The sun with one eye vieweth all the world. ~Shakespeare

England has Stonehenge. Western Nebraska has Carhenge. Author’s photo.

Quirky is an overused word in my vocabulary.

I use quirky to describe independent films, my job, my neighborhood, my foster dogs, some of my students, and most of the men I have dated. You name it and the word usually fits. There are several definitions, my personal favorite includes “having odd or unusual qualities.”

Carhenge is special. Well … not really the right word.

Carhenge is eccentric. Not unless a silk smoking jacket is involved.

Carhenge is kooky. Maybe?

Carhenge is a quirky destination located off the beaten path…

“A man on foot, on horseback, or a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourist can in a hundred miles.”

~ Edward Abbey

Open space soothes my soul. Mile after mile of nothing. Author photo.

My summer road trip was based on visiting my eighty-five year old mother. She was the final destination however, she was also part of my journey. Our relationship has been a challenging trip for both of us from the very start.

There is a book about my home town. The title, Love and Terror on the Howling Plains to Nowhere, pretty much sums up my entire childhood.

Eventually, a…

Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here. ~ John Swigert, Astronaut

Author photo

I love road trips. Or, I thought I loved road trips.

I decided to drive across the country to visit my mother in Nebraska. Western Nebraska. An isolated town served by the worst government subsidized airline on the planet. Make that every planet.

One of the things I love about road trips is there are fascinating places to visit along the way. Or, that is one of the things I thought I liked about road trips.

Located on cosmic highway 17 north of Alamosa, Colorado is the world famous…

“The finish line is just the start of a whole new race.” ~ Unknown

Photo by Adam Winger on Unsplash

I didn’t think about retirement until my sixtieth birthday. The number loomed large and foreboding. “Oh shit, now what?”

I made the classic baby boomer mistake of depending on my husband of thirty years to share his retirement. Circumstances beyond my control made it clear that was not going to happen.

We remember the conversation differently. The one about who should stay home and raise our children. …

“A friend is a gift you give yourself.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

I haven’t owned a dog for 16 years. My lifestyle is not conducive for pet ownership.

However, last spring when the COVID stay at home order was implemented and I found myself alone, at home, every day, I decided to be a foster mom for dogs in crisis.

Cuteness overload. Am I right?

My first roommate was absolutely adorable. She was rescued from a shelter in Mexico. She was going to be killed because she was ill. …

“Drunk all the time, feeling fine on elderberry wine.”

— Elton John

Photo by Dmitry Bukhantsov on Unsplash

Recently I had a sip of helplessness. Not my drink of choice.

I wasn’t hiking a trail. I wasn’t riding my bike. I wasn’t walking a dog.

I was doing light yard work. I stepped back, off a two inch ledge in my yard. The bone snapped. I heard it loud and clear. I felt it break. It happened in an instant without warning. I was down.

I didn’t know what to do. I’m the strong, healthy one. …

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.

~Mark Twain

Photo by Robert Zunikoff on Unsplash

The great American novel. Waiting to be written.

Donald Trump is a paid puppet. His antics are part of the script he was hired to perform. A foreign government recruited him to dismantle the United States of America, brick by brick.

His entitled, dysfunctional, children are part of the deal. They are supporting characters. Props used to distract the masses. The ridiculousness of their behavior is spellbinding and never- ending.

Wifey is a high dollar call girl. She is paid…

If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?

~Will Rogers

Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

Writing is difficult. It feels impossible when what I have say is a downer. I don’t want to be a downer. I’m normally the life of the party.

But, there’s no party. Not really. A virtual party is not a real party.

Just like remote learning is not a real classroom. It sucks. It sucks for the teachers, for the parents, but especially for the students. More so for the students with learning and behavior disabilities. …

Empty out bars, restaurants, and gyms, but pack children in schools … the only people who think that’s a good idea are the people who don’t have to be at school.

Photo by Morning Brew on Unsplash

It’s mid-July and teachers are scheduled to return on August 3. Remote learning is to take place beginning August 10. The governor has mandated that all schools open up face to face instruction on August 17. There doesn’t seem to be a plan in place to make any of this happen safely.

I’m a teacher, and I have not heard any helpful information since the two hour staff meeting…

Look back only as long as you must, Then go forward into the history you will make.

~Alberto Rios

Photo by James Garcia on Unsplash

Tomorrow comes and goes.

My younger self looked longingly to the when.

When I graduate from high school … When I leave the town of my birth behind … When I get married … When I finish college … When the kids are older .. When I live in my dream house, with a front porch swing.

What happens then?

Then I’m free … Then I’m myself … Then I’m the other half … Then I’m legit … Then I have…

New Kid on da Rock

I am a teacher, traveler, explorer and life coach.

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