Grape Jam (purple poetry)


Grape jam
I know where you am
on my shirt,
on the counter
and on my hand!


2018 in anticipation


I’m in no hurry to get to what is called paradise or heaven.

I find life now exciting, an adventure every day, a cause to exercise ‘will power’, creativeness and the joy of some indulgent, earned rewards.

I use plenty of memories I didn’t enjoy as an example to weight myself today, a wind to lean against, lessons to use.

And, I have a definite anger for those that cut me short. I will never let people do that to me again. Too many times!


…… If there was a thing that I could change as I was forming myself, it would be: (I didn’t intend to write this verse….. It just fell out that way ….. it happens!)

Promise to Myself:

To be stronger at capturing my dreams,

and surround myself with the people that are that way too.

They are not all ‘exactly’ as I.

By our nature, that would not do!

It’s the pursuit, the reaching, and the moving on.

I met a few and unconsciously migrated toward them.

Now I know why,

….. many are gone.

Wisdom takes a long time for some!

 ….. and I’m late, late, late.

….. so 2018 here I come

….. me being me,



My Christmas Music covers


It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas (left click on the song title you want to hear)

White Christmas

A Marshmallow World

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

The Christmas Song 

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

Blue Christmas


We Made It Through December (a true Christmas Story)


We Made It Through December

I remember one of the first few Christmases in Tucson. We had just run out of disposable funds about a week before Christmas.

I mean, we were holding our own, the bills were paid, there was just no extra. And I don’t remember the exact evening, but I did have a couple of bucks so I bought an Arizona lottery ticket, and I stayed up to watch the numbers, which I seldom do.
You know, sometimes people think I’m a little lite on the religion side.
Well, there’s plenty of that goin’ on already.
As for me, that night when we hit 4 and it might have been 5, numbers, I woke Kathy. It was going to be around $1800.

All of my life, I’ve felt something was watching over me. Things seemed to happen ‘just in time’ or ‘right place at the right time’ or something on my shoulder slapping my hands when I was about to make a mistake. I freely talk about it to the right people. Today I call it my ‘Muse’ whom I tease and taunt constantly. lol And sometimes…. I think I get paid back for that! lololol
But that evening and through the night I hardly slept.
And the next day, I don’t think my feet touched the ground. I took off early and went down to the lottery place and turned in my ticket.
The lady left my sight and came back with the cash (maybe a check) I think. Of course, I had to sign several times here and then there.
Anyway, 4 kids had a wonderful Christmas morning, we paid a few bills and I was left with a feeling…. I mean, within 4 days of Christmas, we were taken care of. What were the odds?
I didn’t get wordy in my thoughts. I just said ‘Thank You’ silently a hundred times.
It’s a kind of grateful that will make your nose run every time you think about it.
I got something in my eye right now.
Merry Christmas to all, Ron

So here’s Ol’ Merle Haggard tellin’ his story. It was an easy one for me to do …… we made it through December. rdd

If We Make It Through December (a Merle Haggard cover) Just click on the song title… rdd