Category Archives: Creative Work

Various types of written pieces for the entertainment of our community.

The Case of the Kidnapped Housekeepers

One thing’s for certain at The Home For Senior Delinquents. Every day is a new adventure. Breakfast this morning. We have a buffet breakfast that starts at eight am. Some of our folks get there ten to fifteen minutes early, … Continue reading

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Do Unto Others

by Jackie Barker (lot 130) The whole world seems to be going crazy. Road rage, looting of stores by gangs and Karens beyond count are in the news every day. What can be done to stop these insane behaviors? Perhaps … Continue reading

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Humanity

By Ruby Bonham Is humanity progressing or regressing? Technology has had a major impact on the way we perceive things The media stirs the pot, keeping people in an agitated state and prone to violence. Truth and fact finding are … Continue reading

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Dryer Shrinkage

By Ruby Bonham Over the years my clothes have mysteriously shrunk in the dryer.  One day they fit then surprise, they don’t.  After much investigation I concluded it must be the dryer.  To prevent this anomaly, I have kept two … Continue reading

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“Cruise on the Danube River with Dennis Hellawell”

Dennis Hellawell is sharing the slide show of his 12 day river cruise on the Danube River. It was a trip from The Black Sea in Romania to Budapest, Hungary and included stops in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary. … Continue reading

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Getting Old Ain’t for Sissies

“Getting old ain’t for sissies”. How many times have we heard that phrase? Of course we always thought it applied to someone else – not us. When did we cross that age barrier into Senior Citizen? Just yesterday we were … Continue reading

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Psychic Strings

A recent conversation with T Rex. About weirdness, coincidence and who knows what. “I Was never going to tell this story. It is a 100% true account of, probably, the weirdest event of my life. I didn’t want to share … Continue reading

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Life is a Circus

Everybody loves the circus. Nonstop fun and excitement. Danger too. There’s a good reason the trapeze artists have a safety net. No matter how many years of practice, pain and sweat trying to be one unit, a team, they are … Continue reading

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Second Chances

Since losing Ed, then DeDe and finally Dolly, I wasn’t sure I wanted to open my heart to future loss again. I was fine, no dog bowls, toys or dog beds cluttering the house. I still got up to feed … Continue reading

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Squirrel Droppings #2 or “BUT WHERE DO I PUT…?”

–by Fred Prout Sometimes life gets in the way of living. Sometimes stuff gets in the way of other stuff and pushes some of that other stuff aside. For a while, anyway. Sometimes it ain’t all about you, Bucko, so, … Continue reading

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Pass Hope Along

By Fred Prout The after church crowd has dwindled down to T Rex (fka Thomas King) and yours truly. Shirley Shewill comes over coffee pot in hand. T and I have been yakking about things in general. Particularly some of … Continue reading

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Squirrel Droppings: Diaper Rash or Mindful Movement Inbox

By Fred Prout Random musings on the vagaries of life. I understand that as you mature (a condition I resist with all my being) stuff happens to your body. In the past, I have recounted a few previous run ins with … Continue reading

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Goodbye Darkness My Old Friend

By Fred Prout T Rex (fka Thomas King ) has been hard to find the past few months. The last time we got together was at The Unchristmas Party which was a huge success thanks to Ts efforts. Well,  this … Continue reading

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How Many Seniors Does It Take …..?

By Fred Prout A funny thing happened the other morning at the Home For Senior Delinquents. First, an explanation. For those of you who may not have reached senior status, a word of warning. I have recently attained the age … Continue reading

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I Witnessed a Miracle. Or Maybe It Was a Dog

by Fred Prout Here at the home for senior delinquents, we have two great chefs. Charlie and The Duke. Not the tall white hat chefs. The sit down and have a conversation chefs. A few days ago, one of our … Continue reading

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An UnChristmas Story

Don’t worry. No Red Ryder BB gun. No ghosts of Christmas past, present or future. Waking up to the wondrous aroma of turkey and

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A Thanksgiving Story

By Fred Prout John Tucker died. Outside of Ratcheds, it’s not news. You didn’t know him, why should you care? But John Tucker’s life had meaning. As do all lives. The community of Ratcheds loved John Tucker. And it went … Continue reading

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Squirrel Droppings / Pumping Irony

By Fred Prout As many of you know, the light of my life for most of a half century was legally blind. So I am not totally ignorant of the problems and how to get around them as best you … Continue reading

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One Flew Over The Handlebars

It’s been a wild day in Ratcheds By The Sea. Shirley Shewill, incoming manager of The Ratcheds Senior Center, is conducting an audit of the books and an inventory of supplies. Apparently, some of the members were heisting bananas, coffee … Continue reading

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In Memorium

Everyone here in Ratcheds, and elsewhere, is in mourning today. We learned of the passing of our beloved founder,

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