There will come a time in your life when your significant other will ask you to go shopping with her.  Do not bring up the game you wanted to watch or mowing the lawn.  You are not being offered a choice. 

You will eventually end up in the woman’s section of a department store.  Once there a clerk will kindly offer a chair and a magazine to enjoy while your partner shops.  Quietly, but firmly decline because if you sit, you will be in the department for hours on end while the clerk helps your shopper.

Instead, ask your significant other what she is looking for, size, color, etc.  She will look at you with new respect and love for being so interested and helpful.  Once she has selected something she will want to take it to the changing room to try it on.

Once she is in the fitting room, go to the clothing racks and select three other items in her size.  When she comes out to show you how the article looks on her, she will ask your opinion.   say something safe like “it’s a nice color for you.” or “it looks good on you.”  Then say “I thought you might like to try on these three on.”

Repeat until she is so tired from trying on clothes that she offers to take you for a drink.  There is also a chance that it will be the last time you are invited to go shopping with her.

a bale of hay

bought a bale of hay

mulch on the garden

sixty years

since i smelled

that warm sweet smell


hoisting bales

on to the wagon

late summer

with sun hot

up in the loft


and forts

uncle shorty

falling through the tunnel

chasing us




miss that sweet scent

of my childhood

even the itching

Not Wearing a Mask is not a “Right”.

Your rights extend up to the point where they interfere with someone else’s rights.

Please educate those unfortunate enough to have been sleeping during civics class and tell them to wear the damn mask. The rest of us have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness too. Don’t interfere with our rights.

If you insist on not wearing a mask, please refrain from going to the doctor or hospital for treatment. Please don’t ask us to pay for the treatment of your “fake” disease.