Orlando Vacation, Day 3, Part 1: It’s a Small World Filled with Cookie-Cutter Imps

These posts are way longer than I intended, but the family likes to have the details. After today the vacation posts get shorter, I promise. (These days were so exhausting, it exhausts me now to write about them.) We didn’t …
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Orlando Vacation, Day 2: Butterbeer!

Note: Diamondqueen notifies me of corrections after she reads my post. Cross-outs indicate corrected mistakes, which immediately follow. Everyone was up bright and early eating the various breakfasts we’d purchased at the supermarket the night before. I forget exactly what …
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Orlando Vacation, Day 1, Part II: Shut the Hell Up!

Note: Diamondqueen notifies me of any mistakes I make in my blog posts. Cross-outs reflect the corrected mistake, which immediately follows. We made the long trek from the Cabana Bay lobby to the parking garage to get our baggage, then …
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Orlando Vacation, Day1, Part I: Retro Overload

As happens so often these days, when I know I have to get up early in the morning, I can’t sleep. Since I normally go to bed around 3:30 a.m. and sometimes can’t sleep then  either, retiring earlier doesn’t help. …
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Summertime Blues

It wasn’t writer’s block or lack of desire to write that made me put off recounting my adventure with Diamondqueen and the Hooligans on vacation in June. I was feeling rather depressed and thought it might creep into my writing. …
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The Last Rosette

I haven’t been entering fairs in recent years. It used to be an annual thing, starting in 1969 when I was fifteen. I didn’t win anything that year at the Hamilton Co. Fair, but I continued to enter (primarily various …
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My Beloved Redware Whale Jug

We’ll be getting back from our Orlando journey on Friday. That means I’ll be in town for the summer open house at The Workshops of David T. Smith. I used to always go to the various craft festivals and Christmas …
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Riding on the Wall of Death

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Usually, early in June, I start listening to Nanci Griffith’s “Other Voices, Too–A Trip Back to Bountiful.” My music listening tends to be seasonal depending on when I first got familiar with a recording. Griffith’s was the soundtrack of my …
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Remembering Uncle Don

My uncle Donald Ritchie passed away last Sunday from cancer. It wasn’t totally sudden or unexpected–he’d received the dire diagnosis a few months ago and had been admitted to the hospital a few days before he died–but it was still …
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Heartbroken Over Rabbit Hash

Last night Mom and I were horrified to hear an alert on the ten o’clock news that there was a fire at the Rabbit Hash General Store. My worst fears were confirmed by later reports–the entire treasure of a building …
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