Showing posts from October, 2014

Halloween Memories

Ever wish you could go back in time and trick or treat again like you did when you were a kid?  I do!

Yes, those were the days.  The weeks of planning your costume on a meager family budget.  Rumaging through drawers, closets and attics for items to complete that special outfit you thought of all by yourself.
And if Halloween fell on the weekend, well, that was just too cool!!!  You could stay up late gorging on all of the great candy you brought home!! That is, after it was thoroughly checked by mom and dad.

For me, one year, it was going as the cleaning woman that Carol Burnett used to play at the end of her sitcom show.  It really was an easy costume to put together.  An old dress of mom's, saggy panty hose and the mop in my bucket turned me into her character in a matter of minutes.

I romped through our old neighborhood with my two older sisters.  Clouds raced across the moonlit skies. It was cold but we didn't feel it.  Kids never do, especially on Halloween. We tried to …


Another fall has come to the Hoosier state. The warm temperatures are gone and the leaves are halfway turned to their glorious splendor of color. I'm feeling nostalgic and melancholy at the same time.  I tend to get a little despondent as the baseball season comes to a close for two reasons.  Number one, my Chicago Cubs have not made it to the postseason since 2008 when they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Number two, I just love summer more! I don't mind a little snow around the holidays but the older I get the more I dread the weeks and weeks of cold weather and the scraping of cars and driveways.  I would much rather be at a ball game, preferably Wrigley Field, soaking up some sun and Cubbie runs on the scoreboard!

One week ago I attended a visitation for my former old boss, D.W. Conner, Jr., OD.  He was a local optometrist and a huge chunk of my professional career was spent working for him.  We would both eventually move on to different workplaces as a result of buyouts …