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The (Only) 5 Fears We All Share…

Posted by Les Becker on September 30, 2014 in Real Life, Writing, Zenishness... |

Psychology Today posted a really interesting article that crunched all our phobias down into five big fears that all of us share. According to this article, you may not have arachnophobia – maybe you’re even amused at another person’s fear of spiders – but if the thought of being eaten by a bear keeps you […]

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Did I Need to Know This?

Posted by Les Becker on September 28, 2014 in Who'da Thunk?! |

The first use of the word “computer” was recorded in 1613 in a book called “The yong mans gleanings” by English writer Richard Braithwait. “I have read the truest computer of Times, and the best Arithmetician that ever breathed, and he reduceth thy dayes into a short number.” It referred to a person who carried […]

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Death of a Yoga Mat

Posted by Les Becker on September 26, 2014 in Little Bits of Stupid, Zenishness... |

I didn’t know you well… but truth be told, that’s my own fault; why do I mourn you now? When I saw you in the store, I fell in love – or thought I did. You were extra long – I had been stubborn about the length of my new beau… I don’t like my […]

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How to Piss Your Father Off from 250 Miles Away…

Posted by Les Becker on September 24, 2014 in The Father Chronicles |
Matt-Falls-2006

He really was a good guy – you just didn’t want to piss him off. I was an expert at pissing him off, whether I meant to or not. If there was a way to screw things up, and piss my dad off, I would manage it. Before Kyla was born, her dad and I […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Floor…

Posted by Les Becker on September 23, 2014 in Little Bits of Stupid, Real Life |

I broke my “fat” mirror. I call it my “fat” mirror because the mirror was warped, but it was warped in all the right places. This was the mirror that added weight to me. It added curves to my straight-and-narrow frame. It made me look fatter, in other words, and that was good for my […]

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Stories Beat a Movie Every Time…

Posted by Les Becker on September 22, 2014 in The Landlady |
Ice Cream

Sunday Dinner-and-a-Movie at Ruby’s last night was disrupted, interrupted and kerfluffled – but in the most fun possible way… It was my turn to cook. I made a rather passable broccoli and cheese stuffed meatloaf, served up with home-grown potatoes (that I growed my own self!) and a can of corn – I don’t grow […]

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Autumn Leaves Me Wistful…

Posted by Les Becker on September 21, 2014 in Artsy Fartsy, Photography |

I’m posting this in response to the WordPress Daily Blog Prompt – “Autumn Leaves”. Check out that link! There are SO many great photographers and writers out there. This photo was taken nearly two years ago. It was a perfect day – took the dog out for a run and she, as always, was perfectly […]

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Am I Smarter than a Potato?

Posted by Les Becker on September 16, 2014 in Gardening, Little Bits of Stupid, Tarmac Garden, The Landlady |
InanimateObjectivity-potatoes

My big project for 2014 (aside from becoming “Independently Self-Sufficient”, that is) was to be able to feed the household without having to purchase any vegetable I could grow myself. Actually, the garden was a major part of the “Independently Self-Sufficient” plan – I just knew damned well that I could only just begin the […]

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Epiphany #1…

Posted by Les Becker on September 15, 2014 in Writing |

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Ruby’s Restaurant…

Posted by Les Becker on September 14, 2014 in Movie Mentions, The Landlady |
Traffic Jam!

This is what I get for complaining about losing against Ruby in cribbage. I don’t know where her luck (er… talent?) comes from, but after winning my second game in about 8 1/2 years (!!!) against her a couple of weeks ago, I was very disgruntled tonight to see that she’s back on her winning […]

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‘D’ is for ‘Dentist’…

Posted by Les Becker on September 10, 2014 in Little Bits of Stupid, Real Life, Wednesday |

Today is Wednesday. Anybody that knows me even a little bit, knows how fervently I believe that Wednesday is a crap day. It just is. I’ve been saying that right here since the inception of this blog. PROOF. There is no “hump” in Wednesday; there is a great big concrete mountain slammed down in the […]

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Darla’s Coin-Operated Refrigerator…

Posted by Les Becker on September 6, 2014 in The Landlady |
God's Railroad

September 6, 2014 Somewhere between Wawa and Hawk Junction is a little town called Magpie… Sometime during the 1930’s, Ruby’s sister Darla, and her husband Harry lived there. In fact, that’s where Ruby’s nephew Satch was born 78 years ago, and he still gets a kick out of telling people where he originated, since nobody’s […]

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