Category Archives: Loose Chunks of Debris

Fiction, semi-fiction, thoughts, essays, haiku, and all other posts that strike a chord.

Handiwork

Summer near the ocean brings balmy air that frizzes hair and seeps humidity into crisp dry sheets no sooner than you lay them down. But it’s nothing compared to what it does to the outside of a house. After a … Continue reading

Posted in Loose Chunks of Debris, retirement101 | Leave a comment

William Burroughs, Gore Vidal, and Los Alamos

Perhaps the most antithetical place on the planet to mention on or around Earth Day is Los Alamos, New Mexico, site of the development of mankind’s ultimate destructive weapon for Planet Earth. Yet that’s where I found myself a few … Continue reading

Posted in Everlasting Misfortune, Loose Chunks of Debris, retirement101 | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A Dogs’ Graveyard

In the 1920s, two wealthy, avant-garde sisters from New York stopped in Santa Fe to get their hair done, fell in love with the landscape, bought several acres and created an artists’ respite called El Delirio. Amelia-Elizabeth and Martha White … Continue reading

Posted in dog, Loose Chunks of Debris, retirement101 | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Aviophobia

April 1. 11:17 p.m. We’re somewhere over Kansas and climbing. I watch the speed and altitude while I fly, wondering what cockpit chatter is about, trying to put myself there to understand. I’m a nervous flier. I question every little … Continue reading

Posted in Loose Chunks of Debris, retirement101 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

This Is Not Us

When I see Cialis commercials or Celebrex ads, or other doses of retirement-is-carefree dopamine, to me the couples look like they are about 49 or 50 and have just been given silver hair for the commercial shoot. The images in … Continue reading

Posted in Loose Chunks of Debris, retirement101 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Retirement 101 (or how to live on half your income)

When I mentioned to someone I work with that I am retiring from my job, she said “Not retiring ‘from,’ but retiring ‘to’ – that’s the new way of thinking nowadays.” Well, I have to confess that retirement planning feels … Continue reading

Posted in Loose Chunks of Debris, retirement101 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Best of 2017 – Atlas of Remote Islands

When I was a kid I loved to sit in our basement and read about things like breeds of dogs or cats, or the 10 wonders of the ancient world in those child encyclopedias. This year, the book Atlas of … Continue reading

Posted in Loose Chunks of Debris | Leave a comment

60 Faces of Bennett (55-60)

I leave my grandson. Continue reading

Posted in Loose Chunks of Debris | Tagged | Leave a comment

60 Faces of Bennett (49-54)

This week Bennett showed his sense of humor. Sam, his dad, shook a bag of sunflower seeds in front of him and he was startled by the sound, maybe even a little scared. At first. But a moment later, Sam … Continue reading

Posted in Loose Chunks of Debris | Leave a comment

60 Faces of Bennett (43-48)

There’s an eternal mommy debate about when and whether to let babies CIO (cry it out) in a room alone when trying to get them to sleep. Bennett gets fussy and cries in the evenings. Certain things will soothe the … Continue reading

Posted in Loose Chunks of Debris | Leave a comment