About Wordpusher715


I never know what to say. I live, I love, I perform, and I lament. Is there more than this?

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Near Mipple City, Wisconsin, United States
Local Time:
23 Sep 2019 13:35
I am transitioning. My previous interests are past and new ones haven't been found.
Favorite Books:
Personal journey stories.
Favorite Authors:
I rarely read the same author twice.
Favorite Movies:
Diane Lane (sigh) (heavy sigh) (Rinse. Repeat)
Favourite TV Shows:
None.I am culturally illiterate and my kids make fun of me.


Date Joined:
19 May 2018
Last Visit:
03 Sep 2019 (19 days ago)
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Topic: What Do You Remember As A Kid?
Posted: 16 Mar 2019 04:00

I remember living in a cabin along a river. I remember snakes, crawdads, and seining a river bed with my dad. I remember chigger bites from the raspberry patch.
I remember my Dad's funeral. Closed casket due to the work accident that killed him.
I remember bluegill fishing in a small creek with my brother and sister every week for two summers.
I remember riding our bikes ten miles to our cousins' house three times a week in those same summers. My sister was five, my brother was seven, and I was nine. We stopped at the Essington Farm for water. We hand-pumped it out of the well. Mrs. Essington would come out and talk with us.
I remember swimming in a public quarry that was finally condemned for bad water. It was sold to a private party and then re-opened without any contamination problems the next year. Go figure.

I remember as a ten-year-old applying make-up on my mother's back and shoulders before her dates. We kids wanted her to marry Bill and told her. He bought us McDonald's hamburgers and took us to the drive-in with Mom. She told him she wouldn't marry him.
She married Bob. It was a mistake. Our wonderful, bucolic childhood was over.
I remember a lot about that, too.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 17 Feb 2019 17:23

Too many responsibilities. Send a cup of chamomile my way.

Topic: What is on your mind?
Posted: 12 Feb 2019 08:51

Sometimes our work place is amusing. Read from the bottom as usual with email strings. The VP/COO has a dry sense of humor that causes everyone to drink at times. This is one of them.

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From: Bean Counter Ass't
To: Everyone
Subject: RE: Pizza Party - Thursday 2/14 in Bldg 2

Then let's change pizza to steak.

From: Dan VP/COO
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:42 AM
To: Everyone
Subject: RE: Pizza Party - Thursday 2/14 in Bldg 2

I am not at all sure what you were trying to say here. I note, however that SOME people are naturally resistant to change so….

From: Processor
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:01 AM
To: Everyone
Subject: RE: Pizza Party - Thursday 2/14 in Bldg 2

Ummm yeah

From: Dan VP/COO
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:42 AM
To: Everyone
Subject: RE: Pizza Party - Thursday 2/14 in Bldg 2

I am not sure that it matters given these circumstances; however, in a Danarchy , the Dan gets whatever he wants and everyone else scrounges through whatever is left over. The beauty of the system is that pretty much everybody is equal except the Dan and he is so revered that, not only are people content, they want to give him more.

From: Business Process Manager
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:24 AM
To: Everyone
Subject: RE: Pizza Party - Thursday 2/14 in Bldg 2


From: Bean Counter Ass't
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:08 AM
To: Everybody
Subject: RE: Pizza Party - Thursday 2/14 in Bldg 2

What kind of food does Danarchy have?

From: Dan VP/COO
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:05 AM
To: Everybody
Subject: RE: Pizza Party - Thursday 2/14 in Bldg 2

American GIs discovered pizza during World War II and brought it back to the US.
This means that if you want pizza, you are pretty much supporting the spread of fascism. And if you want the company to provide you with free fascism, well, I just have to think about that….
Perhaps it would be better if we all supported Danarchy instead, yes?

From: Processor
To: Everybody
Subject: RE: Pizza Party - Thursday 2/14 in Bldg 2
Thanks (Newbie) ! We all did good!

