The Shenandoah County Fair of my youth was a safe haven for quality family entertainment. Alcohol, gambling and nudity. Oh yea, and bear vs. man wrestling. During that one week of the year, you could join family and friends in a toast of liquor out in the parking lot or grab a beer from the hidden keg of a local vendor; place a ‘behinds-the-screens’ bet on the harness races or play the dice game at the far end of the midway; then watch totally nude women perform obscene acts with inanimate objects while standing behind the safety of a canvas tent, obscured in the eyes of God and your wife. But those days are gone. The society of those simpler times has crumbled and all that we’re left with now are livestock judging, rubber duckies, and cotton candy. Continue reading The County Fair of my youth
If you happen to be in the Woodstock, Virginia area tomorrow Friday 8/24, stop by the Consulate Care assisted living facility for their bake sale. It’s a Friday, so you’ll probably be needing a pick-me-up to get you to the weekend. The feeding frenzy starts after breakfast and continues until everything’s eaten! All proceeds go to help one of the residents. Here are pictures of my three personal favorites that I made to help the cause. Continue reading Bake Sale !!!
My Dad spent 10 days at a Regional Hospital for back surgery, 35 days at an assisted living facility for rehabilitation, then returned home for 4 days. On day 5 at home, he fell on the concrete surface of our car port and broke his hip. Continue reading An Angel at the Drive-Thru Window
Ten days ago, I posted a story called ‘Beautiful’. It was meant as an example of the positive feelings of self-worth felt by one person after another person’s kind words and actions. Two days after sharing , I experienced an amendment to the story. Continue reading Beautiful, in German (schön)
Back when I was an annoying little preteen, I had a temporary moment of maturity and established the first of my personal tenets of Life. If I could make just one person smile per day, just think of the smiles I’d produce over a lifetime. Continue reading Beautiful
Something just dawned on me today. I’ve spent the last 7 or 8 or 9 days sitting with my Dad in the hospital (the dates and days of the week have become a blur). As I order his meals, press the required call button for help or speak with the doctors, nurses and techs, the beeps and buzzers and pagers are muted from time to time by the moans and coughs and groans of his floormates. Continue reading The Circle of Life
Here’s a funny little story about death and drug addiction. Continue reading Frankie