Author archive: etcguy

Health Parents and Kids Yard
A Few Takes on COVID-19
March 31, 2020
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Walk into any essential store these days and you’ll see X’s marking the spot for social distancing.  This COVID-19 stuff is spooky.  The only positive is if you test negative.  At least our April 15 tax deadline is delayed until July.  I share a few takes on COVID-19… these posts appeared on my Etc. Guy […]
Holidays Sports
2020 is Leap Year
February 28, 2020
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Hey folks, February 29, 2020 is a Leap Day.  We get a free extra day, a twenty-four hour trip around the Sun, for doing nothing.  Which also means that 2020 is a Leap Year.  I have many writing projects in draft mode and will get on ‘em soon.  In the meanwhile I’ve been enjoying the […]
The Humor Project
North State Writers and Blue Room Theatre Combine for LiveWord II
January 22, 2020
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“The real joy is in constructing a sentence. But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready.”  Steve Martin I write when pen hits the pad.  Sometimes that pad and my imaginary friends are hard […]
Sports
New Wheels Help Baby Boomer’s Game
December 17, 2019
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(Published in Hockey Player Magazine, December 2019) “I always liked speed.”  Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens They are not Ferrari fast.  But they’re quicker than my old Lego® block wheels. “Get decent wheels dude,” Tex advised.  A regular season Blazer teammate, Tex joined fellow teammate Roxanne and me to play summer hockey.  Northern California’s heat is […]
Parents and Kids
Veteran Pen Pal Comes Knocking at Door
November 11, 2019
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(Readers: I wrote this story based on an event nine years ago, glad to update it a bit). Eighty words bridged seven thousand miles. “Write to a soldier and cheer them up,” said Mrs. Larsen, while coordinating a holiday writing campaign for her fourth grade class.  My daughter, Maggie, carefully focused on the task.  Her […]
community
Sierra Nevada Brewery Hosts 13th Annual Trivia Bee for Literacy
September 29, 2019
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“I am part of everything that I have read.”  Theodore Roosevelt Hold the date trivia nerds.  Box up the Scrabble game and come out for a good time.  It’s a big night for big brains and bigger laughs. What is the name of the dog on RCA’s old logo? Name the mutt on October 25. […]
Health Life Outdoors Travel
Faith, Friends and Fortitude
August 27, 2019
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“A wife of noble character, who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.”  Proverbs 31:10 I hadn’t hugged her for years.   Not because of a jealous mate, but because one of us had cooties.  Lin had bad blood in her bones. “Good thing I can’t kiss you,” I said.  “You’d fall in love […]
Health Parents and Kids
Hanging Out With Old Attitudes
July 28, 2019
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They are kids with wrinkled skin who wear plenty of attitude. Shuttle vans park outside the main entrance to cart them to and fro, whether to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping or to the movies.  Panel doors slide open and wheel chair ramps pop out.  After the cargos load, the vans are off and about. Inside […]
The Humor Project
It’s Summer. Time to Pitch.
June 27, 2019
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“So God has a lava lamp.   I’m cool with that.” Tom Bodett, pitchman for Motel 6   He made a career pitching hotel rooms. In the mid 1980’s Tom Bodett lived in Homer, Alaska, the southernmost town in the state’s highway system.  An outpost 200 miles south of Anchorage at the end of the road, […]
Holidays
Happy Memorial Day – Thank you Vets
May 27, 2019
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To all Vets and all who are still active military, thank you.