RESPECT

Aretha Franklin, aka The Queen of Soul died yesterday. What a gifted woman she was. She had a soaring voice, honed in her church choir as a child, and was a fine pianist as well. Remembrances abound, not surprising given her wide appeal and range of accomplishments. Many Grammys for her singing, performing at the […]

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Memories

Lots of memories in my life. I suppose that’s a part of aging. There’s more of my life behind than in front of me. I appreciate my past, as it informs my present, and I am who and how I am in no small part due to my experiences. And yet, I don’t focus a […]

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A Golden Era

Today is the 49th anniversary of the first moon landing. Not the golden 50th anniversary, but close.  I remember watching on our black and white TV. Hearing those amazing words. “Tranquility Base here, the Eagle has landed”. Followed some hours later (I recall it being in the middle of the night) by Neil Armstrong’s famous […]

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OPEN SPACE

Where I live, there is a lot of open space. Land that has been purchased by the community, whether county, city or town, and now dedicated to remaining open, and undeveloped. It is often open to recreational use, hiking, and sometimes mountain biking on the trails. It is a fabulous community resource, and is well […]

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Kerfuffle

Its my turn! No way! I’m right. No you’re not, I am. Its a kerfuffle! Kerfuffle. Isn’t that a fine word? Kerfuffle. A lovely rhythm, a nice mix of hard and soft sounds. Its a relatively new word for me. I don’t recall hearing it prior to starting a training in 1998. My course was […]

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Superstitious or Auspicious?

There are many superstitions in the world, vastly more than any one person can know. Friday the 13th being bad luck is a common one, and many consider the number 13 unlucky, enough so that some skyscrapers actually do not have a 13th floor. As it turns out, I was born on the 13th day […]

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Hospitable

Friendly and welcoming, to strangers or guests. This is often used in reference to lodgings, and also to environments. Where will I be comfortable? Antarctica or the Hilton, or somewhere in between? For me, and I suspect most of us, it depends on the day. Hospitable comes from the same root as hospital and hospice, […]

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Lucy: My Farewell Tour

Hello again, its me, Lucy One White. Today I am doing what might be my last posting. As you know, I am a cat of some age. I am not as strong as I once was, and my eyes aren’t working so good. I don’t always see stuff very well, and I forget what I […]

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Many Milestones

This is a time of many milestones in my world.  I chose this word as today is my sister’s 60th birthday. Who knew that little pest would grow up to become a woman who today I enjoy and admire? Very different as children, we annoyed each other mightily, or as I’ve learned to think of […]

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Well Hail, Part 2

Louisville could now be known as the land of the Tarp People.  Tarps cover broken skylights on roofs and many cars with shattered windows are also sporting a tarp or plastic sheeting, along with ample amounts of that homeowner’s friend, duct tape. In my neighborhood, nearly every home has something bandaged. At the same time, […]

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Tri This: Race Day

Yesterday was race day, my first sprint length triathlon. A half mile open water swim, followed by a 10 mile bike ride and a 5k run. I chose this race in particular for its smaller size (limited to 450 entrants in both the sprint and shorter super sprint events) and because it was a women’s […]

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Growing Geese

Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Pond. One of my favorite places visited on my training runs and rides is Harper Lake. Its really a pond, given that the trail around it is just under a mile. I enjoy being up there in all seasons. Its a busy place, with many people out and about, walking, […]

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Wardrobe Malfunction

Well, this could be construed as false advertising if you’re  expecting something along the lines of Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl unveiling.  No titillation involved here, unless you’ve a thing for tags and seams. Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Check. And this is what I found when I looked down while finishing my bike ride this […]

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Well Hail!

It was a normal Monday evening. We finished dinner, washed up, and were watching a little Antiques Road Show on PBS (we are very fancy at my house). Then bam! the wind picked up, there was a little rain, some thunder and then HAIL.  Big-ass hail. One, two, three inches in diameter, coming down fast […]

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Skogafoss

Five summers ago, BA and I visited Iceland, taking advantage Icelandair’s policy of a free stopover on our way to Europe. We took four days exploring the southern part of the country. Our lodgings were set each night, and included two nights in a former elementary school that was now a small inn. Aside from […]

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Where There’s Smoke

Today’s Ragtime Daily Prompt is Julienne. Julienned vegetables are often also described as being cut into matchsticks. And matches can start fires. Here in Colorado, we have 6 major forest fires burning at the moment, as you can see on this map. There’s also a fire just over the western border in Utah, and many […]

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A Pre Pickle?

Today’s featured photo is of one of my young cucumber plants. Its actually the only one that has survived a combination of hail and insects. I have some replanting to do if I want to have cucumbers this summer. I love fresh cucumbers, and I was hoping to make some pickles as well. We’ll see. […]

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Clematis

Before I bought my house 30 years ago, I had never heard of clematis. My house was new; I was starting from dirt in terms of landscaping. That first spring, my brother and I built a deck I had designed, and I was talking with some of the folks at my office about my plan […]

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Life is What Happens

While you’re making other plans. Or so the saying goes, along with some of its many variants, including one favored by a childhood friend. “You wanna make the gods laugh, tell them your plans.” There’s certainly been some of that going around my house recently. Illnesses, all thankfully resolved, technical glitches (likewise) and then today’s […]

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Hot Stuff

Its June, and its going to be hot this week, predicted to hit the 90’s (32 to 35C for those of you who did go metric) every day. I don’t particularly love hot weather, so I’m not flummoxed on how to order my day. Exercise early, before the heat hits. I’m a morning person, and […]

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Gardening–Imagination in Action

Gardening requires imagination, seeing what might become sometime in the future. Seeds become seedlings and then plants; bearing food, flowers and greenery. Patterns emerge to engage the eye. Bare dirt or a weedy patch transforms. Flowers brighten the day, beckoning bees. Shade from the trees shelter even as the apples grow for later harvest. What […]

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The New Daily Prompt–A Proposal

Greetings. I’m glad to note that I’m not the only one who would like to continue with a daily prompt. So here’s what I’ve got so far in terms of interest as prompt contributors:  Me (Curious Steph), Martha Kennedy (I’m a Writer, Yes I Am), Lorna (ginlemonade.com), Curious Cat (CuriousCat99), Tracy (Reflections of an Untidy […]

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Memorial Day

Killed while fighting Wars started by another Will it ever end?   Today is Memorial Day in the US, a day to remember and honor those who died fighting for the country. I acknowledge and grieve the lives given in service by the men and women who fought in these battles, never of their own […]

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RBG

RBG—SEE THIS MOVIE!  Whether or not you are a fan of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg or not, I highly recommend this movie. Its a fascinating documentary about a fascinating woman. I learned details of her life that I didn’t know, and following her path from being a kid in Brooklyn to her […]

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Archaic? Not if Target Sells It.

For my non American readers, Target is a store in the US that carries a lot of stuff. Clothes, gadgets, tools, toys, housewares, cosmetics, groceries. Its not high end fancy stuff in general, but adequate in quality. It turns out there are Target stores in India and a few in Canada. There’s a store a […]

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No More Daily Post?

I’m bummed. I don’t always read Ben Huberman’s posts, but when I saw yesterday’s title in my feed, which included Thank You, followed by an opening line of “Saying goodbye is hard”, I had a bad feeling. The Daily Post with its daily prompt and other cues and supports for blogs is going away. Its been around […]

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Well, Its Not a Rooster.

To start with, these are awkward photos–taken into the sun on my run this morning. I often run around this small lake in town, as its a soft path with a bit of nature, a gorgeous view of the mountains, and coming to and from my house, it makes a tidy 5K run. The houses […]

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