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“A Hard, Hard Rain”

by Fred Prout Bob Dylan was a prolific songwriter. He was a major influence on the folk music scene. And maybe on some of our lives. The fact that he really couldn’t sing does not diminish his work. If you … Continue reading

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The Ugly Orange Mug

by Fred Prout I hope everyone involved in this story is reading it. Well, actually, I hope everyone is reading it. I am looking at what is, arguably, the ugliest mug around. No, I’m not looking in the mirror. I’m … Continue reading

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Just a Minute

A famous philosopher, L. Peter Berra, once said, ” When you get to a fork in the road, take it. ” Rita and I followed that dictum for most of our lives together. Invariably, we chose well. Each fork leads … Continue reading

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Cheerios, Ice Cream, and Hershey Bars

Or a thoughtful lesson in economics. Now, before I get too deep in this arcane subject, a brief glimpse into my qualifications. I do not possess a P.H.D in economics. Nor a M.S . My main qualification is B.S. Lots … Continue reading

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Two Years Later

by Fred Prout September 26th will mark the two year anniversary of our physical move from Timber Valley. I say physical move because mentally, emotionally, and spiritually we never left. We moved because…

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Three Coins on the Dresser

by Fred Prout Well, August 25th rolled around, and my insides are still not put back together. Bummer! As I was walking Kelly that morning, a nurse crossed the street in front of me. “Good morning, rough night?“ “Yes“. As … Continue reading

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The Incredible Joy of Seeing Her

by Fred Prout Did you ever have to move and leave your friends behind? It’s a terrible, gut wrenching feeling for the adults, but it’s worse for the little ones. “Don’t worry, You will make new friends.” But when there … Continue reading

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Face Doesn’t Match

by Fred Prout Rita and I were slow to embrace high tech. We, like many of you, were Luddites. Progress? Who needs it. Of course, all the gadgets on our vehicles were there, so, might as well use them. Satellite … Continue reading

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U-Turns

by Fred Prout U-turns are done when you suddenly realize you screwed up big time. You are in the middle of an “Oh S*$t” moment and need to change course quickly. Very quickly. We’ve all had them, we’ve all survived … Continue reading

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Life Changes

by Fred Prout Our life can change in an instant. Large scale event like Covid-19, individual event like surgery, or anything in between. Many people have handled the Covid change constructively. Having free time and isolation can spur the creative … Continue reading

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Does a bear ….?

Rita and I volunteered at Silver Falls State Park for three seasons. We loved it. Ann Maureen was the best boss we ever had and gave us all the fun things to do. Our first job was to put jelly … Continue reading

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Everybody is Somebody Else

I just met someone for the first time. As soon as we shook hands, she asked me “Who are you? What’s your claim to fame?

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A Moron Hero???

by Fred Prout Heroes come in all sizes and forms. Sometimes it’s the result of the act, rather than the act itself, that is heroic. The “hero” of this story is a moron.

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Heroes, Part 2

Hi Laura. You don’t remember me, but our lives intersected for about half an hour the night of May the fourth.

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Heroes, Part 1

by Fred Prout I just spent five days as a guest of Mercy Hospital. They removed a piece of my colon. I now only have a semi. They thought it was cancer. It wasn’t. Yippee !!! I now have a … Continue reading

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The Silliness Train

First of all, this story is 92% BS and 10% true. So, if you like silliness, hop on. If you have a problem with it, call me and I’ll deliver my Complete Works of Leo Tolstoy. And a few assorted … Continue reading

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A Little Day/Night Music

I hate to admit it, but the losses of the past year, and the isolation imposed by the virus, have left me fighting a daily battle with depression. Most days it’s a draw, some days I win, some I lose. … Continue reading

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Cold Weather III

When you live in Florida there are certain things that seem to be mandated by law. In no particular order, they are sun, humidity, bugs, time share sales, and visitors. Particularly in cold weather. Particularly when you live within an … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time, by Fred Prout With apologies to Stephen Hawking. Don’t yell. (Sorry,I couldn’t help it.) Time is not measured by day or night. Or months, years, or seasons. It used to be, but no more. The … Continue reading

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Singing in the Rain

SINGING IN THE RAIN by Fred Prout There are three different stories here , so pay attention ! Among the many musical performers Rita and I absolutely loved, the very top of the list was Judy Collins. Over the years,we … Continue reading

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