Small town life and observations in the mid-west.

Sunset in Illinois

16 Aug 2023 1 minute read 5 comments uthus2000

2023 Aug 14, 1953 CDT Taken by Eric

Out of the corner of my eye

5 Aug 2023 1 minute read 2 comments uthus2000

I don't know about you, but I've started noticing more movement out of the edge of my vision than normal. I've always seen things, but it's starting to get more intense. (And if @ArmFarm sees this, it really goes back to that one article from 2 years...

Never, never, never give up

2 Jan 2023 1 minute read 4 comments uthus2000

The first Thursday in November was a year. I didn't pick that day. It kind of just happened. I had smoked my last cigarette the night before just before I went to bed. It may have been my intention to buy another pack in the morning. I don't re...

Christmas leftovers

26 Dec 2022 1 minute read 0 comments uthus2000

Ham was on the menu at our house Christmas evening among other things. It was an 8 pound ham and there's only Gammy and me. We ate what we wanted yesterday and today then I trimmed up the bone and diced the ham up. I got five 2 cup portions out...

The power is out

25 Dec 2022 1 minute read 0 comments uthus2000

"I need to trim those wicks," he said as he looked at the candles here and there through the room. "I need to keep them burning as long as I can." How long had it been since they were plunged into darkness? A week? Two? He hadn't kept track. T...

A little food for thought.

4 Dec 2022 1 minute read 0 comments uthus2000

There are several native seeds that I grow. Some are intentional. Others are not.     Passion fruit. Down south, we call these maypops because when the fruit is over ripe and starts to ferment, it may pop when you go to pick it. That's how it spr...

I'm ready

29 Nov 2022 1 minute read 4 comments uthus2000

I'm ready. I'm ready to watch the world's economies collapse. I'm ready to watch infrastructure crumble. I'm ready to be plunged into darkness during the height of winter. I'm ready to be kicked out into the cold because Vanguard or Black Rock bough...

He couldn't say "No"

27 Nov 2022 1 minute read 2 comments uthus2000

"So you want me to lie about this thing?" he asked. "No, Mr. Armstrong. Call it prevarication if you must, but it's not a lie if you believe it, right?" "That's the thing," said Armstrong. "I don't believe it." "It would be better for your position...

The Road to Peace

26 Nov 2022 1 minute read 2 comments uthus2000

Years ago, I was going through difficulties of my own making. What they were does not matter at this point, only the road I chose to leave them behind does. From the house in which I lived, I would walk down the drive and head south on Whitley...

Dinner conversation

25 Nov 2022 1 minute read 0 comments uthus2000

  "It's easier than you'd think," he said as he popped a shrimp with lemon sauce in his mouth. "Most people don't think for themselves any more. They take what they hear on TV as gospel." He too\k a sip of his drink as the other man considered what...