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A New Table to Sit At…

Posted by Les Becker on April 29, 2018 in The Landlady, Zenishness... |

I have kind of/sort of duplicated Ruby’s kitchen table, complete with space heater underneath, in my own small way. Ruby’s table was a safe space for me, and I miss it dreadfully. My table is much smaller, but I can feel her here in spirit, so I think it was a good idea, even if […]

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Rest in Peace, Ruby Daniel…

Posted by Les Becker on April 20, 2018 in R.I.P., The Landlady |

This is an incredibly sad day. I have lost a dear, dear friend, a wonderful lady that has supported me and all I do for the last 14 years. She held my hand when my father died, and my heart when my mother followed two years later. She became an adopted grandmother to my daughter […]

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I Kinda Love Facebook…

Posted by Les Becker on January 7, 2015 in Writing |
The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs

I got a great compliment from a Facebook friend that bought “The Waitress” yesterday. She read it start-to-finish before noticing that the sun had gone down, supper was late – but took the time to tell all her friends on Facebook how much she loved it BEFORE feeding the family! I feel a little guilty, […]

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I SKUNKED THE LANDLADY!!

Posted by Les Becker on August 31, 2014 in The Landlady |
SKUNKED!

Ruby and I have been playing cribbage together since early in 2007. Usually she wins – lots of times I get skunked, and now and again she’s double-skunked me. I don’t know how many games we’ve played in all that time, but I know how many times I’ve beaten her. Twice. Twice. One of those […]

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A Winter Dog Walk-About…

Posted by Les Becker on January 12, 2014 in Photography, The Landlady, The Walk-About |
Look at my butt!

There’s something wonderful about winter walks with the dog – especially on a Sunday afternoon, when it seems like no one else in the city is out and about. We almost always go to the same place every time – a field across from a ball diamond just a few blocks from home. We usually […]

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The $5 School Cake…

Posted by Les Becker on November 26, 2010 in The Landlady |
Chocolate

When Ruby was a young girl, her school in Northland had a fair once a year, in the spring. It offered the usual school fair “stuff” of the era; games of chance, 4H projects, etc., and students could show off (and sell) their needlework and baked goods. One year, Ruby won a needlepoint contest – […]

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Where’s the “Beech”?!

Posted by Les Becker on July 2, 2008 in The Landlady |

Parade Girl – 1956 It didn’t show up in the photo, so Ruby’s sister, who took the original picture back in 1956, wrote what the sign said with a ball-point pen, on the copy she made for Ruby. Yes, that’s Ruby with the mask, goggle eyes and bathing suit. Ummm. Yeah. That’s a bathing suit. […]

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…Like a Woman Scorned.

Posted by Les Becker on January 31, 2008 in The Landlady |

Guess Who’s Jealous, Now…?! I was telling Ruby tonight about posting my Dad’s harrowing experience on the ice in 1938. I had been about to add that I thought he was jealous of all the attention she was getting from my readers. I didn’t get the chance, because once I told her the story she […]

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Work Boots ‘n Dancin’ Shoes

Posted by Les Becker on January 16, 2008 in The Landlady |

Elle, from Maxwell the Tattooed Boy and Other Astounding Joys, wrote about her grandmother in a post yesterday. Her Grandma was a Flapper in the Roaring Twenties, a time that fascinates me (I’m in – okay, mostly out of, lately – the midst of a novelish-type project about those days).Suzi wondered in Elle’s comments what […]

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When Ruby Runs Out of Stories…

Posted by Les Becker on November 14, 2007 in Fur-Babies, The Landlady |

You noticed “Ruby” in the header, didn’t you? That’s why you’re here. My stats go waaaaay up when I post about Ruby. You should have seen the look on her face when I told her that the other week. Grinning to beat the band, she was. And then she told me she didn’t think she […]

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The Waitress, the Whiskey, and the Handcuffs – Part III

Posted by Les Becker on June 17, 2007 in Gift Shop, Short Fiction, Stories |
The Waitress, the Whiskey & the Handcuffs

The Waitress, the Whiskey & the HandcuffsPart 1 of The Ruby Chronicles Ruby Daniel is a 30-something widow trying to get by in a small backwoods Northern town in the 1950’s. Her chicken farm is failing, and she takes a weekend job as a barmaid at an illegal drinking establishment run by a crooked police […]

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