Author archive: etcguy

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 […]
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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. […]
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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.
Sports
Beer League Hockey Has No Free Agency
April 25, 2019
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(Published in Hockey Player Magazine, April 2019) Zero, ten, two isn’t a bike lock combination.  It was last season’s hockey record.  My Blazers suffered more takedowns last Fall than MMA wrestlers.  The losses really sucked when we went 1-12 a few years back.  But 0-10-2 really, really, sucks.
Humor Writer Interviews The Humor Project
Leigh Anne Jasheway Accidently Keeps Them Laughing
March 10, 2019
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“We either laugh or we lie face down in the carpet weeping.”  Leigh Anne Jasheway I first reached out to her after Labor Day.  My in-box chimed when I received her message, Leigh Anne Jasheway was game to be interviewed as part of my Humor Project.    “It’s almost Thanksgiving,” she wrote, “You’re already behind…. in something.” […]
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Etc. Guy Hockey Story to be Performed Live
February 3, 2019
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No costume.  No props.  No excuses. When I re-booted my writing career six years ago my goal was to get regular gigs and earn a passive self-sustaining income from writing.  My writing income isn’t even passive-aggressive. 
Health Lifestyle
January Tanning at 40 Degrees North
January 25, 2019
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“On vacations we hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.”  Erma Bombeck Suntan lotion sales melt at forty degrees north.  Especially in January when jackets cover skin.  But compared to my buddy, O’Malley Nanook of Fairbanks, […]