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Preview of The Jailbird’s Jackpot

Preview of The Jailbird’s Jackpot

Amy’s entrance in Traverse City, site of Travis’ bar, was not as quiet as she’d intended. The brakes of the truck in which she’d hitchhiked, screeched and its exhaust belched to foul the air. She felt like Sousa’s Band had announced her arrival.

Masks: Public Armor and Fashion Statement

Masks: Public Armor and Fashion Statement

No longer limited to Halloween and Carnivale, masks have become the preferred public interface protection. Their purpose: to prevent the inevitable droplets ejected from one’s mouth during coughing and/or talking from spreading the disease to others. Social distancing and frequent, significant hand-washing are not enough.

Life as a Miracle: Microwave Saved for Quarantine Meals

Life as a Miracle: Microwave Saved for Quarantine Meals

In early March, the early fright-filled days of COVID-19, our microwave lurched and stopped. Abrupt chirpy clicks and beeps emerged from its space among the kitchen cabinets. My husband and I were in the midst of morning coffee sips, attempting to ‘come to’ at 6:00 a.m., so we were startled.

Shitty Shitty Bang-Bang!

Shitty Shitty Bang-Bang!

Six-foot Social Distance in the new norm of Quarantine. Six feet away keeps one safe.

However, coupled with our enforced homestay, from mid-March to Memorial Day, was a home remodel gone wild. Six feet away, on the other side of our lot line.

It was difficult to remain sane.

COVID Homestay as Camping Redux

COVID Homestay as Camping Redux

Finally, finally, the state and its business are decreed unlocked. My husband and I returned to the carpet store within days and the staff were as happy to see us as we were to enter. The carpet’s still in stock, we still like it above all others, and, best of all, the price is reduced!

Joy! On solstice day, the new carpet will be installed! We are ready for a magic carpet ride…

The Dominos Fell during March

The Dominos Fell during March

March was a tough month. The reality of COVID-19 began to tighten a noose around the neck of America.

The west coast suffered first: the states of Washington and California, Pacific Rim destinations for people fleeing China. But, the east coast wasn’t affected – yet.

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