Category Archives: The Neighborhood

The Mouse in the House

“No mice, no MICE, no MICE!” I screamed as I slammed the door in Smokey’s face. It was early in the morning and Smokey was banging at the door to be let in. When I opened the door, both she … Continue reading

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The Not Very Good Day

It’s summer in the desert. Hot, hot, hot! So when I looked outside and saw a girl sitting on the sidewalk crying, I knew I had to do something.¬†She was in the shade of my ash tree, but even so, … Continue reading

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Sausage Curls

Sausage curls — no, not something you eat, but a hairstyle. Fortunately, this isn’t something you see much anymore, but you might remember your grandmother or an elderly aunt who would come home from the beauty parlor with little curls … Continue reading

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… and I walked away

As cars go, little Emmerson was a bit timid. My previous Ford, Scout, was a big old Explorer who was brimming with confidence, loved to run, and looked on the highway as his oyster. Emmer, however, was a somewhat different … Continue reading

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The SHRIEK!

Saturday evening I was sitting at my computer when I hear the most terrifying shriek! it brought me right out of my chair. It was followed almost immediately by a second, louder shriek. The hair on my arms stood up … Continue reading

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How Hand Sanitizer Nearly Killed Me

Three things happen on Tuesday morning around here: the trash is picked up; the street sweeper comes by; Bible study at church. Preferably in that order. Bible study starts at 10. The street sweeper comes by sometime before noon. The … Continue reading

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I Do the Stupidest Things

Oh, don’t look at me like that — I’m not the only person who does dumb things. Unfortunately, the dumb things I do seem to have a potential for being life-threatening. And it’s happening again right now. (Spoiler alert: Since … Continue reading

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