I was looking through a couple of Notebooks I hadn't touched in years, in a Sierra Club Backback of mine, notebooks intended to jot down creative writing, and poetry, ideas, for future use, and decided that the future was now.
At least for a few things...hee, hee! ;-D
I have no idea, anymore, when most of the stuff in them was written down.
Sometimes I've look at what I've written, over the years and, as good as it is, I just know it should, and could, be better.
As one note I found says....
I don't have the training, or practice, to know hop to do what I do better, and wonder how much fun a magazine, or book, editor would have with some of my longer, more detailed, & involved "masterpieces". ;-D
I imagine some poor editor pulling their hair out by the roots, wailing, "The Horror, the horror!" ;-D
So let's begin with this exercise...
People, places things, events, & how to describe them:
The layout of classrooms in our schools probably haven't changed since Hector was a Pup, I think, and that's why I can't pin down memories of any particular one in all the years I went to school.
1, 2, or 3 chalkboards, and several poster boards, lining walls between windows offering glimpses of the outside world.
Desks lined up in 8 neat rows of 5, or 5 rows of 8.
The desk of the teacher in one corner, or other, at the front of the room, most often by the door so as to prevent easy eascape by the inma, um, I mean, students. ;-D
Why couldn't there be tables?
Why couldn't we put the tables in a square, or our desks in a circle?
With our "Beloved" teacher, & his, or her, desk in the center?
Just once in a while, to break up the monotony? ;-D
My home on Merrywood St, in Pomona, Ca., from 1969 to 1997
( Some of my Facebook friends will remember this place, I'm sure. )
The frontyard was HUGE.
There was ivy along a chainlength fence that went along 3 sides of the yard and, from its modest start, in 1970-75, grew so dense as to become a protective barrier from the outside world.
The lush green grass was separated from the row of apricot tree by our driveway, and a row of rose bushes.
There wer 2 large trees in the center of the yard, and another row of different trees, and more rose bushes, along the walkway to the front door, and in front of the windowa of the house.
Crows, Orioles, & Humming Birds, among other birds, hung around, especially during apricot season.
My parents began the garden that was this yard when we moved in, and after Mom died my sisters, & I, kept it up as best we could.
In the backyard there was a grassy area, & a huge tree, suitable for climbing, separate from a huge paved area.
There were walls to the north, and south, and a chainlength fence on the west side.
The walls, and paved area, were put in place by an Uncle who lived, for a time, in the house on the south side.
From here I could look out on an empty field, and a soon to declline shopping center, at Towne Ave. & Arrow Highway.
Until the whole thing was replaced by a gated housing community, in the early 90's, I could also see the Football field, & track, of Pomona High School, and watch games via binoculars. ;-D
This all was our playground as kids, with our friends, especially the ones who lived on the street, & a place to lay out in the sun, or the shade, & listen to the sounds of the neighborhood around us.