Living Longer on the Sidelines

Most predictions of life in the future expect increased life spans where people live to be over 100 years old. However, we have a culture oriented to being young. What will all these old people do and how will they fit into our culture? How will it feel to live an extra 20, 30 or so years, on the sidelines of life? Watch commercials, TV shows and other media. Young people involved in the plot, central to the action. Notice people over 45. Mostly they are extras or being sold insurance policies in commercials. Seldom are older people seen as … Continue…

The Missing Fortune

You open a fortune cookie and find it empty, no fortune. Well, big deal… probably happens to one in every million or so. You carry on with your day and almost forget about the missing fortune until… Finish the story in your own way. How superstitious are you? Would it bother you to not have a fortune in your cookie? Would you even wonder if it were a bad omen, maybe even death? Could something small like that influence you and your choices for that day?

Here’s to the Dirt in your Ear!

How does dirt get in your ear? I don’t mean the wax from inside your head, but the bits of grit (or whatever that is) which finds its way to collect in your outer ear. It can’t just be me, or that my ears are some weird shape. I’m not that abnormal. Anyway, it would make a good toast. No one would assume you were talking about actual dirt. Everyone would think the dirt was gossip. Tricky that way, isn’t it? What kind of toast could you use among writers? Something interesting and relevant to communication in some form. Take … Continue…

Write Seniors

Write Seniors For senior citizens to find pen pals from around the world. I think it’s really nice that someone did this. I hope it’s an active list with new members coming in. Based in Ontario. Maybe they meet through letters and get together once in a while for a real chat.

Beware The Phantom of the Opera

I will never forget seeing The Phantom of the Opera in live theatre downtown Toronto years ago with my family. I loved it. The rest of them…. they mocked it and continued to mock the show for weeks afterward. Doesn’t it really bug you when someone else just doesn’t get (understand) something you love? Anyway, that was years ago. Phantom of the Opera Live on Stage or Creepy on Film? I don’t think anyone, having heard the music from Phantom of the Opera, will ever really get it out of their head again. The story is one which has been … Continue…

Curves and Bumps

We don’t notice so many things. So much is common, not even thought of enough to be taken for granted. We expect the ground to be beneath our feet. Do you ever stop at a corner and think about the atoms you’re walking on and how they could… move just a certain way and you wouldn’t be standing on the same ground. Sort of impossible, but not entirely, something to think about when you’re out there. Today though, think about the shape everyday things have. Most shapes are curves and bumps. There are some right angles but even they become more … Continue…