Tire

Desert games II

The adults used the tires to build things – useful things: walls, shoes, containers of many sizes and shapes, stairways. The children made toys of the tires when they weren’t pressed into service helping to cut the thick rubber into strips for their parents projects. The adults didn’t know who had driven into the desert and dumped a truck load of tires, but they were not going to let a single bit of the rubber go to waste.

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Skates

Spinning Wheels

Nowadays skaters stand on boards. Inline skates have replaced the four-wheel clip-on skates I learned to whiz around on. My neighbor exercises on inline skates. Up one side of the block and down the other. Then do it again. On the downhill side she goes faster than a car. On the uphill side she works hard. The perfect exercise. A bit of work, a bit of glee, then do it again.

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Dinner

Four years of college, four years of two packages of Ramen for dinner, four years of swearing that food would be rich, meaty and fresh in the future. Now that the future was here, now that a job was here, now that money was available, he was so tired each night that he stopped on his way home from work and bought horrid Chinese food or heavy Mexican plates or fat filled sandwiches with beef and bacon. Life was not what he planned for it to be.

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Lunch

The lunch of my childhood was a study in what not to eat. Fried bologna. (Fried in bacon grease left over from breakfast.) White bread slathered with mayonnaise. A huge stack of salt-laden potato chips. A glass of whole milk. Now that I’m all grown up and know better than to eat that way, I’m not any healthier. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll have fried bologna for lunch today.

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Breakfast

I used to wake up starving when I was a kid. Now I wake up wanting coffee. Okay. Needing coffee. I own up to the addiction. Breakfast can wait. Breakfast is mainly something I eat so the coffee and the handful of pills I have to take every morning don’t upset my stomach too much. My relationship with breakfast is shifting from love to necessity.

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Hallelujah

She smiled at the class. “Hallelujah, brethern,” she said. “You just finished a working web site.” A couple of the class members smiled back at her joke. She went on to detail everything they had accomplished in the last few hours. Then she sent them home feeling good. What a day!

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Glory

For my photography book “Glory” I went to the poorest places in America. I took photos of people and places that reflected the glory of the human spirit not matter how squalid the circumstances of life. It is my favorite book of all 27 of my photography books.

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Sing

Singing in the Rain

Sing of retreating darkness,
Sing of light,
Sing of buds
Bursting yellow.
Sing of birds
Singing themselves home.
Sing of blue air and warm sun,
Sing of life.

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Start

Play-Doh

Writing is like playing. You’re slouched on the couch, bored. You can’t figure out what to do next. Get up, go where your writing tools are, pick a word and start. Make a choice, pick a color. Just start. Write another word. Another. Somehow a sentence appears, then another. Start and something will happen.

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Funny

Funny cat

So I went to this: Wisdom Sharing. Gloria Steinem told a story about Alice Walker being at her apartment for the weekend. Gloria wondered what her cat would be like if it was as big as Gloria herself. Alice answered, “She would eat you.”

Maybe it’s good to remember that your funny kitty only loves you because you feed her.

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