From: Newbie Manager
To: Everybody
You rock Process team!!!! 😊

From: Process Manager
To: Everybody
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2019 12:46 PM
Subject: Pizza Party - Thursday 2/14 in Bldg 2

We had a huuuge (insert Trump voice) week last week with 622 dispatches. So, we will be having a pizza party on Thursday. Please let me know if there’s any special requests.

Pizza will be from bowling alley unless someone nominates a different option and that option is seconded.


Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 06 Feb 2019 10:08

Hot tea, Cinnamon Orange, please. For those of you with bad winter weather like me:

Cold wind and lonely hills,
Ice crystals sparkle in bare trees,
Stinging nettles pelt my face,
Giving me winter’s wheeze.

Cold sun and grayish clouds,
Wind sounds gargling without tune,
Crackling ice upon the trees,
I hear Winter’s ‘Good Afternoon’.

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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 04 Feb 2019 12:42

Coffee, please. The roads are iced. Sand truck slid sideways down a hill. Slipped into a ditch and turned over on its side like a dinosaur. Driver okay. Truck is being looked at. Sixty miles of road to sand, two sides of road makes that 120 miles with one truck. It is going to be a long day for that driver.

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 02 Feb 2019 05:07

The winter weather is improving today. Hazelnut coffee, please.

Topic: Story Openings; the good, the bad, and the pitiful
Posted: 02 Feb 2019 05:03

"Ross Wakeman succeeded the first time he killed himself, but not the second or the third."

Jodi Picoult- Second Glances

I read this book because I read the opening sentence in a bookstore. Is there higher praise to be given to an opening line than to purchase the book?

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 31 Jan 2019 04:25

Coffee, please.

They re-opened Wisconsin this morning,
Or so I've been told,
Apparently -30 degrees isn't so very cold!
It doesn't seem to matter if its F or C
Frigid weather is all together way too much for me!

No matter what, we are keeping the three kayaks, the three bicycles, the two cars, her four dozen collector dolls and my twenty-four chess sets. That pasta maker gift from 1999? Bye, Bye. Oh, and we have to keep the hundred different Charles Wysocki jigsaw puzzles. No matter what we are keeping our treasures!
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Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 29 Jan 2019 20:10

It was a long day but I finally finished cleaning out my parent's attic, sheds, and utility room.

I'm too old to be carrying things down three flights of steps.


I want to spare my children that experience and haven't figured that out yet. I've thrown out most things purchased in my twenties and thirties. I'm less successful with "stuff" from my forties and fifties. Am open to anyone's wise advice on this.

More tea and honey, please. Is there a small piece of lemon cake around?

Topic: Inspirations, the Stories Space Coffee House
Posted: 28 Jan 2019 13:02

Snow blowing the driveway; four inches this morning. COLD and miserable. (Me. Not the weather. The weather is horrible.) Still need hot black tea with 3 Ricola lozenges and two spoonfuls of honey. Cough, cough, cough, cough. Sneeze! Oops, sorry about that. Don't stand too close! Looks like the high temps this week are in the negative numbers.~How thrilling~

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I Ruminate on My Mediocrity

My mediocrity overwhelms me as I ruminate on my life. Were my expectations too high? Work, sleep, succeed, marry, parent, mentor, and prevail. Seven words in everyone’s life. If you know their meaning, you’re living your life backward. Fewer memories to make and more to forget ahead. The road in front of me is shorter than the one behind. I have more regrets than a thousand Frank Sinatras. ...

Added 06 Apr 2019 | Category Musings | Votes 4 | Avg Score 5 | Views 356 | 5 Comments

In The Presence of Angels

How do I begin this memoir without sounding mentally unfit? It's probably best to simply tell you about it and you can be the judge of my competency. I spent the early part of my career repairing medical equipment in hospitals and clinics around the United States. Primarily in Ultrasound Departments but also Nuclear Medicine and X-Ray Departments. I spent my early career in a rush. I...

