Grandpa, Grandma, Lions and Go Fish

Grandpa and the Lion I have a picture of  me with my sisters, my mother and one of my grandmothers  standing around a hospital bed. Perched on the edge of the  bed is my grandpa wearing one of those hospital gowns that robs you of your dignity the moment you don it.  My hair  was twisted into two pigtails framing…

Gauge: Railroad to Chariots

Next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse’s rear came up with it The US Standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4  feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?  Because that’s the way they built them in England, and the US railroads  were built by English expatriates Why did…

Christmas Town ~The Craft Store

Tessa closed the door after the last of the children left the Craft Store. She loved the little tykes, but they were tiring.  Not having children of her own, she loved holding the craft classes that were popular with the little ones. Today they made Christmas trees out of their hand prints in plaster. They painted them then wrapped them…

Jorinda and Jorindel ~ T Twisted Tale

Jorinda

This is a story is getting the “T” treatment. It was originally told  by the Grimms’ Kinder und Hausmarchen which translates as Grimms’ Children’s and Household Tales. We know them as Fairy tales. A note about this story: This was originally written as the witch being an old Fairy.   The Victorian era gave us the ethereal fairy that is eternally…

Shingle Mill

When I was young I worked at a Shingle Mill. My job at the Shingle Mill was to trim and bundle the shingles. The trimmer was basically a giant sharp paper cutter looking thing. I put the shingle into the Machine until it stopped, stomped on the pedal and walla! Perfect shingle. I would put that perfect shingle into a…