BE HOME BEFORE THE LIGHTS COME ON – Marilyn Armstrong

When I was growing up ... and even when my son was growing up in the 1970s, kids went out to play. Alone. Unsupervised. Unstructured. Disorganized with not a single adult to keep an eye on us. We built "forts" and "clubhouses" out of crates and old boxes and anything we could find that mom … Continue reading BE HOME BEFORE THE LIGHTS COME ON – Marilyn Armstrong

WHEN NO-TRUMP WAS A BRIDGE BID – Marilyn Armstrong

Back in the day, I played bridge. In those golden olden days, "no Trump" was a bid. It didn't have extra meanings. Just a contract bid. Three no trump equaled "a game." Seven no trump was THE bid, to take every trick and the high card of the led suit won. Even a two of … Continue reading WHEN NO-TRUMP WAS A BRIDGE BID – Marilyn Armstrong

MONOPOLY IS THE NAME OF OUR WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Game When I was a kid, we played this game all summer long. If we weren't building a "clubhouse" or jumping rope or playing hide n' seek, we were playing Monopoly. Monopoly was a bad word once upon a time. Teddy Roosevelt fought the monopolies. He lost, by the way. He never … Continue reading MONOPOLY IS THE NAME OF OUR WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong

A PEEK AT FALL THAT HAS ALREADY LEFT US — GARRY & MARILYN ARMSTRONG

We didn't get more than a peek at the full autumn colors this year. It was late October by the time the leaves fully changed ... and within hours, the rain began to fall. It was heavier rain, lighter rain ... and finally, it ended in a crashing storm with high winds (I think they … Continue reading A PEEK AT FALL THAT HAS ALREADY LEFT US — GARRY & MARILYN ARMSTRONG

REAL REALITY, VIRTUAL REALITY AND REALITY TV REALITY – BY TOM CURLEY

I’m having a real problem with reality lately. And it’s not from taking too many drugs. I think it’s from not taking enough drugs. The problem is that we have too many realities to choose from. We have reality TV, which everyone knows is not real at all. We have our real reality, which seems … Continue reading REAL REALITY, VIRTUAL REALITY AND REALITY TV REALITY – BY TOM CURLEY