April

MSG and ME

We’ve picked on the poor Chinese restaurants for decades about their use of MSG in cooking. I believe a large majority of restaurants use MSG. My “MSG Headache” is a special kind of headache I only get from MSG. I have rarely had any kind of headache in my life, except the kind from colds, flu or the proverbial hangover headache.  They are nothing like the MSG headache.

An Australian/New Zealand…

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April

A White Page

That’s all there is. That blank sheet of paper staring back at me. Sometimes I see a little horned devil, smiling, knowing the only way to cover him up is with words. Words that have no meaning- or rhyme or reasoning.

Is reasoning the key? Get my intuition happening and listen to my rational mind. Nope.  I discovered some time ago, my rational mind sucks. I assume my rational mind will give me…

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April

Faceless Friday TWO

I like talking about faces so I will continue my Friday postings with more about our faces.

Most of the time we think we are controlling our faces. Sometimes we think others make our faces look angry, surprised, happy or sad.

angry face

Our faces just naturally follow our emotions. But, sometimes we lose control of our faces. Sometimes our taste buds make our faces do all kinds of crazy things.

If you have…

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April

Cause I Said So

Cause I Said So

That’s pretty lame, isn’t it? I know I’m guilty, but the guilt was from many decades ago. It’s a poor way to defend your justification for whatever. I heard it again today. A father was talking to his kid from his cell. Twice he said, “Cause I said so.”

I guess we parents also call it, “laying down the law.”  I have never heard of a kid accepting that as a good reason. They may follow your…

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April

Toot Sweet

One year ago tomorrow, Annette Funicello died. I didn’t write about her at the time, because things like that need to sink in with me. She was part of a special legendary TV show, but last year I didn’t think I had any reason to write about her.

I only knew her the same way all my friends knew her. Walt Disney happened to be in the audience when Annette was playing in an amateur production of…

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April

Faceless Friday

You looked in the mirror this morning. To shave, put on make-up, comb your hair, straighten your tie. How did your face look? Same-o, same-o? You hugged the kids before school. You kissed your spouse. What face did they see?

Then your day started again, only this time you had a new face. It was the one the kids stare at as you stand at the white board. Or the one your employees see as you pass…

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April

Teachers Can Be Wrong

Teachers Can Be Wrong

Last night, Dr. Jane Goodall gave a wonderful lecture to a few thousand Bakersfieldians. Early in her talk she mentioned that University professors were horrified when she began her dissertation about Chimpanzees. Living among them she observed their social interactions and reported that they had feelings and felt pain, love, anger and bonded within their family structure. She also reported that…

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March

Happy Birthday Dr. Jane

Happy Birthday Dr. Jane

How lucky we are in Bakersfield…sometimes. This is one of those times. A long-awaited book by Dr. Jane Goodall will hit the bookstores tomorrow, Tuesday.  We have Dr. Goodall here in person to sign the books on the first release day. Not only that, we can help her celebrate her 80th birthday.

Her birthday is Thursday but the party will start tomorrow at 5pm with a meet and greet, a little wine…

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March

Bub’s Got Color!

Bub’s Got Color!

Those were the words my mom proudly announced at the dinner table.
She continued, “We’re invited over this Saturday to watch the Rose Bowl Parade.”
We were excited. The first color television was in the neighborhood…and two doors away.

Yes, our neighbors, Bub and Edna (he called me little bub), were hosting a colorized Rose Bowl party and our family of four would walk two doors away and join…

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March

Writerly Reflections

A wonderful writer from WordPress, Krista, wrote about her origins as a writer. She told of her early fascination with books and how Dr. Seuss, C.S. Lewis and other writers brought fantasy alive in her young mind. She wanted to create and write her own amazing books.
Krista challenged me to write about my own origins as a writer.
baby writingI too was fascinated with books from age five. I loved getting lost…

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