know that feeling.
Finished up my short story "To Scranton With Love" this morning. Needs some work as I was in a hurry to get it finished.
Knew the main theme of the story - based on a wish by my mother - but had little idea how to execute it. The story turned out fairly well. Importantly, though I finished it.
In one of the six books I'm reading or listening to, mention was made of a Jacuzzi.
Best in the night
when the stars
my robe on the
carpet of snow
I tiptoe up the
pop and churn
like making butter
Then I’m in
To suffer first
and then reach
Lying on my
back, I remember
my once protuberant
belly, filled with my
then my son
I only choose
nights when the
And wonder if
he’s watching me
Stephen or Michael