Rick Watson

18 weeks 6 days ago
I got up earlier than usual today. Jilda and I both had doctor appointments, so I slipped out of bed and jabbed the brew button on the coffeemaker with a sleepy finger before heading to the bathroom to get ready. As I splashed hot water from the sink on my face to shave around my beard, steam fogged the glass, so I wiped it with the heel of my...
19 weeks 6 days ago
There is an old pickup truck behind our barn that was once the color of a spring sky, but years of dust, bird droppings, and a tarp of atrophy have changed the color to a dappled blue. It must have been beautiful when it was new, but things get older. The first few years that Jilda and I were married neither of us made minimum wage so our...
20 weeks 17 hours ago
There is a game I play with Caillou (our collie) each evening when I step down to feed the deer some corn. I call it fetch the can.  Unlike a tennis ball, the plastic can is too big to fit in his mouth. So when I toss it, he has to wrestle with it for a while to get his mouth around it. I should YouTube this game sometime because it is...
24 weeks 6 days ago
I was stationed at Fort Sherman in Panama in the early 1970s, which was a remote Army complex on the Atlantic end of the canal. The fort was situated on a small finger of land separating the Bay of Colon and the Atlantic Ocean.  There were several barracks and some housing for officers, but less than 30 full-time residents lived there....
25 weeks 6 days ago
The mention of the word heaven brings up images in everyone’s heads. When we ask people to describe what heaven looks like, most of those images would be quite different. Some rely on the descriptions in the Good Book with its pearly gates and streets of gold, but others hold a more modernistic view. I am not here to debate it one way...
26 weeks 6 days ago
“What if” is a term I am accustomed to hearing and saying.  During the years I spent in graduate school, we constantly asked “what if,” when evaluating potential strengths and weaknesses of a business proposition.  Then there is the age-old question: What if I won the lottery and suddenly had $100 million to...
27 weeks 6 days ago
  I made a resolution this year that raised eyebrows with some of my friends. I resolved that there would be less Facebook and more face time with my friends. Social media has become a way of life. The way we communicated with each other in the past has changed. Social media has given everyone a voice. It is like one of those cars with...
28 weeks 6 days ago
  New Years celebrations have changed for Jilda and me. There were times in the past we spent New Year’s Eve wearing pointy hats, laughing, dancing, kissing, and toasting the New Year. By the time morning rolled around, my head felt as if an angry carpenter drilled holes in my head with a rusty brace and bit and filled it full of...
29 weeks 5 days ago
  I spend the waning weeks of each year in reflection, and a topic that has been on my mind this year is character. What is interesting is that an old door triggered this line of thought.  One day last week when the sun poked through clouds as gray as wood smoke, I decided to take advantage of the moment.  The dogs were...
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