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SoCS – You Can’t Get There From Here

Yay! We are celebrating Linda’s 8 year anniversary of SoCS.  Congratulations, Linda! If you are curious what SoCS is all about, check out Linda’s post for all the details. Join the fun while you are there.

Today’s prompt is as follows:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “way to go.” Use it as a phrase or use it in its literal sense. Enjoy!


Back in the day when I moved into a new town, it was my practice to take one day to simply explore. The first stop was usually to a gas station to buy a town map. Every gas station sold them at one point. This was pre-GPS and although almost everyone carried a Road Atlas in their car, a town map was a detailed snapshot of all the street names and areas of local interest.

The map was to be opened only in case of emergency. I would spend the day just driving around, trying to find my way around town, noting when I encountered the same places again and again. After a full day of driving every little street, I built up confidence in getting around town. If there was an accident or if a road was blocked, at least I would know if there was another way to go to get to my destination.

Our first GPS system was actually software than ran on a laptop. There was a sensor we put on the dashboard that picked up satellites. The software was made by a company in Maine and I think it was called “Street Atlas”.

In Orlando, sometimes. GPS systems would get confused because there were many streets with the same name. Streets would start in the north, stop and break, then pick up again further south.

I remember trying to find directions once on my Google Map app on my phone. I entered the destination and the app displayed a screen I had never seen before. It simply said ‘No routes detected”. That gave new meaning to the old adage ‘You can’t get there from here’.

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SoCS – The Rest of the Story

It’s that time again. Linda challenges us to think and write on our feet – Stream of Consciousness Style. If you are curious what SoCS is all about, check out Linda’s post for all the details. Join the fun while you are there.

Today’s prompt is as follows:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “rest.” Use it any way you like. Enjoy!


If you are near my age and grew up in the States, then my subject line most likely triggered a memory for you.

Paul Harvey was an American Radio Broadcaster. He is a case of ‘sometimes life is better when you don’t know everything.’ I will explain more on that later.

He did a radio segment known as “The Rest of the Story”.  The segment consisted of a short story about a person or event and then at the end the story would end with a surprising twist. Then Harvey would conclude with his trademark phrase “And now you know the rest of the story”.

The story I recall most of all was a story about someone who crawled into a nuclear reactor where the fuel rods had suffered a partial meltdown. This person, with a team of other highly trained individuals, would each be lowered into the reactor for 90 second intervals to clean the reactor. The man was former President, Jimmy Carter.

Paul Harvey was very right wing and today, as an adult, I would object to him and the company he kept. But as a kid I was oblivious to that and I loved listening to his radio segments – the non-news segments of course. He was revealed to be friends with Joseph McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover and rumored to be involved with some members of a very well known hate group.

Sometimes, knowing all the details about someone tarnishes your memories. And that, my friend, is truly the rest of the story..

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SoCS – Whatever

I took a couple of mental health days which for me meant no blogging and very little reading of blogs. Sometimes I need to cocoon and sort out my thoughts. Linda’s SoCS prompt is often a good way to dip my toe back in the water. If you are curious what SoCS is all about, check out Linda’s post for all the details.

Today’s prompt is as follows:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “whatever.” Use the word “whatever” any way you’d like. Bonus points if you start your post with it. Have fun!


“Whatever will be, will be”

This is the phrase, sung by Doris Day of course, that has taken up residence in my head this morning.

Yesterday would have been my sister’s 73rd birthday. I miss her terribly. Yesterday was also the day my daughter’s family made the difficult decision to say goodbye to their cat who was suffering from cancer.

When you live in a close family, you also develop a bond with your family’s pets. To be so far away and watch them go through this and try to help a four-year-old come to terms with this loss has been heartbreaking.

So many worries this week with people I love and care about. It’s harder when everything is out of our control. But that is life, isn’t it? We can go about our days feeling in control of everything, but then, one day, we realize we can only control so much.

Today I will spend my day drawing a picture of a beloved cat to help heal my little girl’s broken heart.


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SoCS – Where Does Your Fortune Lie?

Welcome, back to my stream of consciousness ramble brought to us each Saturday by the lovely Linda Hill. If you’re new to SoCS, you can get all the scoop over at Linda’s blog.  Check out the rules and let your thoughts run wild. .

Today’s prompt is as follows:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “fortune.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy!


My mind is slowly bringing an image into view. It’s cloudy at first but I see a man in a glass box staring into a crystal ball. It’s Zoltar!

Remember those fortune teller machines? Pretty cool, eh? But that wasn’t the first fortune teller in my life. The first one was my grandfather looking at my “life line” on my palm. I can still see him holding my hand, palm up, and tracing my long life line with his finger.

In school we had “cootie catchers”. Folded origami-like paper fortune tellers. Did you own one? I did. Several! I was a master at making them, so I guess in a way I was a fortune teller in my own right.

Somewhere along the way I would encounter the best of the fortune tellers – The Magic 8 Ball! What a great invention. I guess it didn’t really tell your fortune, but it could answer all your questions – well, your yes or no questions at least.

Quick! Can you remember the answers the Magic 8 Ball would give? I will see if I can find a video after I get this steam out of my head and onto the screen.

I remember my father telling me he had gone to a Fortune Teller when he was a teenager. A full fledged gypsy he said, complete with head scarf, gold jewelry and the works. She scared him. He would never tell us what the fortune teller told him, but he swore he would never ever step into another fortune teller’s parlor again. (Why did fortune tellers always have a parlor?)

I once owned a crystal ball. I never saw my future or my past in it, though. I wonder what that should tell me? 🤔


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SoCS- Pass Me the Funny Papers

Linda says today she is giving us a ‘plain ol’ prompt’ but we know she always comes up with something unique to challenge our Saturday stream of consciousness. If you’re new to SoCS, why not join in. Check out Linda’s blog for more info .

Today’s prompt is as follows:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “page.” Use it as a noun or a verb. Have fun!


Does anyone get the newspaper anymore? When I was in high school, we got the Sunday paper, but that was it. The conversation went something like this:

“Who’s got the comics?”

“I gave them to mom. You know she’s gotta read Beetle Bailey with her coffee.”

”Are there any good sales?”

“As if you care. Let me have the Parade magazine when you’re done.”

“I take it dad has the sports page?”

“Yep. In the bathroom.”

“Check this out. Someone’s selling a sweet Firebird – 1970 almost new. I gotta show this to dad.”

“Yeah, right. Like dad is going to let you buy a car – a Firebird no less – after you drove his car home with a flat and ruined the rim.”

“You’re probably right. Let me see the Help Wanted page. I think I need a job.”

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This was lovingly reminiscent of some wonderful Sunday mornings with my family in a little yellow house tucked away on a corner lot in rural America.