Added 03 Apr 2019 | Category Memoirs | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 314 | 5 Comments

For The Want of a Checklist

Day and Night? Check. Sky, Atmosphere, Outerspace? Check. Land, Seas, Plants? Check. Sun, Moon, Stars? Check. "Well, I think that's everything." "So what happens now?" "We go home and rest." "What do you mean home? This is home now." "Nope. Home is the place we created on the Second Day." "Really? For some reason, I expected this job to take longer." "I don't know why you think...

Added 04 Mar 2019 | Category Flash Fiction | Votes 7 | Avg Score 5 | Views 349 | 6 Comments

The Naming of Pheasants

Indianhead summer begins in the middle of June. That’s when the grass along the roadway of our rural Wisconsin town is available to be mowed. Six years ago the Town approved a resolution to prevent town mowing operations until the second week of June. Tall grass up to the edge of the roadway is the price one pays to protect the habitat of ground-nesting birds. It’s acceptable in...

Added 03 Mar 2019 | Category Memoirs | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 291 | 6 Comments

A Wisconsin Poem

It's winter in Wisconsin, And the gentle breezes blow, Seventy miles an hour, At thirty degrees below. Oh, how I love Wisconsin When the snow's up to your butt, You take a breath of winter air And your nose is frozen shut. Yes, the weather here is wonderful So I guess I'll hang around, I could never leave Wisconsin, 'Cause I'm frozen to the ground!  ...

Added 10 Mar 2019 | Category Poetry | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 401 | 8 Comments

Impressions of the Big Easy

Spaghetti straps, Mammary paps, Ugly shorts that tourists sport, New Orleans Voodoo memes, BDSM themes, Cemeteries make one wary, New Orly-anze. Hot and muggy, Somewhat thuggy, Bourbon Street’s dark-side treat, New Owl-ins Crawfish dishes, X’s for wishes, Cryptic Marie’s repository, N’awlins Rice and vampires, Streetcars named Desire, Tennesse Williams' fame. Charles Bukwoski, 'N...

Added 09 Feb 2019 | Category Poetry | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 586 | 5 Comments

Monsters Are Among Us

In the real world there are Monsters That look like you and me, They performed horrible deeds Throughout our history, You will not find them By peeking beneath your bed, They are all around you though, Trying to get into your head. Their purpose is to frighten you, To make you feel unsafe, Hinting at conspiracies, You can scarcely keep apace. The Monsters feed upon your fears, And scare...

Added 04 Feb 2019 | Category Poetry | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 766 | 11 Comments

The Hippopotami Adventure

The dugout canoes were overloaded as they were paddled up the Niger River by the two guides. The freeboard of the canoes was minimal. They weren’t meant to hold three Americans. I was the heaviest and rode with one guide while two of my daughters rode with the other. I was preoccupied with the thought that I was nuts and we were in over our heads. We were being taken to a place where we...

Added 03 Feb 2019 | Category Memoirs | Votes 10 | Avg Score 5 | Views 807 | 10 Comments

The ducks are on the water

The ducks are on the water At twenty-three below. They are so intelligent, Are you saying you don’t know? Its fifty-five degrees warmer, Than being in the air, The water’s above freezing, Ducks swim without a care. ‘Course we’re talkin’ free rivers, Not some flat and large calm lake, Where the ice is twenty-inches thick, For Pete’s and Goodness’ sake! So when you see an ice hole, With...

Added 31 Jan 2019 | Category Poetry | Votes 2 | Avg Score 5 | Views 719 | 2 Comments

Parenting is for Life

She came to me crying after the Holidays. Literally crying.  She said she never felt so mistreated in her life. It felt like all she did was cook and clean the entire time the girls and their families were here. I spent so much time taking care of them that I didn't have time to enjoy them. They were never like this when they lived with us. Why are they doing this now? This was my cue to...

Added 29 Jan 2019 | Category Memoirs | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 630 | 5 Comments

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